Date: 6/3/18 6:46 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (02 Jun 2018) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 02, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 1
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 0 3

Observation start time: 13:30:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (2): Steve Cottrell
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!

Cloudy w/ Drenching Thunderstorms (100% cloud cover), Ceiling -
6,500-13,300 ft., Visibility - 10-4 miles, Temps 80 - 72F, Winds NE @ 5 -
10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating this horrible day:
1-Red-tailed Hawk, and Turkey Vultures (2).

Non-raptor Observations:
----“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:’ ---“Rainy Days with Kites & Shorebirds – NO!”---
We had two daily words yesterday; none today.
The watch day: June 2 – Water was everywhere as I rolled up to our site.
Strong thunderstorms are hereabout; the sky filled with purple-hued tall
thunderheads, rumbling their anger in the distance. One such storm had
just been through. Gonna be a “fun” evening! A quick scan of the likely
Olive-sided Flycatcher perches failed to turn up yesterday’s bird, but
revealed a male Baltimore Oriole which stood vigil a foot below a Crow on
“Merlin Snag.” It remained until the crow tired of the chaperone and flew
off to seek another nest to rob. Steve was out this rainy day, and while
here, to check on our Purple Martin gourdes, finding 1 egg and 7 nests.
Not bad for the first year, eh? We are so pleased with them using both
arrangements here this first year. That’s highly unusual. The lack of
definition beyond the front row of very dark clouds indicated a downpour
bearing down on us just as the typical shorebird migration hours arrived.
Gonna run for cover. It poured. If shorebirds were moving, I couldn’t see
Better birds among our 53 species were: Yellow-breasted Chats, and Blue
Grosbeaks (nesting right down our path).
Thanks for your comments about ‘the Blog,’ Mike, Dave, Josh, Patricia and
Elaine. Patricia did dub me a “bird and word nerd” – a label I will wear
with pride. And Elaine, you still owe me at least one ice cream for those
lifers. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but offerings of food
and drink are not only welcome, but to be encouraged here at beautiful
Bucktoe Creek Preserve. That DOES include, but is not solely limited to,
ice cream! Although, it’s an excellent place to start…
----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!
_-Double-crested Cormorant, 2-Great Blue Heron, 2-Willow Flycatcher, 2-
Yellow-breasted Chat, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (1): Little Wood Satyr. Dragonflies
(0). Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (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: 4.39; Steps: 10,306; Floors: 15.
----“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: 53; this season: 89
Rough-winged Swallow.

Tomorrow’s flight looks like yet another horrible day, though I can't
imagine it worse than today's deluge.
The Kites would likely have to be a local bird.
As for the shorebirds - if any are to come by, they had better be low, as
the ceiling is, too.
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...>)

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Site Description:
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.
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