Date: 10/10/17 7:52 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (08 Oct 2017) 53 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 08, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 2 113
Bald Eagle 5 26 128
Northern Harrier 0 1 21
Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 93 384
Cooper's Hawk 7 34 139
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 11
Broad-winged Hawk 0 13 10648
Red-tailed Hawk 3 12 19
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 16 28 142
Merlin 1 1 21
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 4
Unknown Buteo 0 1 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 53 217 11639

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 14 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (29): Marian Quinn, Kathleen Pileggi, Carolyn Laskowski, Barb
Rhoads, Jeff Wahl, George Graham, Rick Wolf, Ellie Wolf, Rhoda McNitt,
Anita Regester, Charlotte McClain, Bob Reitz, Rand McIlvaine, Rick
Robinson, Melody Montgomery, Amanda Montgomery, Chris Rummel, Linda Rummel,
Lana Glass, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Julie Engiles, Maria Zouras, Elias Zouras,
Nick Brokaw, Chloe Heimbuch, Tom Brokaw, Margretta Brokaw, Sandy Moser.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Mostly Cloudy w/showers (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 2,200-5,000 ft.,
Visibility - 5-10 miles, Temps 72 - 77F, Winds SW @ 10 - 15 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
3-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (30) and
Turkey Vultures (40).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-1; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-3

Non-raptor Observations:
----“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:’ ---“Crown Me”---
Bucktoe Creek Preserve Big Sit & Hawk Watch

On site at 5 am for OUR “Big Sit” and to conduct our regular Sunday Bird
Walk. My arrival was greeted by a chorus of Screech Owls and a Barred Owl.
Walk highlights included… Lincoln’s Sparrow, a tree full of Palm Warblers,
and a Kestrel in a faceoff with Flickers….again.

“Bucktoe royalty” was out, wearing no crowns, though I would bestow them.
The Brokaws (our hosts) visited “The Watch,” this time with brother, Nick
from Puerto Rico and sister, Chloe. I’ve been worried about Nick since the
hurricane tore through his country and not being able to get through to
him, but Nick tells that all is as well as can be expected. Margretta had
little family addition, Poly in tow. Poly is a beagle (or very nearly so),
but failed miserably in her hunting class, opting for people instead. We
love Poly.

Shortly after noon, “our Lincoln’s Sparrow” took a bath in our amazing
water feature.

Sandy Moser was here with cider and brownies. Good job, Sandy!

Then at 2:15pm, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (our second every at the Watch) –
one of this region’s rarest warblers - thrilled Sandy and I by bathing in
our eminently fabulous “water feature.” So glad you were able to enjoy it
with me Sandy. And Sandy, thanks for the donation.

1. Canada Goose
2. Mallard
3. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
4. Mourning Dove
5. Chimney Swift
6. Black Vulture
7. Turkey Vulture
8. Bald Eagle
9. Cooper's Hawk
10. Sharp-shinned Hawk
11. Red-shouldered Hawk
12. Red-tailed Hawk
13. Eastern Screech-Owl
14. Barred Owl
15. Belted Kingfisher
16. Red-bellied Woodpecker
17. Downy Woodpecker
18. Hairy Woodpecker
19. Northern Flicker
20. Pileated Woodpecker
21. Merlin
22. American Kestrel
23. Eastern Phoebe
24. Blue Jay
25. American Crow
26. Fish Crow
27. Tree Swallow
28. Carolina Chickadee
29. Tufted Titmouse
30. White-breasted Nuthatch
31. House Wren
32. Carolina Wren
33. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
34. Eastern Bluebird
35. American Robin
36. Gray Catbird
37. Northern Mockingbird
38. European Starling
39. Cedar Waxwing
40. House Finch
41. American Goldfinch
42. Orange-crowned Warbler
43. Common Yellowthroat
44. Palm Warbler
45. Eastern Towhee
46. Chipping Sparrow
47. Field Sparrow
48. Savannah Sparrow
49. Swamp Sparrow
50. Song Sparrow
51. Lincoln's Sparrow
52. White-crowned Sparrow
53. White-throated Sparrow
54. Northern Cardinal
55. Indigo Bunting
56. Blue Grosbeak
57. Red-winged Blackbird
58. Common Grackle
59. Brown-headed Cowbird
---- 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!
1-ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 3-Lincoln's Sparrow, 1-Blue GrosbeaK.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (10): Monarch - 32, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper,
Buckeye, Variegated Fritillary, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Sachem. Dragonflies
(2): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags. Reptiles & Amphibians (1): Spring
Peeper. Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, White-tailed Deer.
----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: 5.11; Steps: 11,993; 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: 59; this season: 123

Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)

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Site Description:
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.
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