Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Armas Hill, John Beitler, Mike Fowles, Steve Nuttle
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (11): Jim Balint, Gerry Teig, Steve Nuttle, Becky Meister,
Jean-Marie Gauthier, Armas Hill. Mike & Evelyn Fowles, John Beitler, Sophia
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (21) and Turkey Vultures (67).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-1; adult-3
----“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 and Gerry beat me out to the site today and reported our first
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, which I later saw [my FOY]. Steve, being in a
less snarky mood having not read the blog yet, checked our game camera he
donated and taught me how to use it. For that he was rewarded with 2 cups
of “field brew.” There’s more for you buddy when you come with hummingbird
nectar and with your field` sewing kit to fix my torn Velcro strips!
That’ll put hair on your [insert body part]. Yvonne [Steve’s wife] will
love me for THAT!
Becky Meister & Jean-Marie visited and reported 5 Bluebird nests with eggs,
while checking our boxes. Also, there appear to be over 10+ active gourds
already in the Martin colony right here.
Jim was out pleading for, receiving, then commenting on how wonderful the
field brew was! Steve also said the same thing as he enjoyed a second cup.
Hmm, somehow I overachieved today! The “Bucktoe Barista” will have to
tone it down a bit.
While Armas was here, a first happened. A male Pileated Woodpecker came
out and landed on our feeder snag, mere feet away! It flew off without
visiting our suet, this time - but maybe next time?
Mike & Evelyn were out having seen an adult Little Blue Heron, Great Egret,
and Greater Yellowlegs, but missing the Glossy Ibis at Pocopson wetlands.
And they had a Northern Waterthrush and Great Crested Flycatcher on Big
Spring Road. [MF, EF] I’ll have to make another run to these spots after
The sky was beautiful and there were a few hawks on the move. I strode the
meadow, getting little today other than exercise.
Afterwards, I went to Pocopson Wetlands and saw the Little Blue Heron [my
FOY], Greater Yellowlegs [my FOY], Great Egret, and Wood Ducks.
Further along the way home, Wilson Road ponds held Solitary Sandpiper,
Bobolinks, 6 Lesser Yellowlegs [FOY], and Eastern Meadowlarks.
---- 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:
Barred Owl, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush,
Brown Thrasher, Eastern Phoebe, Orchard Oriole, and White-crowned Sparrow
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (4): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent. 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: 5.37; Steps: 12,616; Floors: 19.
----“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: 57; this season: 111
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks like not a great finale, though a typical day for
this year - cloudy with thunderstorms. But not a complete washout.
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.