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
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (2): Kathleen Pileggi
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Partly Cloudy - Cloudy (50-100% cloud cover), Temps 50-64F, Winds SE 10-15
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 3-Bald Eagle,
2-Cooper's Hawk, 4-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, 1-American
Kestrel, and numerous Black (25) and Turkey Vultures (52).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-3
----“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 mockingbird has taken to eating the suet placed at the
feeding table provided by Wild Birds Unlimited in Glen Mills. He’s also
taken to regaling me - constantly - with his repertoire which included,
among others: Carolina Wren, Flicker, Catbird, Blue Jay, Starling, Great
Crested Flycatcher, Sapsucker, Nuthatch, Killdeer and what sounded like a
Greater Yellowlegs. It also included cell phone and car alarm. “Back in
the day” it would have included Meadowlark, Bobwhite, and other species,
now very much less common and localized due to human encroachment, habitat
destruction, and other variables. Mockingbirds learn and repeat what they
hear. Sadly, they no longer hear those species, hence they are not learned
or repeated. They do hear the sounds of our modern existence, though. The
sounds we bring their way; or don’t hear the sounds we eliminate from their
environment. I, too, have those things…we all do. To exist, compete or
even to survive in this world – we are forced to change it; at least in a
small way. The thing is to minimize it all, or keep it all at a very slow
pace to allow for some adaptation, right? And we all know humans are all
about doing things slow and controlled (tongue firmly in cheek).
Late this afternoon, our first Clouded Sulphur was picked up by Kathleen.
Grab a celebratory pretzel, Kathleen!
Those pretzels were later blown off the table by the day’s strong wind - of
course, with me having left the lid off. The contents all emptied upon the
soggy ground. The five second rule? Apparently, the rule was not in play,
according to her.
“No way!” Kathleen said. “Those are for the public. Eat those yourself if
So into another container they went. Keep your hands off MY PRETZELS!
On our walk…Kathleen spotted a Great Egret (species #80), flying over the
Red Clay Creek valley. Species #81 were several, very cute Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers. You gotta love Gnatcatchers, right?
“Grab yourself a pretzel, Kathleen for that Great Egret!” I said. “I have
just the pretzels for you!”
“No!” She replied with a knowing smile. “Not going to happen. They’re all
yours! Eat and enjoy.”
To our native wildflowers list we added Common Blue Violet; also seeing
Bloodroot, Spring Beauty, and the beautiful, just flowering Virginia
----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: 3-Wood Duck, 2-Great Blue Heron, 1-Great
Egret, 1-Killdeer, 2-Ring-billed Gull, 4-Herring Gull, 1-Belted Kingfisher,
3-Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 5-Golden-crowned Kinglet, 2-Brown Thrasher,
3-Eastern Towhee, 1-Fox Sparrow, 12-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (1): Clouded Sulphur. Dragonflies
(0); Reptiles & Amphibians (2): Spring Peeper, American Toad. 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: 7.47; Steps: 17,520; Floors:
----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a hawk watch,
but conduct a migration tally from the site. Below is the list of species
identified on this year’s “Watch,” from the watch area. 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”
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 56; this season: 81
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):” Great
Egret, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
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.