Date: 11/2/17 4:57 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (02 Nov 2017) 50 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 02, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 25 43 311
Osprey 0 0 123
Bald Eagle 10 13 268
Northern Harrier 0 2 35
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 23 811
Cooper's Hawk 2 6 278
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 4 50
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10649
Red-tailed Hawk 3 5 140
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 1
American Kestrel 0 1 189
Merlin 0 0 25
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 50 97 12897

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Carol Spease, Kathleen Pileggi

Visitors (3): Kathleen Pileggi, Carol Spease, Sue McLaughlin.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Mostly Cloudy to Partly Cloudy (90-25% cloud cover), Ceiling -
14,100-25,400 ft., Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 57 - 73F, Winds NNW-SSW @ 5
- 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (60) and Turkey Vultures (75).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-9

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:’ ---“I Broke My Hair, Better to be Bald”---

My hair must have broken sometime last night; before arriving at “The
Watch,” at least. Sure, it had been a rough night, but nothing could
explain what I was confronted with at first glance in the mirror. It was
not split ends, nor was it torn hair, but the “style” itself that was
“broken” – and the whole head. Perhaps, I should say styles. I was
working the “Gumby” angled and lifted sharp-edged look on the left side,
while I was sporting the caught in a hurricane, insatiably teased, “not so”
Young Frankenstein look, on the right. Hell, I didn’t even match!!
Unfortunately, it was the car mirror where I was first confronted by this
mess, and I was already committed and “beyond all help or recourse.” To
those at Landhope Farms who I offended…sorry for the scare, it was broken
hair (layman poet, can’t help myself). To all others I visually offended –
on behalf of my hair, I am truly sorry. I meant nothing by it. That
wake-up call you got seeing me though, saved you the coffee, at least.

Thanks Kathleen for the cookies, they unfortunately were too delicious,
just as you claimed. As they were gluten free, they didn’t look good, but
they ate… oh, so well!

Hard to believe, but my season’s first Ring-billed Gull flew by the Watch
this afternoon (species #131). It was a great sky, mostly “wasted” by not
seeing many raptors. I hate when that happens. We need THAT sky when we
are getting serious raptor movement. At least Bald Eagles were obvious
today, including 5 adults at once. Their “hair” all in place – not the
first time I’ve been envious of Eagles.…

A Pied-billed Grebe was at Chambers Lake (MQ) and we saw a Coot at Longwood
---- 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-Ring-billed Gull, 4-Palm Warbler, 12-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (5): Monarch - 2, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, 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: 4.53; Steps: 10,623; 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: 41; this season: 131
Ring-billed Gull.

Tomorrow’s flight looks like it could be okay, though the winds are wrong,
but light.
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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