Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Jean-Marie Gauthier, Joe Sebastiani, Kathleen Pileggi,
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (10): Colleen Delmonte, Laureen Eick-Benson, Mike Gardner,
Jean-Marie Gauthier, Lana Glass, Susan Huffington, Kathleen Pileggi, Joe
Sebastiani, Ellen Sebastiani,
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, 1-American Kestrel, and numerous
Black (30) and Turkey Vultures (50).
----“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:’ Before the Watch began today, we had our inaugural bird
walk for 2017. It was very good! As you would expect at this time of
year, it was a mix of seasons. It’s happening with our weather; might as
well happen with our birds, right? Several Winter Wrens remained, yet
there were numbers of Pine Warblers. There was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,
White-crowned Sparrows, Fox Sparrows – some singing - yet, Palm Warblers
were here, too. Tree Swallows and Bluebirds raged war over available
nesting boxes. Still, White-throated Sparrows and Juncos were at the
feeders and singing in the brush and trees.
New wildflowers were encountered (do you “encounter” a wildflower?) on our
early morning walk: Virginia Blue Bell & just emerging, Trout Lilly. Other
plants and wildflowers found that were seen on previous walks - Ramp,
Spring Beauties, and Blood Root.
On the walk we also had Cabbage White and Eastern Coma. Oh, and a
footbridge dislodged from its usual location by the recent torrential
rains. Mike came to the rescue and gracefully and astutely (in the mud),
replaced the bridge. Much gratitude, Mike! And thanks to Laureen for the
Blondies Baked Goods. Thanks also to Colleen for wearing THAT hat –
thereby taking the pressure off the hat I chose. That was a daring fashion
selection, Colleen. Don’t you just love it when someone has the
confidence, throws caution to the wind (and fashion sense) and just goes
with the feeling at the time? You “worked” that hat, Colleen! (LOL)
Susan Huffington, who I just recently discovered to be a friend of my
brother’s, was here today at the Hawk Watch. It was so very nice to talk
with you Susan. Hope to see you out here a lot more – and feel free to
bring my brother along. Early a few Ospreys, Sharpies, Coopers,
Red-shouldered, but the excellent sky of the later afternoon cried for
----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-Great Blue Heron, 1-Ring-billed Gull,
1-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 2-Brown Thrasher, 2-Brown Thrasher, 1-Fox
Sparrow, 12-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (1): Cabbage White. 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: 8.81; Steps: 20.660; 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: 79
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks favorable skies, favorable winds.
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.