Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Gardner
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (3): Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Gardner.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 5-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (65) and
Turkey Vultures (75).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-4; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-1
----“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:’ ---“Too Subtle?”---
Dave texted with news of a light phase Rough-legged Hawk SEEN at nearby
Ashland before I even arrived at my site today (DB). That’s early. I will
have to be on the lookout, especially with today’s changing weather. The
skies went quickly from angry to docile. I prefer angry, as long as it
doesn’t turn violent and kick my butt. But, as you know, I AM way overdue
for a good butt-kicking.
The vultures got up early today, and why not? They hadn’t been able to
feed or even search for food yesterday, so they’re likely a bit hungry.
Besides, conditions were quickly getting to their liking today – extremely
strong winds to soar on, clearing skies that might produce some thermals,
and plenty of deer hunters out with agendas matching their own. If that
doesn’t “bear fruit,” there’s always the unfortunate road-kill, and if need
be – our carrion tray. RIGHT JIM!?!? (LOL)
Mike stopped by on his way to cover Ashland Hawk Watch as their official
counter this afternoon, finding an Osprey as he left Bucktoe. Thanks Mike,
for all you do for me here. Unfortunately, there was nothing special about
today’s raptor flight past Bucktoe. The birds that were coming past
certainly had one heck of a tail wind, with winds gusting well over 30, to
maybe 40 mph from the west.
A Raven flew over that EMPTY TRAY (Hint, Jim) at 9:38, croaking hungrily.
I thought he looked a bit light on the wing. (Just teasing you hunters,
Jim) Remember, I am unarmed! An adult and first-year Bald Eagle happened
by soon. A second Raven scanned the carrion feeder flying low and very
close, while calling just in front of Mike & I, making 2 circles of the
currently EMPTY TRAY…surveying the bare bones, no doubt, Jim. At 2:30, a
Turkey Vulture actually swooped in, landing on the tray. Must be using one
of the gleamed bones as a toothpick, I figure. I’m just saying… Too
---- 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:
2-COMMON RAVEN, 1-Horned Lark, 1-American Pipit, 12-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (2): Monarch - 1, 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: 4.77; Steps: 11,198; 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: 44; this season: 130
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like it could be nice...yeah, a nice day, 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
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.