Date: 9/22/18 4:45 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (22 Sep 2018) 2648 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 22 127 128
Bald Eagle 19 57 59
Northern Harrier 1 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 24 52 52
Cooper's Hawk 9 41 42
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 9 9
Broad-winged Hawk 2547 2987 2987
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 23 64 65
Merlin 1 6 6
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 2
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: 2648 3348 3353

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (24): John McNamara, Sue McLaughlin, Mike & Evelyn Fowles, Rob
Yacucci, Lee Gummey, Janny sterrett, Tim Sterrett, Kelley Nunn, Jim Balint,
Jerry Jeffers, Susan Huffington, Elaine Kirk, Deb Adelberg, Margie
Cummings, Cathy Huneke, Lee Peterson [+1], Barb Polilli, Sara Polilli,
Lorrie Sherron, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Michael Gauthier
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Partly Sunny (75% cloud cover), Ceiling - 11,600-30,000 ft., Visibility -
10 miles, Temps 67 - 73F, Winds North @ 10 - 15 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 3-Red-shouldered Hawk,
7-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (65) and Turkey Vultures (71).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-4; 2 yr.-2; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-12

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:’ I stopped briefly by the Polo Fields on my way in today,
with only 4 Killdeer my reward. Things have left. At Bucktoe, a dashing
[literally] Red squirrel was on my path to the Hawk Watch site. There were
tons of things to do this morning. A calling Red-breasted Nuthatch helped
my mood - somewhat. A few vultures were getting up by 8:30 – a good sign!
It was soon o – very steady with activity, but few Broad-wings. That
changed around 11am. Lots of people were out to see lots of birds. A
Peregrine streaked the sky. A Harrier lumbered through. “Grillmaster
Jerry” was out, bringing steaks for the grill. It was a very busy day at
the Hawk Watch with people, birds and after our watch, the Edible Wild
Plants program with Lee Peterson and the folks from The Land Conservancy.
Still later, Delaware Nature Society was here with Rob and a couple of
families camping out. While sandwiched between all that Jerry grilled us
those steaks. WOW, what a day!! We had a ton of Broad-winged Hawks!
Literally, we had a ton!! 2,547 Broad-winged Hawks soared overhead, and at
an average weight of a pound each for that species, that comes to more than
a ton – even a metric ton! 13 species of what were formerly, at least,
called raptors [including hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures] were also
We identified 58 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, Peregrine Falcon, RAVEN,
Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue Heron, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Purple
Finch, and Bobolinks. Nothing new for this year’s “hawk watch area”
species list was seen. [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!
RAVEN, Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue Heron, Red-breasted Nuthatch,
Purple Finch, and Bobolinks.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Monarch - 60, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur,
Red-spotted Purple, Eastern Comma. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black
Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals
(3): Eastern Cottontail, Meadow Vole, Red Squirrel.
----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: 3.98; Steps: 8,991; Floors: 4.
----“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: 58; this season: 109

Tomorrow’s flight looks completely different, with rain and light NE winds.
It's the 1 year anniversary of our record flight day of 4,552
Broad-wings, though!
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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