Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Hank Davis, John McNamara, Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Fowles
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (24): Hank Davis. Kathleen Pileggi, Mike & Evelyn Fowles, Rhoda
McNitt, Bob Reitz, Lorrie Sherron, John McNamara, Gerry Teig, Laura Wagner,
Tim Zador (and PA Master Naturalist group of 9), Ken Reynolds, Susan
McLaughlin, Lee Peterson, Austin Matthews.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle,
2-Cooper's Hawk, 2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous
Black (70) and Turkey Vultures (70).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-4; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-1; 4 yr.-0; adult-8
----“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:’ ---“Leftovers Are Better the Second Day?”---
Some of yesterday’s Broad-winged Hawks were seen at nearby Longwood
Gardens, as well, with a few hundred reported from there. (HD, JM)
Hank conducted this morning’s warbler walk over to “warbler meadow,” with
the following warblers being in attendance – Parula, Magnolia,
Black-throated Blue, and American Redstart. Hank returned to The Watch
just as things were heating up. It was 9:03am. The bright sunny day and
weather were heating the earth’s surface and the air just above, causing it
to rise, lifting up higher and higher and taking with it…the day’s first
Broad-winged Hawk, which had just lifted off the sycamore tree to our
northeast. It flapped its, wings just a few quick strokes and it was in
the thermal, rising effortlessly, in wide, clockwise circles. Three
minutes later, another swept up to join this winged traveler riding the
same thermal. It had begun… we had “liftoff!” A group of three was soon to
join the group, then four more came in one fowl (sorry) swoop…we had our
first kettle. The first of so very many on this incredible day! These
birds had all spent the night right here at Bucktoe, lifting into the air
right before us.
News came from Kelley at Ashland Hawk Watch that the same was happening
there. By 10am we had counted 745 Broad-wings. My clicker is balking at
the increased work load. Not only will it often refuse to click, but it
will fail to advance the numbers. That simply will not do!! I mean, THAT
is a “clicker’s” lone job, right? I believe it is opting for early
We had seen nearly 4,000 by the time it slowed down at 11am. By then, the
sky had turned bluer. That, combined with the stronger thermals, advancing
hour and increased temperatures had lofted the birds into obscurity. Soon,
Tim arrived with his PA Naturalist class from TLC with news of yet another
Bald Eagle and more Broad-wings. (TZ)
Just as the day was closing, Lorrie discovered a Common Nighthawk and will
have to be punished!
As similar as these last two days were, they were just that different. The
daily counts are very close, but the hawks came in late yesterday, were
here early today, with no repeat of the flight in this evening. I expect
liftoff tomorrow to be far less awe-inspiring than the spectacle this
morning afforded. THAT was memorable and I am SO HAPPY that many of you
will share in the same memory!
All I can say is….WOW!!!! Tomorrow, we have our weekly walk first at 8am,
before the Watch runs the remainder of the day. It will have to go some to
match this day…
---- 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-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 8-Northern Parula, 12-Magnolia Warbler,
1-Black-throated Blue Warbler, 3-American Redstart, 1-Blue Grosbeak,
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (16): Monarch - 85, 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,
Cloudless Sulphur, Great Spangled Fritillary. 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: 5.79; Steps: 13,581; 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: 53; this season: 110
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks sunny, even warmer, light winds and very light
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.