Date: 11/1/18 4:34 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (31 Oct 2018) 106 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 31, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 55 975 975
Osprey 0 28 198
Bald Eagle 8 154 266
Northern Harrier 3 19 23
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 606 809
Cooper's Hawk 7 261 355
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 11 66 83
Broad-winged Hawk 0 105 3764
Red-tailed Hawk 10 165 167
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 1 196 330
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: 106 2603 7017

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 11.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Hank Davis, Howard Campbell, Kathleen Pileggi

Visitors (5): Howard Campbell, Norm Lincoln, Hank Davis, Kathleen Pileggi
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Partly Cloudy (50% cloud cover), Ceiling - 28,000-30,000 ft., Visibility -
10 miles, Temps 44 - 65F, Winds South @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (72) and Turkey Vultures (75).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-2; 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:’ Trick or Treat? What will today be? I think I’ll treat
myself to our third and fourth Golden Eagles of the season today. Let’s
see if that happens. That would be a doozy of a day, would it not?
Being Wednesday, Howard was out with his offering of bird seed. Thanks,
Howard! The woodpeckers look forward to your visits! Lots of finches were
in feeding at our feeders, feeding on the goldenrod seed heads, or just
flying over. Today’s sky was absolutely perfect, with a nice background of
high clouds with interesting patterns to use for observer directions. We
were able to pick out 2 complete sets of Hank’s ribs [a long story]. The
seasonably warm weather stirred the remaining butterflies too, with 5
species coming by. Hank demanded three “celebratory pretzels” for finding
a “gray ghost” – the nickname commonly referring to a very pale male
Northern Harrier. THREE!! He’s eating me out of house and home! [and
eating himself into a larger size of shorts!] Kathleen said, “That gray
ghost is for Halloween!” You’re on to something, Kathleen! A fun day, but
sadly, no Golden Eagle came by to validate my prediction. That’s OK, I can
keep on predicting them, right? I’m just bound to be right once in a
We identified 47 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk,
American Kestrel, Double-crested Cormorant, COMMON RAVEN, Palm Warbler,
White-crowned Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch. Nothing new for this
year’s “hawk watch area” species list was seen. [141 species for the
---- 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!
Double-crested Cormorant, COMMON RAVEN, Palm Warbler, White-crowned
Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (5): Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur,
Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye. 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: 5.15; Steps: 10,465; Floors: 3.
----“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: 141

Tomorrow’s flight looks OK, but the winds, although light, are from an
unfavorable direction.
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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