Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Evelyn Fowles, Hank Davis, Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Fowles
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (6): Hank Davis, Kathleen Pileggi, Rick Casey, Mike Fowles, Evelyn
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
Overcast with a bit of drizzle (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 7,100-3,100
ft., Visibility - 10-6 miles, Temps 66 - 72F, Winds NE @ 5 - 10 mph.
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Bald Eagle,
1-Cooper's Hawk, 2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous
Black (55) and Turkey Vultures (65).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-0
----“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:’ ---“What Would You Like to Camouflage?”---
Feels good to be caught up on my writing and reports after the annual “Big
Sit” barrage…. It’s hard not to get behind when you’re in the field 14
hours per day running consecutive events.
Hank was at “The Watch” even before me this morning. Or at least it
sounded like Hank. I couldn’t see him. This someone sounding like Hank
was adorned totally in camouflage, WEARING a mini camouflage blind
concealing the person within, tripod, camera, and long lens. Hank always
wears shorts and if this was actually Hank under there, I’m sure camouflage
shorts were involved – concealing his…well, um…”shortcomings!” (sorry
Hank) Whoever this “arrangement” concealed, was here attempting to
photograph the Orange-crowned Warbler we’ve had the last three days, and
perhaps the Lincoln’s Sparrows. At 8:44am the Lincoln’s came in and got
his picture taken by “Hank.” The Orange-crowned never did… I fear it gone.
I never did see Hank, but I did see my cinnamon-raisin bagel (with berry
cream cheese), for it was not in a camouflage bag, rather it took temporary
refuge in a plain brown bag with Wawa written over it - a dead giveaway.
In the end it was found and devoured, meeting a cruel, harsh end – washed
down by “field coffee.”
Half of the mystery of Saturday’s drive-by bloggings is solved as people
came forward. I thought they might. Admitting you have a problem is the
first step towards solving it, right? Thanks Dave & Rita for coming for
speaking up…it shall set you free! So, although I was indeed the victim of
a drive-by blogging – at least it was not anonymous. And thanks so much
for your comments, Dave & Rita.
We had a late Broad-winged come right overhead this morning – an immature.
Friend Rick, was here checking the pipeline. It’s still here, Rick! .
Boy, were the Monarchs moving today! They were very high and obviously
migrating, but every time you scanned high up there were several in view,
no matter where you looked! We watched a Sharp-shinned Hawk initially go
after a Monarch (thinking it a bird?) and upon realizing what it was,
decided against 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-Great Blue Heron, 1-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1-Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
20-Palm Warbler, 2-Swamp Sparrow, 2-Lincoln's Sparrow, 4-White-crowned
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Monarch - 500, 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: 4.27; Steps: 10,012; Floors: 9.
----“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: 54; this season: 123
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks overcast with a threat of mid-day showers. Who
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.