Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (6): Alida Cutts, Hilde Cox, Sue McLaughlin, Kathleen Pileggi, and
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 (63) and Turkey Vultures (80).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-3; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-1; 4 yr.-0; adult-9
----Golden Eagle ages: Imma.-1; adult-0
----“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:’ 1PFB. What?? Day 1, post “field brew.” The legend of
what was “field brew’ having been swept away in that wind storm, along with
my camp-fire stove drip coffee maker. Thus bringing a sudden, and oh so
tragic end to the field ornithologist’s beverage of choice. Wawa coffee
will have to somehow do the trick. It’s a sad day here at the site, to be
Siskins were creating a ruckus, splashing around in our water feature.
Then suddenly, there it was, the season’s first GOLDEN EAGLE [FOY], an
immature circling with some vultures. I contacted Ashland, as it had
drifted in their general direction, but they did not see it.
A Mockingbird bathed and a male Downy Woodpecker drank at our fabulous
“water feature” – both firsts. Sue received full-partial credit for
discovering a Tennessee Warbler at the “water feature.” As she left, Sue
discovered a Merlin feeding on a bid on a snag.
“You’re hot today, Sue!” I said.
“Excuse me, but I’ve always been ‘HOT!’” Sue replied.
Later, I had 4 Bald Eagles in the sky at once, vocalizing. Near the end of
the day, the water feature struck again with the appearance of the fall’s
first American Tree Sparrow who promptly took a bath, yet another first.
WOW! You’re not the only one that’s hot, Sue. Bucktoe is “HOT” too, on
this cold fall day!
Kathleen was out and while here relayed an update on the Snapping Turtle
which had been injured at the Giant supermarket. It recovered and was
released! Nice job, guys! And to top it off, property owner Margretta was
out with Poly [dog]. It was a cold, yet “HOT” day at Bucktoe! And YAY –
our first GOLDEN EAGLE!!
We identified 54 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, GOLDEN EAGLE, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered
Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, COMMON RAVEN, American Pipit, Horned Lark,
Palm Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, American Tree Sparrow,
White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch.
New for this year’s “hawk watch area” species list was GOLDEN EAGLE and
American Tree Sparrow. [138 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 RAVEN, American Pipit, Horned Lark, Palm Warbler, Tennessee Warbler,
Rusty Blackbird, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah
Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (5): Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur,
Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner.
Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray
----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: 4.62; Steps: 10,844; Floors: 9.
----“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: 138
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):” GOLDEN
EAGLE and American Tree Sparrow.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like it already happened, due to computer
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.