Date: 9/17/17 2:54 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (17 Sep 2017) 799 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 66 66
Bald Eagle 8 65 69
Northern Harrier 2 7 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 17 17
Cooper's Hawk 5 18 18
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 761 1201 1201
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 30 33
Merlin 2 6 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 799 1417 1426

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Hank Davis, John McNamara, Mike Gardner

Visitors (25): Walter Borys, Puff Busch, Hank Davis, Curt Davis, Kris
DeBolt, Paty Wade, Colleen DelMonte, Fran DeMillion, Pam Dimeler, Laureen
Eick-Benson, Mike Gardner, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Lana Glass, Lou Horwitz,
Meghann Matwichuk, Sharon Milner, Ralph Milner, Kathleen Pileggi, Anita
Regester, Bill Lucas, Maria & Elias Zouras, Pepper Walling, John McNamara.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Fog-Partly Cloudy (50-70% cloud cover), Ceiling - 11,400-23,900 ft.,
Visibility - 1-10 miles, Temps 68 - 81F, Winds ENE @ 5 - 10 mph.

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

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:’ ---“That’s a Fine Kettle of Hot Air You’ve Got Us In,

I did a little of our regular Sunday bird walk this morning. Warbler
action has died down some, but we still ran into a few - Parula, Magnolia,
Black-and-white, Redstarts
A Least Flycatcher, our season’s second, was a nice, but brief surprise,
disappearing nearly as soon as it was found. A singing White-eyed Vireo
was nice, too.

I broke away from the walk, having to make coffee and begin my watch. Two
hummingbirds came by and in typical “hummingbird fashion” fought and chased
each other away….from my red TRAILER HITCH HANDLE! There were three actual
feeders full in my feeder area to fight over. It’s not like I’m spinning a
centrifuge and trying to build weapons of mass destruction and testing
missiles…it’s a TRAILER HITCH! Can’t we all just get along??

We all enjoyed coffee at the Watch, seeing a few Broad-wings drift by. One
person, I think it was Bill, even going so far to say that my coffee was
GREAT! Bill, I have never been so-accused! I aim for ‘tolerable’ and miss
wretchedly, at times. I worry about you, my friend. At 12:02PM two Ravens
came by…again!

Enough, playful banter! My “clicker” (used to count Broad-wings” as they
break off a kettle to form another, more distantly to the south) was
beginning to see quite a bit of play! Around noon, all Hell broke loose,
for a spell…I guess those Ravens signaled the onset. In roughly an hour’s
time, 761 Broad-winged Hawks came by in several such kettles - each
twisting higher in tight circles within the thermal, until one bird decides
it’s high enough and time to seek another such thermal to the south and
begin the process again. Our decisive sentinel departs, signaling each to
follow in quick order. My ‘clicker’ was feeling the stress. Just as
quickly as it had begun, it was over. Among the Broad-wings had been Bald
Eagles, Ospreys, Harriers, Sharpies, Cooper’s, Kestrels and Merlins. Great
fun, while it had lasted. There will be more!
---- 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-Least Flycatcher, 1-White-eyed Vireo, 2-COMMON RAVEN, 1-Northern Parula,
2-Magnolia Warbler, 4-Black-and-white Warbler, 8-American Redstart,
1-Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 4-Blue Grosbeak, 15-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (13): Monarch - 45, 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. Dragonflies
(2): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals
(2): Eastern Cottontail, Red Fox.
----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: 6.57; Steps: 15,414; 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: 59; this season: 106

Tomorrow’s flight looks like a carbon copy of today....which I would take!
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
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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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