Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Beaty Broughton, Dennis Davis, Kelley Nunn
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (9): Steve Cottrell, Dennis Davis, Howard & Kitty Campbell, Beaty
Broughton, Deb Kirchdoerfer, Elaine Kirk, Kelley Nunn.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (22) and
Turkey Vultures (58).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-1
----“BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG” (BBB) - (Comments on the events & “feel” of the day
– read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isn’t brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. I’ve already been “dead” once (it’s
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
TODAY’S ‘BBB:’ ---“Shorebirds? What Shorebirds?”---
“The Early Bird Blog’s” daily word is “gumption.” Play along with me…how
would you define it? Let’s see how close you are. I finally settled upon
it meaning zest. But how close was I? “One-Look” - my source for all my
words - says it means shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness.
That could be deemed zest, right? This noun has unknown roots. How close
were you to the exact phrasing of the definition? We love words…do you?
Choose the right one, use it in the right way and it can say so much for
you. While certainly if you don’t, it can cause so much harm. Feel free
to suggest your favorite.
May 30 – Drats! Light rain upon arrival. The weather, except for
yesterday and a few other days, has not been that good this watch period.
Oh well! Make the best of it, right? And so I shall. I know, I’ll attack
the day with gumption – that’s what I’ll do. The rain gave way to mostly
cloudy skies – I’ll take that! Steve was out before me, to check on the
Martin gourdes he had donated. They are sure being used in this, their
first year, with eggs already in the arrangement you first see along the
driveway! Thanks, Steve!
At 2:20pm one of our Barred Owls began calling. Just then an adult Bald
Eagle came in to view as a Little Wood Satyr bounded by effortlessly. A
Ruby-throated Hummingbird visited our feeders. Things are looking up.
Once again we’ve watched the following very strange “feeder birds” on the
ground actually eating pieces of what looks like millet: Tree Swallows,
Barn Swallows, Purple Martin and Eastern Kingbird. What are these
insectivores doing? I wonder if it’s a grit substitute. You’d think they
might be eating ants and other insects, attracted to the feeder area, off
the bare ground, and they may be doing that as well. But I’ve actually,
through binoculars seen them eat seed. Have they gone the way of our Song
Sparrows and Field Sparrows; becoming ground-feeder birds? Certainly not,
but they do partake.
This has been a very strange year, both for Kites and shorebirds, here at
Bucktoe. We have had few days with shorebirds, and but 2 Kites. Where are
they? The weather has been poor, but still… Better birds among our 63
species today were: Wood Ducks, Great Egret, Green Heron, Barred Owl, Bald
Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawks, Yellow-breasted Chats, Blue Grosbeaks &
Thanks for your comments about “The Blog,” Marie & welcome! And thank you
too Mike, for your comments in general. Kay & Jake, thank you as well, for
your “Blog” comments and those about our beautiful Preserve here at
Bucktoe. They are all appreciated!
Thanks Howard for the gift of bird seed, bringing to mind that gifts here
at Bucktoe Creek Preserve [particularly food & drink] are not only
welcomed, but to be encouraged. Elaine arrived bearing dinner for me. How
nice was THAT? I believe I don’t have to remind HER that gifts here at
Bucktoe Creek Preserve [particularly food & drink] are not only welcomed,
but to be encouraged. Elaine is smart like that, even if she can’t find a
WOOD DUCK! Thank you, Elaine – it was delicious!
----My thanks to Delaware Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws,
for their incredible support and gracious generosity in opening their
property to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: none.
2-Great Blue Heron, 1-Great Egret, 1-Green Heron, 1-Barred Owl, 2-Willow
Flycatcher, 2-Yellow-breasted Chat, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
Other Wildlife: Butterflies (3): Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded
Sulphur, Little Wood Satyr. Dragonflies (0). Reptiles & Amphibians (0).
----EBNT’s “Walk with Nature” ™ Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to “bulk up.” Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if you’ve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly….) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my “Walk with
Nature” program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy….I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
“Walk with Nature!” ™ Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 7.37; Steps: 17,287; Floors:
----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include
it here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
we’re seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best “guestimate,” – searching for
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for “The Watch” year.
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 63; this season: 86
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” Barred
Tomorrow’s flight looks like another poor day, but not a washout.
The Kites – overcast, little in the way of thermals. Not the best. If one
should happen by, it should be low.
As for the shorebirds - I just don't know, at this point.
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek
Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):
Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.