Date: 11/5/17 10:00 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (04 Nov 2017) 117 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 04, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 37 95 363
Osprey 0 0 123
Bald Eagle 6 19 274
Northern Harrier 3 5 38
Sharp-shinned Hawk 41 76 864
Cooper's Hawk 10 19 291
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 8 12 58
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10649
Red-tailed Hawk 12 21 156
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 1
American Kestrel 0 2 190
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: 117 249 13049

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

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Kathleen Pileggi

Visitors (4): Albert Weinstein, Dan Egan, Kathleen Pileggi
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Mostly Sunny to Mostly Cloudy (25-75% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000-25,200
ft., Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 46 - 58F, Winds NE-E @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
5-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (65) and Turkey Vultures (75).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-2; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-4

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:’ ---“The Hawk was Out Today & Flying”---

A cold day – where did that warm weather from yesterday get to? I spent
the morning shivering against the twenty degree difference. During one
such shiver, I had a synapse connect (I think), resulting in this thought….
I believe when I was a much younger person there was a phrase “the hawk
is out today” which I think meant that it was cold out. With the danger of
dating myself, am I right? Well, if I am, the hawk was indeed out today in
more ways than one. It was surprisingly cold and the hawks? They were out
too, and flying over Bucktoe. Winds did not appear to be what you’d expect
for a strong flight, but the sky and visibility were just delightfully

A steady stream, mostly composed of Sharpies, migrated past on the cool
breeze. Now, THIS feels like fall and hawk migration! It brings back the
cold memories of climbing the boulders to Hawk Mountain in my youth.
Ahhh…now, that was ‘cool’….
---- 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!
2-COMMON RAVEN, 1-Palm Warbler, 2-Savannah Sparrow, 12-White-crowned
Sparrow, 2-Rusty Blackbird.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (1): Monarch - 1. Dragonflies (0):
Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, White-tailed
----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: 7.16; Steps: 16,789; 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. this
season – from the watch:
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 42; this season: 132

Tomorrow’s flight looks a bit iffy with overcast and showers predicted.
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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