Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Gerry Teig, Kathleen Pileggi
Visitors(3): Kathleen Pileggi, Rick Casey, Gerry Teig
Cloudy with Thunderstorms (100% cloud cover), Temps 58-72F, Winds SW
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (14) and
Turkey Vultures (53) <BR><BR>
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-1
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 3,250-Snow Geese, 1-ROSS'S GOOSE, 2-Wood
Duck, 8-Ring-billed Gull, 1-Eastern Phoebe, 1-COMMON RAVEN,2-Savannah
Sparrow, 6-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0): Reptiles & Amphibians (1):
Spring Peeper. Dragonflies (0): Mammals (0):
----“BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG” - (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 BLOG: I’m back. That’s right; Bucktoe Creek Preserve has a Spring
Hawk Watch as well, this year. Today was the first day. The weather did
not cooperate, although not quite as bad as predicted. The day started off
with flocks of Snow Geese streaming overhead, totaling several thousand –
one flock of 700 containing a single Ross’s. A great start! A few
Sharpies, a couple of Eagles and Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks were
not victims to the weather. Our local Ravens were so much fun during the
Fall’s Hawk Watch – once doing a close flyby with an Eagle in hot pursuit.
One did a brief flyby to start this day, without the Eagle. An early
Phoebe added to the feeling of Spring; it’s repeated call reaching our
pavilion from the meadow below. A slow, but interesting start. I wonder
what thrills await?
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to “Hawk Count.” Thanks also, to The
Delaware Nature Society (DNS), 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!
----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 it’s 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: 5.98; Steps: 14,026; Floors:
----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a hawk watch,
but conduct a migration tally from the site. Below is the list of species
identified on this year’s “Watch,” from the watch area. 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,” – raptors must
remain our primary focus) for totals of each species seen for “The Watch”
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 47; this season: 47
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (47):” all of
them - first day.
Better weather tomorrow!
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day, 9am thru 3pm (at least). 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.
The Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by the Delaware
Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)
High open meadow facing north 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.