Date: 4/28/19 3:43 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (27 Apr 2019) 10 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 27, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 56 140
Osprey 3 73 89
Bald Eagle 1 29 61
Northern Harrier 0 19 23
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 109 138
Cooper's Hawk 1 62 78
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 9
Broad-winged Hawk 3 326 326
Red-tailed Hawk 0 33 57
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 34 47
Merlin 0 3 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 10 748 973

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (2): Jim Balint
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Mostly Sunny (25% cloud cover), Ceiling -- 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 51 - 63F, Winds NW @ 25 - 40 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, 2-American Kestrel, and numerous Black (24) and Turkey
Vultures (56).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-1

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:’ [PLEASE NOTE: On April 26, I sent out the new large
weekly “blog” and hotline in my new format - a newsletter. This is NOT
these reports you get from HawkCount. Rather, it’s the newsletter from
EBNT, with our upcoming schedule and the County year bird list, etc.. If
you aren’t receiving it and are a regular subscriber, look in your spam – a
few servers send it there. [go figure-lol] If you enjoy “the blog,”
featuring the county species list, and it ended up in your spam, you’ll
have to follow your provider’s method of “whitelisting” it, marking it as
“not spam” or it will always go there. It usually comes out every Thursday.

This wind today was RIDICULOUS! Steady at 25 mph, frequently 40+! It
played havoc with my chairs and site, but then far outstepped my tolerance
when it blew over first my field brew, spilling its treasured contents, but
then my old coffee maker, once again breaking a carafe [sorry Don & Sue].
I grow weary of this! And the sky was a deep blue with the predicted 10%
cloud cover spending 95% of the day, 100% somewhere else. [How’s that for
a math word problem?].
I walked he meadow, finding a beautiful Red Fox and the season’s first
Monarch. Nobody came out in this wind – and that pretty much included the
birds, too.
---- 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!
Rough-winged Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher,
Eastern Phoebe, Orchard Oriole, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and White-crowned
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (6): Monarch - 1, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Spring Azure.
Dragonflies (1): Halloween Pennant. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals
(3): Eastern Gray Squirrel, White-tailed Deer, Red Fox.
----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: 7.46; Steps: 17,497; Floors: 86.
----“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: 58; this season: 109

Tomorrow’s flight looks not good [what else is new?] with rain.
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru April 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
<earlybirdtours...> questions or comments.

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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