Date: 9/27/18 3:22 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (27 Sep 2018) 89 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 156 157
Bald Eagle 6 85 87
Northern Harrier 0 4 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 23 118 118
Cooper's Hawk 6 61 62
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 13 13
Broad-winged Hawk 38 3209 3209
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 99 100
Merlin 0 9 9
Peregrine Falcon 3 5 5
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: 89 3760 3765

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Gerry Teig, Kelley Nunn

Visitors (8): Jim Balint, Barb & RJ Polilli, Kelley Nunn, Tom Zunino Gerry
Teig, Daniel Noznisky.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Cloudy-Partly Sunny (100-70% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000-27,300 ft.,
Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 58 - 67F, Winds NE @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 3-Red-shouldered Hawk,
5-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (52) and Turkey Vultures (58).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-2; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-3

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 began today with my customary stop at the Polo Fields,
seeing only 2 Pectoral Sandpipers of note with the Killdeer. Once at
Bucktoe, I was greeted with a Barred Owl - a nice way to start my day. A
Black Vulture and 2 Turkey Vultures got the day started early, when they
lifted up at 9:37. Sadly, I noticed that last night we had lost one of our
planted snags to the east of the hawk watch – the one I called “short snag”
had fallen over. Jim was out to “bust my chops” and to pilfer some field
brew. Thanks, Jim. We discussed the loss of some of our snags. Some will
be replaced, as we can. The hawks were coming through in a steady, though
slow stream. They were high up today. Three Peregrines were a treat
today. Blue Jays continued their impressive movement south, while Palm
Warblers were around our site the entire day.
We identified 49 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk,
Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Barred Owl, Scarlet
Tanager, Palm Warbler, Purple Finch, and Bobolink. Nothing new for this
year’s “hawk watch area” species list was added 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!
Barred Owl, Scarlet Tanager, Palm Warbler, Purple Finch, and Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Monarch - 30, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Red-spotted Purple. Dragonflies (3): Green
Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians
(0). Mammals (3): Eastern Cottontail, White-tailed Deer, 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: 4.28; Steps: 10,043; Floors: 6.
----“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: 48; this season: 113

Tomorrow’s flight looks like a cloudy day with some more rain. Can you
believe it?? Weekend looks good, 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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