Scoping Birds at Bucktoe

By Derek Stoner: Education Programs Assistant

The weekly bird walk at Bucktoe Creek Preserve on Monday, March 30 provided the ten participants with a variety of good, close “scope looks” at birds.

We encountered a few Golden-crowned Kinglets along the Red Clay Creek, and enjoyed a rare sight: a kinglet sitting still!  Normally frenetic and tough to observe, this particular kinglet perched on a branch for almost 10 minutes.  Perhaps he was tired from migrating the night before and just needed to rest.  Looking at this kinglet through the spotting scope, we could study his minuscule beak and trademark crown stripes.

Walking along the Red Clay Creek, we found a group of nine Wood Ducks swimming in a deep pool.  The gorgeous males with their rainbow hues and the camouflaged females with their brownish tones gave us long looks.  When they took flight in an explosion of color, Hank Davis’s camera caught the action.

A male Wood Duck splashes away from the group as it takes flight.  Photo by Hank Davis.
A male Wood Duck splashes away from the group as it takes flight. Photo by Hank Davis.
A great surprise for us came in the form of a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers actively excavating a dead pine tree.  The wood chunks flew as their huge chisel-like beaks whacked away in search of insects.  Their loud calls and bright black-and-white-and-red colors added vibrancy to the wintry woods.
A Pileated Woodpecker at the Bucktoe Creek Preserve, Kennett Square, Chester County, PA.  Photo by Hank Davis.
A Pileated Woodpecker at the Bucktoe Creek Preserve, Kennett Square, Chester County, PA. Photo by Hank Davis.

Join us any Monday at 7:45 a.m. at the Bucktoe Creek Preserve for the free bird walk.  Directions can be found at www.delawarenaturesociety.org on the “Our Locations” page.

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