Date: 11/7/17 5:17 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (06 Nov 2017) 38 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 22 132 400
Osprey 0 0 123
Bald Eagle 1 20 275
Northern Harrier 0 5 38
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 104 892
Cooper's Hawk 2 26 298
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 15 61
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10649
Red-tailed Hawk 5 28 163
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 1 2
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: 38 333 13133

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Kathleen Pileggi

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

Mostly Cloudy (100-75% cloud cover), Ceiling - 5,400-1,800 ft., Visibility
- 10 miles, Temps 63 - 67F, Winds SW-WNW @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (60) and Turkey Vultures (70).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-0
----Golden Eagle ages: Imma.-1; adult-0

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:’ ---“Afternoon was Golden”---

The trees have all started to pick up some more intense color, in my
opinion. The vast greens suddenly replaced by more yellow, red and golden
hues. I don’t feel it is as intense as usual, but what do I know?

Two Ravens flew right by Sue and I this morning – calling for her as they
did. Binoculars were not even needed. How cool was that, Sue?

A late Common Yellowthroat and Palm Warblers called from the brush even as
Tree Swallows, now getting late, flew overhead. These may be the last
sightings for these species this season. We shall see.

At 12:15pm, we saw our second Golden Eagle of the season – an immature
bird. I notified Dave at Ashland to be on the lookout, as it headed that

It had been a day of birds that are seasonally late, with a Common
Yellowthroat, Palm Warblers and Tree Swallows all being seen – and we had 4
late Monarchs, to boot. On our after watch walk, Kathleen and I saw 30
Yellow-rumped Warblers in a group of Sycamores along the Red Clay Creek.
That was a huge group for this late date. We found, picked and later ate a
Shaggy Man Mushroom on the recommendation of Jean-Marie, who did the same
yesterday. He survived (as did several others), but if we should not,
they’ll be no more birds for you from us Jean-Marie!! And this could be
our last report. LOL

UPDATE: We just cooked and ate them, Jean-Marie – well seasoned, doing
your French cuisine proud. The mushrooms were fantastic! And we survived,
with no effects at all, absolutely fin..……
---- 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-Belted Kingfisher, 2-COMMON RAVEN, 2-Horned Lark, 15-Tree Swallow,
1-Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1-Palm Warbler, 1-Common Yellowthroat, 2-Savannah
Sparrow, 12-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (4): Monarch - 4, Cabbage White,
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: 4.77; Steps: 11,193; 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: 51; this season: 132

Tomorrow’s flight looks like it could be good. Cool, but good with light
winds from the north and a nice cover of clouds on which to see them.
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru Nov. 30, 9am thru 3pm.
Rain or shine.
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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.
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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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