Date: 10/27/18 9:00 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 Oct 2018) 44 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 22 799 799
Osprey 0 28 198
Bald Eagle 10 136 248
Northern Harrier 0 16 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 535 738
Cooper's Hawk 1 232 326
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 43 60
Broad-winged Hawk 0 105 3764
Red-tailed Hawk 5 138 140
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 1 186 320
Merlin 0 20 32
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: 44 2243 6657

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Beatty Broughton, Hank Davis

Visitors (3): Hank Davis, Beaty Broughton
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Sunny (0-10% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10 miles,
Temps 36 - 54F, Winds NW @ 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (17) and Turkey Vultures (33).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-2; 2 yr.-1; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-6

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:’ Field Brew this morning on my new coffee maker, courtesy
of Don & Sue Manuel. Heretofore to be known as “Manuel Field Brew” –
thanks, guys!! I owe you both mugs!! Field brew…excuse me…”Manuel Field
Brew” – was instantly on the grill. This one works so much better than the
old one! Hank spotted an adult Bald Eagle thereby earning a “celebratory
pretzel” and the very first cup of Manuel Field Brew! “MANUEL FIELD BREW”
is HERE!!! Line forms on the right.
A complete surprise today, was the Lapland Longspur which called its dry
rattle flight call and song as it flew over [FOY]. This is actually peak
migration time for this rarely seen species, especially on the shores of
Lake Erie, but this is a first for Bucktoe!
Dale and the gang from Crosslands Retirement Community were not out today.
It’s a good thing, too. Their leader, Dale, who has a well-known drinking
problem [OK, he spills her coffee all over my tables], was not here to
waste my “Manuel’s Field Brew!” Wasting Wawa’s coffee is one thing, Dale,
but the later – pure sacrilege! [You’ve been blogged, dear. Be sure not
to miss any doses of your prescribed medicines, the effects of this
blogging will eventually wear off]
We identified 47 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, American
Kestrel, Great Blue Heron, Killdeer, Barred Owl, Belted Kingfisher,
American Pipit, Tennessee Warbler, Palm Warbler, Savannah Sparrow,
White-crowned Sparrow, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch.
New for this year’s “hawk watch area” species list was LAPLAND LONGSPUR.
[139 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!
Great Blue Heron, Killdeer, Barred Owl, Belted Kingfisher, American Pipit,
Tennessee Warbler, Palm Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow,
LAPLAND LONGSPUR, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (5): Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur,
Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye. Dragonflies (0). Reptiles &
Amphibians (0). Mammals (1): Eastern Gray Squirrel.
----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: 6.43; Steps: 11,990; 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: 47; this season: 139

Tomorrow’s flight looks not the best,building towards afternoon rain.
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...>)

More site information at

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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