Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Hannah Greenberg, John McNamara, Kathleen Pileggi,
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (12): Jim Balint, Sue McLaughlin, Ruth Bove, Diane, Evelyn,
Isabelle & Jan Bove, Kelley Nunn, Hannah Greenberg, John McNamara, and
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 (39) and Turkey Vultures (33).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-2; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-4
----“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:’ October is here! Let Oktoberfest begin! Jim was out
early, dealing with a bee nest and “field brew.” [not sure which stings
worse] Normally, we’d let them BEE, but this group just wouldn’t BEEHAVE…
[I bee sorry] RAVENS were here again, early. Kelley was out for lunch.
[Or is that “out to lunch,” Kelley? Could be either.] Hannah joined her,
finding a Cooper’s Hawk and in the process, spilling her beer. [If you know
Hannah, that’s something excruciating to her and that she RARELY does!
She’d almost rather lose her right arm, but that’s her drinking arm. –
It was your basic, post Broad-wing big-push day with wrong winds. I stayed
late to write. As it turns out, I am so glad I did. I noticed a smaller
sparrow above our water feature. A quick look revealed that it was a
“Chipping Sparrow type.” I’m in the habit of checking all the
Chipping/Clay-colored “types” at this season, having had Clay-colored
Sparrows on rare occasions. Well, this turned out to be such an occasion!
An immature CLAY-COLORED SPARROW [FOY] was soon bathing!! This sparrow is
a rare visitor in our region and is a bit smaller than our Chipping,
browner, with contrasting gray nape. Its facial pattern is well-defined
all around, with NO LORE SPOT between the eye and the bill. I saw the
brownish unstreaked rump, which can be hard to see, but is not necessary
when you get the look I did at the lores. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW showed up a
bit later, too! It also bathed. Kathleen was able to get here and see
both of our unusual sparrows. Not a bad day for “little brown jobs,” eh??
We identified 51 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, Barred Owl, RAVEN, Yellow-rumped
Warbler, Palm Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, LINCOLN’S SPARROW,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and Purple Finch. New for this year’s “hawk watch
area” species list was CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. [120 species for the
---- 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, RAVEN, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Rose-breasted
Grosbeak, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Monarch - 55, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur,
Common Checkered Skipper, Red-spotted Purple. Dragonflies (3): Green
Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians
(0). Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, 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: 4.42; Steps: 10,374; 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: 51; this season: 120
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks cloudy with winds continuing from the wrong
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.