Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (2): Jim Balint
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle,
2-Cooper's Hawk, 1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, 1-American
Kestrel, and numerous Black (19) and Turkey Vultures (78).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-2
----“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!
Jim was out this morning to pleading for “field brew.” Hating to see a
grown, big boy in such a state, I gave up some of the exquisite elixir. I
asked him how it was.
“I’ve had worse.” said Jim. It was yet another ringing endorsement, in my
book, for our fabulous “field brew!” It was a lovely day, but for some
reason people chose not to come out. Why today? We’ve had so much bad
weather, but you chose today not to come??
A pair of Ospreys flew over in formation, heading north. Thirty minutes
later, what had to be the same Ospreys flew south. Not that unusual, you
say? Au contraire [see the French lessons are not wasted, Jean-Marie]!
You see, these Ospreys had NO FEATHERS! Now, you’re interested, right?
That’s right, they were the Osprey planes, so named for the way they can
hover to take off and land. They must have come from the base in northern
Delaware. Being the official counter and statistician that I am, I put
them on my list …. 4 Ospreys! LOL
Also sharing the sky were some nine species of butterflies today, including
several “firsts” for the year, as well as the first dragonfly that I was
able to identify.
Yeah, not all magical objects in the sky are birds. A point further
illustrated by the magnificent sundog above me for some time. A COMMON
RAVEN did make sure that birds were represented in this menagerie, by
making a very close pass.
Not much was happening with hawks and as the day came to an end, I decided
to stay late to write. I’m glad that I did; seeing 51 Broad-winged Hawks
coming in low after I was to have left. Will they be around tomorrow
morning around liftoff time?
When I did leave, I stopped by Wilson Rd. pond in Doe Run where I added a
Vesper Sparrow [FOY] flying off the side of Wilson Rd. and a very early
Bobolink [FOY]. There were a few Eastern Meadowlarks and a Solitary
---- 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:
COMMON RAVEN, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Wood Thrush, Orchard
Oriole, Ovenbird, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Kingbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,
Eastern Phoebe, and White-crowned Sparrow
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (9): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Spicebush
Swallowtail, Eastern Comma, American Lady, Spring Azure. Dragonflies (1):
Green Darner. 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: 7.38; Steps: 17,314; Floors: 12.
----“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: 54; this season: 100
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks sunny with only a few clouds and strong NW winds.
There may be a liftoff around 10am of some of the late Broad-winged Hawks
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.