Date: 6/5/18 7:58 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (04 Jun 2018) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 04, 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: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Evelyn Fowles, Mike Fowles

Visitors (5): Sue McLaughlin, Mike & Evelyn Fowles, Patricia Jacobs.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!

Mostly Cloudy - Partly Sunny (75-25% cloud cover), Ceiling - 3,100-30,000
ft., Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 72 - 66F, Winds WNW @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Osprey, 1-Cooper's
Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (6) and Turkey Vultures (28).


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:’ ---“A much Better Day to See Nothing”---
“The Early Bird Blog’s” daily word is “misnomer.” Play along with me…how
would you define it? Let’s see how close you are. I finally settled upon
it meaning something that suggests one thing, but is something else
entirely. But how close was I? “One-Look” - my source for all my words -
says it means a wrong or inaccurate name or designation. This noun has
Latin and French roots. How close were you to the exact phrasing of the
definition? I guess I was pretty close. 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. Thanks Mike – not “free beer Mike” – he’s in a “drunken
stupor” or drinking a beer named that [lol] - another Mike, for suggesting
the word and providing some of his favored examples.
One of my favorites is “bird brain” - a misnomer as if to suggest these
magnificent creatures are “inherently stupid,” even while they can fly from
one continent to another, at times ending up in the very same tree! Now,
you try that, even with a GPS. Incredible!
Before going to Bucktoe, I walked the wetlands and marshes of Cheslen
picking up Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Acadian Flycatcher, American Redstarts,
and several Virginia Rails.
“The watch” day: June 4 – The weather was much improved today, but still
the “bird Gods” gave us little. I fear many [shorebirds] slipped by us
this year on the few days we saw birds, later in the evening than usual.
Still, I have hopes for a couple more shorebird flocks and another kite.
But it was not this day. The “best” we could do among our 55 species were:
Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Blue Grosbeaks.
Thanks for your comments about ‘the Blog,’ Mike and Kathleen.
----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!
2-Great Blue Heron, 2-Willow Flycatcher, 2-Yellow-breasted Chat, 2-Blue
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (4): Monarch - 2, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur. Dragonflies (2): Green Darner,
Black Saddlebags. 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: 7.89; Steps: 18,505; 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: 55; this season: 90
[feral] Pigeon.

Tomorrow’s flight [Tuesday's] looks like a return to rough weather with
clouds and thunderstorms in the afternoon, alongside strong westerly
The Kites – All is wrong, but you never know.
As for the shorebird - does not look good - Wednesday is better.
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...>)

More site information at

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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