Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 13 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Ian Stewart, Kathleen Pileggi
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (11): Colleen DelMonte, Laureen Eick-Benson, Lana Glass, Carol
Majors, Carl Mease, Kathleen Pileggi, Lorrie Sherron, Tommy Sherron, Ian
Stewart, Ollie Stewart.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
Cloudy with Rain, becoming Mostly Sunny (100-25% cloud cover), Ceiling -
2,400-30,000 ft., Visibility - 6-10 miles, Temps 62 - 75F, Winds West @ 10
- 15 mph.
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (50) 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:’ ---“Olive-sided, Everywhere”---
Our weekly Bird Walk was on tap first this morning at Bucktoe, with a
continuation of the warblers seen yesterday expected. We’ll see what
happens. The parking lot seemed rather birder-ish (a word??) as I drove
in. I made the purposeful decision not to bird much until group showed up
- not wanting to have to say, “You should have been here a few minutes
ago!” I had an auspicious beginning anyway, with a COMMON RAVEN calling
when first I pulled into the lot. The “regular Sunday morning “crew” began
to drift in with Colleen, fresh from her summer in Connecticut, among them.
There was an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER here very obviously on top of a close
snag. Then there was a second Olive-sided. I had never before seen two of
these local rarities at once, but here they were – in the same field of
view. Bucktoe is a great spot to see these!
The walk began with this brief gem as we started working the warblers in
the parking lot trees:
“What’s that bird with the white double bands on the sides?” asked
“They’re called wing bars, Colleen.” Fortunately, I speak fluent
Connecticut-eze.. So, I knew what she was talking about. It was a Northern
Parula. Ahh…I missed you, Colleen! Glad you’re back!!
Other highlights in the main parking lot area were Nashville Warblers,
numerous Black-throated Blue Warblers, Black-throated Green Warbler,
Magnolia Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Ovenbirds, Blackburnian
Warblers, American Redstarts, Black-and-white Warblers, and a Philadelphia
Vireo. Bobolinks flew overhead calling, while Blue Grosbeaks were in
constant song…still. [“The Bucktoe Bird Walk:” 9,747steps – 4.15miles --
Back at the Hawk Watch, after the morning walk…. I always set my scope up
and focus it on “Olive-sided Flycatcher Snag,” so dubbed as it is where one
of those fine birds often perches when one is about. Presumptuous of me?
Likely so. Am I exercising wishful thinking? Absolutely! But, a couple
of these Olive-sided Flycatchers “were about” today as we already
discussed, and soon one of them or another was right on “its snag” and as a
result, in my scope’s field of view. Was it one of the day’s previously
seen birds, or yet another? The season’s first Northern Harrier flew by
this afternoon, followed by a second. Nighthawks were flying – perfect
timing as this is the last day of their official count here. We had 97
today, most appearing early in the evening. We ended the Nighthawk portion
of “The Watch,” sponsored by Delaware Nature Society, with 273 of these
magnificent birds coming by our watch site. OK, but no huge groups this
Bearing yesterday’s rant on Ford in mind…a bit of balance is called for. I
want to thank a few people for helping me make it thru the “van ordeal”
(and Ford will not be one of them). I’d like to thank TLC for the room and
shower, Jim for the ride, Sandy for the tent effort, FAST, my auto service
company for the tow, lending an ear, and arranging the ultimate repair and
Kathleen for rides, including the final one to pick up my van.
---- 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:
2-COMMON RAVEN, 97-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 2-OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 3-Blue
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (7): Monarch - 3, 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: 9.03; Steps: 21,181; Floors:
----“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,” – 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: 56; this season: 89
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” Northern
Tomorrow’s flight looks like a nice day with light winds.
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.