Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Observers: David Brown, Don Manuel, Kathleen Pileggi, Sue Manuel
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (13): Albert Weinstein, Dan Egan, Kathleen Pileggi, Don Manuel,
Sue Manuel, Colleen DelMonte, Lana Glass, David Brown, Maria Zouras, Elias
Zouras, Julie Engiles, Jean-Marie Gauthier.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“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.-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:’ ---“Magellan, He Was Not”---
We held our Sunday bird walk at Bucktoe first this morning with eleven of
us braving the harsh conditions. At least, they were harsh considering the
fall we’ve had. Birds taking the chilly edge off the hike included…. a
very cooperative Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a very elusive Brown Creeper,
and good looks at birds at both ends of the size spectrum – Bald Eagle and
Golden-crowned Kinglets. Julie even found a late Phoebe despite the hat.
We were on trails we hadn’t been on in years today, due to the guide-work
of “Jean-Marie Champlain”…that great French explorer/discoverer, don’t you
know… His leadership led to some serious “bush-whacking” necessitating
crossing some rather tentative bridges that were, shall we say, “on edge” –
with me becoming the official “royal bridge tester.” I survived, but
relinquish the job….before there is “one bridge too fall”… (sorry)
We did “discover” a dead deer… (likely died from following a French deer
and getting lost)… I notified Jim and it’s already on the way to our
carrion tray feeder to attract Eagles, Vultures and Ravens. Perhaps this
will garner a Golden?
Dave, the official counter at Ashland, was on the morning walk with us and
later was at the Hawk Watch, doing a great job spotting hawks. Late in the
day, Dave saw a Red-tail that had just flown south turn around head north,
then drift south again.
“We should count it again.” Laughed Dave, even with his Ashland abacus in
hand, while casting an envious glare at my fancy “old-school” clicker. (Eat
your heart out, Dave!)
“So… THAT’S how Ashland does it, right Dave?? Not gonna count it, Dave –
we try to run a tight ship here at Bucktoe! Unlike those ‘counts’ south of
the Mason-Dixon Line” I teased, Dave.
Dave shot back, “You folks up here at Bucktoe only have one Red-tailed
Hawk. It just keeps flying back and forth while you click away!”
Believing I recognized it as one, I said this:
“Look ma…Dave made a joke!”
Seriously Dave, it was a lot of fun having you around today, my friend.
[Now, get the Hell out of here, will ya? –LOL ]
A pair of Bald Eagles and a Peregrine was reported from Shaw’s Bridge Park
this weekend [MB].
---- 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-Great Blue Heron, 1-Common Loon, 4-Ring-billed Gull, 1-Herring Gull,
1-Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 5-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: 6.77; Steps: 15,876; 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
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like a rough beginning with a changeable afternoon.
I like the changeable part.
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.