Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi, Tom Zunino
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (3): Kathleen Pileggi, Tom Zunino.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (50) and Turkey Vultures (60).
----“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:’ ---“Straight Up. You Feel Me, Tom?”---
A Ruby-crowned Kinglet threatening to take a bath in Bucktoe Basin diverted
my attention. Ever seen that? A Kinglet taking a bath? Exceptionally
cute. Today, the Kinglet just couldn’t get a turn. But that means I still
have a filthy Kinglet around here in need of a bath. I will keep a sharp
lookout for that dirty little bird.
Our friend, Tom Zunino was out for a long time today. He just completed
his parking lot project for TLC and was justifiably proud of the outcome.
Kathleen & I plan to go down soon for a tour with you, Tom. Tom was also
getting ready to bottle his new wine –a zinfandel made from grapes from the
Sacramento valley. “Life is good!,” says Tom. And why not? The project
was done, zinfandel ready, and Tom very recently added a grandson to the
fold – he thinks his name is Chad – Tom, 65 just a few days ago, wasn’t
quite sure in his recent “senior moment!” Tom, they’re getting a room
ready for you “at the home,” Buddy! He now has 6 grandchildren. Between
good stories and good-natured harassing, Tom told us of a trip to
Monticello and the wine country there, including a Trump wine. You heard
correctly…they’re in the grapes! A Cooper’s Hawk flew by, with Tom seeing
it first, receiving the associated full-partial credit. Tom promised to
bring up some of his soon to be bottled wine - a “Zunino Zinfandel” - to
our next wine & cheese event. His wine, like the last one, should taste
great and Zinfandels don’t need to age. They are better when young, right
Tom? As I mentioned, Tom just had his 65th birthday, and in Tom’s words
started falling apart the next day - needing to wear glasses. Tom, my
friend, you look fantastic! Don’t sweat the glasses! Nearly everybody
who’s “over the hill” wears them… (lol- sorry Buddy, but I had to!) Have a
glass of wine and relax…old man..
A Purple Finch, a calling flyover, was our 132nd species seen at The Watch
We saw no eagle in the skies over our site today, but then at home there
was an “eagle,”(Philadelphia) Interviewed on TV. I caught only this, “I
was an angry bird. You feel me? Straight up!”
Do they have Eagles on Mars? That’s no language spoken on earth, right?
Am I that much behind things with my injury? Can I get a translation?
Eagles are known for their appearance, certainly not their voice…and
apparently, their content…
---- 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:
1-Eastern Phoebe, 1-Horned Lark, 1-Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 5-Palm Warbler,
2-Savannah Sparrow, 12-White-crowned Sparrow, 1-Rusty Blackbird, 1-Purple
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (5): Monarch - 10, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye. Dragonflies (0): 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: 3.23; Steps: 7,583; 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: 48; this season: 132
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” Purple
Tomorrow’s flight looks changeable with skies getting cloudier and 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
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.