Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Evelyn Fowles, Hank Davis, Howard Campbell, Mike Fowles
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (7): Howard Campbell, Evelyn & Mike Fowles, Dale Kendall, Hank
Davis, Walter Borys.
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 (65) and
Turkey Vultures (75).
----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:’ ---“I’m Partly Cloudy…Fair Warning”---
On the drive to Bucktoe this morning, I got to thinking about my weather
forecasts and descriptions and started wondering, as I’m sure many of you
do about everything I say or write - what I’m talking about. What does it
all really mean?? What’s “partly cloudy” and isn’t that the same as
“partly sunny?” They’re both parts… And does partly cloudy mean that it’s
really mostly sunny? If so, why not say it? Does one’s verbiage just
depend on whether they feel optimistic or pessimistic? Is the glass half
full? No it’s half empty… Who’s on first??
So, I looked it up. Turns out, it’s a distinction without a difference for
some things like partly cloudy and partly sunny. They are interchangeable,
meaning the same thing in the eyes of the National Weather Service -
although for obvious reasons, partly sunny can only be used in the daytime
hours when the SUN IS OUT.
The NWS definition states that when between 3/8 and 5/8 of the sky is
covered by clouds that’s classified as partly cloudy or partly sunny. Just
for fun and added clarity…sometimes, a "mix of sun and clouds" is used by
some forecasters instead of "partly sunny" during the daytime hours, though
apparently, it is not an official NWS term.
As you may have guessed by now, mostly cloudy means the sky contains more
clouds than sun (at night - stars). In the NWS’s view, when 3/4 to 7/8 of
the sky is covered by clouds – it’s mostly cloudy. If you tire of that,
you may interchange "considerable cloudiness," without penalty.
On the other hand, mostly sunny means there is more sun than clouds. When
1/8 to 1/4 of the sky is covered by clouds, it's classified as mostly
sunny, or mostly clear at night, according to the NWS.
Sunny or clear means there are no clouds in the sky, and clearly, cloudy
means the entire sky is covered by clouds.
One of the most misused weather terms is "fair." The NWS uses "fair,"
typically at night, to describe less than 3/8 cloud cover, with no
precipitation and no visibility limitations, extreme temperature or winds.
It describes what we’d generally consider to be pleasant weather
conditions…although to be fair, one man’s pleasant…..
Having said that, tomorrow’s weather will be partly mostly fair…or is that
mostly partly fair?
Err….look outside. It will be what it is… and not always what they say it
Is that clear to you? Mostly clear? Partly clear?? The entire thing
remains somewhat foggy to me…
Back at the partly cloudy watch site, things were happening fast. Mike &
Evelyn were there first thing, soon joined by Howard. Sharpies & Cooper’s
Hawks were interfering with the work I had to get done. So, we went to
counting them. What had appeared a promising beginning soon settled into a
slow hawk movement day in general.
A moment of crisis, Howard temporarily misplaced his pedometer, leaving it
on a picnic table.
“Hey, I just wasted 30 steps that weren’t counted looking for it!” Said a
disgruntled Howard, as he started to shake his pedometer back and forth
violently to catch up… Nice work, Howard!
Dale was into my “congratulatory pretzels” in a big way today and without
the prerequisite of finding a good bird to earn one. That’s gonna cost
you, Dale! Dale was grabbing a pretzel for just SEEING the bird, not
FINDING it! In Dale’s mind and in her pretzel-eating euphoria, she was
attempting to do away with the “finder’s fee,” in its stead seeking a
“There’s a Turkey Vulture!” – came a very sad extortion attempt by Dale.
“An act of desperation, Dale. A total act of desperation… no
“congratulatory pretzel for THAT!”
Butterflies were of interest today with Painted Lady and Eastern Comma in
Thanks for the help with the butterfly checklist, Mike & Evelyn. I’ll show
you the end product. And thanks for finding us the Painted Lady.
---- 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-Blue Grosbeak, 18-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (16): Monarch - 40, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted
Purple, Variegated Fritillary, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Sachem, Red Admiral,
Eastern Comma, Painted Lady. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black
Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals
(2): Eastern Cottontail, Meadow Vole.
----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: 5.55; Steps: 13,025; 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: 45; this season: 108
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks a lot like today with light winds.
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 Hawk 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.