Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (3): Jim Balint, Kathleen Pileggi.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
Cloudy with Rain (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 1,500 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 37 - 46F, Winds North @ 5 - 10 mph.
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
3-Red-tailed Hawk, 1-American Kestrel, and numerous Black (4) and Turkey
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-0
----“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:’ ---“Poor Dumb Animal?”---
Jim was out on this damp morning. He came for “field brew,” which I am
unfortunately out of, and to put our deer carcass, found yesterday during
our walk, on the carrion feeder. Turns out, Jim is also a fan of our blog
- laughing in the tree stands at times. You know, it’s hard to shoot
straight when you are laughing, buddy. I’m just sayin’. And those deer
are pretty slick. They can hear a giggling fool, even one dressed in his
Sunday-best camo and freezing his ass off, high up a tree with a sling
shot, reeking of doe urine – even (or especially?) one drinking “field
brew!” And you know, Jim, you can freeze your butt off and miss deer right
here safely on the ground. Jim, drinking “field brew” is a fine art,
requiring the utmost attention – and not for the simple of mind. That
stuff will put hair on your chest…I mean instantly! Hair, which can get
tangled in bow strings and cause a nasty flesh wound, and pull your
‘well-aimed’ arrow to one side, resulting in you actually hitting
something. One wonders just who the defenseless, “simple mammal” is, in
this scenario? I mean, just who is it that’s spending hundreds of dollars,
while sprinkling deer piss all over themselves, only to freeze high up a
tree, giggling and missing stuff? It certainly isn’t the deer, is it?
Now, I could see THE DEER giggling, while thinking “there IS a poor, dumb,
defenseless animal here alright – and he smells just like that doe in
estrus that I used to know, he’s standing high in that tree right there,
shivering and drinking, what is that, ‘field brew!?’” I’ll cure Jim of
liking the blog when I “feature” him on a few of them… But I’d better be
careful. I can just see the headline now: “Handsome, World-famous,
Amazing Birder & Humanitarian Killed by Giggling Hunter’s ‘Stray’ Arrow”
So OK, I embellished – literary license…
At 12:35, “Jim’s deer” paid its initial dividend with 2 Ravens on the tray
briefly, then circling it while calling to each other, quickly heading away
to our west. Ah…these INTELLIGENT animals know it’s here. They will be
back! Just how cool is THAT?
Jim brought down a tree to be put out for birds to land on at our feeders.
It will be put in tomorrow. Jim is going to dig the hole, lift it and
install it – all by himself. I know this, because I sure ain’t helping
him! The man’s an animal. I’ll leave the descriptors to you. Thanks
Jim, and be leery of that “field brew!” It’ll catch you, my friend.
Today’s predicted improving weather never happened. We saw next to nothing
– just some ‘poor dumb animal’ drinking “field brew” and giggling
aimlessly. And I do mean AIMLESSLY! He’s one deer hunter in a serious
rut. (think about it)
---- 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:
2-COMMON RAVEN, 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: 1.11; Steps: 2,593; Floors: 2.
----“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: 37; this season: 133
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like we'll have good cloud coverage after a foggy
beginning, with light favorable 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
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.