Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Howard Campbell, Jeff Chambers, Kathleen Pileggi
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (5): Howard Campbell, Jeff Chambers, Debby Kern, Kathleen Pileggi
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, 1-American Kestrel, and numerous
Black (40) and Turkey Vultures (55).
----“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:’ Today I noticed “our” Mockingbird imitating Red-bellied
Woodpecker and either Sapsucker, or a Sapsucker imitating a Red-shouldered
Hawk, or a straight Red-shouldered Hawk…you do the math – beyond me.
The Hummingbird feeders were filled and hung today in anticipation of the
arrival of these interesting, tiny gems, soon to brighten our days. Who
among us can’t spend hours watching these acrobats who “coexist” so well
with their brethren? How on earth do these creatures manage to reproduce?
I KNOW HOW they reproduce. Just not how they tolerate each other’s
existence long enough to do so. Wait….kinda like humans, I suppose…lol
A flyover, calling Purple Finch was the 82nd species identified at The
Watch this spring. A Swamp Sparrow foraging in the feed, was #83.
Two Harriers drifted slowly high overhead. You always hope these winged
travelers we watch find home as they left it. Far too much of their
“homes” are drained or developed into things we over-populated humans deem
As I type this, a Palm Warbler first called, then landed on the grass
before me…feeding. I too, was feeding on a bagel (with berry cream cheese)
and hazelnut coffee from the local Wawa.
My old Longwood Gardens friend, Howard came out to join me and a new
observer, Jeff, too.
American Lady and Clouded Sulphurs were added to the butterfly list.
Kathleen arrived, bearing a salad from Talula’s. A special treat, indeed.
Native Wildflowers seen on our afternoon walk were: the usual Bloodroot,
Trout lily, Spring Beauties. Also Spicebush was in full bloom.
----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, 3-Ring-billed
Gull, 1-Barred Owl, 1-Belted Kingfisher, 1-Northern Rough-winged Swallow,
4-Golden-crowned Kinglet, 2-Brown Thrasher, 1-Palm Warbler, 1-Swamp
Sparrow, 10-White-crowned Sparrow, 1-Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur,
American Lady. Dragonflies (0); Reptiles & Amphibians (2): Spring Peeper,
American Toad. 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: 6.25; Steps: 14,672; 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: 54; this season: 83
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):” Purple
Finch, Swamp Sparrow.
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.