THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (6): Kathleen Pileggi, Gary Stolz, Lorrie Sherron, Dale Kendall,
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle, -Cooper's
Hawk, 2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (70) and
Turkey Vultures (65).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-5
----“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:’ ---“Sixty? It’s the New Thirty!?”---
It’s my birthday! Gotta have something terrific come by, right? So, what
will it be? Kathleen was here before me, having decorated the site using
those lovely Mylar balloons with an appropriate number upon them.
Yesterday’s group of Sandhill Cranes heading our way would have sufficed,
but as Mike pointed out, I got the details wrong. They were seen at Ashton
Tract, not Ashland Hawk Watch. Speed reading must be matched with
speed-cognition. A problem of mine…
Lorrie showed up, and with her brought her usual good luck. Special
friend, Dale arrived, her hands cluttered with birthday cake, cookies and
cupcakes – the three “c’s!” Oh, and lunch - a tuna sandwich. Thanks, Dale
– I love you! Now, that’s the kind of “ground clutter” I like to see on my
radar! (That radar reference is for you, Holly “Little Blip”) A brisk
northerly wind today had a bite to it we weren’t used to yet; driving Dale
home early and me into my fleece sweater/jacket. I’d better toughen up a
bit as November is looming.
Kathleen was here with a new series of pictures to share from Heinz Refuge
– a nice Black-throated Green Warbler and Marsh Wren, among them. In the
end, there was nothing special “bird-wise” for my birthday. Thanks for the
special touches Kathleen and Dale… and there’s always next year, right?
And I figure my numbers today were about half of what I’d have liked them
to be. With that ratio in mind, 60 becomes a thirty….no problem….
Folks, please cherish your parents – all your loved ones, especially when
they have their full capacities. My mom, the absolute bedrock of my life,
forgot my birthday, her cognitive abilities diminished in recent years. It
is tearing my heart out… as I write this late at night…
---- 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-Great Blue Heron, 1-Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1-Palm Warbler.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (13): Monarch - 12, 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 (2):
Green Darner, Black Saddlebags. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (1):
----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: 6.42; Steps: 15,054; 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: 44; this season: 115
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks about cloudless, with less wind.
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.