Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Beatty Broughton, Carl Mease, Holly Merker,
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (21): Scott Barnes, Tom Brokaw, Beaty Broughton, Colleen DelMonte,
Laureen Eick-Benson, Evelyn & Mike Fowles, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Lana Glass,
Arild Hestvik, Susan Huffington, Lily Li, Carl Mease, Holly Merker,
Kathleen Pileggi, Mutsuko Sato, Carol Spease, Camila Faraday (plus 2).
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, 1-American Kestrel, and numerous
Black (30) and Turkey Vultures (60).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-1; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-3
----“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:’ ---“A Rare Bird, Indeed”….
Our regular Sunday bird walk at Bucktoe was to be for early season
warblers. Instead, it was fraught with anxiety and anticipation of looking
for the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, found and photographed by Gerry Teig
just yesterday along the Red Clay Creek below us, and reported to me just
last evening. Also, there was that nest-building Blue Gray Gnatcatcher we
had found on our walk yesterday. The Gnatcatcher cooperated; the Heron,
not so much. Sadly, it was nowhere to be found. As for warblers…only
Yellow-rumped were represented. When we arrived at the Hawk Watch,
following this morning’s walk, the “Little Blip,” Holly, had things well in
order. She FINALLY got to see her chair…(hear that, GARY?)…but she feigned
surprise nonetheless. (Friend, Gary had told her about her customized
chair with her nickname “little blip” scripted on it, that we’d gotten her
before she was ever here to see it) A few Sharpies drifted past the group,
several Bald Eagles, but no major movement.
The season’s first Monarch butterfly flew by – a weathered individual. It
missed being the earliest ever recorded in Pennsylvania by a single day!
Also, we saw a pair of mating Black Swallowtails… It was a fine early
season day for the butterflies with 9 species being seen.
The highlight of the day had to be us all hopping in the EBNT van driving
around the border of the property to try once again, to see the adult
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron …just a few hundred yards down the hill from our
Hawk Watch site! You see, Holly had seen it where we had missed it
earlier. This time we had success. Incredible find, Gerry!! And thanks,
Joe for re-finding it this morning and Holly, this afternoon - resting the
day away, high up a tree leaning over the creek! It was only my second
ever, Chester County sighting of this rare, long-legged wader of more
southerly distribution. Those of you on our first walk this morning (and
anyone else), hoping to see our rare heron and missing it, follow the blog
to see if it remains and stop by the Hawk Watch. If still here, we’ll go
see it together…now, that I’m wise to its activities. As of this evening,
it remains. It was not seen from the Hawk Watch site, but House Wren was
identified from there, becoming our 87th species.
----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: 2-Wood Duck, 1-Great Blue Heron,
2-Rough-winged Swallow, 2-House Wren, 1-Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,
2-Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2-Brown Thrasher, 1-Palm Warbler, 10-White-crowned
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (9): Monarch - 1, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Black Swallowtail, Orange
Sulphur, Meadow Fritillary, Mourning Cloak, American Lady. Dragonflies
(0); Reptiles & Amphibians (1): Garner Snake. Mammals (1): Eastern Gray
----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: 8.76; Steps: 20,557; 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: 51; this season: 87
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” House
Tomorrow’s flight looks like it could be a bit wet in the morning
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.