Date: 3/14/17 2:23 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (13 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 13, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 3 3
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 9 9
Northern Harrier 0 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 29 29
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 4 36 36
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 2 2
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 8 86 86

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Chris Weaver, Kathleen Pileggi, Sue McLaughlin

Visitors (6): Sue Geiger, Bob Suter, Chris Weaver, Kathleen Pileggi, Sue
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk

Mostly Cloudy (75% cloud cover), Temps 22-36F, Winds E 5-10 mph

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (15) and Turkey Vultures (40).

Non-raptor Observations:
----“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:’ No wind this morning – already a plus! Feeders are active;
they seem to know what’s on the way. I feel something big is on the way,
too. I just hope it has wings attached and not this storm! We’ll see…
The sky was to dream for; a near perfect background of mostly high clouds.
A precursor of what was to come. My friend, Chris, from Wild Birds
Unlimited in Glen Mills, stopped by today to deliver feed for the birds.
Great job Chris and thanks for your support! You and your store are
fantastic! A quick loop around the meadow fringe today produced a Brown
Creeper (species #57) and “our” early-returning Phoebe. He’s surviving,
but his activity has changed. To catch his prey of insects, he was now
landing on the ground and apprehending….something. Still, he appeared
well. Hang in there intrepid soul; the true test begins with tonight’s
snow storm. I hope to see you alive, well, and thriving afterwards. My
van’s battery died as a result of me using it to recharge my laptop and
phone for field use. That never happened before. A few calls and texts
were made to friends, and one – Sue Geiger – came to my rescue. THANK YOU,
Sue! While I waited for Sue’s arrival a Barred Owl hooted at 3:14 – same
as yesterday, twice. Some will think this whole “battery crisis” thing was
a ploy - all along - to increase my turnout. Believe what you will….thy
cynic. Believe what thy will…. At any rate, I’m certain I won’t be able
to make it to “the watch” tomorrow. And it’s doubtful for Wednesday. I’m
aiming for Thursday…
----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, 7-Ring-billed Gull, 1-Barred
Owl, 1-Eastern Phoebe, 15-Horned Lark, 1-Brown Creeper, 1-Eastern Towhee,
10-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: 6.45; Steps: 15,141; 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: 41; this season: 57

Tomorrow will be a snow day....a blizzard. No way I'll be there for the
next two days, I'm afraid. No way, I'd be able to see anything if I did!
Thursday morning is my goal...
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day, 9am thru 3pm (at least). Rain
or shine….just not SNOW!
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. However, this one mailing list is how I notify every one
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
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...>)

Site Description:
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.
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