Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carol Spease, Gerry Teig
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (4): Carol Spease, Gerry Teig, Jim Balint
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 (64) and Turkey Vultures (75).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-5; 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:’ A chill was distinctly in the air this morning and the
breeze had yet to fulfill its predicted force. I love the fall , though.
A definite influx of White-crowned Sparrows had occurred overnight,
bringing with it our first stunning adults to our feeders. I lifted my
binoculars towards the “water feature” and was rewarded with a male Purple
Finch and an adult White-crowned Sparrow sharing a bath. How nice is
The hawks started quickly today and the sky was better than predicted, with
nice background clouds for us to scan. There were Sharp-shinned Hawks,
Cooper’s Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, Kestrels almost constantly
in sight; many already high in the air. Common Loons were on the move,
too. The skies were full today with Canada Geese, Cormorants, hawks,
vultures, and more. A pair of Rusty Blackbirds flew over calling; as did
American Pipit and a RAVEN. A bit later in the afternoon, the clouds
diminished as did our sightings of birds.
We identified 53 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Harrier, Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered
Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant,
Belted Kingfisher, COMMON RAVEN, American Pipit, Palm Warbler, Rusty
Blackbird, Swamp Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple
Finch. New for this year’s “hawk watch area” species list was Common Loon,
Rusty Blackbird, and American Pipit . [135 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:
Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Belted Kingfisher, COMMON RAVEN,
American Pipit, Palm Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, Swamp Sparrow, White-crowned
Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (6): Monarch - 1, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Buckeye. Dragonflies (1):
Green Darner. Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (4): Eastern
Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Meadow Vole, White-tailed Deer.
----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: 3.54; Steps: 8,273; 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: 53; this season: 135
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (3):” Common
Loon, Rusty Blackbird, and American Pipit.
Tomorrow’s flight looks too sunny, but that was supposed to happen today,
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.