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
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (6): Kathleen Pileggi, Michelle & Christian Scheive, Gerry Teig,
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
1-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (4) and Turkey Vultures (21).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-1; 4 yr.-0; adult-0
----“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 drove through the rain to Bucktoe early this morning with
visions of thermals, updrafts, kettles of hawks swirling skyward, dancing
in my head. Yet there has been so little of that great stuff thus far this
fall. It won’t be today, either. I descended on Giant for ice, finding
Lauren absent. Perhaps I won’t receive as frigid a reception without my
“Ice Princess’s” presence. I arrived on site with a LARGE BAG of ice to
find a Cooper’s Hawk on one of our picnic tables. Well, at least there
will be one hawk this soggy day! There were several Rose-breasted
Grosbeaks about today, some singing. About WHAT, I have no idea. Just
singing in the rain, I guess. One of my favorite families was out, in part
– Michelle & Christian. It was nice to see you guys! And Christian
spotted a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Palm Warblers and a Brown Thrasher for
which he received “full-partial credit.” Gerry arrived and we enjoyed the
Thrasher taking a bath in our extravagant “water feature” for which we
spared no expense. He was…well, thrashing about. At 1:30 this dreary day,
a Barred Owl hooted about 5 times. It began to pour. Just then, a
spectacular Merlin swooped in caught a passerine and flew off. It happened
right near the feeders here. WOW!
We identified 46 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged
Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Barred Owl, Palm Warbler, Rose-breasted
Grosbeak, Purple Finch, and Bobolink. Nothing new for this year’s “hawk
watch area” species list was seen today. [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:
Barred Owl, Palm Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Purple Finch, and
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (7): Monarch - 15, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Red-spotted
Purple, Red Admiral. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags,
Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (1): Meadow
----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: 2.1; Steps: 4,930; Floors: 1.
----“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: 46; this season: 113
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks some better, but with southerly 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.