Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Gary Stolz, Ian Stewart, Kathleen Pileggi
THE DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (13): Kathleen Pileggi, Ian Stewart, Ollie Stewart, Gary Stolz,
Stacey Gummey (plus TLC Group of 8)
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Mostly Cloudy becoming Partly Cloudy (75-10% cloud cover), Temps 35-44F,
Winds North 10-15 mph
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Cooper's Hawk,
1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (35) and
Turkey Vultures (50).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-1
----“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:’ I got an early start for the early bird breakfast special
at the Creek Side Diner in Kennett Square on the way to Bucktoe Creek
Preserve - I won’t miss the special today including eggs, sausage, home
fries and toast because I’m too late for the 8am breakoff – not this time!
No, catch me once and I’ll get it straight the next time. Not gonna charge
me more because I’m a few minutes late. Not again - only ONCE! I was
there 45 minutes before the cutoff…no problem. Then it’s pointed out to me
by my waitress that the special is for Monday thru Friday. With a gulp, I
ask, “What day is it today?” You see, a big-time cognitive problem we coma
survivors have is remembering days, dates, etc. I can’t tell you how often
during my recovery that my nurses, therapists, physicians asked me what day
of the week it was and date and I had no idea. They are trained to ask to
promote your brain to start working again. They asked so often that I,
with my twisted sense of humor, considered getting THEM all a calendar for
Christmas because THEY certainly couldn’t know the dates and days, asking
me as often as they did! Well, at least I thought that would be funny.
Anyway, back to my discussion with the waitress this morning. She informed
me with a chuckle, “Today is Sunday.” Drats…missed the special again – not
by time, but by day of the week. My new, old nemesis rears its ugly head
and bites me again – this time in the “breakfast special!” Seems that
breakfast “early bird special” requires time AND day knowledge – they’re
asking a lot, from me! Funny, isn’t it? Especially since my company name
is “Early Bird Nature Tours!” I can almost taste the irony, if not the
early bird special. Oh Hell, how much extra is the full price? I sure
hope I can afford to get them a calendar for Christmas!
I digest my meal a few dollars lighter than expected in my wallet, still
not able to get back to our regular site yet…setting up at main lot for
now. Our Red Foxes soon join the winter landscape. First, the healthy
one, then the one with the limp – dubbed “Gimpy.” They appeared from the
east heading towards the field along Sharp road where I had seen them
hunting so much yesterday. Stacey and Gary from TLC were out conducting a
winter reptile & amphibian program with 8 folks along. Among the birds,
once again flyovers ruled the day – and not just hawks. An adult Lesser
Black backed Gull with a group of Herring Gulls became species # 67. Number
68 were two Ospreys, soaring high overhead, in loose association with each
other. I’ve been waiting for those to begin coming through. A first year
Iceland Gull flew over, likely destined for the landfill, a few miles
distant – species #69.
Gimpy and friend loped back at 2pm, returning in the direction from whence
they had appeared early this morn – hopefully after a day of successful
hunting. Still, no sighting of our early Phoebe, but unless they were my
“floaters” moving around, I did have three flying insects. So….
----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-Great Blue Hereon, 2-Killdeer,
7-Ring-billed Gull, 11-Herring Gull, 1-ICELAND GULL, 1-LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL, 2-Horned Lark, 2-Eastern Towhee, 4-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: 5.49; Steps: 12,879; 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: 47; this season: 69
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (3):” LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, Osprey, ICELAND GULL.
Tomorrow looks like a good migration day - mild with moderate winds and a
few background clouds to see them against.
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.