Bucktoe Bird Walk

By Joe Sebastiani, Members Program Team Leader

Today started off comfortable and warm at the Bucktoe Creek Preserve near Kennett Square, PA.  The walk ended with a chilly wind.  Birding was a little slow, as many songbirds stayed hidden and would not come out for a good look.  Highlights of the walk included good looks at a male American Kestrel, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, and even a fly-by Merlin.  We got really good looks at an adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (photo below) and a female or first year male Purple Finch eating Ash tree seeds.   We had a Winter Wren sing at one point.  Any of you that were concerned about us birding opening day of hunting season in PA, rest assured.  We made it back safe and sound.

The bird feeding station at the parking area is drawing in lots of birds, but unfortunately, the House Sparrows have found us.  Anyone know any good eradication methods??  Below is a photo of “coffee time” before the walk with a few of us checking out the new bird feeding station.


Here is a list of what we saw for the day:

Canada Goose     500
Black Vulture     8
Turkey Vulture     10
Sharp-shinned Hawk     1
Cooper’s Hawk     1
Red-tailed Hawk     2
American Kestrel     1
Merlin     1
Ring-billed Gull     12
Mourning Dove     25
Belted Kingfisher     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     12
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     2
Downy Woodpecker     4
Hairy Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     6
Blue Jay     20
American Crow     10
Carolina Chickadee     8
Tufted Titmouse     6
White-breasted Nuthatch     5
Carolina Wren     5
Winter Wren     1
Eastern Bluebird     20
American Robin     60
European Starling     20
Cedar Waxwing     20
Song Sparrow     15
White-throated Sparrow     4
Dark-eyed Junco     40
Northern Cardinal     4
Red-winged Blackbird     20
Common Grackle     1
Brown-headed Cowbird     4
Purple Finch     1
House Finch     10
American Goldfinch     31
House Sparrow     15

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

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