Observation start time: 13:00:00
Observation end time: 19:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Gerry Teig, Sue McLaughlin
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S NIGHTHAWK WATCH & THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (5): Sue McLaughlin, Briton & Poly, Gerry Teig
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (15) and Turkey Vultures (29).
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
I started today writing at Octoraro Reservoir while still hoping for a
Black Tern or Laughing Gull; believing it would also be a good idea to
check the status of “our mudflats” for shorebirds. I found the mud
delightfully enticing [for shorebirds, that is], but few were present just
now. Rather, an assortment of Herons, Egrets, Gulls and Raptors were
making use of it.
Highlights here today were Wood Duck, Black Duck, Yellow-billed Cuckoo,
Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Great Egrets,
Great Blue Herons, Double-crested Cormorants, Ring-billed Gulls, Ospreys,
Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfisher, Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallows,
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Bobolinks.
With regional reports of Phalaropes occurring, I decided to check a few
likely places for these rare shorebirds. The best I could come up with at
Oxford WTP were a couple each of Lesser Yellowlegs and Spotted Sandpipers.
The Polo Fields had 175 Killdeer, but no other shorebirds, still. At New
Garden WTP there were Wood Ducks, Lesser Yellowlegs and Spotted Sandpipers.
It was then that I gave up the search and headed for Bucktoe.
Once at Bucktoe, my attention turned to the sky, trees and meadows. I had
enough of the sewage plants and lakes for the day. A high Cooper’s Hawk
circled southwest. It was a week or so early, but It acted like a migrant;
becoming the season’s first of that species. At 7pm, an Osprey did the
same thing. A pair of Blue Grosbeaks was around our site just as today’s
Barred Owl activity began. Hooting along the Red Clay Creek began at
5:15pm. The meadow remains “alive” with butterflies. 13 species were
Sue dropped in hours early; taking a walk around the meadow. She saw
nothing of note. Briton was out with Poly; neither with binoculars. Gerry
had binoculars, but we had no Nighthawks! If there’s one thing I hate,
it’s a “Nighthawk Watch” with no Nighthawks to watch. We’ll get
---- 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:
Barred Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Bobolinks, and Blue Grosbeaks
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (13): Monarch - 20, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted
Purple, Silver-spotted Skipper, 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: 5.23; Steps:
12,270; Floors: 12.
----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a
Hawk Watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. Below is the list
of species identified on this year’s “Watch,” from the watch area.
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 that.
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 44; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (5):”
Osprey, Cooper’s Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Kingbird, and
Tomorrow’s flight looks a bit like today was, 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.