Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carol Majors, Kathleen Pileggi
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (9): Maria Zouras, Elias Zouras, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Carol
Majors, Lana Glass, Colleen DelMonte, Mike Gardner, Kathleen Pileggi .
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
Cloudy with Drizzle (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 1,200 ft., Visibility -
10 miles, Temps 54 - 65F, Winds SE @ 5 - 10 mph.
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (55) and Turkey Vultures (65).
----“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:’ ---“Fall Back, Elias…Maria Won’t Catch You until an Hour
Here I am feeling all refreshed having gotten an extra hour of insomnia
last night. My usual trouble sleeping had longer to manifest itself.
Our regular Sunday Bucktoe bird walk was first today, beginning “an hour
early,” (for you and I) with the EXTREMELY well-advertised time change
occurring overnight. Of course, Maria and Elias, ever in touch with the
“times,” were here over an hour early – having to leave and get coffee to
waste time. (A terrible use for coffee, by the way) I blame them being an
hour early squarely on Maria and her new binoculars. I don’t know how I
justify that, I just do. But Elias that’s one demerit for you on your
“male badge,” buddy! You should have seen through Maria’s misguided,
uninformed and most certainly, ill-timed messages on when to arrive today.
Beneath that docile and sweet façade of hers, lies a woman always an hour
late or early for something (seasonally dependent). Come on Elias, do “us
guys” proud – overcome that late/early “albatross” around your neck – I
know, think “Spring Ahead, Fall Back.” Yah, I’ll coin that phrase. It’ll
never catch on, though… Thanks for the banana bread, guys! You are
TERRIFIC (and so was the bread)!
On the walk we enjoyed a direct Raven flyover – complete with calls.
Later, there were two more at the site.
I broke off from the group to walk up the hill to man the Hawk Watch and
make some of my fine “field brew” for the group to enjoy later during their
walk. You can’t get that stuff just anywhere. What did I find upon
arrival? No, not the Cooper’s Hawk on the MOTUS tower (there was one), but
Maria and Elias already there - and for the past hour, cups in hand! Now,
I know you are right to treasure this fine elixir guys, but I haven’t
brewed it yet. The “birding barista” was otherwise occupied and YOU WILL
NOT waste time with some of my “field coffee!” (No, Maria & Elias weren’t
there, they were still with the group. I kid you Maria & Elias…if I tease
you, I love you. We likely have a problem if I am short, serious, and to
the point.) Fall back, Elias…Maria may catch you! (I’d throw some
cushions down, just in case, though!)
Today’s hawk movement was not as strong as yesterday, but Sharpies were
Elsewhere, Brown Creepers are being reported back for the winter and a late
Lincoln’s Sparrow was reported on a property along the Octorara Creek. (SB)
Juncos are widespread in backyards now. (AR)
---- 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:
8-Ring-billed Gull, 3-Herring Gull, 1-Belted Kingfisher, 1-Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, 2-COMMON RAVEN, 2-Golden-crowned Kinglet, 3-Ruby-crowned
Kinglet, 1-Palm Warbler, 2-Savannah Sparrow, 12-White-crowned Sparrow.
----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: 3.09; Steps: 7,251; Floors: 12.
----“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 (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like a potential carbon copy of today.
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.