Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carol Majors, Evelyn Fowles, Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Fowles
Visitors (12): Duane Erdmann, Margretta Brokaw & Friend, Rick Casey, Mike
Fowles, Evelyn Fowles, Carol Majors, Ron Majors, Carl Mease, Kathleen
Pileggi, Tom Zunino.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (60) and
Turkey Vultures (70).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-2; 4 yr.-0; adult-0
----“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:’ It was an interesting early season day at the Southern
Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. More pleasant
conditions (the wind was still horrible though) brought people out of
hibernation – twelve people braved the gail! Our local wine maker, Tom
Zunino stopped in, binoculars and great stories at hand…as usual. Tom is
“threatening” to bring a bottle of the wine he bottled yesterday to our
next “Wine & Cheese Woodcock Courtship Display Evening” at Marsh Creek on
the 15th. That should be great, Tom! Hawks were up a bit at this still
early date….Sharpies and Red-tails, chiefly. Then at precisely 12:25pm,
this very cool occurrence: I heard a Raven off to the North. Then, in it
comes over the treetops, but just skimming them, constantly calling. Right
by the Watch it came, just like yesterday. Calling again, It flew over our
parking lot, and DIRECTLY OVER THE HEAD of Margretta Brokaw, walking with a
friend. Now, Margretta, with her husband Tom are the landowners here at
Bucktoe Creek Preserve and support this very Watch. Here’s the thing
though… Margretta CORRECTLY & INDEPENDENTLY identified the bird as a Raven!
Incredible job, Margretta….”full-partial credit” to you! I have never
been so tempted to give “full credit” to someone - I mean, what with you
being such a nice, sweet lady, with what you and your family do here at
Bucktoe (and not a mention my job security, and all) - but rules are
rules!!! Simply put, NOBODY can revceive “full credit!” Just how cool is
that story, though!? A few of us stayed a bit late today and just as we
were leaving, two sharpies and yet another Raven came by. Full credit to
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to “Hawk Count.” Thanks also, to 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!
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: 1-Killdeer, 2-COMMON RAVEN, 1-Eastern
Towhee, 8-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0); Dragonflies (0); Reptiles &
Amphibians (0); Mammals (0).
----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: 5.03; Steps: 11,789; Floors:
----“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,” – raptors must remain our primary focus)
for totals of each species seen for “The Watch” year.
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 40; this season: 54
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” None.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like more of the same with a little less wind.
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.