Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors(2): Kathleen Pileggi.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
Cloudy with Rain (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 7,100-2,400 ft., Visibility
- 10 miles, Temps 56 - 62F, Winds ENE @ 5 - 10 mph.
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
3-Red-tailed Hawk, and 1-Black Vulture.
----“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:’ ---“Bad Weather Brings Great Birding – If it Does”---
The remnants of the Texas hurricane are coming thru today…likely just to
bring rain, rather than wind-blown stray birds, but we’ll see. After a
quick supply run to get ice for my cooler and coffee creamer for my coffee
brewed at the Hawk Watch site, I was off to Bucktoe to begin my day. The
weather was preventing anyone from joining me this morning, so I took the
opportunity to walk the perimeter of the hawk watch field meadow. I’m glad
I did. The edges held a nice variety of migrants, including numbers of
Chestnut-sided Warblers, Northern Parulas, Black-and-white Warblers,
American Redstarts, Black-throated Blue Warblers, Blackburnian Warbler,
Tennessee Warbler and Magnolia Warblers – all on my first walk around!
Hmmm….that calls for a second walk, don’t you think? Like I always say…bad
weather produces great birds! (Unless it doesn’t) Besides, my Fitbit
demands at least 15,000 steps – and you simply must give “her” what she
wants…. A second and third walk around the field followed adding
Black-throated Green Warbler and more numbers of the previously seen
Around Noon, it began raining more steadily until mid-afternoon, it was
pouring. The day became a total washout, yet the warblers remained hot all
day – right till dark. It should remain fantastic tomorrow, as these birds
will likely not migrate through this weather tonight. [17,076steps –
7.28miles -- 18floors]
---- 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-Eastern Screech-Owl, 1-Tennessee Warbler, 3-Northern Parula,
6-Chestnut-sided Warbler, 5-Magnolia Warbler, 4-Black-throated Blue
Warbler, 3-Black-throated Green Warbler, 2-Blackburnian Warbler,
7-Black-and-white Warbler, 10-American Redstart, 3-Blue Grosbeak,
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0): Dragonflies (0): Reptiles &
Amphibians (0): Mammals (3): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel,
----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: 7.28; Steps: 17,076; Floors: 18.
----“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 must remain our primary focus) for totals of each species seen for
“The Watch” year.
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 59; this season: 88
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (5):” Tennessee
Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Blackburnian
Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler.
Tomorrow’s flight looks improving
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.