Date: 9/3/17 11:11 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (31 Aug 2017) 1 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 31, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 4 4
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 3 3
Merlin 1 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 1 9 9

Observation start time: 18:00:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Jean-Marie Gauthier, Kathleen Pileggi, Sue McLaughlin

Visitors (4): Jean-Marie Gauthier, Susan McLaughlin, Kathleen Pileggi.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Partly Cloudy (50-90% cloud cover), Ceiling - 31,200-19,300 ft., Visibility
- 10 miles, Temps 79 - 70F, Winds NW @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
2-Red-tailed Hawk, and Turkey Vultures (1).

Non-raptor Observations:
----“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:’ ---“Fake Lifer??”---

A brief shower showed up…unexpectedly, drenching Susan and I and forcing a
pickup of much of the site. After the shower, a singing White-eyed Vireo
was added to our site year list. A Merlin streaked southward, just before,
at 6:25pm, nine Nighthawks became a lifer for Jean-Marie, flying by
directly overhead. Maybe you didn’t know this little-known rule there,
Jean-Marie – a lifer costs you an ice cream! I’ll have a strawberry!
Bobolinks were in evidence as were our Blue Grosbeaks – those still in full
song. Another shower dampened our evening…

Tomorrow? Ah, tomorrow the actual full-day hawk watch starts, along with
the Nighthawk Watch! I’ll be here all day from 9am thru till dark.
[10,036steps – 4.28miles -- 5floors] Postscript…Jean-Marie got home…called
and said that upon further review of his records that the Nighthawks were
not a lifer, but he had seen them once before. Nice try to get out of the
“ice cream payoff.” Brings the even less known amendment to the lifer rule
into stark focus. That rule states…”the penalty for faking a lifer is 2
ice creams, Jean-Marie!!” That gets me a vanilla cone, too!
---- Thanks to Delaware Nature Society for their support, and especially,
to the Brokaws, for not only their incredible support, but gracious
generosity in opening their property to the public for this watch, and oh,
so very much more!
9-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 1-White-eyed Vireo, 2-Blue Grosbeak, 10-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (10): Monarch - 20, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple.
Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Halloween Pennant.
Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (4): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray
Squirrel, White-tailed Deer, Raccoon.
----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: 4.28; Steps: 10,036; Floors: 5.
----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a Hawk &
Nighthawk 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,” – searching for
Hawks & Nighthawks, must remain our primary focus) for totals of each
species seen for “The Watch” year.
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 45; this season: 81

Tomorrow’s flight looks like fall is descending upon us. Can you believe
it's September?
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru Sept. 3, 5pm thru 8:00pm.
And from Sept. 1 thru Nov. 30, every day 9am thru 3pm. Rain or shine.
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 Nighthawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by Delaware
Nature Society. Please contact us at <earlybirdtours...> with
questions or comments.

Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)

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Site Description:
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.
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