Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (12): Tom Brokaw, Laureen Eick-Benson, Mike Fowles, Mike Gardner,
Jean-Marie Gauthier, Lana Glass, Meghann Matwichuk, Sue McLaughlin, Jayne
Nonn, Kathleen Pileggi, Jeff Wahl.
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, 2-American Kestrel, and numerous
Black (25) 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:’ ---“AH, THOSE AWKWARD TEENAGE YEARS!”---
Kathleen & I joined the regular Bucktoe Sunday morning walk first thing
I am so excited – we are to have several good days of weather. In a row!
How can this be?
Barred Owls began hooting at 10:25am, continuing off and on throughout the
remainder of the day.
Kestrels appear to have taken the nesting box in the meadow along Sharp
Upon completion of their walk, Mike and the gang all stopped up and watched
me enjoy a cup of field-brewed coffee from my drip coffee maker. They
reported the season’s first Baltimore Oriole just 100 yards away. Somehow
I had missed it singing. I’ll have to be more “tuned in,” I suppose.
I notice our throng of immature White-crowned Sparrows is beginning to molt
into adult plumage. They are at that awkward age we all were at when
teenagers – not quite refined enough to pull it off. I only had one adult
since fall. Filling the feeders, I run into a small flock of warblers
consisting of Palm, Pine and Yellow-rumps. Quick…where’s Susan?
New Birds were a flock of 19 Double-crested Cormorants (species #84) and
Barn Swallow was welcomed back as #85.
The typical early season butterfly list was enhanced by American Lady, a
Mourning Cloak whisking its way through our site, and late in the day, the
season’s first Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
My field office was in full operation today…a mobile hot spot with many
emails going out, power with my new power converter powering and charging
laptops, cell phones and tablets. All while watching hawks and doing
reports, blogging. What a world!!
----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: 19-Double-crested Cormorant, 2-Northern
Rough-winged Swallow, 1-Barn Swallow, 1-Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1-Brown
Thrasher, 2-Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2-Pine Warbler, 2-Barred Owl, 6-Palm
Warbler, 15-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (5): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Mourning Cloak, American Lady. 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: 8.41; Steps: 19,735; 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: 50; this season: 85
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):”
Double-crested Cormorant, Barn Swallow.
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.