Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Gerry Teig, Howard Campbell, John McNamara, Kelley Nunn
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (11): Jim Balint, Michele & Christian Scheive, John McNamara,
Gerry Teig, Kelly Nunn, Rodger Bovenkirk, Howard Campbell, Bob Reitz, Rhoda
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 3-Bald Eagle,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 8-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (65) and
Turkey Vultures (75).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-2; 2 yr.-1; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-11
----“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 quick stop at the Polo Fields as I passed on my
way to Bucktoe, finding 2 Wilson’s Snipe, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, and 2
Pectoral Sandpipers, along with the usual Killdeer. Michelle and young
Christian were here at the Hawk Watch again today. They make me smile.
And Christian is a young birding star, finding another Palm Warbler! The
weather was better than anticipated, though the winds were wrong for a
strong movement. Howard was out bearing gifts of food for the birds.
Thanks Howard! Rhoda arrived with gifts of food – human food. And as we
all know, gifts of human food are not only welcome, but are to be
encouraged here at beautiful Bucktoe! My guests were hammering the “field
brew” big-time! Rhoda called it exquisite. [I may be overstating that, a
bit] We saw a Kestrel and Sharp-shinned Hawk interacting – very close.
First, the Kestrel darted at the Sharpie. The Sharpie returned the favor
swooping back. This played out for a few minutes – back and forth. Can’t
“we’ just get along? Rhoda offered to take some of our feeders home and
CLEAN THEM! Thank you so much, Rhoda – from me and the birds! There was
some movement today, though not much in the Broad-winged Hawks.
We identified 52 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, Common Nighthawk, Palm Warbler,
RAVEN, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, 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:
Common Nighthawk, Palm Warbler, RAVEN, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet
Tanager, Purple Finch, and Bobolink. <BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (10): Monarch - 95, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Red Admiral.
Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer.
Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (1): 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: 4.46; Steps: 10,486; Floors:
----“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: 53; this season: 113
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like we're back into "it" with clouds and a chance
for a late shower. Winds are moderate out of NE. there will be some
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.