Date: 10/29/18 7:09 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (28 Oct 2018) 55 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 33 861 861
Osprey 0 28 198
Bald Eagle 1 140 252
Northern Harrier 0 16 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 563 766
Cooper's Hawk 5 244 338
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 51 68
Broad-winged Hawk 0 105 3764
Red-tailed Hawk 3 147 149
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 1 193 327
Merlin 0 22 34
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: 55 2375 6789

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 21:00:00
Total observation time: 12.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (13): Ray McBride, Jerry Jeffers, Kathleen Pileggi, Colleen
DelMonte, Lana Glass, Harvey Rubenstein, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Mike Gardner,
Carolyn Holland, Julie Engiles, Lamar & Sherry Desmond
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Cloudy (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 6,200-3,700 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 44 - 56F, Winds SW @ 10 - 15 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (62) and Turkey Vultures (49).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-1

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:’ It’s a busy day today with the regular walk coming first.
I don’t lead this one, but will go along for a bit before breaking off for
the hawk watch. Finally, we have an “owl prowl” this evening. As it
turned out, I was exhausted, overslept and missed the walk, I’m sorry to
say. Mike stopped up with the bird walk group and reported they had loads
of sparrows, along with Blackpoll Warbler, Winter Wren, and Hermit Thrush.
There certainly was a major influx of sparrows here today.
Hawk movement was not too profound today leaving time to enjoy other birds.
As I was quietly sitting and watching our feeders, a Red Fox strolled up
one of our trails, passed mere feet from me and sauntered down another
mowed path. WOW!! Shortly thereafter, a somewhat late Common Yellowthroat
came in to the water feature. The Fox did that thing - parading in front
of me, up one trail and down another, two additional times. He pounced for
a rodent at the feeders [beware, Meadow Vole!], coming up empty – THIS
“Grillmaster Jerry” was here today and brought steaks to grill up in his
kitchen here at the site. They were the best ever, Jerry!
As we began the “owl prowl” portion of the day, an American Woodcock flew
by us. A troop of girl scouts were on one walk, hearing Great Horned Owl
and Screech Owls, while my group heard a Barred Owl and Screech Owl. None
of the owls came in to be seen this evening. We soothed that
disappointment with some fine hot chocolate.
We identified 53 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, American
Kestrel, American Woodcock, Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech
Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Pipit, Common
Yellowthroat, Palm Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow,
White-crowned Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch. New for this year’s
“hawk watch area” species list was American Woodcock. [140 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!
American Woodcock, Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech Owl,
Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Pipit, Common
Yellowthroat, Palm Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow,
White-crowned Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0). Dragonflies (0). Reptiles &
Amphibians (0). Mammals (2): Eastern Gray Squirrel, Red Fox.
----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: 4.23; Steps: 9,060; 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: 53; this season: 140

Tomorrow’s flight looks pretty good with strong NW winds.
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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