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 (29): Mike Gardner, Dan Noznisky, Joseph Timoney Jr., Mary
Coggins, Kris Benarcik, Scott Northey, Margie Cummings, Harvey Rubenstein,
Laureen Eick-Benson, Carol Majors, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Cathy Huneke, Lana
Glass, Sharon Milner, John Bradley, Elisabeth Bradley, Al Guarante, Jerry
Jeffers, Susan Jeffers, Sue McLaughlin, Ken Reynolds, Ann & Ted Wilson,
Mike & Evelyn Fowles, Fran DeMillion, Bob & Rhoda McNitt
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 (32) and Turkey Vultures (55).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-2; 2 yr.-_; 3 yr.-_; 4 yr.-_; adult-3
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]: [PLEASE NOTE: On August 29, 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.
Today is to be exceptionally busy, starting with our regular walk at
Bucktoe. When I arrived I discovered that Al already was deserving of
“full-partial credit” for the discovery of an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER.
We had a lot of people who wanted to see WARBLERS on today’s walk, and
Bucktoe did not disappoint. There had been few this fall…until today.
We saw several groups during our 3.5 mile hike around the Preserve;
especially in “Warbler Meadow.”
18 people saw 56 species, highlighted by Black-billed Cuckoo, OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER, Black-and-white Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warbler,
Black-throated Green Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, American
Redstarts, Bobolinks, and Blue Grosbeaks.
Afterwards, I went to continue TLC’s Hawk Watch which began today.
Finally, the Nighthawk Watch completed a full day of birding at Bucktoe.
Between the events, I made brief visits to the Polo Fields where I set a
record for Killdeer with 225. I also added my second shorebird species
for the fall here with a Least Sandpiper and a Bobolink flyover. A stop at
New Garden WTP revealed Lesser Yellowlegs and Wood Ducks.
At the Hawk Watch and Nighthawk Watch, “Grillmaster Jerry” worked his
magic on the grill. Bob, Rhoda, Evelyn, Mike, Ann and Ted all showed up
together. Rhoda brought a hoagie for me. Can you imagine? Where on earth
did she get the notion that gifts of food and drink would be accepted here
at Bucktoe?? Fran showed up last. Out of character for her… lol
Some of the highlights of our day were other wildlife we encountered,
including 2 Cloudless Sulfurs among the 11 species of butterflies and a
Meadow Jumping Mouse.
---- 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, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, Blue-Gray
Gnatcatchers, Bobolinks, Black-and-white Warblers, American Redstarts,
Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warbler,
Black-throated Green Warbler, and Blue Grosbeaks
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (11): Monarch - 25, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur,
Red-spotted Purple, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye, Sachem, American Lady,
Cloudless Sulphur. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags,
Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (3): Eastern
Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Jumping Mouse.
----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: 4.25; Steps:
9,969; Floors: 49.
----“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: 57; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (8):”
Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Chipping Sparrow, Black-and-white
Warbler, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue
Warbler, and Black-throated Green Warbler.
Tomorrow’s flight looks a bit iffy with some rain possible
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.