Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carol Majors, Kathleen Pileggi
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (_): Ian Stewart, Kathleen Pileggi, Carol Majors, Ron Majors,
Cathy Huneke, Ann Stabb, Tim Zador, Carol Adler, Kathy Bellopede, Mej
Blake, Noel Bryson, Kitty Crossett, Nancy Drew, Betty Eichelberger, Bill
Eichelberger, Gerri Eisenstein, Dottie Engelbrecht, Pat Faulkner, Deliah
Foldes, Jean Holveck, Barbara Morrison, Donald Morrison, Tom Rice, Gerri
Ross, Kate Petrilli, Carolyn Ulrig, Hugh Ward, Regina Ward, Marylou
Wiezborski, Barbara Winfree.
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, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (60) and
Turkey Vultures (70).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-2
----“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:’ ---“It Figures?”---
Here this morning were the Majors - in search of yesterday’s Connecticut
Warbler. No luck was to be had for that, but seen were: Magnolia Warbler,
Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue Warbler, American Redstart, and a
Yellow-throated Vireo. Debby from Crosslands, another friend of the Hawk
Watch, reported 4 Broad-winged Hawks, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated
Green Warbler, Redstarts and Green Herons from nearby Longwood Gardens, ON
Sept. 11 (DK).
Our group of over twenty residents from Maris Grove Retirement Community
arrived, full of zest and ready for a walk for warblers first, followed by
hawks at “The Watch”…oh, and lunch thrown into the mix. Not bad, huh? I
took the group to where the warblers had been all week and just yesterday
morning and… sure enough, not too much was around today…..for them. It
figures. Only the Redstarts obliged them, and that with some difficulty.
At the watch, my grill acted up with a burner refusing to stay lit. The
hawks also waited until after our group had left to make their presence
known. Ughhh!! It figures!
3 Common Nighthawks flying up the Red Clay Creek valley were a nice
---- 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:
3-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 1-Yellow-throated Vireo, 2-Brown Thrasher, 1-Tennessee
Warbler, 4-Northern Parula, 3-Chestnut-sided Warbler, 4-Magnolia Warbler,
1-Black-throated Blue Warbler, 3-Black-throated Green Warbler,
1-Blackburnian Warbler, 1-Bay-breasted Warbler, 2-Black-and-white Warbler,
6-American Redstart, 1-Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 3-Blue Grosbeak,
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (13): Monarch - 14, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper,
Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Great Spangled Fritillary, Wild Indigo
Duskywing, Sachem. Dragonflies (2): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags.
Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, White-tailed
----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: 6.52; Steps: 15,289; 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: 60; this season: 100
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks a bit iffy with the remnants of Irma beginning its
pass thru our region.
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru Nov. 30, 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.