Date: 9/9/17 8:51 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (09 Sep 2017) 29 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 09, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 38 38
Bald Eagle 7 29 33
Northern Harrier 0 4 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 17 31 31
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 9 12
Merlin 0 1 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 29 114 123

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Chad Hutchinson, Mike Hartshorne

Visitors (7): Rand McIlvaine, Chad Hutchinson, Mike Hartshorne, Lauren
Diamond, John Wagner, Puff Busch.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Mostly Sunny (10-50% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 58 - 71F, Winds North @ 10 - 15 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (60) and
Turkey Vultures (70).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-2; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-5

Non-raptor Observations:
----“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:’ ---“Diamonds ARE This Girl’s Best Friend!”---

Some warbler species were back around the Hawk Watch today…2-Black-throated
Green Warblers, a Black-throated Blue Warbler, Tennessee Warbler,
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, American Redstart, Bay-breasted
Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, and Canada Warbler, among them. (MH, CH,

Mike brought “his better half,” Lauren, then made the weighty decision to
break my chair. Hey Mike, it’s not hard for you to bring your better half.
All you need to be is with somebody else…anybody else!! Lol

And don’t you have to be a little bit leery of dating a girl with the last
name “Diamond,” there Mike? Could get expensive, couldn’t it?? “I already
told him I’m not taking the last name ‘Hartshorne!’” added Lauren. “I
won’t change my last name unless it’s to marry a Galaxy or Platinum.”

Hey Mike…it could be worse. Her name could have been Lauren Emerald.
Would that TRUMP that??

Full-parial credit there Mike for that first year Bald Eagle you turned up.
Nice try bribing off Ms. Diamond with one for her, too. Not going to
happen, Buddy! And nice try with the ole “Hey Lauren, nice flannel”
bribe/ploy – that too…not gonna work, Mike. Gonna have to come with the
hardware for this gal!

They enjoyed some of my coffee – not an easy thing to do. “I like all
coffee.” Says Mike. “I like it black, if it’s good.”
I reached for the cream and sugar for Mike.

The future impoverished Mike had to leave, dragging the lovely Ms. Diamond
along. I’m guessing… likely to find Mike higher paying employment. Mike
left the site having only partially decimating it. Better luck next
time…Mike! We can survive the loss of one chair…pull up some grass next
time! Shortly after leaving, a Raven called off to our southwest. Mike
displaying impeccable timing, I figure. He’s a keeper there, Lauren!!!
Lol Later, a group of Broad-winged Hawks came through. Oh, I just can’t

After my time here at Bucktoe today, I led my first “Walk with Nature”™
Program with Ace Hardware that I recently established. It was successful
with a nice turnout of birders along the Brandywine River. We saw Spotted
Sandpiper and Solitary Sandpiper, as well as Parula and Chestnut-sided
---- 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!
1-COMMON RAVEN, 1-Tennessee Warbler, 1-Chetnut-sided Warbler, 1-Magnolia
Warbler, 1-Black-throated Blue Warbler, 2-Black-throated Green Warbler,
1-Blackburnian Warbler, 1-Bay-breasted Warbler, 1-American Redstart,
1-Canada Warbler, 3-Blue Grosbeak, 15-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (12): Monarch - 12, 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: 5.64; Steps: 13,220; Floors: 29.
----“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: 55; this season: 95

Tomorrow’s flight looks like much more of the same with light northerly
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
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Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)

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Site Description:
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.
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