Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carl Mease, Gerry Teig
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (4): Jim Balint, Gerry Teig, Carl Mease
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Cooper's Hawk,
3-Red-shouldered Hawk, 2-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (27) and
Turkey Vultures (61).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-2
----“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:’ More fog, clouds and rain heading our way today. Will this
ever end?? There has been almost no migration yet. When this breaks we
are going to have a lot of birds come through AND a lot of fun! Get ready!
On the way to Bucktoe, I stopped for breakfast, field brew and to scan the
Polo Fields. I mean, one cannot look for “grass-pipers” and then hawks on
an empty stomach and without a proper morning beverage. With proper
sustenance, I scoured the sod, finding only 40 Pectoral Sandpipers to be of
real interest. Hmmm, perhaps I should have went with the French toast.
What say you, Jean-Marie? Is French toast good luck for birding? Then
with a rush a local Cooper’s Hawk swooped into my site feeders and missed a
sparrow, alighting on our feeder snag. It calmly watched me set up the
chairs. Come on, Coop – I’m trying to get a Lark Sparrow to come to my
feeders here. This kind of action will not do! A Bald Eagle was next,
calling in the lifting fog. Also out of sight, Bobolinks did the same.
While a Blue Grosbeak “chipped” from the meadow. It was a better start to
today. Perhaps there will be some movement. You’re right, it’s time for
my morning warbler walk to “Warbler Meadow.” I had scored a bagel and, of
course, field brew for my walk, when a sweat bee started going after both
of them – not me! If you cause me to drop my cinnamon raisin bagel [with
mixed berry cream cheese] AND my “FIELD BREW,” we are going to have
“issues!!” AND sweat Bee, you haven’t begun to see me perspire until THAT
happens! Hmmm, perhaps THAT’S his angle? As we walked, the bee and I
disputed ownership of the brew and the bagel. I won, as I downed the last
bit of bagel with a swallow of brew, leaving one disgruntled bee sweating
it out. There was a threatening layer of lower clouds shifting in the
breeze. Beyond that, in a couple of spots you could see very high cirrus
clouds coating the sky. And what’s this? The color blue was even up
there! Could it be?? On my walk there was surprisingly no warbler
activity beyond Yellowthroats. I did stir up an overnighting Broad-winged
Hawk and a Red-shouldered Hawk on my travels. An Osprey migrated overhead.
When I got back to my site, I found two quite late Eastern Kingbirds in my
feeder snag tree, using it for a time as a base of operations. The clouds
quickly thickened covering that very strange color I had seen, returning
things to as they should be.
Pulled pork was for lunch. After the “disagreement” the sweat bees and I
had over this morning’s bagel and field brew, I can hardly wait for
discussions to begin over this tasty fare. I predict that he’ll still bee
[sorry] on his forced diet. A Gnatcatcher was in the small saplings at the
feeders. A few hawks were moving today, giving hope to the days following
breakup of this weather pattern. Gerry was out twice today, sandwiched
around, well..a sandwich [for lunch with his wife].
We identified 51 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Cooper’s
Hawk, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Eastern
Kingbirds, Blue Grosbeak, Bobolinks.
I stopped by the Polo Fields as I passed with the birds remaining the same
as my earlier visit.
---- 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:
Eastern Kingbirds, Blue Grosbeak, Bobolinks.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (9): Monarch - 70, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Red-spotted Purple, Variegated Fritillary.
Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer.
Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (3): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray
Squirrel, Meadow Vole.
----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: 8.72; Steps: 20,052; 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: 51; this season: 99
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like rain and clouds, AGAIN!
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.