Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carl Mease, Evelyn Fowles, Mike Fowles
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (5): Carl Mease, Mike & Evelyn Fowles, Lorrie Sherron.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“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.-0; 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:’ ---“Come Back, We Hardly Knew Ye”---
Mike & Evelyn were there at the Hawk Watch bright and early this morning -
in fact, beating me there. They had a warbler walk in mind, as did I. Off
we went and right away, there was a difference. The background chip notes
of fall warblers was missing. The occasional flitting from tree to tree –
that was absent. Where there had been abundant activity for well-over a
week, there was none. As warbler walks go, it was great exercise! For the
first time in many days, there were no Olive-sided Flycatchers, either.
Sure, it had been great weather overnight for the birds to migrate out.
BUT doesn’t that mean it was great weather for birds from further north –
of which there are many yet to come - to migrate in? I always wonder that.
How does that happen? Don’t birds to our north encounter the same and
move in here? Well, not today, they didn’t! Not one migrant warbler was
encountered. Sorry guys…I still love you. You are amazingly sweet.
Back at “The Watch,” we in short order saw an adult Bald Eagle, an Osprey,
and our first migrant Sharp-shinned Hawk for the fall. Sadly, Carl tried
to extort a second “congratulatory pretzel” for being the first to see
“his” Osprey, but I award them only when richly deserved…and ONLY ONE! I
know they are good Carl, but share!
Conversation somehow turned to our “virtual world.” I know not how…it’s
not my favorite topic. It brought to mind on a trip to weekend tour to
Cape May I led one year. While there, we encountered an amazing close
flock of Skimmers resting on the beach. I was excited to show the Skimmers
to our tour participants, as well as passersby on the boardwalk. One
gentleman resting on a bench even asked what the commotion was about.
“Incredible and beautiful flock of Black Skimmers, right here. Some are
feeding in the scope. Come look!” I exclaimed. The man had a notion to
stir…put it aside.
“No, I’ll just look at them on the internet.”
Can you believe it? Me neither! Carl agreed, likely fearing the future.
Hmmm… I wonder how he’ll feel when people start bringing their “virtual
dogs” to his veterinary practice. Perhaps he’ll give them a “virtual exam”
and make sure they’re up to date with their virtual shots….you know, for
their virtual viruses. I can’t imagine where we’re heading… A mid-day
Nighthawk swept by to the delight of us all. Conversation then switched
off virtual birding (and dogs) to mis-placed (dubbed) birds in tv shows and
movies. Amazing how the idle brain functions….quick, we need a kettle of
Broad-wings, for mental focus, if for no other reason!
Lorrie arrived, reporting Redstarts, Magnolia Warbler and Chestnut-sided
Warblers in her Hockessin back yard (LS). A couple of distant Broad-winged
Hawks caused our spirits to soar, but was only a glimpse of what is to
---- 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-Great Blue Heron, 1-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 4-Blue Grosbeak, 30-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (12): Monarch - 10, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted
Purple, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Sachem. Dragonflies (2): Green Darner,
Black Saddlebags. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (1): Eastern
----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: 8.79; Steps: 20,619; 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: 46; this season: 95
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks GREAT!! You know what that means!<BR><BR>
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.