Date: 9/20/18 4:26 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (20 Sep 2018) 158 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 99 100
Bald Eagle 1 34 36
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 22 22
Cooper's Hawk 2 29 30
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 8 8
Broad-winged Hawk 144 436 436
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 38 39
Merlin 0 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1

Total: 158 672 677

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 19:00:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (9): Carol Majors, Judy Ford, Jerry Jeffers, Jim Balint, Gerry
Teig, Nolan Morris, Barb & R. J. Polilli
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Fog, Cloudy (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 2,500-7,000 ft., Visibility -
0-10 miles, Temps 65 - 75F, Winds NNE-ESE @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating:2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (52) and Turkey Vultures (72).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; 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:’ Carol & Judy arrived early today, seeing just a couple of
warblers – Black-and-white Warbler and Redstart in the meadows. A glimmer
of hope showed up this foggy day when a pair of low Broad-winged Hawks were
seen at 11:15. Gerry arrived to lifting hawks very low in the fog at
11:45. Low, but moderate size kettles appeared distantly in our western
sky. The hawk migration abruptly slowed. Jim arrived for field brew,
calling it “gourmet.” I’ll have to tone it down a bit. Otherwise, he’ll
be out here constantly. Nolan was out. Will something inspire him to
write today? We shall see. I heard a couple of Red-breasted Nuthatches
calling from the grove of pines and spruces (my FOY), late in the day. A
pair of calling COMMON RAVENS came by soon after. Saturday is shaping up
to be the next good day for migration. There has to be many Broad-wings
yet to pass.
We identified 55 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk,
Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, COMMON RAVEN, Red-breasted Nuthatch,
Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Purple Finch, and Bobolinks.
New for this year’s “hawk watch area” species list was Red-breasted
Nuthatch. [108 species for the season]
---- 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!
COMMON RAVEN, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-and-white Warbler, American
Redstart, Purple Finch, and Bobolinks. <BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (9): Monarch - 85, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple. 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: 4.84; Steps: 10,028; 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: 55; this season: 108
Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Tomorrow’s flight looks like a transitional day with winds from the south.
The next good day looks like Saturday. I think we could have our best
Broad-wing day then. It was one year ago that day when we had well over
4,000 of them!
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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