Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi
THE SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (2): Kathleen Pileggi
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (5) and Turkey Vultures (40).
----“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:’ This morning finds the meadow absolutely loaded with Robins
tugging countless worms from the soft soil (OK, mud); quite literally
extracting an easy meal where just a few days ago, many insect –eaters were
starving in the snow, ice, and frigid winds. Sadly, I never saw the Phoebe
again; his fate will remain a mystery. But onto happier things…my field
coffee maker is up and working, so I may be, too. My friend, Anita has the
printing finished on one of my new bulletin boards. She has beautiful
handwriting. And she had much more important good news on the medical
front for a family member. Hope that continues, Anita. I can see a future
bulletin for our new boards, now!
“Chris” is making many trips to “his” suet feeder, while feeding upon the
cracked corn on the ground, was a flock of several hundred Redwind
Blackbirds, comprised nearly entirely of females, holding just 5 male
Brown-headed Cowbirds and a lone immature male Redwing. The adult males
are busy setting up territories for the upcoming breeding season. We’ve
been hearing their songs on territory for some time now. To me, that’s the
sign of spring…not the “appearance” of Robins. They’re here all year,
albeit in much reduced numbers, just in the woods, eating berries. Ah, but
that “konk-la-ree” of the male Redwing screams spring to me. I can just
see those epaulets ablaze now!
Rusty Blackbirds are heard singing from the woods near the parking lot
(species #73, falls), their “squeaky swinging door that needs oil” song
reaching me, here at the crown of the hill. There! The coffee just kicked
in…hawks beware! I’m alert! It’s amazing just how much one can accomplish
(wrong word?) on auto-pilot, isn’t it? Two Ravens flew over together at
12:05pm. I am so spoiled by them around Bucktoe.
This sky has been threatening all day, but I really don’t think it will
rain. I believe the weather-person got the forecast a bit wrong today.
It’s better than predicted. Today, the Barred Owl hooted at 12:41pm (a
premonition of what was to come?). Nineteen minutes earlier than
yesterday. Hmmmm….must have been the clouds. An ever-increasingly smaller
group of Pintail were along Scarlet Road as I went past. When I get home,
a big surprise… a hooting Barred Owl, just a mile outside of Coatesville.
My second here…ever!
----My thanks to Kathleen Pileggi for posting these sightings to ebird and
for helping with this submission to “Hawk Count.” Thanks also, 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-Ring-billed Gull, 1-Barred
Owl, 1-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 2-COMMON RAVEN, 1-Eaastern Towhee,
8-White-crowned Sparrow, 10_-Rusty Blackbird.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0); Dragonflies (0); Reptiles &
Amphibians (0); Mammals (1): eastern Gray Squirrel.
----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: 2.88; Steps: 6768; Floors: 17.
----“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: 43; this season: 73
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” Rusty
A warm spring day is on tap with winds from a helpful direction. Might be
a good day.
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru April 30, 9am thru 3pm (at
least). Rain or shine…. but not snow or ice…
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 ... well,
sponsored by nobody at the moment (which, I guess, means it’s being
sponsored by me, for now, right folks?), although in the past sponsored,
alternately and personally very appreciatively, by the Delaware Nature
Society & The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County. and certainly
the Brokaw family. Please contact us at <earlybirdtours...> with
questions or comments.
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)
High open meadow 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.