Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 11 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carol Majors, Kelley Nunn
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (10): Jim Balint, Puff Busch, Debby Kern, Carol Majors, Ron
Majors, Kelley Nunn, Peter Kjellerup, Ford Draper, Anne Shehab.
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 (65) and Turkey Vultures (71).
----“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:’ Puff beat me in today. Something that’ll cost her $180. A
long story, right Puff? [she’ll have to tell you] Don’t worry, things
will TURN out ok. A female Scarlet Tanager graced our feeder snag. Puff
actually had a Palm Warbler land on her! Yesterday’s Clay-colored Sparrow
returned today, as did the Lincoln’s Sparrow, wildly bathing. It must have
taken lessons from our Song Sparrows. The last couple of days have
featured southerly winds not at all conducive to hawk movement. That’s
sad, because the skies have otherwise been perfect, with a nice background
of white clouds. So in effect, we could see not much, wonderfully well.
There will be an upcoming deep blue clear day with perfect northwest winds
where lots will be moving. Then we’ll see lots, though horribly! Welcome
to the world of hawk watching! Our Cottontail was out drinking at the
water feature. Pretty cute.
Peter and Ford were out from TLC. They fund the hawk watches. Should
Peter get blogged? Dare I?? Oh, lets… Peter was instantly drawn to our
collection of liquor bottles with bird labels on display on one of our
tables. He lamented though, that they were all empty! Hmmmm.. what does
THAT tell us about Peter?? [gotcha Peter. but in a KINDER, GENTLER way –
so I retain my funding!] Peter has a fantastic sense of humor and is a fan
of “the blog.” [He also makes great shoes – Dansko]
The evening avian bathing frenzy started today sharply at 3pm with three
Bluebirds in the tub at once, splashing wildly. Why not? They had three
dirty birds to clean. Shortly, a RAVEN croaked to our west. Song Sparrows,
Field Sparrows, House Finches, Purple Finches, Lincoln’s Sparrow,
Goldfinch, soon followed in the bath. Even Mourning Doves and Indigo
Bunting, though they just to drink and feed. The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW did
return twice more. Once landing in the grass next to a quietly sitting
blogger, who discovered that setting his scope up for a picture with his
phone was wasted effort when sitting away from the scope and the subject
bird a mere 8 feet away. I could bare eye the bird, yet the photo evaded
We identified 52 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Harrier,
Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, American
Kestrel, Merlin, Barred Owl, RAVEN, Black-and-white Warbler, Lincoln’s
Sparrow, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, Scarlet Tanager, and Purple Finch. Nothing
new for this year’s “hawk watch area” species list was seen today. [120
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, RAVEN, Black-and-white Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW, Scarlet Tanager, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (6): Monarch - 40, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Red-spotted Purple.
Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer.
Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (3): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray
Squirrel, 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: 5.12; Steps: 10,815; Floors: 8.
----“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: 52; this season: 120
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks cloudy becoming mostly sunny thruout the day, with
northwest winds. YAY!!
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.