Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi
Visitors (2): Kathleen Pileggi
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Sunny to Partly Cloudy (0-40% cloud cover), Temps 24-40F, Winds West 10 mph
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (35) and Turkey Vultures (45).
The Delaware Nature Society’s Southern Chester County Spring Hawk Watch at
Bucktoe Creek Preserve
----“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 yet another very cold day at the Watch, but not as
windy. The snow and ice have gone nowhere; they await my arrival. Two
Bluebirds, strangely missing from yesterday’s list, were my first birds
today. Go figure! A calling Golden-crowned Kinglet was species #61. A
nice male Harrier graced our clear sky, soaring in amongst a group of
vultures of both species. Several Sharp-shinned Hawks were moving.
Then came chatter off to my right. One of the Sharp-shinned Hawks was very
close - just feet away, atop a wisp of a downed branch with a couple of
leaves still attached. This bird was only 8 inches off the ground on this
very thin branch. Unbelievably, beneath him, mere inches from the
Sharpie’s deadly talons, was a Song Sparrow. The Sharpie danced around a
bit on the perch. I’ve seen this many times before. Tit was trying to
frighten the sparrow into leaving its fragile, yet temporarily secure
place. Those of you, who like me, don’t like sad stories - turn away now…
Go ahead, I’ll wait…. The Song Sparrow eventually tired of this game of
“cat and mouse(?),” making a dash for better cover. It was a mistake he
would not live to regret. The Sharpie darted after our passerine, grasping
it before suitable cover was reached. The feathers flew shortly with the
Sharpie clutching the half-eaten spoils of his quest off to another grove.
On a much lighter note, A single Horned Lark fed upon a patch of bare
earth. Once again today, another of those bare spots held a Killdeer.
This one rather liked his spot. As I approached him, winding my way to the
field to look for the Phoebe, this Killdeer broke into his calling,
diversionary tactic, as he would a predatory threat near his nest or chick
– attempting to draw from his prime feeding area. Alas, no Phoebe again….
----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, 22-Ring-billed Gull, 1-Horned
Lark, 1-Golden-crowned Kinglet, 3-Eastern Towhee, 5-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0); Dragonflies (0); Reptiles &
Amphibians (0); Mammals (1); Red Fox.
----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: 4.3; Steps: 10,089; Floors: 14.
----“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: 42; this season: 61
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks a bit dreary, but what else is new thus far this
season? Cloudy with some rain.
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. 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...>)
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.