Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Kathleen Pileggi
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (2): Kathleen Pileggi
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
Cloudy with Rain (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 1,400-5,100 ft., Visibility
- 5-10 miles, Temps 73 - 78F, Winds South @ 5 - 10 mph.
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (23) and Turkey Vultures (30).
----“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 horrible day featuring downpours and stiff winds - few
birds, fewer people. In retrospect today is cancelled! Believe it or not,
there was some movement of Turkey Vultures today. Somehow they found these
conditions okay enough to proceed south. As I type this, a Cooper’s Hawk
soared into a desperately angry-looking sky yielding a thunderstorm. The
urge to migrate must be overwhelming. The very outskirts of the remnants
of “Hurricane Michael” are here. Our awaited return of White-crowned
Sparrows happened today with a couple singing in the meadow and an immature
bird feeding at our feeders; so many of our birds are immature. It is
interesting to watch them slowly transition into auto plumage in the coming
We identified 38 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, American Kestrel,
Palm Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, and Purple Finch. New for this year’s
“hawk watch area” species list was White-crowned Sparrow. [127 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:
Palm Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, and Purple Finch. <BR><BR>
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Monarch - 2, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner. Reptiles & Amphibians
(0). Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, 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: 2.08; Steps: 4,898; 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: 38; this season: 127
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks good with Partly Sunny skies and strong winds from
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.