Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (1): Where was everybody today??
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
Wilson Road Puddle held Least Sandpipers, Killdeer, and a Bald Eagle
overseeing it all, as I swung past this morning; Mike N. having beaten me
there. This “hot spot” will get swallowed up by the surrounding field
unless we very quickly get a deluge of rain to get water in there. The
Polo Fields were next and had recovered from yesterday’s TLC event. 175
Killdeer had found their way back to the now horseless fields and a Green
Heron flew over.
I arrived early at Bucktoe feeling it, and me, a bit “warbler-ish.” I
went to “Warbler Meadows” to see if my feeling was for warblers or just
a reaction to the sugar-rush from all the donuts I was forced to eat. The
first part of my walk was warbler-less and I was just about to chalk my
feeling up to the donuts. Then I walked over to the western meadow and all
Hell broke loose! Warblers were suddenly everywhere. I had 5 American
Redstarts, 3 Northern Parula, 2 Black-and white Warblers, 2 Magnolia
Warblers, 2 Blackburnian Warblers, 3 Chestnut-sided Warblers, and a
Black-throated Green Warbler. Also there were Red-eyed Vireos, Blue
Grosbeak, Willow Flycatcher and Great Crested Flycatcher, while a pair of
RAVENS flew just overhead; this, all without moving my feet even once –
not good for my step count, but great for my bird list. I guess it
wasn’t the donuts, after all. Later, I was fun to watch a Kestrel and a
Sharp-shinned Hawk take turns diving at each other as they soared together.
Each man has his favorite “Sharpie,” I always say… [mine will TRUMP
Sadly, I also noticed my first Spotted Lanternfly at the hawk watch.
Emotionally counterbalancing that was a Common Nighthawk which flew by at
1:10pm, erratically as they do, eating insects. I wish those two could
meet with the appropriate results…
The watch over, I dropped by New Garden WTP to see what that body of
“water” held. There were Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper,
Killdeer, Ring-necked Duck, and Wood Ducks. I also stopped again at Wilson
Road Pond where there was some excitement. There were the usual Kestrels,
but then when I looked at what currently passes as the pond here, I saw 2
Merlin swooping down on the Yellowlegs that were there. To their credit,
the Yellowlegs were attentive to the situation, but did not leave. The
Merlin made many passes off the wires [see pictures]. The Yellowlegs, both
species, watched and fed.
---- 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:
Common Nighthawk, Willow Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, COMMON
RAVENS, Rough-winged Swallow, Bobolinks, Black-and-white Warblers, American
Redstarts, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warblers, Blackburnian Warblers,
Chestnut-sided Warblers, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Blue Grosbeak
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (11): Monarch - 15, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Variegated
Fritillary, Red Admiral. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags,
Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (3): Eastern
Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, White-tailed Deer.
----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: 5.28; Steps:
12,382; Floors: 113.
----“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: 65; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (4):”
Feral Pigeon, Merlin, Willow Flycatcher, and Rough-winged Swallow .
Tomorrow’s flight looks like a lot of clouds with breaks of sun. Light
and variable winds switching to southerly.
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.