Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Mike Gardner
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (2): Mike Gardner
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: numerous Black (12) and
Turkey Vultures (35).
----“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 day of RAIN…how strange! [lol] Anybody else tired of
this crap?? I heard a flock of geese flying over, looked up and was
rewarded with rain all over my binocs and no birds, hidden in the low
ceiling. I say it sounded like 47 birds though…no wait, 48 birds. Friend
Mike stopped in to bird with me for the morning on his way to nearby
Ashland to take a shift running their hawk watch. It was nice to spend
time together having laughs on this dreary day, Mike. At least you saw our
Lincoln’s Sparrow and a couple of migrating hawks. There was nearly
nothing moving this dismal day.
I saw a Song Sparrow and a Palm Warbler using, for a bird bath, a tire rut
created when I got stuck in this confounded mud during one of our
downpours. They were wildly splashing about aas if they were in THE water
feature! Be patient fellas, I know the waiting for a spot might be
tedious, but space for the opulent water feature will be available in due
time. I went to leave [ I thought] for the day nd got stuck AGAIN! Vans
are notoriously bad for this and often cannot get traction even on wet
grass. Jim came to the rescue one more time. Thanks Buddy!
We identified 40 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included
Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Swamp
Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Palm Warbler,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Purple Finch. Nothing new for this year’s “hawk
watch area” species list was seen. [132 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:
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Swamp Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, White-crowned
Sparrow, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0). Dragonflies (0). 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: 4.57; Steps: 9,273; Floors: 15.
----“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: 40; this season: 132
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like a good day with no rain, a few clouds and
winds from the northwest. Any body else feel our first Golden Eagle coming
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.