Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Janny Sterrett, Kathleen Pileggi, Tim Sterrett
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (6): Jim Green, Pam Green, Janny Sterrett, Tim Sterrett, Kathleen
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 5-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (65) and
Turkey Vultures (60).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-3; 2 yr.-2; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-8
----“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:’ ---“Grab a Seat, Anyone?”---
A Bank Swallow flew by, thus becoming our 90th species ID’ed from our Hawk
A friend of the Hawk Watch, George Graham had a Black-and-white Warbler and
a Common Yellowthroat at his feeders yesterday, so we are not the only ones
who have these insect-eating warblers appearing to sample our bird seed
occasionally. Thanks George, for the report.
The skies were alive today, relatively speaking, with swallows, swifts and
a variety of hawks. Why? I can’t explain it. The winds were wrong. Much
of the sky before us was intense blue, not divulging its occupants easily.
Yet, there they were – a nice early season turnout of larger raptors. Many
Eagles, Ospreys, a couple of Harriers. It was in fact “Eagle day” here at
Bucktoe (13 were seen) and with apologies to Steeler and Raven fans out
there…the Eagles are ready to soar. Besides, you Ravens had your day
yesterday with 2 being seen.
An Olive-sided Flycatcher was still here from yesterday, I imagine. This
one was perched and feeding from the very top of the snag near the Hawk
Watch parking lot throughout the morning. A Common Nighthawk showed up
this afternoon – a day after their official count here ended. I enjoyed
him all the same. Later in the day, 2 Ravens were seen cavorting to our
east…busting in on our Eagles day.
A special request…does anyone have extra or unused lawn chairs, especially
collapsible or foldable, that they’d like to donate to the cause here at
our Hawk Watch? Many of mine are deteriorating and falling apart. Not to
look a gift horse in the mouth, but they would need to fit in with our ever
so subtle motif here…that of brown and green earth tones. I don’t want the
Brokaws to appear as if they are having a yard sale. Kindly let me know if
you do have some for us and thanks… [Day’s “Walk with Nature:”
13,798steps – 5.88miles -- 62floors]
---- 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, 1-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 1-OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 2-Bank
Swallow, 3-Blue Grosbeak, 10-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (10): Monarch - 9, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted
Purple. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted
Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (2): 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: 5.88; Steps: 13,798; 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: 52; this season: 90
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” Bank
Tomorrow’s flight looks good, but with winds wrong...but, it worked today!
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.