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
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (7): Laura Rhoden, Nolan Morris, Kathleen Pileggi, Don Manuel, Sue
Manuel, Julie Englies.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
Cloudy with drizzle (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 13,900-9,600 ft.,
Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 40 - 53F, Winds East @ 5 - 10 mph.
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (65) and Turkey Vultures (75).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-1; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-2
----“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:’ ---“The Month to be Thankful!”---
November is for Thanksgiving – I feel, the almost neglected holiday, what
with Halloween and Christmas, the two most commercial holidays surrounding
it. Not by me! I love Thanksgiving, but not for the reason you might
think. Sure, gorging on food can be a fruitful endeavor – enjoyable and
fulfilling. Then there’s football. What male doesn’t go for that after
the “first ‘helping?’” This might even be a special year around here for
“our birds!” No, it’s special to me and not for any of those legitimate
reasons. I appreciate this season for unique thanks we get to give; for it
is this time of year we, as survivors of traumatic brain injury, comas and
associated rehab, get together at a dinner and give thanks to each other
for our incredible recoveries. We thank them for very obvious reasons –
our very lives. But what of the therapists, doctors, and nurses – why are
you thanking us!? Ah, that reason is to me more obscure, but I get it –
having lived it. They are thanking us for providing a real-live validation
of their incredible work – their career choice, their talent and
dedication. They get in there right with us and pull us through –
sometimes, as in my case, for years! They strain, cry with us when we
can’t stand, help you to talk again and push you to walk. In my case, they
even had to teach me to swallow and to breathe. Many patients don’t make
it, but ah…the ones that do – they are thankful for us. And those miracles
that actually thrive, not just survive (like me), provide a great sense of
accomplishment these medical workers are indeed thankful for – they’ve told
me, to a person. I mean, these people took care of me for weeks when I was
in a coma, doing everything FOR me. I and those like me, show just how
important and successful their work can be. So I say to those people
involved in my and others’ care - you people are so incredibly welcome for
the reciprocal thanks you give me. It is ALL you!
Lauren was here all the way from Arizona! Pressure’s on! Nothing
spectacular came by while she was here, but she was happy and will be back.
Later, Ravens came by thrilling Nolan and me. They returned, doing the
same for Sue and Don. You guys must live right! I know that I don’t.
Two Harriers migrated by together – a female and a ghostly male. Julie
showed up with a gift of a deer head for the carrion feeder. A long story,
but thanks, Julie from us and the Golden Eagle which we hope is enticed to
feed upon your offering.
---- 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:
25-Double-crested Cormorant, 2-COMMON RAVEN, 1-Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3-Palm
Warbler, 12-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Monarch - 1, Clouded Sulphur,
Buckeye. 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: 3.19; Steps: 7,482; Floors: 6.
----“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: 46; this season: 130
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks good, with changeable skies and 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.