Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (29): Howard Campbell, Rick Casey, Stacey Gummey (plus her TLC
Springtime adventurers group of 24 children & support staff), Kathleen
Pileggi, Tim Zador.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Cloudy with Drizzle, then Mostly Cloudy (100-75% cloud cover), Temps
62-71F, Winds NW 10-15 mph
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 7-Red-tailed Hawk, 2-American Kestrel, and numerous
Black (35) 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:’ ---“Thanks, for the Memories”---
Howard arrived very early this morning, ambling down the trail to our site
– lunch box in hand. Howard knew the area that would become Bucktoe Creek
Preserve when it was a pig farm & potato farm, back as a child of 12 or 13,
in 1950. He used to hunt the meadows and swim its streams. Knew the
legend of “Bucktoe Mike”…. earned $3 and 2 meals per day, picking potatoes.
I’m figuring the meals were the “big payoff,” right Howard? Well, today
Howard “picked” out the first hawk of the day – a Cooper’s – at “his” old
pig & potato farm. Go ahead; grab yourself a celebratory pretzel, Howard –
but just a small one. After all, it was “only” a Cooper’s Hawk!
Stacey and Tim from TLC arrived with her “Springtime Adventurers” group of
18 children (~4-5 year olds) and 7 support staff. It was fun searching for
“critters” under the logs here with this curious group. Oh, to be a child
again…with this energy and curiosity raging within! They had been busy
catching tadpoles on the ponds, now they were hoping for some hawks. How I
hoped for a low-flying adult Bald Eagle to now come by. But the best I
could muster up was a couple of Sharpies and 7 Red-tailed Hawks in the air
at once. Rick arrived and seeing the throng (of children, not hawks),
thought better of approaching. CHICKEN! Nice try - you still owe us a
dinner, there Rick (lol). This gang will be back again on Friday.
----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-Belted Kingfisher, 2-N. Rough-winged
Swallow, 2-Brown Thrasher, 3-Palm Warbler, 18-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (4): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, American Lady. Dragonflies (0); Reptiles &
Amphibians (1): 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: 5.53; Steps: 12,965; 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: 45; this season: 85
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.