Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Hank Davis, Sabrena Boekell
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (3): Hank Davis, Sabrena Boekell
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 3-Red-shouldered Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (66) and Turkey Vultures (64).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-3
----“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:’ Behind horse trailers and an ice run made me late to arrive
at the “Hawk Watch” today, beaten by Hank & Sabrena. Sabrena bore gifts of
chocolate. THAT is a good start! The fog lifted to an incredible morning
flight of hawks featuring Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, Kestrels,
Red-tailed Hawks, and a surprising number of semi late-season Broad-winged
Hawks, many of them taking off in the woods right to our northeast. The
flight dropped off considerably after noon. The Lincoln’s Sparrow was in
several times today. RAVENS did an incredible flyby [pictures below]. The
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW made 2 very brief appearances today that I noticed,
but is still here. The weather deteriorated with the hawk flight. A
calling flyover Horned Lark was new for “The Watch” list.
We identified 54 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, Common
Nighthawk, Horned Lark, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Swamp Sparrow,
Lincoln’s Sparrow, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, Purple Finch, and Rose-breasted
Grosbeak. New for this year’s “hawk watch area” species list was Swamp
Sparrow, Horned Lark. [122 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, Common Nighthawk, Horned Lark, Yellow-rumped
Warbler, Palm Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW, Purple Finch, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (10): Monarch - 25, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur,
Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Red Admiral.
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: 2.51; Steps: 5,893; Floors: 3.
----“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: 54; this season: 122
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):” Swamp
Sparrow, Horned Lark.
Tomorrow’s flight looks decent, with good background clouds and light
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.