Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Hartshorne
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (7): Jim Geiger, Mike Hartshorne, Kathleen Pileggi, Kathleen
Rengert, Lorrie Sherron, Sandy Stowell.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
Mostly Sunny to Cloudy (10-90% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000-19,000 ft.,
Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 59 - 69F, Winds North @ 5 mph.
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (55) and Turkey Vultures (65).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 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:’ ---“Barred Owl Ushered In the Night Shift”---
Thanks for the ride early this morning, Jim! I won’t even mention the
tomatoes for fear someone might notice you had extra. A new month begins
today, and with it, The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County’s Hawk
Watch. That and the Delaware Nature Society’s Nighthawk Watch, will have
me at beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve all day. Oh, and I have the regular
Bird Walk Sunday morning, too. It’ll all be great fun…just as long as the
At 10:30am, one of “our Ravens” flew by, croaking as he trolled the sky.
The season’s first Broad-winged Hawks were a pair soaring high, twisting on
the breeze, drifting towards the southwest above a kettle of vultures.
Shortly after 1pm, the season’s second OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was noticed
making sorties off one of our snags to the west. A fantastic look! A few
minutes before 8pm and just as a Barred Owl began hooting in the quickly
dimming light, a flock of 30 Nighthawks flew over the Red Clay Creek
valley, bringing the day’s total to 33 of these fascinating birds. On a
personal front, my van is repaired and has come back to me. [17,106steps
– 7.29miles -- 9floors]
---- Thanks to The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County 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!
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS:
1-Barred Owl, 1-COMMON RAVEN, 33-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 1-OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER, 2-Blue Grosbeak, 12-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (7): Monarch - 5, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Orange
Sulphur, Buckeye. Dragonflies (2): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags.
Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, 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: 7.29; Steps: 17,106; Floors: 9.
----“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: 55; this season: 83
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):” COMMON
RAVEN, Broad-winged Hawk. .
Tomorrow’s flight looks a bit rainy. Not a good day.
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 THE LAND
CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY. 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.