Date: 10/10/17 8:29 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (10 Oct 2017) 37 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1 1 1
Osprey 0 2 113
Bald Eagle 9 35 137
Northern Harrier 0 1 21
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 107 398
Cooper's Hawk 4 38 143
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 11
Broad-winged Hawk 0 13 10648
Red-tailed Hawk 6 18 25
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 35 149
Merlin 0 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: 37 258 11680

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Hank Davis

Visitors (16): Hank Davis, LaFang, George & Joel Flachs, Rhoda McNitt, Lea
Gummey (+ 7 ATB group), Tim Zador, Ian Stewart.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Partly Cloudy (75-50% cloud cover), Ceiling - 28,000-30,000 ft., Visibility
- 10 miles, Temps 79 - 81F, Winds NNW @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle,
1-Cooper's Hawk, 3-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous
Black (70) and Turkey Vultures (70).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-2; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-7

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:’ ---“Crowned Jewel”---

What was our first bird on our fabulous “water feature” this morning, you
ask? Give me a second to make my coffee and I’ll tell you. You likely
guessed it, anyway. That’s right, it was “our” Orange-crowned Warbler
still here and acting a little cozy - arriving all by itself, lazily
sipping then splashing around a bit in “Bucktoe Basin.” Four apparent
tagalong Common Yellowthroats were in soon afterwards. I believe these two
species may be wandering our meadow in loose association, as this is the
second time I have found them together.

Hank was here to photograph our Orange-crowned. It did not appear for his
lens. Must be the lens… It was a nice day for Bald Eagles though, with
total of 10 being seen.

We stayed for the “After the Bell” group from The Land Conservancy for
Southern Chester County…we watched for Eagles, but to no avail – this time.
We did see White-crowned Sparrows, Palm Warbler and a Red-tailed Hawk.

This latest White-crowned was a second adult here for the season and was
banded – one of yours, Ian? Ian was out and showed me how to gather the
MOTUS info from the tower.
---- 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, 6-Palm Warbler, 1-Savannah Sparrow, 2-Swamp
Sparrow, 2-Lincoln's Sparrow, 4-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Monarch - 14, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered
Skipper, Buckeye, Variegated Fritillary. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner.
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: 5.81; Steps: 13,637; 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: 49; this season: 123

Tomorrow’s flight looks like not too good a day, folks. Rain expected.
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
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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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