Observation start time: 12:30:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD
WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (23): Chad Hutchinson, Brian Quindlen [plus 1], Ross Gallardy,
Melissa Gallardy, Zach & Rebecca Millen, Mike Hartshorne, Scott Stollery,
Nikki Flood, Adam Bartles, Holly Merker, Jason Horn, Joe Meloney, Sue
McLaughlin, Sabrena Boekell, Mike & Evelyn Fowles, Hank Davis, Mike Defina,
Gerry Teig, and Molly Daly
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Cooper's Hawk,
1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 5-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (36) and
Turkey Vultures (60).
----“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:’ [PLEASE NOTE: On May 21, I sent out the new large
weekly “blog” and hotline in my new format - a newsletter. This is NOT
these reports you get from HawkCount. Rather, it’s the newsletter from
EBNT, with our upcoming schedule and the County year bird list, etc.. If
you aren’t receiving it and are a regular subscriber, look in your spam
– a few servers send it there. [go figure-lol] If you enjoy “the
blog,” featuring the county species list, and it ended up in your spam,
you’ll have to follow your provider’s method of “whitelisting” it,
marking it as “not spam” or it will always go there. You may also have
to ok the pictures and expand it at the end to see the entire thing -
it’s long and often truncated. It usually comes out every Thursday.
Today was to be a big day at Bucktoe. It was “Whimbrel Day.” The day
when traditionally, much of the Whimbrel population migrates north, being
seen in Canada on the 22nd. Traditionally, that is. This time the birds
didn’t get the memo. The least said, the better.
So, it was Whimbrel Day. That’s it. Not a single shorebird came by
today. Well, tomorrow is another day, right? [other highlights listed
Adam was out early to start this “Whimbrel Day.” He was followed by
over 20 others, many with scopes and long lenses which are usually
essential. Then suddenly, there was a “Little Blip” on the radar and
there was Holly. [gotcha] We had lots of laughs, told lots of stories and
didn’t see lots of birds.
---- 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:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Barred Owl,
Willow Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Purple Martins, Brown
Thrashers, Yellow-breasted Chat, Orchard Orioles, and Indigo Buntings
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner. Reptiles &
Amphibians (0). Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel.
----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: 7.38; Steps:
17,314; Floors: 27
----“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 Kites, other Hawks, and shorebird flocks must remain our primary focus)
for totals of each species seen for “The Watch” year. The overall list
for the season from the watch will be part of the large weekly “blog,”
if you’ve signed up for that.
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 59; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks like a washout with rain. There may be some time
between showers, but I do not expect a flight.
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 9pm.
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 THE
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY. 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.