Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (3): Howard Campbell, Jim Balint.
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 (48) and Turkey Vultures (74).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-3; 2 yr.-1; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-2
----“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:’ Over a warm cup of field brew my mind drifted to dreams of
“what fantastic bird or bit of nature will I see today?” Ever think that?
That is this Bucktoe Barista’s usual “cloud in my coffee” as I sip on
Bucktoe Brew. I had survived this mornings “confrontation” with the Giant
“ice maiden.” Something great has to happen, right? Well, today my mind’s
fantasy settled on our season’s first Golden Eagle. Let’s see if that
happens as the day unfolds. Indigo Buntings are still singing in the
meadow. Howard was out a day early with his usual gift of bird seed,
featuring peanuts – a favorite of our Red-bellied Woodpeckers [though I
like’em too, truth be told!]. Howard has to see a Bald Eagle to be happy
ad soon he was happy indeed, with the appearance of two of these impressive
raptors right overhead. Jim was out for discussions, and of course “field
brew” – that goes without saying. Several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers did
distant flybys. The Lincoln’s Sparrow also isited the water feature.
There were a few accipiters moving and a smattering of other raptors.
However, my fantasy Golden Eagle did not materialize and will have to wait
for another day, but it’s coming!
We identified 47 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Harrier, Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered
Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Belted
Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler,
Lincoln’s Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, and Purple
Finch. Nothing new for this year’s “hawk watch area” species list was seen
today. [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:
Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm
Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, and
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (7): Monarch - 15, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur,
Buckeye. Dragonflies (2): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags. Reptiles &
Amphibians (0). Mammals (4): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel,
White-tailed Deer, 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: 5.49; Steps: 12,881; Floors: 7.
----“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: 47; this season: 126
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks not the best with a foggy beginning, but with
improving skies. Light southerly winds. We should be getting our last few
Broad-wings any day now, as Turkey Vultures begin.
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.