Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Don Manuel, Gerry Teig, Kathleen Pileggi, Sue Manuel
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (15): Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Gardner, Hank Davis, Jean-Marie
Gauthier, Scott Northey, Lana Glass, Colleen Del Monte, Laureen
Rick-Benson, Dennis Davis, Kris Benarcik, Don Manuel, Sue Manuel, Gerry
Teig, Charles Shattuck
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
2-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (17) and Turkey Vultures (42).
----“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!
Our regular Sunday Bird walk was first at Bucktoe this gloomy day. We had
11 people on our walk, where we found little going on until we came across
two very active Sycamore trees along the Red Clay Creek, where we found
Northern Parula [FOY], Pine Warblers [my FOY], Yellow-rumped Warblers, Palm
Warblers, and Common Yellowthroat. Also found along the way were Osprey,
Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, House Wren [FOY], Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Thrasher, White-crowned
Sparrow, and Swamp Sparrow.
Conditions were not good for hawk watching, with clouds, drizzle and fog.
OBSERVERS, Don & Sue were out “observing” not much, as this weather was
particularly not conducive for hawk migration. [Don & Sue love being
called…no, they insist upon being called observers – gotcha!]
The lousy weather worsened, but the day “brightened” when Charles from the
wonderful folks at Wild Birds Unlimited in nearby Hockessin, arrived with a
new raccoon-proof feeder setup for our site! The birds and I thank you,
Charles! I stayed late, playing with those…
---- 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:
Palm Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, House Wren,
Brown Thrasher, Belted Kingfisher, Rough-winged Swallow, Ruby-crowned
Kinglet, Eastern Phoebe, and White-crowned Sparrow.
----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: 8.29; Steps: 18,455; Floors: 29.
----“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: 92
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):” House Wren
and Common Yellowthroat.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like it starts cloudy and rainy and ends mostly
cloudy and VERY WINDY - not favorable, eiher
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru April 30, 9am thru 3pm.Rain
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
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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.