Date: 11/8/18 5:09 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (07 Nov 2018) 41 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 07, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 12 339 1314
Osprey 0 0 198
Bald Eagle 4 16 282
Northern Harrier 1 3 26
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 60 869
Cooper's Hawk 2 16 371
Northern Goshawk 1 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 6 24 107
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 3764
Red-tailed Hawk 7 43 210
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: 41 513 7530

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

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Hank Davis, Howard Campbell, Joel Flachs, Lafang Flachs

Visitors (6): Howard Campbell, Joel Flachs, Lafang Flachs, Hank Davis, Jim
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Mostly Sunny - Cloudy (10-100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000-19,800 ft.,
Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 47 - 60F, Winds West @ 15 - 20 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (55) and Turkey Vultures (80).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-3

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:’ What a difference a day makes! After yesterday’s
torrential downpour; there was nothing but blue skies today; deep blue
skies. They are almost as bad for hawk watching, but not quite. It
requires much more “work” – scanning constantly with binoculars. It is
Wednesday, so Howard was out bright and early with an offering of bird
food. Hank did likewise. More importantly, Joel had offerings of COOKIES!

At about 10:30, a juv. GOSHAWK [FOY] was seen soaring with a few vultures.
This was my first here in a few years. It gained attitude, maddeningly
right in line with the sun and drifted south. I notified Dave at Ashland
to be on the lookout.
While making a seed run to our storage shed, a late Eastern Phoebe was
found “palling around” with an exceedingly late Eastern Wood-Pewee. The
later was calling constantly [first drawing my attention] and gave a very
good, close look. Likewise, a COMMON RAVEN did a close flyby. Sadly, our
hawks seemed to disappear with the appearance of good background clouds.
What’s up with that? The clouds, originally predicted to be a 25% cloud
cover, eventually blanketed the entire sky.
We identified 47 species at Bucktoe today. Better birds included Bald
Eagle, Harrier, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk,
Red-shouldered Hawk, COMMON RAVEN, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebe,
Horned Lark, Palm Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple
Finch. New for this year’s “hawk watch area” species list was NORTHERN
GOSHAWK. [145 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!
COMMON RAVEN, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Horned Lark, Palm
Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Purple Finch.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Clouded Sulphur, Orange
Sulphur, Buckeye. Dragonflies (0). Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals
(1): Meadow Vole.
----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: 3.65; Steps: 7,902; Floors: 17.
----“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: 145

Tomorrow’s flight looks pretty good with morning background clouds, giving
way to clear skies, but with light favorable 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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