Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Daniel Noznisky, Hank Davis, Kathleen Pileggi,
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (12): Margretta Brokaw , Tom Brokaw, Patrick Millar, Laureen
Eick-Benson, Lana Glass, Mike Gardner, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Colleen
DelMonte, Hank Davis, Kathleen Pileggi, Dan Noznisky.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Bald Eagle,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, 2-American Kestrel, and numerous
Black (32) and Turkey Vultures (56).
----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!
A beautiful sky with portions of white clouds and filled with the chorus of
bird song greeted me at Bucktoe this Easter Sunday morning. The regular
walk was first today with 10 participants [counting Margretta & Tom, who we
met walking their property] enjoying a splendid spring morning [for once].
Highlights on our “warbler walk” included American Kestrel [a pair sitting
astride each other over what will hopefully be their nest box], Common
Loons streaming overhead, Wood Ducks, Chimney Swift, Great Egret, Bald
Eagle, Broad-winged Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, COMMON RAVEN, White-eyed Vireo
[FOY], Warbling Vireo [FOY], Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, White-crowned
Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula and
Yellow-rumped Warbler. It was a fantastic warbler walk, except for the
lack of warblers! Still, we had 57 species including many new year firsts
Kathleen was out enjoying the day at Bucktoe Hawk Watch. While here, an
early Chimney Swift streaked through the sky.
“Where is it? I don’t have one yet this year.” Kathleen said, quickly
raising her binoculars in vain. “Darn, I missed it. I don’t see well.” She
I quickly reassured her, “It was not you, Kathleen. It moved away rather
Sorry, I had to do it. Yep, I had to! Well, the “swift” did move swiftly
– that’s how they got their name!! We chuckled. [Yeah, we chuckle..]
---- 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:
Wood Duck, Chimney Swift, Common Loon, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron,
Belted Kingfisher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Brown
Thrasher, Gray Catbird, COMMON RAVEN, Pine Siskin, Orchard Oriole,
Ovenbird, Eastern Phoebe, and White-crowned Sparrow
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (5): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Eastern Comma. Dragonflies
(0): Reptiles & Amphibians (1): American Toad. Mammals (3): 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: 9.64; Steps: 22,626; Floors: 18.
----“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: 60; this season: 100
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” Gray
Tomorrow’s flight looks okay with plenty of clouds and a north wind. We
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
<earlybirdtours...> 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.