Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (7): Kathleen Pileggi, Sue McLaughlin, Sabrena Boekell, Bob & Sue
Fry, Tim Zador.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Cooper's Hawk,
3-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (50) and
Turkey Vultures (55).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-0
----“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:’ ---“The Early Bird….”---
This special note… tomorrow, Tuesday, we have a large group (30 or more)
from Maris Grove Retirement Community coming to the Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Hawk Watch for a quick “warbler walk” around 10am, then lunch, cooked on
our grill, coffee made in the field, and some quality hawk watching. Come
enjoy it all with us!
This morning, I led a 7AM warbler walk first by request…an incredibly
successful walk. We saw thirteen species of warblers, featuring
Connecticut, Bay-breasted, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided,
Black-and-white, Parula, Tennessee, Black-throated Green, Black-throated
Blue, and more. But the Connecticut was the star of the show…an immature
bird, very obliging and close for an extended period of time. A
Philadelphia Vireo was also among the warblers.
We ran into Tim out collecting Frogs and Salamanders for a presentation at
school. The kids will love you, Tim!
A Cloudless Sulphur (butterfly) streaked across the meadow around noon. A
second and third “warbler walk” yielded precious little on the warbler
front – our birds being present only during the morning, that we could
find. The ever-present Blue Grosbeaks had to serve as consolation prizes.
Hope to see some of you with our group tomorrow!
---- 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-PHILADELPHIA VIREO, 2-Tennessee Warbler, 2-Northern
Parula, 2-Chestnut-sided Warbler, 3-Magnolia Warbler, 2-Black-throated
Green Warbler, 1-Black-and-white Warbler, 4-American Redstart,
1-Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 3-Blue Grosbeak, 25-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (14): Monarch - 20, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper,
Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Sachem, Cloudless
Sulphur. Dragonflies (2): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags. Reptiles &
Amphibians (0): Mammals (3): Eastern Cottontail, White-tailed Deer, Red
----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: 6.3; Steps: 14,787; Floors: 39.
----“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: 60; this season: 99
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks like one more pretty good day before the remnants
of Irma head this way, with high cloudiness drifting in throughout the
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.