----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle,
5-Red-tailed Hawk, 1-American Kestrel, and numerous Black (24) and Turkey
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-1
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 1-COMMON RAVEN, 1-Horned Lark,
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0); Dragonflies (0); Reptiles &
Amphibians (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: The question of weather (get it?) March would come in like a
‘lion’ or ‘lamb,’ has been solved for this year. It came in like a
ferocious ‘lion.’ A ‘lion’ who apparently was upset by mystically being
transported from then plains of Africa (great pictures, Hank!), to the
beautiful meadows of Bucktoe Creek Preserve; taking out those frustrations
by “blowing” over our port-o-potty last night with sustained 30 mph winds.
As “king of the forest,” this ‘lion’ must have abdicated his ‘throne.’ One
can ‘butt’ wonder what “joys” lie within!?!? Thankfully, the fine folks at
The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, sponsors of our Fall Hawk
Watch at Bucktoe, came and ‘relieved’ our problem….hey, it’s a crappy job,
butt somebody’s got to do it, right? And a fine job, they did! Thanks
Gwen, Rock, and Tim! You took a load off my mind. I was sorry to ‘dump’
this task on you, but you are all #1 & #2 in my book! (lol) You will wash
your hands before eating, right guys?
Ah yes, the birds…. an adult Bald Eagle – a local bird – came in close and
deftly maneuvered right through our woods to the west. A Sharpie, a
Cooper’s, and a local Kestrel made an appearance. Despite a possible
distant croak, twice in the day, no Raven appeared. Then, just as I was
leaving for the day - I literally had my hand upon my door handle - a large
corvid flew directly over, began soaring, revealing to even an unaided eye
a long wedge-shaped tail and even finally croaking several times. An
amazing look and a great finale to the day.
----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, 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 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: 6.44; Steps: 15,097; 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: 39; this season: 49
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):” American
Kestrel, Horned Lark.
Tomorrow’s flight looks more rough weather with clouds and a chance of some
rain, even some flurries. The 'lion' continues!
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 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.