Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 19:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S NIGHTHAWK WATCH & THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (22): Jerry Jeffers, Susan Jeffers, Sabena Boekell, Lana Glass,
Margie Cummings, Cathy Huneke, Pete Zeigler, Scott Northey, Fran DeMillion,
Laureen Eick-Benson, Walter Borys, Kris Benarcik, Bob & Allison Kennedy,
Scott Beveridge, Donna Kipphorn, Lois Bryman, Jim Green, Rodger Bovenkerk,
Howard & Kitty Campbell
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
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.
August 25 -- A busy day starts with our regular Sunday morning walk at
Bucktoe. It was a S-L-O-W morning; hardly any movement or call notes.
The morning was saved by the finding of two Black-billed Cuckoos [my FOY].
The second one spoiled us with close looks of it feeding on Fall Webworms
being picked out of their “nest.”
Twelve people saw 42 species highlighted by Black-billed Cuckoos, Bald
Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawks, Blue Grosbeak, Veery, American Redstart,
Bobolinks, and as I left to get coffee, Sharp-shinned Hawks.
I stayed for my Nighthawk Watch because…well, because that’s just the
kinda guy I am. Winds were fairly strong from the Northeast and birds were
in the air; my first migrant Sharp-shinned Hawks, a bit early, among them.
The West Chester Bird Club had a trip out to visit the Nighthawk Watch this
evening. On top of ALL THAT, my friends Jerry & Susan are coming to watch
for Nighthawks and to cook and eat dinner right here with me. That’s a
full day in my book! “Grillmaster Jerry’s” masterpiece was the best
ever [see picture]! I don’t have to tell Jerry that gifts of food and
drink [especially, when exquisitely prepared steak in person], are not only
welcomed, but to be encouraged here at Bucktoe! The club members arrived,
and we all watched for Nighthawks. The effort was in vain until 7:30 when
Common Nighthawks began to appear; nine in all. A couple of Blue Grosbeaks
were icing on the cake.
---- 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:
Black-billed Cuckoo, Common Nighthawks, COMMON RAVEN, Blue Grosbeaks, and
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (10): Monarch - 100, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye,
Red-spotted Purple, Silver-spotted Skipper, Red Admiral, Variegated
Fritillary. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags,
Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (1): American Toad. Mammals
(5): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, White-tailed Deer, Red
----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: 2.78; Steps:
6,508; Floors: 8.
----“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: 46; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (5):”
Black-billed Cuckoo, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Carolina Chickadee, Red-winged
Blackbird, and Blue Grosbeaks.
Tomorrow’s flight looks pretty good, with lots of clouds and light
easterly winds. Expecting large rush of Nighthawks
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.