Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carol Spease, Kathleen Pileggi, Rodger Bovenkerk
THE SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (7): Rodger Bovenkerk, Beaty Broughton, Lana Glass, Anita
Regester, Carol Spease, Kathleen Pileggi
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (35) and Turkey Vultures (50).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-1; 4 yr.-0; adult-2
----“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 Spring day…how did that get in the mix here this month
with the horrible weather? We’ll take it, though. Early on, a group of
gulls fly over, hungrily heading towards SECCRA Landfill… But really, does
a gull head anywhere in a way other than hungrily? A phoebe’s call reaches
my ear from down where one was before the storm! Could it be our MIA
Phoebe survived the storm?? I say it IS – and it’s MY STORY.
The Gulls continue streaming over, presumably from the Delaware River.
With predators like foxes around, gulls roost on water – foxes, wily or
not, won’t swim out to eat them. Absent a large body of water near the
SECCRA Landfill, the birds head towards the River to roost with safety -
making the return trip to feed on “fresh garbage” each day. At the
landfill in the northern part of the County, the gulls roost on Struble
Lake. Not here. I’m still waiting for the gull to discover he can take
Sunday off, save the trip, as the dump is closed that day. Now, THAT would
be a smart gull! And there’s apparently nothing worse for a gull than
A Barred Owl called at 10:40am. Shortly after 11am, an Osprey streamed
over. What a majestic bird.
Next came a Red-shouldered. In fact, several Red-shoulders- then more.
Rodger brought great luck….the hawks were flying, now. Full-partial credit
to you, Rodger – grab yourself a celebratory pretzel from our boxl! All
Hell broke lose! The Red-shouldered Hawks continued coming by – in all,
Eighteen, through the remainder of the day. The clouds today provided a
perfect background to see them, too. Wow!!
Today was the day that our local Field Sparrows broke into song to
establish territories. They were so obvious today.
Anita showed up with my new bulletin boards. I had asked her to print some
thinks on it for me with her incredible handwriting. She DID NOT
disappoint. Great Job, Anita!!
Tonight we had our “Wine & Cheese Evening with the Woodcocks” – and it was
full. Fourteen of us enjoyed the trip up to Marsh Creek to sample several
wines, local cheeses, crackers, and apples. My friend, wine expert and
maker Tom Zunino, couldn’t make it. Drats, I needed his expertise to tell
me whether I liked the wines or not…lol. All wines were fully enjoyed,
though. Now, could it be that I was just in association with a bunch of
raging alcoholics or wine-os? Might they all have been equally happy with
my Mad Dog (I did have that available for “discriminating tastes!” as a
JOKE, Robin) or Ripple? Sure, it could be…but everyone had a great time
enjoying nature, waterfowl, the Woodcocks’ performances and the sampling of
the wines, cheeses, crackers and apples. Robin even broke into the
Velveeta Cheese! That was there as a joke, Robin! You know, Wine & Cheese
event….Mad Dog 20/20 and Velveeta Cheese….nothing but the best for you
folks, my clients!! A JOKE – visual sarcasm!!! (I always have fine wines
and cheeses actually available for the groups on these events). You would
not be deterred away from Velveeta to our classier fare. You went right
for “the good stuff!” Robin actually ate it, without comment. I have two.
She used my cheese slicer to slice the lengthy block of Velveeta longwise.
I’ve NEVER seen that before. When I say this Robin, I mean it: I have
NEVER seen anyone “cut the cheese” like YOU do. Honestly, Robin! And I
thought I’d have that block of Velveeta forever and the joke would live
on…..I was wrong. Thanks Robin. We’ll do another wine & cheese event next
month – “Wine & Cheese Evening with the Whip-poor-wills.”
----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: 2-Wood Duck, 1-Killdeer, 45-Ring-billed
Gull, 13-Herring Gull, 1-Barred Owl, 1-Belted Kingfisher, 1-Fox 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: 5.9; Steps: 13,842; Floors: 9.
----“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: 73
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow the winter returns....darn it!
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.