Date: 4/12/17 1:55 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (10 Apr 2017) 14 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 10, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 5 90 194
Osprey 0 12 23
Bald Eagle 0 6 31
Northern Harrier 0 5 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 44 130
Cooper's Hawk 2 16 39
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 17 48
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 3 44 146
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 7 15
Merlin 0 2 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 14 243 641

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Gary Stolz, Kathleen Pileggi, Tim Zador

Visitors (19): Stacey Gummey and the TLC Springtime Adventurers group of
15, Tim Zador, Gary Stolz, Kathleen Pileggi.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk

Mostly Sunny to Partly Cloudy (0-50% cloud cover), Temps 55-74F, Winds SSW
10-15 mph

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Cooper's Hawk,
1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, 2-American Kestrel, and numerous
Black (45) and Turkey Vultures (60).

Non-raptor Observations:
----“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:’ ---“You Look Sharpie in that Sweater”---
First stop today – the local Giant Grocery Store for Soda, Ice for my
coolers, Ground Coffee, Coffee Creamer, and the spontaneous purchase of a
desperately needed lawn shade umbrella. I hadn’t known I needed it so
desperately, until entering the store. Those purchases ever happen to you?
(lol) The umbrella will screen my laptop so I can see it in the bright
sun. I hope. Hey, it was the right color (green) and it will replace the
one destroyed last year at the site. Some things are just meant to happen.

The sun was very bright today, to start…not enough background clouds for my
liking. A Red-shouldered Hawk was screaming in the valley, while a
Red-tailed Hawk was doing the same high overhead. Taking this all in - I
ate my Wawa bagel (with berry cream cheese).
Today the Barred Owl began calling at 11am, although the calling was far
more sporadic than yesterday’s.
Tim, Gary & Stacey came up with their “Springtime Adventurers” group of 14
children from TLC, having heard the owl. They were having fun, enjoying
nature while eating lunch. They did a departing bird call in unison, just
for me – a fine & welcome murder of crows, it was.
Kathleen was out today and brought some knitting to do. How peaceful is
that scene? She knit, while outside soaking in some vitamin D, hearing
nature, and seeing hawks…
“Look over the woods – a Sharpie!” Kathleen said, mid pearl.
Kathleen returned to her sweater, not having missed a stitch. How many
women can do that? You’re a double threat, Kathleen!
----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, 2-Barred Owl, 2-Brown
Thrasher, 2-Palm Warbler, 10-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur,
American Lady. 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: 5.58; Steps: 13,094; 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: 46; this season: 85

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...>)

Site Description:
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.
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