Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (8): ]: Jim Balint, Dale Kendal, Karen Satterthwaite, Bob Suter,
Susan Phelps, Debby Kern, Brigitte Alexander
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
5-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (70) and Turkey Vultures (76).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-1; 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:’ My “ice maiden” was back this morning at Giant. Lauren is
her name. Lauren had NOT been studying her weights and measures. Logic
has escaped her, as well. We went through the entire “large ice bag”
ritual yet again. She is befuddled by what 10 and 20 pounds are! A
Harrier was coursing the meadow on my arrival. A Merlin hastened through.
Jim was out for field brew. I asked him if he wanted a 12 ounce cup or the
16 ounce. He said the larger cup. With a brain dead look on my face I
said, “What on earth do you mean?” [thanks Lauren]
Dale, Karen, Debby, Bob, and the crew from Crosslands Retirement Community
were out early this morning. I love you folks! Dale was dying for some
field brew. Funny, people usually wait to do THAT until after they have
it, Dale. [lol] She described her “death by field brew” as “very good.”
Hmmm, I again overshot the formula. I was aiming for tolerable brew.
Little was moving today with the strong winds from the south. Staying lat
to write, I was rewarded with Blue Grosbeak and the hooting of a Barred
We identified 55 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Harrier, Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered
Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Green Heron, Barred Owl,
Blue Grosbeak, Purple Finch, and Bobolinks. New for this year’s “hawk
watch area” species list was Harrier. [109 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!
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS:
Green Heron, Barred Owl, Blue Grosbeak, Purple Finch, and Bobolinks.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Monarch - 45, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Black
Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Red-spotted Purple. Dragonflies (3): Green
Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians
(0). Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, 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: 4.36; Steps: 9,031; Floors: 3.
----“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: 109
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” Northern
Tomorrow’s flight looks quite good with partially sunny skies and moderate
northerly winds. It was exactly a year ago tomorrow that we had 2 straight
days of over 4,000 Broad-winged Hawks here.
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.