Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi, Steve Nuttle
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (7): Steve Nuttle, Kathleen Pileggi, Kathleen Rengert, Julie
Engiles, Nolan Morris, Anna Altieri.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and
numerous Black (60) and Turkey Vultures (75).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-4
----“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:’ ---“It’s a Cessna, Steve”---
I arrived at my site, finding Steve already there. Instantly – and
tragically, before I even began sipping any coffee – there were hawks and
vultures moving everywhere! I was not ready for this onslaught… quick,
where’s my “field brew?”
Close at hand, a Kestrel was on our MOTUS tower, eating a Praying Mantis.
Is it too late to pray, prey? (sorry)
With seemingly a hundred vultures and hawks in the air constantly all
morning, it was odd to have a short duration with none in view anywhere,
even upon scanning. That very soon passed. We had good numbers of
Red-shouldered, Red-tailed and Sharpies, with a few Bald Eagles and
Harriers thrown in…you know, for variety, to keep things “fresh.”
Julie came with coffee… I guess fearing we’d be out of “field brew.” (Or
perhaps, dash the thought, just fearing the “field brew” itself?) Fear
not, Julie! Fear not….
A very late Monarch was seen overhead, thrilling us all. HURRY fella,
don’t linger here. There are miles to go before you rest!!! Besides,
there’s no field brew here and Julie isn’t sharing her bounty!
Then there was this “gem”:
“What’s this flying out here with the vultures?” asked an excited Steve,
pointing to our north. “I think it’s another Bald Eagle!” Off flew
Steve’s western hat….a weathered, seen-better-days, horribly worn and
scarred beauty (and so was the hat!!) (Got you, Steve!)
I looked, seeing nothing but a lot of Turkey Vultures and a….
“It’s a Cessna, Steve.” I laughed. “But look, the pilot is bald! So,
partial ‘full-partial credit’ to you! You had better put your hat back on,
Steve. It’ll warm the gray matter. Keep that ‘mental-furnace’ of yours
ever so keen and sharp.”
Steve smirked while reaching for his fine western had and bandana, straight
out of a Clint Eastwood movie. “Go ahead…make my day” Steve said, with an
You could be a body-double, Steve, for Clint…if it wasn’t for that
body-thing! Maybe when Clint’s 110 years old, it could work – with makeup…
I know, you’ll be the body-double in “Dirty Harry XXXV” (by then, “Filthy
Harry”) or “The Good, the Bad, and the (very) Ugly?” A new career is born.
I knew Steve back when he was but a…… But the hat…the hat is ready now!
The flight ended as suddenly as it had begun, and sadly, appearing to
coincide with Kathleen’s arrival. Bad timing, Kathleen! I tried hard to
get you here earlier! Never fear, Kathleen, your “Golden curse” will soon
be over – I feel a Golden Eagle coming on! The trouble is there were just
a few hawks moving through the afternoon.
Nolan arrived, late in the day, with Anna in tow. This was the first time
Kathleen & I met Anna. They make a splendid-looking couple. She’s great!
Nice job, Nolan! You “out-kicked your coverage,” Buddy! Big time!
---- 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-Ring-billed Gull, 1-Belted Kingfisher, 1-Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,
2-COMMON RAVEN, 12-White-crowned Sparrow, 1-Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (1): Monarch - 1. Dragonflies (0):
Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (1): Eastern Gray Squirrel.
----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: 4.48; Steps: 10,520; Floors: 8.
----“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: 44; this season: 133
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like a good day with strong winds from the
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
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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.