Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kelley Nunn
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (9): Jim Balint, Diane, Jan, Isabelle, & Evelyn Bove, Kelley Nunn,
Bob Reitz, Rhoda McNitt.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (38) and Turkey Vultures (49).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-1; 4 yr.-1; adult-1
----“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:’ Your blogger had to risk life and limb getting to “the
Watch” today; driving thru a flooded old King Ranch. Yah, Doe Run was
anything but a timid “mammal” of a stream today. Rather a large angry herd
of bucks! The roads were completely flooded. Yet I waited in line to cross
it. Thinking last night’s deluge could have forced a strange shorebird
down on the Polo Field, I stopped and checked. I found 2 Pectoral
Sandpipers, a dozen Killdeer, and a Snipe. Oddly, there were 11 Wood Ducks
there with no water. I wonder what waits me at Bucktoe? Field Brew, for
one thing – and while a Barred Owl hooted! Jim was out hooting for some
field brew of his own. Jim told me hunting season opens here soon. That
means only one thing. The deer will be moving to Bucktoe for safety. Oh,
we hunt at Bucktoe alright – we just don’t hit! Jim heads a stalwart group
of hunters the “Bucktoe Buckley Bafflers.” [Bucktoe Buckley is a
notoriously huge 12-pointer [I believe he is] that we see here on
occasion.] Jim’s is a group of blind hunters using the brail archery
method to fill their freezers with venison. They are all quickly starving.
It’s a charity thing Jim does – for the OTHER blind hunters, and
especially the deer. [blogged again, Jim] The Bove family ventured here
today for the first time. It’ll get better, folks. Kelley was out and
took a walk to “Warbler Meadow,” finding American Redstart and
Black-throated Blue Warbler [KN]. Rhoda and Bob returned with CLEAN
FEEDERS for a couple of days ago, along with some feed. Thanks, guys!
Returning the favor, the season’s first Lincoln’s Sparrow [my FOY] graced
the feed on the ground at “The Watch.” Rhoda & Bob got great looks.
What’s that they say guys? “For every good deed…”
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, American
Redstart, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow,
Purple Finch, and Bobolink. New for this year’s “hawk watch area” species
list was Lincoln’s Sparrow. [114 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, American Redstart, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler,
Lincoln’s Sparrow, Purple Finch, and Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (9): Monarch - 40, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Red-spotted Purple, Painted Lady. Dragonflies
(3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles &
Amphibians (1): American Toad. Mammals (4): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern
Gray Squirrel, Meadow Vole, Woodchuck.
----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: 4.67; Steps: 10,078; 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: 49; this season: 114
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” Lincoln's
Tomorrow’s flight looks fantastic if there are enough clouds for
background. NO RAIN, sunny skies with NW winds. NICE!!
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.