Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carol Spease, Kathleen Pileggi, Susan Corkran
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (26): Kathleen Pileggi, Carol Spease, Tim Zador, Stacey Gummey
(plus 20 Springtime Adventurers & support staff), Susan Corkran.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Mostly Cloudy to Partly Cloudy (90-25% cloud cover), Temps 50-62F, Winds
Light & Variable
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Cooper's Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (45) and Turkey Vultures (70).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-0
----“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:’ ---“Predators, some on the move, some hanging around,
giving a hoot”---
A local Red-tailed Hawk lifted up off a snag, gaining altitude on what wind
there was and disappeared into the fairly low clouds of this morning. I
sipped my coffee, made on site. Now, this is living!
The “Springtime Adventurers” from TLC will be here again today. Hopefully
the skies will brighten as predicted and the Broad-winged Hawk migration,
beginning yesterday, will be witnessed by them.
Yesterday’s bright Savannah Sparrow appears to still be here, feeding on
the cracked corn sprinkled on the bare ground. While above them, our
hanging hummingbird feeders await their first visitor. As do I. The
second, less spectacularly plumaged, Savannah Sparrow visits Bucktoe Basin,
our “incredible water feature.” Carol arrived…hawks beware! She’s a great
At 10:30 we see a kettle of Broad-wings directly overhead, building to 39
birds with various stragglers. Where’s my “clicker?”
TLC’s Stacey & Tim, along with 17 Springtime Adventurers” and 3 support
staff ate lunch and saw hawks with us. One little boy, Cliff, even spotted
two Broad-winged Hawks soaring high above! Full-partial credit to you,
Cliff. You’re a future hawk watcher, for sure!
This afternoon, 2 Ravens playfully flew through, soaring then swooping on
an unsuspecting Black Vulture. Susan Corkran was here…and NO FOG! lol
Broad-wings continued thru the morning with the count ending at 64 - pretty
good early-season flight for this species. After the watch, we helped Tim
conduct the Owl Prowl at Bucktoe, where “our” Barred Owls did not
disappoint. We had them in view, watching them fly around hunting and
calling to one-another for at least an hour. It was great!
----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-Double-crested Cormorant, 1-Great Blue
Heron, 2-COMMON RAVEN, 2-N. Rough-winged Swallow, 2-Brown Thrasher, 2-Palm
Warbler, 2-Savannah Sparrow, 14-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (5): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Black Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur.
Dragonflies (0); Reptiles & Amphibians (0); Mammals (1): Red Fox.
----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: 6.13; Steps: 14,391; 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: 49; this season: 86
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like perhaps a repeat of today with light southerly
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.