Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Howard Campbell, Kathleen Pileggi, Walter Borys
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (7): Howard Campbell, Sue McLaughlin, Ian Stewart, Walter Borys,
Jim Balint, Kathleen Pileggi.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and
numerous Black (65) and Turkey Vultures (75).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-5
----“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:’ ---“That Hurt, Howard”---
Howard was here bright and early this morning despite the cold temps. He
himself, was ‘hot’ in contrast finding a Red-shouldered Hawk immediately,
then a Kestrel, receiving full-partial credit and expecting a
“congratulatory pretzel” for the finds. Sure Howard, but the small
pretzels – small or easier to find birds, will get you the small ones. The
cherished, larger ones will take some earning.
“I’d offer you a cup of ‘field brew’ instead, but the bad news is that I’m
out.” I said.
“Oh, darn.” Replied, Howard, with no attempt to disguise his sarcastic
“That hurt, Howard…”
Howard tells me that tomorrow is his wife, Kitty’s birthday. Now, if she
comes she’ll get a full-size pretzel AND a cup of “field brew.”
Howard’s hot streak continued with a Harrier and Raven, in short order!
Full-size pretzels heading your way, Buddy!
The hawk movement continued to be steady during the morning, with decent
numbers of Red-shouldered Hawks, Bald Eagles, and Harriers. Turkey
Vultures were on the move, too. A late migrant Phoebe was a treat, as we
watched it feed around our clearing.
Following the watch, Kathleen and I hiked the perimeter locating 7 more
Shaggy Mane Mushrooms, which later contributed to a fine omelet. Of less
culinary value, we saw 4 Wood Ducks, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Belted
Kingfisher, and an amazing Pileated Woodpecker working on a dead tree for
larvae, the wood chips flying everywhere with each thrust.
---- 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-Belted Kingfisher, 1-Eastern Phoebe, 1-COMMON RAVEN, 12-White-crowned
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (2): Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent. Dragonflies (0): Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (1): Meadow
----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: 8.96; Steps: 21,020; 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: 43; this season: 133
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like a basic fall day , with cool temps and light
winds, decent background clouds, at least in the morning.
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.