Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi, Walter Borys
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (63): Kathleen Pileggi, Walter Borys, Amanda Meltz, Anne Stabb,
Becky Meister, Howard Campbell, Evelyn & Mike Fowls, Rick Casey, plus the
Chester Charter School for the Arts group of 53.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Sunny (0% cloud cover), Temps 47-57F, Winds NNW at 10-20 mph
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (20) and Turkey Vultures (65).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 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:’ The Chester Charter School for the Arts was here this fine
day with an even finer group of second graders, numbering over fifty.
These children were so cute, many unfortunately, with little experience in
nature. A couple of youngsters even were concerned about running into
Wolves or Alligators on this field trip. I sure hope a love for nature
will take flight for some, ignited with this experience at Bucktoe.
No wolves or gators came by….only a few Red-tails, Red-shouldered and lots
of both Vultures. The kids were terrific! But as great as they were, the
sky was that brutal. We had 3, count them, three clouds all day and they
were tiny wisps vanishing in seconds into the vast tranquil blue.
“Hey kids!’ I say. “Look up there there’s a Red-shouldered Hawk! It’s
right there in the blue kids….LOOK!! See it? No???” I can’t understand
why. Try lining 50 plus kids, many without binoculars, up with a bird in a
sea of blue. You feel my pain? lol
Mike & Evelyn came by. Seeing the throng, they chickened out….you were
seen Mike & Evelyn! Maybe you forgot your coffee at Wawa? I’ve done that!
Thanks Walter, Amanda and Anne. You were a tremendous help at this
special event! Your presence was essential to the event’s success. We
look forward to the return of this class next year and many new classes.
I wrote the following to the organizers of the event:
You never know what little tidbit of the entire experience at Bucktoe might
reach someone....touch them somehow. One thing I remember from my youth
was simply taking a walk, hearing rustling in the leaves. Curious and
grabbing my parent's trusty OLD binoculars, tracking down the sound's
origin to discover what I would later determine (with my first field guide,
a Reed) to be a feeding flock of White-throated Sparrows (my first) kicking
leaf litter around the winter landscape (hence, the sound), searching for
food. That place from my childhood exists now, only in my memory - now and
forever more a development. How sad....
Maybe for some child there on Wednesday's field trip, there "tidbit" will
be one of those Turkey Vultures teetering on the wind - never flapping
once, yet traveling so far. Maybe another's will be just the magnificent
nature of the place...beautiful Bucktoe. Yet another may wonder just who
this ‘fool’ out here is and why is he counting hawks? And just why there
isn't more places like this? Why this is the first time they're out to see
something like this? Why isn't this experience more readily available,
easily available to everyone? Maybe just, why?
Who's curiosity did we arouse this day? Who there will someday become a
senator (or higher) and introduce legislation to save places like Bucktoe?
Who will go on to become a nature writer, inspiring those yet to come?
Someone there may very well impact our grandchildren. Just who?
The first two Butterfly species of the watch were two Eastern Commas and a
Cabbage White. An additional unidentified species (an early American
Lady?) was briefly seen.
After the kids left, we took Amanda along the Red Clay Creek to show her a
bit more of the Preserve. On our walk around the meadow, we discovered
newly emerging Ramp in the woods along the Red Clay Creek. My breathe bore
the evidence of the bit of leaf I sampled. Can its pungent onion/garlic
taste in a special salad for me be far off? I think not…
Our weekly Sunday walks start THIS Sunday at 8am, with me leading it, so I
will be a bit late to get to the Watch site, but come join the walk.
----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-Killdeer, 2-Ring-billed Gull, 2-Eastern
Towhee, 4-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (2): Cabbage White, Eastern Comma.
Dragonflies (0); Reptiles & Amphibians (1): Spring Peeper. 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: 5.49; Steps: 12,880; 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: 44; this season: 78
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks less crowded than today
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.