Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 19:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Gerry Teig, Hank Davis, Howard Campbell, Kathleen Pileggi
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (8): Howard Campbell, Hank Davis, Gerry Teig, Kathleen Pileggi,
Kelley Nunn, Daniel Noznisky, Rick Mulrooney.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 5-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (67) and
Turkey Vultures (73).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-3; 2 yr.-1; 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:’ There was nothing of not at the Polo Fields as I drove past
to Bucktoe. The feeders were active this morning with Field Sparrows,
Chipping Sparrows, and our CLAYC-COLORED SPARROW, among others. Our prize
sparrow afforded fantastic looks in the scope while it moved around the
feeder snag. Howard was here with his usual Wednesday offering of bird
seed. Thanks, Buddy! Right away, Howard spotted a first-year Bald Eagle
soaring low, right over our site. Howard always requires one of those
before he can go home. “But you just got here, Howard!” I exclaimed.
Howard settled down with some nice field brew. RAVENS put in an appearance
in the afternoon. Our hawk flight was slow, despite the very good
conditions. Hank arrived had some field brew and readied his camera. He
was not disappointed with either. The sparrow returned with Hank getting
the pictures below. The sky was fantastic today, winds were right, but
hawks over Bucktoe were slow. Steady, but slow.
We identified 51 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk,
Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, Barred Owl, COMMON RAVEN, Red-breasted
Nuthatch, Palm Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Lincoln’s Sparrow,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and Purple Finch. Nothing new was seen for this
year’s “hawk watch area” species list. [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, COMMON RAVEN, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Palm Warbler,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Lincoln’s Sparrow, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and Purple
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (9): Monarch - 40, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper,
Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Variegated Fritillary. Dragonflies (3): Green
Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians
(0). Mammals (3): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Meadow
----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: 7.51; Steps: 17,518; Floors: 6.
----“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 (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like the winds shift to a less favorable direction,
but we do retain background clouds.
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.