Observation start time: 13:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi, Sue McLaughlin
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (4): Kathleen Pileggi, Ken Reynolds, Sue McLaughlin.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Mostly Cloudy with Rain, Temps 70-73F, Winds W 10-15 mph
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Bald Eagle,
1-Cooper's Hawk, 2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous
Black (30) and Turkey Vultures (60).
----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:’ Heavy rain prevented an early start to today’s watch, but a
noon call from Kathleen, already on site, prevented me from taking the day
off. When I arrived, the sky was cloudy with some lovely breaks and Sue
and Ken were also there. So, I was last to arrive. Great…. There were
instantly a few hawks about – a Cooper’s, local and migrant Red-tails, a
couple Red-shoulders, several Eagles. Washout day was not - at least, not
Sue and ever-present “sidekick” Ken, sauntered around the Watch site. No,
more accurately, Ken trundled, Sue…now, she sauntered. (We were having fun
with synonyms for strolling/walking – where’s my thesaurus?) Careful Ken,
it was your first time out here this spring and we do have standards,
especially for newbies – I mean, trundle?? Couldn’t you at least stroll?
Speaking of walking, today’s late day trek (another one) around the meadow
yielded the trill of American Toads in the vernal pond to our north. We
had hiked (one more) that same trail yesterday and nothing. Did I somehow
miss them ALL or did that entire chorus of American Toads just happen
----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-Golden-crowned Kinglet, 2-Brown Thrasher,
1-Palm Warbler, 8-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: 3.35; Steps: 7,868; Floors: 19.
----“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: 81
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
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.