Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Gerry Teig, Kathleen Pileggi
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (4): Jim Balint, Kathleen Pileggi, Gerry Teig
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
3-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (68) and Turkey Vultures (79).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 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:’ Another day of rain awaits me, with a couple more yet to
follow. How can this be? A fall chill had gripped the air, too. THAT, I
love. Give me “sweater weather” any day. I still feel like there are very
many Broad-wings yet to pass, but will we see them? As my field brew
was…err, brewing, a flock of 30 Canada Geese made their way over. These
were local birds, low and heading east, but migrating flocks are being seen
over Bucktoe now. I love this season; that spectacle. Wait – enough of
waxing poetically! You’re right – it’s time for a quick walk over to
“Warbler Meadow” - tis the season for Connecticut Warbler and in a bit,
Orange-crowned Warbler. I found the meadow alive with migrants, among them
female Black-throated Blue Warbler, Redstarts, Chestnut-sided Warbler,
Black-throated Green Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Parula, numerous
Indigo Buntings, several Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Warbling Vireo, and
Red-eyed-Vireos. Right in the middle of all this [and right at the TOP of
my target list] was an immature CONNECTICUT WARBLER [my FOY] low to the
ground. That suddenly made it all worthwhile. A Sharp-shinned Hawk flew
by at least preventing another shutout in migrating hawks. Impressive in
its own way, a major flight of Blue Jays has begun. We are getting
hundreds of them moving south by the watch. Hundreds passed over.
Around 11am, it stopped raining. A bedraggled Osprey came and rested on
“Merlin Snag.” It looked as though a fire hose had been trained on it. A
few Broad-winged Hawks started drifting very low overhead, having just
gotten to the air. Soon, all Hell broke loose. No big kettles, certainly,
but steady and low movement, as there were no thermals to climb into. It
was amazing considering the conditions. Boy, did I misread today - it was
fun! Around 1:30pm, it tapered off. But for a day where I could just see
a watcher cancelling out and staying home, there was a lot of birds and
fine variety. Kathleen came out and caught a lot of the action.
We identified 59 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, Double-crested
Cormorant, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, Black-throated Blue Warbler, American
Redstart, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Magnolia
Warbler, Northern Parula, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Warbling Vireo, Purple
Finch, and Bobolink. New for this year’s “hawk watch area” species list
was CONNECTICUT WARBLER and Black-throated Blue Warbler, . [113 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:
Double-crested Cormorant, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, Black-throated Blue Warbler,
American Redstart, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler,
Magnolia Warbler, Northern Parula, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Warbling Vireo,
Purple Finch, and Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (6): Monarch - 35, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Red-spotted
Purple. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted
Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail,
----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: 3.38; Steps: 7,438; Floors: 16.
----“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: 59; this season: 113
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):”
Black-throated Blue Warbler, CONNECTICUT WARBLER.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like a cloudy mess with rin later in afternoon. A
washout? I thought today was to be that, but it was anything but!
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.