Observation start time: 13:30:00
Observation end time: 19:00:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Sabrena Boekell
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S NIGHTHAWK WATCH & THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (2): Sabrena Boekell
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered
Hawk, 1-Red-tailed Hawk
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]: [PLEASE NOTE: On August 22, 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.
The first day of DNS’s Bucktoe Creek Preserve NIGHTHAWK WATCH is here!!
Before going into Bucktoe, I set up shop at Octoraro Reservoir. Sabrena
had beaten me in. Last night’s cold front was still coming in this
morning, resulting in overcast skies and light rain, but no birds. It was
almost cold this morning! Can you believe it? Heavy rains overnight
hadn’t flooded our mudflats. They were the same as yesterday – not
massive, but some mud; plenty for something to rest on during the storm. A
few gulls were around and suddenly with them, three Caspian Terns. Mike
showed up just in time to miss the terns, which in typical tern fashion,
quickly moved on.
Highlights today were Wood Ducks, Black Ducks, Yellow-billed Cuckoos,
Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpipers, Least
Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Double-crested Cormorants, Great
Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, American Kestrel, Ring-billed Gull,
Caspian Terns, Belted Kingfisher, and Bobolinks, at Octoraro Reservoir.
On the way to Bucktoe to start the Nighthawk Watch I stopped at the Polo
Fields. They have a propensity of producing shorebirds in storms. There
were 159 Killdeer today.
New Garden WTP at Somerset [private] had 3 Northern Shovelers [a bit of a
surprise], Wood Ducks, and Spotted Sandpipers, while the attached Somerset
Lake held NOTHING!
Finally arriving at Bucktoe, I set up for the launch of this year’s
Nighthawk Watch while the rain continued. It was certainly not the best of
days to start watching for Nighthawks. Then, at 7:57 and just 3 minutes
before I was going to leave, the season’s first Nighthawk flew by. What
do I know?
---- Thanks to Delaware Nature Society & 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 and Common Nighthawk.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (4): Monarch - 9, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner,
Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0):
Mammals (1): Eastern Cottontail.
----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: .55; Steps:
1,284; Floors: 2.
----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a
Hawk Watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. 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. The overall list for the season
from the watch will be part of the large weekly “blog,” if you’ve
signed up for that.
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 38; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (38):” all
38 - it was the first day of the watch.
Tomorrow’s flight looks great for exceedingly early migration.
Nighthawks should be moving.
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru Nov. 30, 9am thru 3pm.
Rain or shine. Additionally, thru Sept. 3, I will be here 5pm till dark
for the “Nighthawk Watch.”
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. While the Nighthawk Watch is
sponsored by Delaware Nature Society. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with 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.