Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Dennis Davis, Gerry Teig, John Beitler, Steve Nuttle
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (6): Dennis Davis, Gerry Teig, Steve Nuttle, Sue McLaughlin, John
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 3-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, 2-American Kestrel, and numerous
Black (59) and Turkey Vultures (79).
----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!
Steve was out and just as snarky as ever [next week’s word of the week].
He delivered a “game camera” that he’s donating to “the cause.” Thanks
Steve! Funny, today Steve suggested next week’s word, while appearing for
the entire world to be the “poster child” for this week’s word of the week
– “bedraggled!” [you just got blogged, buddy – take 2 aspirin and call me
in the morning!]
And thanks to OBSERVERS, Don & Sue for their kind donation to help defray
the cost of the canopy I bought to escape the sun and wind. You guys are
too much! First, the “field brew” setup, now this! Love you both and it
is surely appreciated!
Gerry was here [also observing] and with news that Misspillion River
Brewing Company near where the Red Knots and other shorebirds stage,
bulking up for their journey to the arctic to breed, [and which carries
them over our excited eyes here at Bucktoe during our upcoming “Kite &
Shorebird Watch” in late May and early June] is dedicating and naming an
upcoming brew after the Knots! Can’t wait to find it and try it. Gerry
says it should be available in May. We’ll try to have it here for our
upcoming watch - a new angle on “field brew,” perhaps??
John showed up and I sure needed him with what was about to happen. He
seemed to bring luck, instantly there were Broad-winged Hawks. But the sky
was tough; all blue with just a wisp of a cloud. The only way hawks were
seen was thru constant scanning of the deep blue sky. But they WERE FOUND!
For the second day in a row, we stayed much later. Still they came. Not
huge kettles as sometimes in the fall, but moderate. John had to leave, as
it was getting late; leaving just me. The birds continued past 5pm. I
ended with 214 Broad-winged Hawks. Were they trying to get ahead of
tomorrow’s impending bad weather or was it just time? Who knows, but it
sure was fun! [That weather, along with the game being sold out, forced
the postponement of tomorrow’s “Baseball & Birding” trip.]
As I tidied up for the day, a Fish Crow came into the feeders and began
eating suet - a new feeder bird.
---- 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:
Great Blue Heron, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Orchard Oriole, Ovenbird,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe,
and White-crowned Sparrow
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (5): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Wild Indigo Duskywing.
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: 5.18; Steps: 11,662; Floors: 40.
----“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: 56; this season: 100
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like it might be yet another washout, with rain and
overcast skies. we might squeeze a bit in the morning. There may again be
a few of those birds from late in the day yesterday to takeoff and try to
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru April 30, 9am thru 3pm.Rain
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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.