Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Evelyn Fowles, Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Fowles
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (5): Tom Brokaw, Evelyn Fowles, Mike Fowles, Kathleen Pileggi.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Mostly Cloudy to Cloudy (90-100% cloud cover), Temps 52-63F, Winds S 5-10
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
5-Red-tailed Hawk, 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:’ ---“There is Nothing Worse than Wasted….”---
A prompt start…I watched, hoping for a repeat of yesterday early day hawk
movement. But nothing…except my Wawa coffee starter mug & bagel (with
berry cream cheese). My “clicker” was at the ready…well-lubed, ready for
action. The Barred Owls along Bucktoe Creek, which had entertained us so
thoroughly during last night’s “owl prowl,” hooted once. Eleven o’clock
arrived, still with no migrating hawks today – a well prepared ‘clicker’
being wasted. To borrow a partial line from - was it, a “Bronx Tale”(?) -
“There is nothing worse than a wasted clicker.” Or something like that!
Conditions were good today, too– light southerly wind, a complete bank of
background clouds to see them against. Now, it’s noon…still nothing.
You’re right! Another mug of coffee is in order! On it goes…
Tom arrived – in trouble, already…as usual. And late for something…or was
it late for everything, Tom? “Where are the people today?” asked Tom,
adding. “Well, it is Easter weekend and there are things to be done.”
“But where are the birds?” I say. “Birds don’t celebrate Easter, do they,
Late in the day, Mike & Evelyn arrived to see…you guessed it - no migrants.
They were able to enjoy one of our Palm Warblers. How could this be,
after the promise of yesterday? Well, it seems there was nothing worse
How do you alleviate a disappointing day of hawk watching? Why, with a
bouquet of flowers, of course. Kathleen arrived, vase in hand and off we
went. Spring Beauties, Cutleaf Toothwort, Bloodroot, Common Blue Violets,
Trout Lily, Virginia Bluebells soon made their way to our vase. The
Virginia Bluebells were newly emerged and “ablaze” in tranquil blue. While
collecting this stunning display of Bucktoe’s native blooms, our attention
was seized by the “wheezy” call note of a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. This bird
was building its nest in plain sight. So, everyone coming on tomorrow’s
Bucktoe walk (at 8am) with us will have a great look at a Gnatcatcher
building its marvelous nest! And see a beautiful native wildflower bouquet
gracing the shade of one of our picnic tables under the hawk watch
----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, 4-N.
Rough-winged Swallow, 1-Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2-Brown Thrasher, 5-Palm
Warbler, 1-Savannah Sparrow, 12-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur. Dragonflies (0); Reptiles & Amphibians (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: 8.11; Steps: 19,031; 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: 44; this season: 86
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks pretty good some clouds, but mostly sunny, warm
strong SW winds. Anyone else thinking an early season Mississippi Kite? I
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.