Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 21:00:00
Total observation time: 12.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (10): John Daniel, Kathleen Pileggi, Rhoda McNitt, Bob Reitz, Jim
Balint, Jim Green, Dale Kendall, Bob Suter, and Karen Satterthwaite.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (57) and Turkey Vultures (63).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-2; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-5
----“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 believe this day will have a nice migration, last night
for passerines and today for hawks. Winds are right, there was no rain and
timing is alright though past prime time for many warblers and
Broad-wings. It’s getting towards time to look for Dickcissels and
Orange-crowned Warblers; while each day brings us closer to our first
Golden Eagle of the season. Enough of this dreaming – let’s see what
happens. I stopped for a quick check of the Polo Fields. They play polo
on Friday nights, so I expect our few lingering birds to have left;
possibly replaced by later migrants. However, I found likely the same 2
Pectoral Sandpipers and 4 Killdeer. At Bucktoe, I put “field brew” to
work. While it was warming to the task, I birded. Lincoln’s Sparrow was
again at the feeders. A Red-breasted Nuthatch called from the wood. A
Tennessee Warbler was again drawn to the spectacular “water feature.” Our
first vulture waited until 10:10 to take to the air. My nice background
clouds “went south” on me – literally. Dale and the crew from
Kendal/Crosslands Retirement Communities were out again today, bringing
food items to celebrate my birthday, which is tomorrow. Thanks, guys. I
don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this, but.. gifts of food AND beverages
are not only welcomed, but to be encouraged here at Bucktoe. We also
discovered that Rhoda’s birthday is also tomorrow! Dale also brought gifts
of suet for our birds. They thank you, Dale. Hawks were slow, but quite
steady; a Broad-wing here, one there, a bit later two more. The same for
the accipiters. We had a very nice turnout in butterflies today with 15
species, including many Monarchs, Eastern Comma, Common Checkered Skipper,
Red Admiral, and Buckeye. The sky got crystal clear- hard to pick out
anything. What sense would it make to complain about the lack of clouds?
I dare not, right!? I mentioned to the group that I heard a Palm Warbler
in the meadow.
That prompted Dale to say to everyone, “Larry, you have such great
I replied , “You know Dale, you are right. I am so lucky that way. But
you know it is so funny that for some reason I often can’t hear women very
well at all!” I thought I had been funny and clever, with all the women
“Then you won’t be hearing that I was going to leave the extra cupcakes for
you.” Dale giggled.
Touché, Dale! She has a great sense of humor, that Dale, and the last
laugh this time!
“What’s that bird on the ground below feeder pole number three?” Asked
“What? Did you say something? I can’t hear you, Dale.” LOL
I stayed late to write and to attend the astronomy program this evening.
At 5:10 a RAVEN flew my very close, calling all the while. The astronomy
club found and showed us Jupiter and its moons, Mars in its reddish tone,
and Saturn complete with ring. Incredible!
We identified 57 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk,
Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, RAVEN, Barred Owl, Palm Warbler,
Tennessee Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Purple Finch,
and Bobolink. Nothing new for this year’s “hawk watch area” species list
was noted. [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:
RAVEN, Barred Owl, Palm Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch,
Lincoln’s Sparrow, Purple Finch, and Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (15): Monarch - 105, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted
Purple, Variegated Fritillary, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Red Admiral, Eastern
Comma, Painted Lady. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags,
Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (5): Eastern
Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, 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: 8.0; Steps: 18,681; Floors: 4.
----“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: 57; this season: 114
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like if you liked today's conditions. You might
like tomorrow, except the wind will be light nd variable.
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.