Date: 11/8/18 4:45 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (06 Nov 2018) Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 327 1302
Osprey 0 0 198
Bald Eagle 0 12 278
Northern Harrier 0 2 25
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 52 861
Cooper's Hawk 0 14 369
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 18 101
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 3764
Red-tailed Hawk 0 36 203
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 4
American Kestrel 0 6 336
Merlin 0 3 37
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 8
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 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: 0 472 7489

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (1): Only me...and I'd like to thank me for coming!
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Cloudy w/Showers (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 500-10,400 ft., Visibility -
4-10 miles, Temps 56 - 65F, Winds SE @ 15 - 25 mph.

Raptor Observations:

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:’ More rain is called for this election day. Weather
appropriately depicting the state of our political situation, I fear. I
voted first thing this morning. Did you? I hope so. My vote? I’ll own
up to this: I did vote for better weather than we had, are having, and are
predicted to have. [metaphor also intended] Not sure if that makes me
“Red” or “Blue,” liberal or conservative? Where’s my “absentee ballot?”
At Bucktoe, I just couldn’t get any traction – me or my van! There were
rainwater pools everywhere, even on the main driveway. It was rough and
called for a change in plans – a quick breakfast and a visit to Lowe’s for
things I need for site projects. Today was a total “downer.”
We identified 32 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Palm
Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch. Nothing new
for this year’s “hawk watch area” species list was seen today. [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!
Palm Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, 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: .83; Steps: 1,647; 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: 32; this season: 144

Tomorrow’s flight looks better than today!!
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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