Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Beatty Broughton, Kathleen Pileggi
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY SPRING HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (5): Kathleen Pileggi, Beaty Broughton, Stewart family
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Hawk
Partly Cloudy to Cloudy (50-100% cloud cover), Winds 49-58F, Winds SE 10-15
----“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 (25) and Turkey Vultures (45).
----“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:’ ---“It Was THEM!”….
On the way in to “work” today, as I made a call through my GPS and as she
told me to make a right turn in 1 mile, I pondered, “What if my GPS called
another GPS?” Would they tell each other where they’d each been? Perhaps
plan a trip together; going somewhere they’d both like to see. Would they
even invite me? Or maybe just one day take me to a place and drop me off -
scurrying away, together? Think about it…self-driving
cars…laptops…GPS….smart-phones…all talking behind your backs. Remember,
I’ve already caught my GPS talking to my cell phone, just last week! How
long will they choose to include us, likely the weakest link, in their
devious plans? Seriously, I seldom can get any of them to talk with me
now! Oh, it’s coming! Conspiracy fans, rejoice. The future looks bright
for us or is it THEM…ALL THEM?? Well, these are the kind of thoughts that
creep into my mind. And just why do I think of these types of things?
Remember, I had a brain injury. Although miraculously recovered far beyond
anyone could have anticipated, there could be a reason that I think the way
that I do…and guess what? I might be the last to know it, remember it, or
even care about it. Anyway, it passed the time as I made my way to Bucktoe
…or did “THEY” all get together, in some ‘tech-ploy’ AND TAKE ME
I arrived where THEY took me to find conditions were better than
anticipated….at first. White billowy clouds…a hawk watchers friend,
prevailed. Two of the Stewart clan came to visit. They’ll be heading back
to England soon. A female Northern Harrier swept low in front of us,
providing a great look, even as the weather quickly deteriorated.
Susan Corkran called saying that her missing appointment book had
mysteriously turned up. She had thought that she might have left it at the
Hawk Watch the other day and I diligently searched for it even in the
parking lot - finding nothing. So, where had it been? I don’t know,
Susan, but I can be certain of one thing. “’THEY’ did it, Susan! ‘THEY’
Beaty’s sunglasses turned up missing, too. Her glasses? You got it! “It
----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, 1-Barred Owl, 3-N.
Rough-winged Swallow, 2-Brown Thrasher, 6-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: 2.18; Steps: 5,110; Floors: 12.
----“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: 47; this season: 89
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like another difficult day with morning showers
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.