Date: 9/4/19 5:47 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (03 Sep 2019) 5 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 03, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 7 8
Bald Eagle 2 9 11
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 2
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 1 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 1
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 5 18 25

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 19:00:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Gerry Teig

Visitors (2): Gerry Teig
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Mostly Sunny (10% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 69 - 81F, Winds N-NE @ 5 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 5-Red-tailed Hawk,
and numerous Black (21) and Turkey Vultures (84).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-_; 2 yr.-_; 3 yr.-_; 4 yr.-_; adult-2

Non-raptor Observations:
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
My drive thru the old King Ranch area was beautiful this morning. I simply
love the commute to Bucktoe. A stop at Wilson Road Pond produced 2 Greater
Yellowlegs at the quickly dwindling pond. Are we suddenly behind in our
rainfall? Further along, the Polo Fields held just Killdeer, but 195 of
Once at Bucktoe’s Hawk Watch, the difficulty of the sky came to the fore.
There were no background clouds against which to spot any migrating hawks.
As I like to say, “Our 10% cloud cover was 100% somewhere else.”
Gerry was out to help manage this dreadful sky which steadily improved with
high clouds.
The season’s first Broad-winged Hawk was a lone bird at 3:09pm. There
will be LOTS more, but it was sure nice to welcome this “scout!”
Between the hawk and the Nighthawk watch events, I took a a quick late
afternoon walk to “Warbler Meadows.” They did not disappoint,
especially the East Meadow, producing 4 American Redstarts, 4
Black-and-white Warblers, and 3 Magnolia Warblers. Those fields are
fantastic! Tonight’s Common Nighthawks appeared first at 5:38 over the
Red Clay Creek valley; 5 birds. There were lots more on this last day of
the “Nighthawk Watch;” a fitting end for these whirling dervishes.
---- 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!
Common Nighthawks, Brown Thrashers, Bobolink, Black-and-white Warblers,
American Redstarts, Magnolia Warblers, and Blue Grosbeaks
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (12): Monarch - 35, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Variegated
Fritillary, Fiery Skipper, Cloudless Sulphur. 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: 6.91; Steps:
15,714; Floors: 138.
----“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: 51; this season:
Broad-winged Hawk, Brown Thrasher, and Magnolia Warbler.

Tomorrow’s flight looks like better skies, but winds are wrong - from the
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
sponsored by Delaware Nature Society. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)

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Site Description:
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.
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