Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Mike Gardner
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (5): Jim Balint, Mike Gardner, Pam Green, Jim Green.
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 (70).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-3
----“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:’ ---“232 Fields”---
Jim was out today doing some site maintenance, including a fine job of
scalping the ground beneath our feeders of the ground cover. I didn’t know
that you too, had native-American blood coursing through your veins, Buddy!
First raptor today was a Harrier. There were several more throughout the
morning. Today followed the pattern of several recent days – a strong
morning flight, followed by a slow afternoon.
Today was an absolutely shockingly frigid day. I was not quite ready for
the adjustment required. Don’t you know, Mike showed up, picking today to
do some work on our grill. He got the stove working, the grill is still a
patient. I was chatting with Kathleen as Mike was finishing up. She said
I should offer Mike some “field brew” for his efforts. Seemed appropriate
to me – “field brew” for coming to work on stove we use to make it, Mike.
It would be the fruit of your labor, so to speak. I did as requested…
“I’ll pass.” Said Mike.
“Ouch!” replied the Barista… But thanks so much, Mike.
Mike remained throughout this cold day, spotting some of the hawks. There
were several flocks of very high, distant geese migrating today. As the
skies cleared, these flocks became difficult to find - even more difficult
to get others on. We were ever hopeful of Brant or Snow Geese. The final
flock appeared far to our northeast and very high with but a single small
cloud in the sky to the far west to use as a reference point to describe
how to find it. Desperate to get Mike on it (and for a laugh), I looked
clear across the sky and using hawk-watcher lingo estimated thusly…
“It’s 232 fields of view to the right of our cloud.”
“I got it!” Mike replied!
“Yeah, right!” Would you believe him? Neither did I…
---- 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:
3-Common Loon, 2-COMMON RAVEN, 12-White-crowned Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0): Dragonflies (0): Reptiles &
Amphibians (0): Mammals (0).
----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: 1.3; Steps: 3,049; 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: 41; this season: 133
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks okay with lighter, more comfortable winds from the
north and clouds developing thru the day. Perhaps, we'll get to
participate in the bounty of Golden Eagles of other regional watches this
week. We've had none of those and are due.
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.