Date: 11/11/17 6:58 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (11 Nov 2017) 134 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2017

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 50 427 695
Osprey 0 0 123
Bald Eagle 8 43 298
Northern Harrier 0 15 48
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 208 996
Cooper's Hawk 4 57 329
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 25 170 216
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10649
Red-tailed Hawk 36 162 297
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 3 5 6
American Kestrel 0 6 194
Merlin 0 0 25
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 7
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: 134 1094 13894

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

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Al Guarente, Don Manuel, Kathleen Pileggi, Sue Manuel

Visitors (7): Al Guarente, Don Manuel, Sue Manuel, Kathleen Pileggi, Susan
Huffington, Susan Corkran.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Sunny to Partly Sunny (0-50% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility
- 10 miles, Temps 27 - 40F, Winds North @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 4-Red-tailed Hawk,
1-American Kestrel, and numerous Black (60) and Turkey Vultures (75).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-3; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-5
----Golden Eagle ages: Imma.-2; adult-1

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:’ ---“I’ll be With Susan”---

Yet another exciting morning of hawk watching was at hand. One of my first
birds upon arriving was an adult Golden Eagle flying past the woods to our
north. Soon came a text from Kim, stationed at the Ashland Hawk Watch,
with news of another Golden Eagle there – an immature and it was heading
our way! I picked up an immature Golden Eagle (their bird?) about 15
minutes later and then another immature about 15 minutes further on - this
one particularly close. All these before 10am…back and forth with Kim we
went. During that exciting first hour, we traded sightings and reports,
and likely a couple of good-natured barbs, All the while; there were
numbers of Red-shouldered Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks in the mix. That was

Much of the day, the sky held High wispy clouds that were perfect for
spotting large raptors, while light northerly winds were good for both of

At 10:55, two Ravens soaring by together. The second of three passes I
noticed the tandem make.

Don & Sue arrived, followed by Susan, and then Susan arrived. Hmmm…notice
a trend here? All three women here were named Susan – a TBI patient’s
dream come true. I had just one name to remember to call out. “Look
Ah, but then there is Don. Don, you are on your own, Buddy. If you need
me, I’ll be over here with Susan…

This day had started great, slowed to a crawl, and finally, just as I was
getting ready to leave and warm up, it picked up again - preventing a
speedy exit into the heat. We all have our crosses to bear, right?
---- 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!
14-Wood Duck, 2-COMMON RAVEN, 1-Savannah Sparrow, 12-White-crowned
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0): Dragonflies (0): Reptiles &
Amphibians (0): Mammals (1): White-tailed Deer.
----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: 5.18; Steps: 12,158; 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: 42; this season: 133

Tomorrow’s flight looks like it could be good with good cloud cover and
light winds.
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
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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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