Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Beatty Broughton, Gerry Teig, Howard Campbell, Kelley Nunn
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S NIGHTHAWK WATCH & THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (5): Howard Campbell, Gerry Teig, Kelley Nunn, Beaty Broughton
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle,
1-Cooper's Hawk, 1-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous
Black (54) and Turkey Vultures (64).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-_; 3 yr.-_; 4 yr.-_; adult-_
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]: [PLEASE NOTE: On Sept. 5, 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.
Driving by, I just had to stop at Wilson Rd. Pond on my way to Bucktoe.
There were Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs and Killdeer, to make my
Howard and Gerry were out to Bucktoe early. Howard received
“full-partial credit” for the discovery of a Bald Eagle [Howard loves
his Eagles], as did Kelley for finding a very high, lone Broad-winged Hawk
when she arrived. Nice job, guys!
Kelley ventured a walk to our wonderful “Warbler Meadow,” finding
several Black-throated Green Warblers, Magnolia Warblers, American
Redstarts, Chestnut-sided Warblers, and Warbling Vireo. That place really
produces! We shared a COMMON RAVEN sighting before she returned; both
groups hearing and seeing it overhead with Vultures.
Not being able to resist, I drifted that way, finding those species plus 5
Canada Warblers, Black-and White Warblers, ,even more Black-throated Green
Warblers, Magnolia Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers, American Redstarts,
Warbling Vireos and Red-eyed Vireos. WOW!! It was the best I’ve ever
seen it - and at 1pm! Beaty showed up after this onslaught. So, we took a
third walk there. The birding continued to be fantastic, adding
Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warblers, and Scarlet Tanager to the above
list. Double WOW!!
While I was enjoying this amazing afternoon “fallout,” Mike texted with
news of PHILADELPHIA VIREO [FOY], Little Blue Heron, and his own Canada
Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, and Redstarts, all at the Abbondi section of
Longwood Gardens. Please be aware that his is private property, but these
species are around now and to be looked for.. [MG]
After ending a rather productive day at Bucktoe, I stopped at New Garden
WTP. There were Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer, and Wood Ducks, but nothing
---- 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:
Killdeer, Warbling Vireos, COMMON RAVEN, American Redstarts, Black-throated
Green Warblers, Black-and-white Warblers, Magnolia Warblers, Blackburnian
Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Blackpoll Warblers, Canada Warblers,
Bobolinks, Scarlet Tanager, and Blue Grosbeak
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (10): Monarch - 8, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Variegated
Fritillary. 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: 3.23; Steps:
7,566; Floors: 21.
----“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: 59; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (6):”
Killdeer, Warbling Vireo, Canada Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll
Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager.
Tomorrow’s flight looks Cloudy with some rain. Not the best.
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.