Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Gerry Teig, Kathleen Pileggi
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (7): Ian Stewart (and family +3), Gerry Teig, Kathleen Pileggi.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Mostly Sunny (0-10% cloud cover), Temps 52-66F, Winds NNE 5-10
----“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 (35) and Turkey Vultures (55).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-1
----“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 Day for the Lists”….
“Loons, Cormorants and Broad-wings are flying - might be a good day!” Came
an excited text from friend, Mike Gardner. Mike was spotting those birds
over his home, not too far away, before the Watch started at 8am. Common
Loons did flash across our field of view once I started counting, becoming
our 88th species. A bit later, the first Ruby-throated Hummingbird – a
male, visited our feeders at 11:39am (#89). Welcome home, little fella!
Broad-winged Hawks were moving early on…my total reaching 27 birds. Hey, a
Brown Thrasher is suddenly on one of the suet feeders, going to town – a
new species for our “feeder list.” Wonder if he’s the one who’s been
singing so regularly nearby? I wonder if “he’s,” a “he?” Chris chased him
off to the ground, reclaiming “his” suet.
The season’s first Pearl Crescent and Wild Indigo Duskywing added to our
Bird bander, Ian & family were here again today – Dad, Sister and son,
Ollie – out enjoying the sun and the splendiferous environs here at
A Cooper’s Hawk flew by, its presence first indicated to me by the alarm
notes of assorted feeder birds at our station – Chickadees, Cardinals,
White-crowned Sparrows all emitted a scolding alarm note - diving for
cover. It’s truly amazing how they can see and identify a bird as an
accipiter and as a threat…I could barely see it. Of course, their lives
depend on it.
First Dragonfly on the list flew directly past….large, dark blue
back….about all I can say is what it wasn’t. Guess it won’t make the list.
Sadly, both times we checked the spot for the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron,
we struck out. Tonight we have our volunteer banquet at Longwood Gardens.
I made the list of over 15 years as a volunteer there.
----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: 4-Common Loon, 1-Ruby-throated Hummingbird,
1-Belted Kingfisher, 2-N. Rough-winged Swallow, 8-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Orange
Sulphur, Wild Indigo Duskywing, American Lady. Dragonflies (0); Reptiles &
Amphibians (0); 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: 7.1; Steps: 16,649; Floors: 46.
----“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: 89
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):” Common
Loon, Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
Tomorrow’s flight looks a bit brighter in the morning...clouding up in the
afternoon. Rain looks like it will hold off.
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.