Date: 10/27/18 9:41 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (26 Oct 2018) 48 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 12 811 811
Osprey 0 28 198
Bald Eagle 3 139 251
Northern Harrier 0 16 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 548 751
Cooper's Hawk 5 237 331
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 48 65
Broad-winged Hawk 0 105 3764
Red-tailed Hawk 5 143 145
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 4 190 324
Merlin 1 21 33
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: 48 2291 6705

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

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Bob Strahorn, Gerry Teig

Visitors (10): Bob Strahorn, Jim Balint, Susan Jeffers, Carolyn Holland,
Gerry Teig, Roger Keller, Daniel Noznisky, Nolan Morris & Ryan
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Mostly Cloudy - Cloudy w/Rain (75-100% cloud cover), Ceiling -
19,500-23,800 ft., Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 35 - 52F, Winds Light &

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (7) and Turkey Vultures (24).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-2

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:’ I was treated to an immature Red-shouldered Hawk resting
in our feeder snag when I arrived at Bucktoe Hawk Watch this morning. It
remained right there, mere feet away, as I unpacked and readied myself for
my day. Amazing! Gerry was out bright and early this morning. I wonder -
had the aroma of “Manuel Field Brew” reached his nostrils?
Nolan was out with friend, Ryan, hopefully seeking inspiration for a poem
he owes us.
While I was struggling to find hawks today, Sabrena texted with news of a
Fox Sparrow at her home along the Octoraro Creek [SB].
We identified 48 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, American
Kestrel, Merlin, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American
Pipit, Savannah Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Palm
Warbler, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch. Nothing new for this year’s “hawk
watch area” species list was seen today. [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!
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Pipit, Savannah
Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Palm Warbler, Pine
Siskin, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0). Dragonflies (0). Reptiles &
Amphibians (0). Mammals (0).
----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: 3.41; Steps: 7,307; Floors: 5.
----“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: 48; this season: 139

Tomorrow’s flight looks LIKE A TOTAL WASH-OUT! High winds and 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
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

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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