Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Hannah Greenberg, Kelley Nunn
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S NIGHTHAWK WATCH & THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (3): Hannah Greenberg, Kelley Nunn
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-tailed Hawk,
and numerous Black (4) and Turkey Vultures (24).
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.
Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs were still at Wilson Road Pond
when I swung past this morning; Killdeer and Kestrels, too.
The weather looked ominous, impending with doom, when I arrived at Bucktoe
to begin our hawk watch. This is not to be a fun day. It will be lonely
out here, too. As nobody was here, I took a walk thru the drizzle to
“Warbler Meadow,” finding it much different than the onslaught
yesterday. I had a couple of warblers and missed a few “chip” notes
that would not move to be seen, but NOTHING like the activity of the prior
day. And don’t you know that while I was away from my post somebody
showed up at the watch? They must be walking around looking for me, as
they were nowhere to be found. It turns out it was Kelley and Hannah, and
Hannah was without her binoculars; a rookie mistake for such a
self-proclaimed “good birder.” [gotcha Hannah] They too, had walked to
“Warbler Meadow” and found it much quieter. That did not keep Hannah
for reverting to character. As Hannah was already elbow deep into my box
of Boston Cream Donuts [you know how she is], I asked Kelley if she wanted
one [while there was still one left]. She declined, while suggesting a new
rule that donuts can only be had by those WITH binoculars. I like it,
Kelley, though it sounds like your relationship is having some “Rocky
Roads,” but that’s ice cream, isn’t it? Kelley can’t eat sweets.
That’s OK though, as Hannah has “sweet tooth’ enough for both of
them. In fact, she has a full set of bicuspids and molars, including the
wisdom teeth! [Sweet or not, very rare for a Delawarian] It’s amazing,
though. Hannah weighs about 400 pounds less than the 500 pounds her
appetite for sweets and bad liquor would otherwise suggest. [After this
blogging, she’ll have binoculars the NEXT TIME!]
It surely was a slow day at the watch today with the miserable dreary
drizzle. After leaving, I stopped at New Garden WTP where there was Wood
Ducks, Ring-necked Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, and Lesser Yellowlegs.
The Polo Fields held 218 Killdeer, but still no other shorebirds this year.
I’ve only had a single Least Sandpiper thus far this fall. These fields
have always produced much more, but there is still time.
On the way to visiting my Mom, I stopped at Marsh Creek Lake, hoping for
terns, but seeing only Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, and a
---- 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:
Great Blue Heron, Canada Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, and Bobolinks.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (1): Monarch -1. Dragonflies (0).
Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray
----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: 3.32; Steps:
7,769; Floors: 12.
----“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: 41; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks good with much better sky - if enough background
clouds - and good NW winds. Expect a few early Broad-wings backed up from
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.