Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (7): Jean-Marie Gauthier [& William], Mike Gardner, Lana Glass,
Kathleen Pileggi, Susan Huffington
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: NOTHING!
----“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 made a very quick stop at the Polo Fields as I passed
this morning - finding but one bird on the closely cropped meadows – a lone
Wilson’s Snipe. Not even a Killdeer was there to keep it company.
At Bucktoe, first came our weekly bird walk. It was drizzling as I
prepared for anyone to show up. Then it started to rain in earnest. Still
we had 7 of us. It soon easily became on of the more frustrating birding
days that I can remember. Warbler Meadow held lots of warblers in the
treetops. The axiom that “bad weather produces great birding´ was true in
that they were around in large numbers, but with no light on them and rain
fogging up our binoculars – nearly impossible to identify. A quick look at
a Cape May Warbler [my FOY] was my highlight. But adding to the
frustration, I wasn’t able to get anyone else on it. We got only 42
species on our soggy walk.
There were NO hawks flying here today at our Hawk Watch in the steady rain.
What a contrast in days in weather and in birds – nothing today, an
onslaught of birds yesterday. I held hope for some accipiters today, but
not even one of those came by.
We identified 45 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Cape May
Warbler, Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Tennessee
Warbler, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green
Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Purple Finch, and Bobolink. New for this
year’s “hawk watch area” species list was Cape May Warbler and
White-throated Sparrow. [111 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:
Cape May Warbler, Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler,
Tennessee Warbler, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated
Green Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Purple Finch, and Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0). Dragonflies (0). Reptiles &
Amphibians (0). Mammals (3): White-tailed Deer, Meadow Vole, Red
----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: 3.35; Steps: 7,836; Floors: 27.
----“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: 45; this season: 111
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):” Cape May
Warbler, White-throated Sparrow.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like clouds continue, but not the rain for
tomorrow. Strong NE 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.