Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Hank Davis, Kathleen Pileggi
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (5): Hank Davis, Jim Balint, Kathleen Pileggi, Lorraine Tahar.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (60) and
Turkey Vultures (65).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-2; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-2; 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:’ ---“Is Chivalry Dead? YES!”---
In a very nice gesture, Kathleen went to my mom’s house, picked her up and
brought her out for a day spent at the Hawk Watch. I needed that,
Kathleen! Thank you…
Greeting me this morning at The Watch was a pile of feathers near our
feeding station. Upon closer examination, there may well be one less
White-crowned Sparrow to count today, and just possibly one satiated
accipiter migrating south. This is for the overall evolutionary benefit of
the species, though – creating stronger, more alert, generations by passing
those genes forward. Sure, it’s hard to accept, a bit – especially if
you’re that White-crowned Sparrow, having traveled hundreds or thousands of
miles, simply to meet this fate.
As one sometimes does, a Pileated Woodpecker spent time out on one of our
snags in the brilliant sunlight. Now, that’s a sight to behold! Another
woodpecker, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker flew by The Watch, representing the
second of this species for the season.
We’ve had a fantastic year for Broad-winged Hawks here at Bucktoe, with
well over 10,000 birds counted. We are at the “dribs and drabs” stage of
their fall migration now. So, a group of eight birds lifting off in front
of me bright and early this morning and forming a kettle, was thoroughly
enjoyable, though a bit surprising.
A group of Mallards flew over, containing one Black Duck (species # 121).
Hank was here over lunch, filling our depleted water feature with water
delivered by, my fishing buddy, Jim. Jim shared stories of a recently
completed fishing trip to New York for Atlantic Salmon. Now Jim, that’s
good eats! Thanks, Hank & Jim, for the help! On top of that, Hank was
“hot” on the Eagles, finding five during the afternoon!
After today’s watch, Kathleen and I went to the new satellite Trail Creek
Outfitters in downtown Kennett Square. Owner, Ed knows us, of the Bucktoe
Creek Preserve Hawk Watch and of our sponsor, The Land Conservancy for
Southern Chester County, and agreed to put up a sign advertising the Hawk
Watch. Upon leaving Trail Creek Outfitters and returning to the car parked
on a congested street, I went to open her door for Kathleen, as is my
“Don’t do that. It’s dangerous with these cars whizzing by so close and
“You’re right,” I said, laughing. “It’s not safe and I could just see the
headlines now, “True Gentleman, Killed Opening a Door in Kennett.” I
thought it was funny, but was in no way ready for what happened next.
Giggling, Kathleen said, “No way! The headline would read: ‘Is Chivalry
Dead? Yes, It IS!! (and just now)”
Touché, Kathleen. Touché!! When I was a columnist, I always had problems
with those pesky headline writers, feeling they never captured the story I
wrote. Writers don’t get to write their own headlines. Now in Kathleen, I
finally had a headline writer - in this fantasy column- who did much better
than I thought I could have done myself. You got me, Kathleen! Good one!!
I will be late arriving tomorrow…another doctor’s appointment…arriving by
11am. I will stay until 5pm to make up for it.
---- 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-American Black Duck, 1-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,
3-Palm Warbler, 1-Lincoln's Sparrow, 1-Swamp Sparrow, 3-White-crowned
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (15): Monarch - 18, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper,
Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Variegated Fritillary, Wild Indigo Duskywing,
Sachem, Painted Lady. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags,
Wandering Glider. 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: 5.83; Steps: 13,688; 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: 52; this season: 121
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” American
Tomorrow’s flight looks foggy to begin with, better later with 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
<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.