Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carol Majors, David Brown, Hank Davis, Joe Sebastiani
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (25): Kathleen Pileggi, Carol Majors, Hank Davis, Ron Majors,
Jean-Marie Gauthier, Lorrie Sherron, Julie Engiles, David Brown, Ian
Stewart, Maria Zouras, Elias Zouras, Ellen Bacino, Andy Urquhart, Tom
Brokaw, Susan Huffington, Elaine Kirk, Colleen DelMonte, Carl Mease,
Barbara MacDonald, Dee Stevens, Robin Gibson, Joe Sebastiani (+1), Steve
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
3-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (65) 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:’ ---“Howard Brokaw Memorial Walk”---
The Howard Brokaw Memorial Walk came first this morning with 24 people
along, including his son, property owner Tom Brokaw. In tribute to an
incredible life well-led and an enduring legacy in Bucktoe Creek Preserve,
we walked. Highlights were…. a Northern Parula, Black-throated Green
Warblers, American Redstarts, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-and-white
Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Magnolia Warblers, Palm Warblers,
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Blue Grosbeak, and 5 Blue-headed Vireo in one
tree! Overall, it was a birdy morning! While a Savannah Sparrow was at
Bucktoe Basin (bird bath), later joined by a Lincoln’s Sparrow, we still
are awaiting our first White-crowned Sparrows of the season there.
A Peregrine and Harrier were reported from nearby Longwood Gardens on Sept.
Steve was out to do some work on the Purple Martin gourdes he donated to
the Preserve. Thanks again, Steve! Tom returned and together, we enjoyed
a distant Peregrine soaring on the cool breeze. It was my second Peregrine
of the day at The Watch. This evening as I write, a Barred Owl hooted to
our east, another echoed its response to our north over the Red Clay Creek
valley, bringing to a close another day at beautiful Bucktoe Creek
Our enduring gratitude goes out to Howard Brokaw and the conservation
legacy he inspired, and those that keep it alive and thriving to this day
and forever more.
---- 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-Killdeer, 2-Barred Owl, 5-Blue-headed Vireo, , 3-Horned Lark,
2-Golden-crowned Kinglet, 20-Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1-Swainson's Thrush,
1-Northern Parula, 1-Magnolia Warbler, 1-Black-throated Blue Warbler,
2-Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2-Black-throated Green Warbler, 4-Palm Warbler,
1-Black-and-white Warbler, 4-American Redstart, 1-Savannah Sparrow,
1-Lincoln's Sparrow, 1-Swamp Sparrow, 1-Scarlet Tanager, 2-Rose-breasted
Grosbeak, 1-Blue Grosbeak, 1-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (15): Monarch - 11, 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,
Painted Lady. Dragonflies (2): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags. Reptiles &
Amphibians (0): Mammals (4): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel,
White-tailed Deer, Red Squirrel.
----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: 6.7; Steps: 15,722; 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: 65; this season: 119
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (4):” Killdeer,
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson’s Thrush, Horned Lark.
Tomorrow’s flight looks mostly sunny with light winds from a northerly
direction. OK, if we can find them!
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.