Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Evelyn Fowles, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Kathleen Pileggi,
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (10): Jean-Marie Gauthier, Mike & Evelyn Fowles, Jerry Jeffers,
Jim Balint, Sue McLaughlin, Kathleen Pileggi, Francine Joyce-Martin, Tracy
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 (60) and Turkey Vultures (85).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-4
----“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:’ Ah, November – the month for western strays! Will one
come our way? I am watching the feeders, snags and exposed perches for
“likely rarities.” [oxymoron?] We had a very late Monarch come by,
thrilling Evelyn & Mike. It was among our 5 species of butterflies seen
today. And thanks guys, for your kind gift of the Monarch t-shirt!
Kathleen later came, and she loved it, Mike & Evelyn! We all heard a very
late Katydid calling this warm day.
Sue was out spinning some yarn about Ian having told her he just banded a
Golden Eagle. Knowing that was not a possibility, just considering the
small passerine mist nests he uses. [Let alone Susan’s innate ability to
screw up what she hears.] I told her she was wrong. Can you even imagine
a Golden Eagle in one of those nets!?
“What do you want to bet?” Asked Sue. “He said it was hunting from a tree
and came down.”
“I’ll bet our cars.” I challenged as I wondered what color the sky is in
“Sue’s world.” “There’s zero chance THAT happened, Sue! I’ll bet somehow
you’re confusing maybe a Golden-crowned Kinglet.”
“You’re on!” Came her reply. “Or we can bet a bottle of “Wild Turkey.”
I hastened off an email to Ian. Here’s his reply: “Hi Larry, I think she
means a golden-crowned kinglet - quite a size difference!” I’m certain
Ian’s laughter matched my own. I forwarded the response to Sue, who had
left [likely driving her car for a final time].
“Do you even drink?” Came an email from Sue.
“Not really Sue, but I am a quick study and in your case I’ll make an
exception!” I said. “I definitely can drive your car, though!!”
So, you’ll see me either driving a new car or a bit inebriated on the Wild
Turkey [not simultaneously]. I believe Sue had already been “with” the
bottle already. A Golden Eagle caught in a passerine mist net, hunting
from a tree, and NOT mentioned to me, even if he just saw one? Come on,
Sue! You gotta lay off “the sauce!” You’ve been blogged, Susan – welcome
to the club! [You will wash your hands before eating, right? Hey, I know,
have some GOLDEN crisp French fries, why don’t you?] I think this might
just be the story that keeps on giving!!
“Grillmaster Jerry” arrived with a couple 1.5 pound boneless Delmonico
steaks for grilling, while we watch. Does it get any better??
We identified 46 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, American
Kestrel, Hermit Thrush, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Palm Warbler, White-crowned
Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch. There was nothing new for this
year’s “hawk watch area” species list. [141 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:
Hermit Thrush, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Palm Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow,
Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (5): Monarch - 1, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, 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: 3.11; Steps: 6,464; 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: 46; this season: 141
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like I could be another wash-out with showers.
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.