Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Howard Campbell, Kathleen Pileggi
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (6): Howard Campbell, Stacey Gummey (and Amanda from TLC), Lea
Gummey, Kathleen Pileggi.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
Fog, then Sun (5-0% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility - 2-10
miles, Temps 56 - 74F, Winds SW @ 5 - 10 mph.
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 3-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (70) and Turkey Vultures (65).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-3; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-1; 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:’ ---“34 Ounces of Coffee. A Sip More and I Could Be In
Danger of Waking Up!”---
At the Watch this morning, I spent the first 20 minutes looking for my
binoculars. Hmmm….not on my van’s dashboard as they often are. Not on the
empty passenger seat. Not in that dark, scary, hopeless area between the
seats. Not even on my vest. Had I forgotten them at home? I don’t think
I took them inside - it had been dark when I got home last night. Time
passed as I continued the search…
Ahh … geeze …they were around my neck! Does this ever happen to any of
you? Just me, isn’t it? Terrific!! Come on now – it had only taken me 20
minutes! I think that’s pretty good. Be easy on me!! I guess my 34
ounces of coffee hadn’t kicked in yet. Yah, I’ll go with that as my
Maybe expresso is my next move. What do you think?
I had to go back to the main parking lot for something. On the way, there
were lots of birds on the ground and in the low thickets on the driveway.
That bodes well for the day, I thought. Indigo Buntings, Waxwings,
Yellowthroats, a variety of Sparrows all seen from my attentive driver’s
seat. Now, where did I put my binoculars??? They were just here a moment
ago. They weren’t in the spare seat…not on the dash, as they often are….
Howard arrived…NOW, having missed about 11,000 Broad-winged Hawks over the
past 2 weeks, while living a scant two miles away. You’ve given up all
rights to complain about not seeing anything, Howard – FOREVER!! Finding a
Cooper’s Hawk, Howard wanted full-partial credit. Yah, for THAT! Come on
Howard! You can do better than that! Next, Howard finds an immature Bald
Eagle. OK, Howard… there’s your “full-partial credit!”
Several folks from TLC arrived – Lea, newcomer Amanda, & Stacey - with
Stacey threatening to bring a group of kids…. Go ahead Stacey, I’m up for
the challenge! Meanwhile, Howard kept finding Eagles – a few within a
group of 25 Black Vultures gazing longingly upon our empty carrion feeder.
“Hey Howard, shall I brew us a cup of my field coffee?” I offered.
“No thanks,” replied Howard. “I’ve had your coffee before.”
“Ouch, Buddy… good thing I’m not sensitive!” Undeterred, I prepared
tomorrow’s brewing session.
Howard loves his eagles… with a standing rule of not leaving the Watch
without seeing at least one. It’s a rule he has been forced to violate on
occasion, but not this day. We had 10 of them by the time he left at 1pm,
taking our clouds with him.
“Howard, let’s celebrate with a cup of coffee…. I’ve got another 34-ounce
cup around here somewhere! Howard! Howard!!”
Howard scurried off…
After the Watch concluded, we stopped at Longwood Gardens for a walk on the
way back from scouting for our upcoming Brandywine Ace Hardware event,
seeing Ring-necked Duck & Green-winged Teal. As darkness enveloped us,
there was an incredible nearly full moon visible on a walk at Unionville
Community Park. Did you enjoy 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-Savannah Sparrow, 3-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (13): Monarch - 22, 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, Wandering Glider. Reptiles &
Amphibians (0): Mammals (1): Eastern Cottontail.
----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: 8.41; Steps: 19,720; 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: 47; this season: 121
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like it will go on through cloudier conditions, but
warm with light winds from the southwest.
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.