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
Cloudy with Showers & Drizzle (100% cloud cover); Temps 36-42F, Winds East
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 5-Red-tailed Hawk,
1-Merlin, and numerous Black (3) and Turkey Vultures (20).
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:’ A flock of Pintail swung by around 11am, mostly males,
their long tails obvious even with the very low ceiling of the day. They
were species #62 for this year’s spring watch. A bit later, a Black Duck
within a tiny flock of Mallards, became #63; then an “exhilarating”
sighting of a Rock Pigeon - #64, only topped by a House Sparrow - #65.
Those last two? Well, one of either species hadn’t come by yet! Canada
Goose and four Wood Ducks rounded out the lengthy waterfowl list – seemed
appropriate on this soggy, dreary day. A walk around the meadow, gave me
incredible sightings of two Red Foxes. One had a noticeable limp. Both
sat on the snow, turning towards me…I looking at them, them at me. I get
the better of that deal, foxes. If for no other reason than the getup I
was wearing to stay warm - advantage, me. A favorite, Great Blue Heron –
a group of five flew past. A Merlin (#66) was on a tall snag, provided
here for just that purpose. He was acting as a local wintering bird,
although I hadn’t noticed him heretofore. A flock of Horned Larks,
numbering over 100, called as they flew past.
Still, No Phoebe.
----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: 4-Wood Duck, 1-American Black Duck,
3-Mallard, 10-Northern Pintail, 5-Great Blue Heron, 5-Killdeer,
1-Ring-billed Gull, 1-Belted Kingfisher, 100-Horned Lark, 1-Red-breasted
Nuthatch, 2-Eastern Towhee, 8-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: 3.21; Steps: 7,531; Floors: 16.
----“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: 49; this season: 66
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (5):” Northern
Pintail, American Black Duck, Rock (feral) Pigeon, House Sparrow, Merlin.
Tomorrow’s flight looks still a little dreary, lots of clouds, but no
rain...moderate North winds.
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.