Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 11.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Hannah Greenberg, Kathleen Pileggi, Kelley Nunn,
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (36):Harvey Rubenstein, Hank Davis, Sara Busch, John Wagner, Mary
Braun, Ellen Hall, Judy Styon, Norm Lincoln, , Jean-Marie Gauthier, Lana
Glass, Mike Fowles, Colleen DelMonte, Dennis Davis, Cathy Huneke, Anna
Altieri, Nolan Morris, Kathleen Pilegggi, Mark Boas, Rodger Bovenkirk,
Chris & Jenn Walker, Daniel Noznisky, Jerry & Susan Jeffers, Hannah
Greenberg, Kelley Nunn, Dorothy Bedford, Don & Sue Manuel, Rebecca Manuel,
Jim Balint , Ian , Sarah, Ollie & Isaac Stewart.
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 (70) and Turkey Vultures (74).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-1; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-12
----“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:’ It’s my birthday! Yay!! Gotta be something special
happen, right? Our regular Sunday bird walk at Bucktoe came first today.
Greeting me when I arrived was our Red-tailed Hawk on his usual perch
soaking in the morning sun. There were 18 of us on the walk this morning.
We headed to Warbler Meadow and the Hawk Watch in hopes for Lincoln
Sparrow. Not finding it, we moved on. The meadow was dead until we turned
into the far side, where things picked, especially around the parking lot.
Highlights included Great Egret, Osprey, Broad-winged Hawks, Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, Kestrels, Blue-headed Vireos, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Purple
Finches, Swamp Sparrow, Black-and-white Warblers, American Redstarts,
Magnolia Warblers, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated
Blue Warbler, Palm Warblers, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler,
Black-throated Green Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, and Rose-breasted
Grosbeaks. WOW!!! In all, we had 64 species on our walk.
After a quick break for lunch, I went back to “The Watch,” where we had a
slow, but steady, nice movement of hawks. Puff was out today. My guess
was to search for a “real name.” She had no luck but did bring FOOD, as
did Dorothy. And she did find us a Common Nighthawk. [you’ve been
blogged, Puff!] “Our” RAVENS were really around today; two soaring twice
together for a lengthy time, and a solo appearance. Grillmaster Jerry was
here today with wife Susan, staying to cook steaks for me after the watch
for my birthday – complete with his new chef hat! You wear it well, my
friend! Susan had her new customized hawk-watching chair, too - customized
by my daughter, Mandy. Thanks, Mandy! They also brought our new mascot –
little Bella, their INCREDIBLY CUTE 9-week old Chocolate Lab puppy.
We identified 70 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk,
Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Common Nighthawk, Great Egret,
Barred Owl, RAVEN, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo,
Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Blackburnian
Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Pine
Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Scarlet
Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Purple Finch.
New for this year’s “hawk watch area” species list was Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, Great Egret, Blue-headed Vireo, Pine Warbler, and Yellow-rumped
Warbler. [119 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, Great Egret, Barred Owl, RAVEN, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,
Blue-headed Vireo, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Magnolia
Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue
Warbler, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated
Green Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-breasted
Nuthatch, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (13): Monarch - 55, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted
Purple, Variegated Fritillary, 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, 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: 7.48 steps: 17,547 floors: 19.
----“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: 70; this season: 119
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (5):”
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Great Egret, Blue-headed Vireo, Pine Warbler, and
Tomorrow’s flight looks like winds are wrong - otherwise ok.
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.