----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
3-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (6) and Turkey Vultures (30).
----“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:’ ---“Breviloquent? ME??”---
I began today watching some of the real, true lovers of words practicing
their craft on TV. These were the young masters of the Scripps National
Spelling Bee. This word came up, and is “The Early Bird Blog’s” daily word
- “breviloquent.” Play along with me…how would you define it? Let’s see
how close you are. I once again, had no idea. “One-Look” - my source for
all my words - says it means a style of speech or writing using very few
words; concise. This adjective has Latin 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
Incidentally, our young contestant got it correct. Can you believe it?
And why not? She was 12! [My spell-check still says it is incorrect.]
Likely the same 12-year old I need to help me with my computer. I found
the word strangely apropos for me. I mean, I am nothing, if not
breviloquent. WHAT? Don’t laugh! I was being serious! (LOL) Just once,
I would like to see, in response to a young whippersnapper [and who knew
that was a real word?] asking the judge to use the word in a sentence to
gain more clues to its spelling, this, “Your word in the spelling bee today
is ‘breviloquent.’” And why don’t the contestants when they get to ask
questions about the word – pronunciation, definition, origin, etc. – why
don’t they ask the judge for the spelling?? [LOL] I know, it’s just me..
Those kids ARE AMAZING!
May 31 – Dreary, again! Part of the Stewart clan was out, Julie & Dad, with
stories of England, Pub crawls and the like. Sounds like fun - I must go.
Oh, I’d bird, don’t you worry! But if there’s double of everything, don’t
you have a better chance of “ticking” them off?? A stunning adult
Red-shouldered Hawk flew by not a hundred yards away, low to the ground
having captured a snake, which was being carted away for lunch. Evelyn &
Mike were here, as was Poly, the Brokaw’s dog. What is they say about “dog
years?” For each period of time we have, a dog corresponds with 7 times
that, right? Well, Poly was here for 14 seconds then, before scampering
down a trail to join Mom & friend. There was a moment of sun…
Three Baltimore Orioles graced our feeder snag with their beauty, mere feet
A thought crossed my mind as I was thinking about my friend Mike while not
seeing our target birds. [Random, arbitrary thoughts are another curse of
my TBI] I was also thinking about Alder Flycatchers, their call being
variously described as, “Free Beer!” I put the two together and pondered
what bird [or anything for that matter] DOES NOT sound like it’s saying,
“Free Beer” to you Mike? As you may have guessed, Mike is fond “of the
brew.” Gotcha, my friend – you’ve been “blogged,” even though you weren’t
here today! Yes, I’m a multi-dimensional blogger.
Better birds among our 58 species were: Great Egrets, Green Herons,
Red-shouldered Hawk, , Yellow-breasted Chat, and Blue Grosbeaks.
Thanks Joel, for your comments on the blog. It means a lot.
----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: not a one.
2-Great Blue Heron, 2-Great Egret, 4-Green Heron, 2-Willow Flycatcher,
2-Yellow-breasted Chat, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Monarch - 1, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur. Dragonflies (0). Reptiles & Amphibians (0).
Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, White-tailed Deer.
----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: 6.61; Steps: 15,516; Floors: 7.
----“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: 58; this season: 86
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks another overcast, dreary day.
The Kites – not great
As for the shorebirds - I give up, at this point!
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
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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
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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.