Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (2): Kathleen Pileggi.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (70) and Turkey Vultures (80).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-4
----“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:’ ---“Jupiter??”---
If women are from Venus and men are from Mars (is that right? I have
another planet in mind), then just where is my GPS from? She has a female
voice and we’ve named her ‘Destiny,’ but this is no woman like I’ve ever
met. Pretty cool name for a GPS, isn’t it? Well, I can’t speak to Destiny
at all, at times. Then she talks to my cell phone without me saying a
word. My cell phone will say something and DESTINY will answer back! The
two are planning something – that, I can tell you. Lord knows where they
are taking me. Well, Destiny was giving me trouble this morning – ignoring
I mention this because I have a mind to tell you my GPS story. I likely
have told this story before, but it’s funny and perhaps the only good thing
about having survived a TBI, the long coma, and the resulting
amnesia/memory loss – is that so many things are new to me. New
experiences, all. Oh, the permanently handicapped license plate is OK
sometimes. But I digress… so, if I have told this story before – forgive
me, the retelling is new to me. It’s a miracle that I remember it to
retell at all. Ahh, the mysteries of the human brain…synapses, short-term
memory, long-term memory, gray matter - no matter – and just where did I
put my keys, anyway?? Quick, the GPS story, before I forget…
Sometime prior to my injury, a friend had found a breeding Vesper Sparrow
in a field in western Chester County. We had gone, seen it and apparently,
we had saved the location with Destiny. A few years ago, we wanted to go
see it and couldn’t remember the spot, but saw Destiny did. We punched it
in and waited. And waited some more. Destiny would say nothing. Turn
after turn, we were winging it – just like the old days. I was yelling at
Destiny – some of it in as colorful language as I could remember. Destiny
ignored me, saying nothing. Meanwhile, I was making wrong turns, but
fudging my way to the locale. Still, there was nothing from Destiny.
Things occasionally were looking familiar, until one of those synapses
connected in my brain and we believed we had reached the correct spot.
Purely serendipitous, I say. Then, as we rolled to a stop and readied to
get out and try for the Vesper Sparrow…THEN came Destiny’s sweet voice, “
You have arrived.”
That was useful! Just what planet is THAT!?!? “Field coffee,” there,
Destiny?? Please have a cup… for ME!
A Cooper’s Hawk was perched upon our hawk watch pavilion as I drove up this
morning– how appropriate. You’re right! He was likely waiting for a cup
of ‘field coffee.’ I know I was and we all know Destiny needed some!!
It’s ‘bird friendly.’ Now, if we can just get it a bit more ‘people
A Raven, an ALMOST daily occurrence now, called at 11:03am.
Yeah, I’ll confess… I went looking for “my mystery sparrow” from yesterday
that I ALMOST saw. I had to. I simply couldn’t resist. So, I carefully
crept down the otherwise vacant meadow trail, to no avail. Hey, that
rhymed! New idea for a blog:
I’ll do it as a poem.
That’ll show them.
My attempt for the sparrow was to no avail,
like searching Elliot Island for a Black Rail.
Pretty bad, eh? You’re right…as a poet, I suck. I’ll spare you and stop
now. I almost wish I hadn’t seen the sparrow to begin with. I’ll just bet
it was a LeConte’s, though.
A Bald Eagle appeared, circling higher and higher…going….Hell, going
wherever he wants! What freedom!! Just a few minutes later, a Peregrine
did the same, getting so high as to be undiscernible as it drifted to the
southeast. Later, two eagles soared by, quite low, providing incredible
Cause for celebration, I say! I chanced a second mug of “field brew,” – a
risk taker, I am. You only live once…in my case, twice – so, go for it!
Besides, another sip and I could become alert. I wouldn’t want that to
become a habit.
This evening’s after watch walk yielded Palm Warblers, Winter Wren,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 7 Wood Ducks, Belted Kingfisher, and a spectacular
flyby Pileated Woodpecker.
---- 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:
7-Wood Duck, 1-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1-COMMON RAVEN, 2-Horned Lark,
1-Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 9-Palm Warbler, 3-Savannah Sparrow,
12-White-crowned Sparrow, 1-Pine Siskin.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (4): Monarch - 2, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Buckeye. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner. Reptiles &
Amphibians (0): Mammals (4): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel,
White-tailed Deer, Meadow Vole.
----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: 8.18; Steps: 19,193; 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: 52; this season: 130
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like the winds will be wrong, but not strong and
with good clouds.
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.