Date: 9/29/17 2:46 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (29 Sep 2017) 31 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 111 111
Bald Eagle 0 92 96
Northern Harrier 2 20 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 279 279
Cooper's Hawk 6 102 102
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 7 7
Broad-winged Hawk 0 10635 10635
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 103 106
Merlin 1 17 19
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 5 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 31 11380 11389

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Bob Strahorn, Carol Majors, Kathleen Pileggi

Visitors (6): Carol Majors, Ron Majors, Kathleen Pileggi, Bob Strahorn,
Carolyn Holland.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Mostly Sunny-Partly Cloudy (10-75% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft.,
Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 57 - 70F, Winds NW @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
3-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (70) and
Turkey Vultures (60).

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:’ ---“Where’d They Go?”---

From Ashland, came news early this morning of eleven Sandhill Cranes and
they were heading our direction, calling constantly. Well, they didn’t
make it over here…we looked hard! Figures!! What did make it here today
were our first Yellow-rumped Warblers, Winter Wren, Savannah Sparrows and
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

On this morning’s warbler walk Carol and Ron had Redstarts, Magnolia
Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. (CM1)
When we joined up we found much of the same in warbler meadow.

A spectacular “sun dog” was in the mix of clouds and sun this morning.
From there, the background sky developed nicely, but provided not many

Several days ago, I listened to Kathleen’s interesting story of a Great
Blue Heron seen high up upon one of our upland meadow trails – no water to
be found. I missed it, as I had to be at the Watch. Well today, what
certainly must be the same adventurous Heron, was at the trails at The
Watch! He was right here!! How nice is that?
---- 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-Great Blue Heron, 1-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1-Winter Wren,
4-Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2-Magnolia Warbler, 2-Yellow-rumped Warbler,
3-Black-throated Green Warbler, 6-American Redstart, 1-Palm Warbler,
1-Savannah Sparrow, 1-Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 1-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (12): Monarch - 25, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Variegated
Fritillary, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Sachem. Dragonflies (2): Green Darner,
Black Saddlebags. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (1): Eastern
----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: 5.8; Steps: 13,549; Floors: 28.
----“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: 115
Wren, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Savannah Sparrow.

Tomorrow’s flight looks a lot like today's pleasant day, although a bit
cooler and breezier.
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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