Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 18:30:00
Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (21): Jeff Wahl, Hank Davis, Elaine Kirchdoerfer, Kathleen
Pileggi, Maria & Elias Zouras, Carl Mease, Julie Engiles, Dorothy Bedford,
Harvey Rubenstein, Walter Borys, Evan Miller, Jackie Miller, Carol Majors,
Jeff Wilson, Mark Boas, Jerry Jeffers, Susan Jeffers, Gerry Teig, and Tom
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (42) and Turkey Vultures (70).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; 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:’ Our regular Bucktoe bird walk was first this morning. On
the walk, 15 of us enjoyed a very nice variety of late-season migrants –
warblers and hawks, among the mix. 55 species were noted, including
Red-breasted nuthatch, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Ruby-crowned
Kinglet, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler,
Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped
Warbler, Rose-breasted grosbeak, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch. After our
stroll, we went to the hawk watch. Jerry & Susan arrived with a gift of a
new mug to replace the one I lost. And it was full! Thanks, my dear
friends! Dorothy arrived with gifts of suet for the birds – the good stuff
too! We thank you, Dorothy! A Blackpoll Warbler visited our feeder snag
with designs on our water feature, but got talked out of it by a Palm
Warbler, chasing it away. Our first Pine Siskin flew over and our
Lincoln’s Sparrow visited and bathed in the water feature. Optometrist
Mark was out but COULDN’T SEE HIS WAY CLEAR to bring the spare propane tank
he has for the site. Thanks, Mark [I think!!]. You just got blogged,
Buddy! Take 2 aspirins and call me in the morning.
“Grillmaster Jerry” & wife, Susan worked magic on our BBQ with grilled
veggies, chicken and wine for dinner. A lovely meal at lovely Bucktoe,
with lovely friends. They always remember that gifts of food and drink are
not only welcomed, but to be encouraged here at Bucktoe! Thanks Jerry &
Susan! After dinner the Barred Owls hooted for desert, I reckon.
Property owner, Tom was out for an extended period this evening and we had
a nice chat. I enjoyed that, Tom!
We identified 59 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged
Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Great Blue Heron, Barred Owl, Red-breasted
nuthatch, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Blackpoll
Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler,
Rose-breasted grosbeak, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch. New for this year’s
“hawk watch area” species list was Pine Siskin and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
[126 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:
Great Blue Heron, Barred Owl, Red-breasted nuthatch, Lincoln’s Sparrow,
Swamp Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-and-white Warbler, American
Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler,
Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Rose-breasted grosbeak, Pine Siskin,
and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (7): Monarch - 100, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur,
Buckeye. Dragonflies (2): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags. Reptiles &
Amphibians (2): Spring Peeper, American Toad. Mammals (5): Eastern
Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, White-tailed Deer, Woodchuck, and 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: 7.35; Steps: 17,241; 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: 59; this season: 126
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):” Pine
Siskin & Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
Tomorrow’s flight looks tough with low visibility, at first. Plenty of
clouds with east 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.