Observation start time: 13:00:00
Observation end time: 19:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Rick Mulrooney
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S NIGHTHAWK WATCH & THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (2): Rick Mulrooney
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-tailed Hawk,
and numerous Black (3) and Turkey Vultures (24).
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
Driving by Wilson Road Ponds today, I saw only Killdeer, Green Heron and
three American Kestrels.
Further along my commute to Bucktoe, I decided to stop at the Polo Fields.
I pass right by it. I am still awaiting my first non-Killdeer
“sandpiper” species here this fall. Shorebird species fond of grass
fields [colloquially dubbed, “grasspipers”] – American Golden-Plover,
Black-bellied Plover, Pectoral Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, White-rumped
Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpipers,
Wilson’s Snipe, and certainly Killdeer, among them – have a propensity
to stop, rest and feed on this habitat. Most of these birds have been
found here in the past; several other species, too [a Wilson’s Phalarope
during a storm, comes to mind]. Many found by me on these quick visits;
sometimes in high numbers. You just never know when something unusual
will drop in during migration, right? Today, I only saw 146 Killdeer.
Something unusual is soon to arrive here. I feel it…
Once at Bucktoe, I found Cedar Waxwings feeding on the pokeberry at the
feeder area. Can one ever see enough of these beautiful birds? At 4:10,
at least two Barred Owls began hooting. Shortly thereafter and for the
third day in a row, COMMON RAVENS were heard. Rick arrived just as the
third one called in the distance. Rick had the great foresight to bring
soft pretzels along; sharing them with me. Somehow he knew that gifts of
food and drink are not only welcome, but encouraged here at beautiful
Bucktoe. I wonder how he knew? He must be psychic. He also brought suet
for our birds. Thanks, Rick!
It was a rather good butterfly day, too, with lots of Monarchs, American
Lady, Sachem, Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Silver-spotted Skipper, and Red
Admiral, among the 11 species seen.
---- 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:
COMMON RAVEN, Barred Owls, Common Nighthawks, Blue Grosbeak, and
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (11): Monarch - 30, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye,
Red-spotted Purple, Silver-spotted Skipper, Sachem, Red Admiral, American
Lady. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted
Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail,
Eastern Gray Squirrel.
----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: 4.72; Steps:
11,084; Floors: 9.
----“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: 45; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):”
Barred Owl and Baltimore Oriole.
Tomorrow’s flight looks to be a bit dreary with cloudy skies and light
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.