Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carol Majors, Carol Spease, Kathleen Pileggi
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (7): Carol Majors, Ron Majors, Kathleen Pileggi, Carol Spease,
Debby Kern, Julie Knobil.
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 (70) and
Turkey Vultures (60).
----“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:’ ---“Sweatin’ To the Oldies??”---
I met Carol & Ron at 7:30am to do the bird survey and check on warbler
meadow. Kathleen joined us and for a time we were among the warblers – a
Cape May Warbler was close at hand, Redstarts, Black-and-white, Northern
Parulas, Magnolias, Black-throated Greens, and Palms. The Cape May Warbler
afforded particularly fine looks and was a beautiful bird. A Ruby-crowned
Kinglet was our season’s first.
By 9am the warbler action had died back considerably, and it was time to
make our way to The Watch, anyway. The conditions developed perfectly with
northerly winds and a fair amount of background clouds. The hawks were
slow, but steady coming through…far less than I was expecting on this day.
Pick a discussion topic. Go ahead – any topic. What? Sweat Bees?? OK,
since you insist, Sweat Bees it is. What’s the deal with Sweat Bees,
anyway? As bees go, I guess they’re fairly innocuous. They just must be
waiting around here to catch me sweating on a very warm day? There are
many around here this year. Why? How do you repel them - with
antiperspirant?? Then I could literally BAN them from the site, right
(guard)? A SECRET, ladies? I’m told Sweat Bees can sting. Do “they” tell
me that just to watch me sweat? Are they THAT clever? They can’t bee
(sorry) or else they’d discover sustenance other than sweat, right? I mean
…ewww, it’s SWEAT!! My sweat has nutritional value? If so, what am I
doing just sweating it away, then? Why do these bees seem so nice
anyway…gently humming to you as they splash down softly on your musty
flesh, softly trudging along your sweaty body film, slurping gobs of
perspiration through a proboscis that appears to me, to be a straw, all the
while pumping their abdomens as if in some strange gothic rhythm? Exactly
what’s that about? They got some grunge music playing in their heads from
some sweaty Seattle based band? What – are they “sweatin to the oldies,”
or something?? Come to think of it, I could have sworn one was humming
some Nirvana as he passed on alighting on my arm. Perhaps, I “Smelled Like
Teen Spirit,” rather than sweat? And just where do these Sweat Bees fit
into the whole “Birds & the Bees” thing?? They certainly aren’t
pollenating my sweaty arms…not without a shower, they’re not! I’m just
saying. I’m glad you brought this up. I’ve been kinda sweating these bees
out around here… Next time, I’ll suggest a topic, though. Not certain I
can trust you to pick an appropriate one…I mean, Sweat Bees?? What were
Seriously, I have never noticed these things as much as I have this year.
---- 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-Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 6-Northern Parula, 4-Magnolia Warbler, 1-Cape May
Warbler, 3-Black-throated Green Warbler, 2-Palm Warbler, 1-Black-and-white
Warbler, 5-American Redstart, 1-Blue Grosbeak, 15-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (13): Monarch - 45, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Variegated
Fritillary, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Sachem, Red Admiral. Dragonflies (3):
Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Halloween Pennant. Reptiles & Amphibians
(0): Mammals (1): Eastern Cottontail.
----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: 7.48; Steps: 17,555; 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: 55; this season: 109
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks just about the same as today's great, but largely
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
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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.