Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carol Spease, Evelyn Fowles, Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Fowles
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (7): Evelyn Fowles, Mike Fowles, Kathleen Pileggi, Rick Steele,
June Steele, Carol Spease.
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 (50) 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:’ ---“Intimate Brew”---
TLC’s Stacey emailed a report (with a picture) of 5 Wild Turkeys in Chadds
Ford from yesterday (SG). Nice Stacey!
On the way in this morning, I went to Wawa for my Cinnamon-Raisin Bagle and
an early “coffee run.” Wawa had $1 coffees still. Any size! And my 34
ounce mug would do nicely there under those conditions. While my bagel
(with berry cream cheese) was being prepared, I went for the coffee,
constantly doing my people watching. I love doing that. You? There were
easily a dozen people studiously preparing their special concoctions in the
massive “coffee arena” - each reaching for their SPECIFIC ingredients.
Exactly when did coffee become so exotic? So difficult? My friend Grier,
used to just take some dry freeze-dried crystals out of a jar – unmeasured
– pour some boiling water in it and instantly start to drink. Grier would
be totally lost in today’s marketplace. There were 14 huge carafes of an
enormous variety of flavors. Why 14? Would 15 be too ostentatious? 13
too understated? 7 ways to cream your coffee existed; while there were 8
ways to sweeten it. Everyone was crafting their own intimate brew…guarding
the recipe as if Martha Stewart was taking notes. Watching this all
unfold, I was suddenly stricken with this feeling of inadequacy. I felt a
bit undereducated to complete my cup of brew. I wasn’t feeling quite
adventurous enough. Oh, the choices to be made! What I made may not be
right, but it was all mine…
My unique java in hand, I made it to the Watch, soon to be joined by Evelyn
& Mike. They were here early enjoying this fine weather and sharing
stories from the field. Evelyn & Mike did not come empty-handed, either.
They were with gifts - chocolate gifts, and those are always welcome! We
at Bucktoe, truly enjoy those guests bearing chocolates! On a somewhat
different note (and an ever so poor Segway), a Garter Snake was a nice find
by Evelyn. Our White-crowned Sparrows, including one adult, did not
disappoint Evelyn & Mike, nor did two Savannah Sparrows. Even the
Lincoln’s Sparrow came in!
We heard, and Ian simultaneously called with news of, a Raven coming over.
That brought my alarm whistle into service - to notify Evelyn & Mike who
were on a walk around the meadow, that there was something immediate to
look for. It worked!! They heard & got the Raven.
Carol came fresh from banding with Ian and an encounter with “our Raven.”
It was a magnificent sky today - which could only have been enhanced had
there been more hawks in it. We saw very few today. That means more for
the days yet to come, right?
As I write this, our Cottontail has wandered in to the feed area and
sauntered up to “Bucktoe Basin.”
Placing its front feet up on our water feature, he lifted up a hare (sorry,
a personal favorite) and sipped from our fabulous water feature.
And remember, folks…gifts of chocolate encouraged!
---- 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-COMMON RAVEN, 2-Palm Warbler, 2-Savannah Sparrow, 1-Lincoln's Sparrow,
1-Swamp Sparrow, 4-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (10): Monarch - 15, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Orange
Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Variegated Fritillary, Wild
Indigo Duskywing. Dragonflies (2): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags.
Reptiles & Amphibians (1): Garter Snake. 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: 5.77; Steps: 13,541; 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: 48; this season: 121
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like it could be ok with a good crop of clouds,
light winds and rain should be over.
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.