Observation start time: 13:00:00
Observation end time: 19:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Beatty Broughton, Gerry Teig, Laura Wagner
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S NIGHTHAWK WATCH & THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (4): Laura Wagner, Beaty Broughton, Gerry Teig
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 4-Red-tailed Hawk,
and numerous Black (3) and Turkey Vultures (7).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-1
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]: [PLEASE NOTE: On Aug. 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.
I just love my ride into “work” at Bucktoe, as I shared with you in an
essay last year. It never grows old the entirety of the former King Ranch.
I made a couple of stops as I made my way..
Wilson Rd. Pond was low; the edges held Killdeer, Green Herons, Lesser
Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, while a Kestrel and 9 Meadowlarks were seen in
the nearby meadow. There were no Bobolinks. They are migrating now.
Further along, a passing look at the Polo Fields revealed only 12 Killdeer,
I arrived at Bucktoe hours early and opted for a walk to “Warbler
Meadows.” I found none of consequence of the meadow’s namesake, but
“Olive-sided flycatcher snag” produced, guess what? An OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER! This place, and THAT exact spot, are uncanny for producing
this rare species. We get several during each spring and fall migration
– right there! Laura arrived just after that excitement and the bird
could not be relocated before she had to leave. She had news of a friend
who has had a brain injury that she’s going to introduce to our lovely
Bucktoe this fall. Laura knows her friend and I would have that
life-altering experience in common. She’s has also been
“babysitting” a couple of Red-headed Woodpeckers on Cambridge Rd. near
her Honeybrook home. This stunning woodpecker is still there – a couple
of them [LW].
At 5:20 pm, a southbound American Kestrel became our first migrating
“raptor” for the 2019 fall season. It was to be a beautiful sky with
lots of white, billowy clouds for a backdrop. I sure hope the Nighthawks
don’t waste this opportunity to be seen. Three COMMON RAVENS flew
swiftly right past “the Watch,” croaking constantly. Beaty and Gerry
were here to help scan the skies for Nighthawks. It was looking as if we
were going to miss them, when at 7:53 – about 4 minutes sooner than
yesterday – Common Nighthawks began showing up, darting and swooping for
insects close to our south. It was fantastic watching ten of these birds
that close. They are among my favorite species.
---- 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:
Wood Duck, Common Nighthawks, COMMON RAVENS, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (10): Monarch - 20, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye,
Red-spotted Purple, Variegated Fritillary, Silver-spotted Skipper, Red
Admiral. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted
Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (3): Eastern Cottontail,
Eastern Gray Squirrel, White-tailed Deer.
----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: 1.63; Steps:
3,837; Floors: 3.
----“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. The overall list for the season from the watch
will be part of the large weekly “blog,” if you’ve signed up for
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 47; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (11):”
Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Black Vultures, Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagle,
American Kestrel, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, Eastern Phoebe, COMMON RAVENS,
Northern Mockingbird, and Bobolinks.
Tomorrow’s flight looks spectacular,
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.