Date: 10/20/18 5:35 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (19 Oct 2018) 211 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 103 497 497
Osprey 0 27 197
Bald Eagle 14 82 194
Northern Harrier 5 16 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 41 424 627
Cooper's Hawk 19 186 280
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 24 41
Broad-winged Hawk 0 105 3764
Red-tailed Hawk 15 79 81
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 9 158 292
Merlin 0 15 27
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 8
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 2
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: 211 1617 6031

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Tom Zunino

Visitors (3): Jim Balint, Tom Zunino
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Sunny - Mostly Cloudy (0-75% cloud cover), Ceiling - 20,300-30,000 ft.,
Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 37 - 63F, Winds West to South @ 5 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (74) and Turkey Vultures (80).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-12

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:’ A bright sunny day is in store today – too bright. But it
was to be that way yesterday, but held off till late and it was a great
migration day. We’ll see what happens today. Our parking lot had a nice
wave of late-season migrants feeding in the morning sun hitting the eastern
side of the woods, including several Blackpoll Warblers, Hermit Thrush,
Philadelphia Vireo [late], Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers,
and Palm Warblers. I am so happy for the cirrus clouds which slowly built
up, hiding some of the deep blue and revealing many hawks which were
moving. Another good day, made even better with a visit from Tom, local
wine-maker bearing news of a recent wine he just bottled. We will have a
wine & cheese event featuring it in November.
While chatting with Tom, I got to thinking about his last name – Zunino.
Can there be a name further down in the alphabet than THAT?? I mean a “Z”
followed by a “U?” [I actually know one - a Doctor Zwil!]
“I’ll bet you were always called the very last during role call in school.”
I said with a chuckle. [I chuckle] That started Tom.
“Yeah, and I always knew where I sat - the last row in the far right
corner. In Catholic school, we always sat in alphabetic order and I was
right behind Mark Zepino in every class – all through school.” Tom
recalled. “Mark was not very much help at all!”
It seems poor Mark was not a very good student, which didn’t help Tom’s
wandering eyes during pop quizzes. [now we know why you stomp on grapes,
Tom] Darn the luck, Tom. Why couldn’t your last name have been “Aaron?”
That way you could have sat next to that pretty [and smart] “Abram” girl
and likely graduated at the head of your class. But alas there aren’t many
Catholics named “Aaron,” are there? It’s a shame Dr. Zwil didn’t attend
your school! I guess, sitting behind you, he would have been no help to
your wandering eyes and poor Zwil would only have you to cheat off of. The
world [and I] likely would have lost a doctor and gained a janitor, were
that the case. [you’ve been “blogged,” Tom! – you better wash off!] It
was fun sharing the day, the hawks, and the stories with you, Tom!
We identified 54 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk,
American Kestrel, COMMON RAVEN, Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren,
Philadelphia Vireo, Hermit Thrush, American Pipit, Palm Warbler, Blackpoll
Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Pine
Siskin, and Purple Finch. Nothing new for this year’s “hawk watch area”
species list was seen. [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!
COMMON RAVEN, Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Philadelphia Vireo, Hermit
Thrush, American Pipit, Palm Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Swamp Sparrow,
White-crowned Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (7): Monarch - 2, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Buckeye, Variegated
Fritillary. 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: 4.57; Steps: 10,611; 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: 54; this season: 135

Tomorrow’s flight looks Cloudy with a bit of clearing possible late in the
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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