Date: 10/11/18 2:17 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (10 Oct 2018) 90 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 42 51 51
Osprey 0 17 187
Bald Eagle 6 33 145
Northern Harrier 0 3 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 151 354
Cooper's Hawk 9 81 175
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 7 24
Broad-winged Hawk 0 105 3764
Red-tailed Hawk 6 19 21
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 11 78 212
Merlin 3 11 23
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 8
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1

Total: 90 558 4972

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (8): Jim Balint, Kathleen Pileggi, Norm Lincoln, Beaty Broughton,
Daniel Noznisky, Rick Mulrooney, Kevin Mulrooney.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Fog/Cloudy - Partly Sunny (100-75% cloud cover), Ceiling - 700-13,200 ft.,
Visibility - 4-10 miles, Temps 68 - 81F, Winds South @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (67) and Turkey Vultures (70).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-5

Non-raptor Observations:
----“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:’ Somebody was out and brought suet before I arrived a bit
late. Whoever it was – thank you. They mowed a third of our meadow last
evening and Jim was out to discuss that, bring us water, and talk of
improvements to our feeder/water feature area we’re making. Thanks, Jim.
Have a cup of “field brew.”
Last night was not a good night. I don’t remember much of my childhood due
to my injury, but I do remember my father was not part of my life from an
early age forward. I never really had a father. The closest I came to it
other than my older birding friend Grier, who I always considered like a
father before he died a few years ago, was my step-father, Art. Art died
last night. My brother Mike just called with the news. Art’s death, along
with me being reminded of missing the entire “father experience,” has me
intensely sad. I hope nature can work its wonders. I need it.
We identified 48 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, American
Kestrel, Merlin, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Palm Warbler,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, 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!
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped
Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (6): Monarch - 30, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye. Dragonflies (2):
Green Darner, Black Saddlebags. 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: 6.66; Steps: 15,668; 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: 48; this season: 126

Tomorrow’s flight looks like yet another washout with rain all day.
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
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Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)

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Site Description:
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.
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