Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (27): Susan Huffington, Fran Ansbro, Jeanne Macarro, Laura Rhoden,
Walter Borys, Harvey Rubenstein, Colleen Del Monte, Kathleen Pileggi,
Dennis Davis, Hank Davis, Gerry Teig, Michelle, Christian & Henry Scheive,
Patrick Millar, Don Manuel, John & Marilyn Flannery, Mary Jane & Bob Pahls,
Greg & Jen Nichols, Stacy, Susan, Julia & Claudia Silva.
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 (75) and Turkey Vultures (80).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-5
----Golden Eagle ages: Imma.-1; adult-0; 1 unaged
----“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 led our weekly Sunday bird walk at Bucktoe first this
morning, focusing on the main parking lot and sunlit edges of the hawk
watch meadow, where activity has been so great recently. 12 people were
out to help look. We saw 44 species highlighted by Wood Ducks, Brown
Creepers, Hermit Thrush, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglets,
Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, Fox Sparrows, and White-crowned Sparrows.
Thanks Hank, for holding down the fort at “The Watch” as I led the walk.
OBSERVER Don “I’m an Observer, Damn it!” Manuel, of “Manuel Field Brew”
fame, was here. First calling a Crow a Peregine, but then totally
redeeming himself and regaining “observer status” with a PAIR of GOLDEN
EAGLES!! I stop, mid-blogging. Don you are the first to be blogged , then
instantly deblogged. [You may still want to wash off before handling
food!] In reality, it was a tough sky filled with deep blue emptiness from
which Don located quite a few hawks, almost all distant today, nearly never
pulling his binoculars down. GREAT JOB, Don!
Mary Jane & Bob were here with spare BBQ tanks offered for the site.
Later, Patrick delivered one. Thanks, guys!
In came word from Mike of a Cattle Egret [MG] [FOY] at Moccasin Run Golf
Course, not far from Cochranville. Mike also reported a GOLDEN EAGLE,
Great Egret and a late Lincoln’s Sparrow at nearby Wolf’s Hollow I went
to see the Cattle Egret after “work” today, seeing it and a female
We identified 49 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, GOLDEN EAGLE, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered
Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Brown
Creeper, Palm Warbler, Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and
Purple Finch. New for this year’s “hawk watch area” species list was Brown
Creeper and Fox Sparrow. [144 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:
Great Horned Owl, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Brown Creeper,
Palm Warbler, Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Clouded Sulphur, Orange
Sulphur, Eastern Comma. Dragonflies (0). Reptiles & Amphibians (0).
Mammals (4): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, White-tailed Deer,
----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: 5.31; Steps: 12,454; 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: 49; this season: 144
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):” Brown
Creeper and Fox Sparrow.
Tomorrow’s flight looks simply horrible with rain and very strong southerly
winds. A bad one folks!
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.