Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Jeff Wahl
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (5): Jill Benjamin, Kathleen Rengert, Elaine Kirk, Jeff Wahl.
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 (65) and
Turkey Vultures (75).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-1
----“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:’ ---“A Giant Bird?”---
I stopped at our local Giant grocery store, about 2 miles away as the
Gyrfalcon flies (a fella can fantasize, can’t he?), to get ice for the
cooler on site. As I was loading the ice into my van, a customer lumbered
over to me. (At Wegman’s they stroll, Whole Foods they sachet, here we
“You are a birdman, right?” He asked.
“Hmmm…?” I replied, my as yet coffee-deprived brain not fully able to
comprehend the subtle complexities of his question.
“Do you like birds?” The customer repeated, basically signing to me.
“Yes, I do.” was my well-conceived, clever reply. I figured he was either
clairvoyant or my “Early Bird Nature Tours” signs all over the van gave me
away as a birder. You’re right - I’m going with clairvoyant.
“There’s a Bald Eagle sitting right there!” His excitement wringing from
his words as he pointed to the large form perched upon a very near snag
bordering the lot. (At Wegmans they rest, Whole Foods they lounge, here we
Glancing up at the obvious adult, I agreed. “You’re right and thank you!
Now, THAT truly is a Giant bird!” (too easy??) That’s how my day started
out… What could be next??
Kathleen and friend, Jill, were out taking pictures and birding, seeing a
Magnolia Warbler, Palm Warblers and an obviously young Red Fox hunting, and
ineffectively pouncing. (KR)
Elaine and I saw an adult Bald Eagle at 11am. But was it our Giant bird?
I don’t know – perhaps not. He looked normal size to me. (sorry)
With Elaine (possibly my future medical doctor) and Jeff (my current
cardiologist) both in attendance, I was medically sound and secure at
today’s watch!! Jeff and I walked down to “warbler meadow,” no
heart-stopping moment was had, merely adding a Magnolia Warbler to the
list. We did not see the possible Orange-crowned Warbler seen earlier
(KR). Had we seen it, that may have necessitated bringing out “the pads,”
“Clear,” Jeff! Both physicians read my blog first thing every morning,
which tells me two things. First, that being a physician does not
necessarily guarantee an interesting life. And secondly, that I should
have no problem obtaining that referral to see the psychologist that I so
obviously desperately need. (lol)
As I write this, a Kestrel flew in, alighting on the snag to our east.
This elicited an immediate response from “the Bucktoe Bird Police,”
constituted, in this instance, by 6 Flickers and a squadron of 8 Blue Jays.
The Flickers were parading cautiously around the trunk, creeping up in
circles, ever closer to the falcon, while the Jays were diving in,
apparently throwing caution, if not their feathers, to the wind, in an
attempt to drive the “scoundrel” from their midst – succeeding in 10
minutes, but not before I had tallied the raptor for our count.
SPECIAL NOTE: Tomorrow (Saturday) I WILL NOT be at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Hawk Watch. Rather, I am conducting my traditional “Big Sit” at Chambers
Lake (Hibernia Park), north of Coatesville. We will be stationed on the
wooded dike with a view of the lake along Wagontown Rd. – just as the road
leaves the lakeside. You should see my van parked there and seats. We
will be there approx.. 5am, remaining all day until dusk. On Sunday, we
will do the same at Bucktoe Hawk Watch with this caveat… we will conduct
our usual Sunday walk at 8am, and all our results for the Big Sit will be
part of the simultaneous Hawk Watch. If you come to the Hawk Watch on
Sunday while we are doing the walk, just watch for birds, keep track of
your sightings and await our return between 10-11am. By all means, find us
---- 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:
2-Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2-Magnolia Warbler, 5-Palm Warbler, 1-Savannah
Sparrow, 1-Swamp Sparrow, 3-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (14): Monarch - 20, 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, Painted
Lady. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Wandering Glider.
Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, Red Fox.
----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: 5.19; Steps: 12,186; 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: 50; this season: 122
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” Belted
Tomorrow’s flight looks ok, weather-wise, but I won't be at Bucktoe...we'll
be at Chambers Lake conducting our annual Big Sit
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.