Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carol Majors, Gerry Teig, Hank Davis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (4): Hank Davis, Carol Majors, Gerry Teig
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
3-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (16) and Turkey Vultures (27).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-0
----“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:’ A birding emergency has been developing for a few days now,
necessitating an ER visit, this morning. A ROCK WREN, Pennsylvania’s
first ever, was discovered in Dixon Meadows Preserve in Montgomery County
with me “stuck” here at Bucktoe – all day, every day. I had let it remain
there long enough without a visit from me – today was the day! This
blogger needed this bird for his “state bird list.’ I left before dawn
this morning, picking up Kathleen for the adventure. We stopped for coffee
and tea and were on our way, arriving at first light. The bird took its
time to show up for the assembled birders, but then came up on a rock,
bobbing and weaving as wrens like to do. My “condition” was cured with a
nice look at the Pennsylvania first. I was quickly off towards Bucktoe to
“begin” my day. Hank & Carol were there already and understood my
“emergency.” A Tennessee Warbler, then a Nashville Warbler were attracted
to our water feature. Savannah Sparrow had been at the seed earlier. Our
first adult male Purple Finch was here today, all others having thus far
been females or immature birds.
Rain…uncalled for, yet here it is. It was supposed to be “Partly Sunny”
with 50% cloud cover today. Hmmm… we got overcast with rain. Nice! On
top of that, I’m freezing! Still, Hank was out here wearing his customary
shorts. There was some strong movement of birds today – Not too many
hawks, but Canada Geese, Goldfinches, Purple Finches, Blue Jays, Robins,
We identified 51 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk,
Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, Barred Owl, Red-breasted Nuthatch,
Lincoln’s Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler,
Blackpoll Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Rosee-breasted
Grosbeak, and Purple Finch. New for this year’s “hawk watch area” species
list was Nashville Warbler and Savannah Sparrow. [124 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, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow,
Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Tennessee Warbler,
Nashville Warbler, Rosee-breasted Grosbeak, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (1): Monarch - 3. Dragonflies (0).
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: 5.28; Steps: 12,333; 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: 51; this season: 124
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):” Savannah
Sparrow and Nashville Warbler.
Tomorrow’s flight looks not too good, with cloudy conditions and winds
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.