Observation start time: 12:00:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi
THE DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD
WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (4):Steve Cottrell, Jim Balint, Kathleen Pileggi
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 3-Red-tailed Hawk, and
numerous Black (21) and Turkey Vultures (26).
----“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!
On the way to Bucktoe, I made a stop at New Garden Township WTP, finding a
late Ring-necked Duck and Spotted Sandpipers. As promised, Steve was out
to check on Bucktoe’s Purple Martin colony, finding 11 nests, but no eggs -
yet. He and I are thrilled with the results of this program; only in its
Meanwhile, I had Brown Thrasher, then two, at the feeders. I noticed a
Yellow-breasted Chat singing from the distant thicket [my FOY]. But
overall, it was a very slow day.
---- Thanks to Delaware Nature Society for their sponsorship, and
especially, to the Brokaws, for not only their incredible support, but
gracious generosity in opening their property to the public for this watch,
and oh, so very much more!
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS:
Great Egret, Common Nighthawk, Willow Flycatcher, Blue Grosbeak, and
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Eastern Tiger Swallowtail,
Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur. 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: 6.45; Steps: 15,150; Floors: 10.
----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a Hawk 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 Hawks must remain our
primary focus) for totals of each species seen for “The Watch” year.
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 54
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 9pm. Rain
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 THE
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY. Please contact us at <earlybirdtours...>
with questions or comments.
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)