Date: 10/29/17 7:10 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (28 Oct 2017) 94 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 32 245 245
Osprey 0 11 122
Bald Eagle 30 144 246
Northern Harrier 0 13 33
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 464 755
Cooper's Hawk 6 159 264
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 38 46
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 10649
Red-tailed Hawk 9 114 121
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 1 72 186
Merlin 1 5 25
Peregrine Falcon 1 5 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 5
Unknown Buteo 0 1 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 94 1288 12710

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Don Manuel, Kathleen Pileggi

Visitors (14): Kathleen Pileggi, Kathleen Rengert, Tom Brokaw, Stacey
Gummey (+6), Shweta Arya, Don Manuel, Sue Manuel.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Mostly Sunny to Partly Sunny (10-70% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft.,
Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 52 - 68F, Winds SSE @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
5-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (60) and Turkey Vultures (75).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-11; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-1; 4 yr.-1; adult-17

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:’ ---“Fly Eagles, Fly…on the Road to …”---

We had Breakfast at Creekside Diner this morning, then it was off to our
site, with plenty of the diner’s coffee consumed. True, it’s not ‘field
coffee,’ but what is? Besides, it will do in a pinch! Action abounded at
“Bucktoe Basin” when I got there, with a dozen or so White-crowned Sparrows
vying for position; Swamp, White-throated, Field, and Savannah Sparrows
were all in the mix.

TLC and the PA Master Naturalist group of 9 were out, including Stacey, Tom
Brokaw & Sweta. The group had seen an eagle, as had we. In fact,
many…many eagles. My was it an eagle morning - the whole day, really! A
record-breaker; then there were three adult Bald Eagles at once over our
site with one of our Ravens “complaining.” Later, a second Raven. How
cool is that? In all, we had 30 Bald Eagles! We tried, but could find not
a single Golden Eagle.

Afterwards, we went to Wild Birds Unlimited in Glen Mills to see our friend
and associate, Gary conduct a discussion on bats – their importance and
troubles. Gary did a fantastic job, as did this great store with the
presentation. I think we all learned something about these essential
mammals. If possible, we all need to provide shelter for bats. See the
store to discover how.
---- 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-Killdeer, 2-COMMON RAVEN, 1-Horned Lark, 5-Palm Warbler, 3-Savannah
Sparrow, 12-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Monarch - 1, Clouded Sulphur,
Buckeye. Dragonflies (0): Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (1): Eastern
----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: 5.85; Steps: 13,722; 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: 130

Tomorrow’s flight looks like a total washout with heavy rain all day.
There may be a few gaps, though.
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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