Date: 9/26/17 7:46 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (26 Sep 2017) 38 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 109 109
Bald Eagle 2 89 93
Northern Harrier 1 18 18
Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 246 246
Cooper's Hawk 9 90 90
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 5 10633 10633
Red-tailed Hawk 2 4 4
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 98 101
Merlin 0 16 18
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: 38 11315 11324

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Allison Barnes, Bell Broadley, Kathleen Pileggi,
Lorrie Sherron

Visitors (6): Bell Broadley, Allison Barnes, Kathleen Pileggi, Lorrie
Sherron, Tommy Sherron.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Partly Sunny (45% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 71 - 82F, Winds NE @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 5-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (60) and
Turkey Vultures (70).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-1

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:’ ---“Can a Sky Devoid of Birds, Truly Be Beautiful?”---

Bagels with mixed berry cream cheese came along for the ride to the Hawk
Watch this morning….big surprise there, right? A nice surprise, though,
that did await me on my arrival, was a flyby, calling Raven. I’ll never
tire of seeing, nor hearing, these birds around here.

Allison & Bell, you gals were tremendous long-distance spotters!! GREAT
job, you two! You were a tremendous help this morning! I believe I’d have
missed many of those hawks that we did see, were it not for your keen

Lorrie arrived having just seen an adult over her nearby home. (LS)

The sky was beautiful, a great background of clouds to NOT see all the
migrating hawks not there today. Can’t blame it on the sky…. It was

We were late to vanquish the Watch this glorious evening, the beautiful
sunset vibrant with hues of blue, pink, and purple upon all those hawk-less
clouds, captivated us. While the sky was alive with three Nighthawks
swooping in wide, irregular arcs, each feeding right over our heads at
times. Now, that’s the way to end a day, wouldn’t you agree?

When finally arriving at home, a hooting Great Horned Owl greeted me…
---- 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-COMMON RAVEN, 3-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 3-Blue Grosbeak, 7-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (13): Monarch - 52, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper,
Buckeye, Variegated Fritillary, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Sachem. Dragonflies
(3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Halloween Pennant. Reptiles &
Amphibians (0): Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, Woodchuck.
----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: 5.93; Steps: 13,901; 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: 48; this season: 111

Tomorrow’s flight looks about the same...warm, light northerly winds, about
50% clouds.
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
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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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