Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Beatty Broughton, Fran DeMillion
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S NIGHTHAWK WATCH & THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (): Beaty Broughton, Fran DeMillion
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
This might about the last day Wilson Road Pond will be even a wet spot, so
I checked it again as I drove by. There were Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser
Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, Killdeer, Great Blue Herons, and Bobolinks
[and very nearly, NO WATER]. The Polo Fields have been disappointing in
variety thus far. Today I saw merely 80 Killdeer.
I arrived early at Bucktoe, so I walked to a spot that has been anything
but disappointing at Bucktoe – “Warbler Meadow.” There were fewer
warblers than yesterday, but a nice variety with American Redstarts,
Magnolia Warblers, Black-and-white Warblers, Northern Parula, Blackpoll
Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green Warblers, and a
Bay-breasted Warbler. There was a Black-billed Cuckoo, Great Crested
Flycatcher, Warbling Vireos, and Red-eyed Vireos.
Back at the watch, I was entertained by a screaming Red-tailed Hawk who was
in loud dispute over air space with an adult Bald Eagle just above my head.
There was a plethora of white billowy clouds today, but not much flying
against them. I hate wasting a sky like this, but that’s what happened.
It’s OK though, right? That leaves many more for another day. AND it’s
To relieve the monotony of watching the sky, I returned to Warbler Meadow.
Besides, I needed steps. I’m glad I went; it was 1:20pm. As I entered
the bordering woods a Redstart came at me chasing another bird. That bird?
A male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, which ended up only 15 feet away, lingering
for 10 minutes. I put the word out on the rarity when I walked back up the
hill to the watch. Beaty arrived just after the excitement, as did Fran.
Fran & I went to look for the warbler again, but it was elusive. I
glimpsed it twice more, but couldn’t get Fran on it. We did add a Canada
Warbler, our eleventh warbler species today in the meadow.
---- 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, Brown Thrasher, American Redstarts, Magnolia Warblers,
Black-and-white Warblers, Northern Parula, Blackpoll Warbler,
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green Warblers, Bay-breasted
Warbler, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, Canada Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo, Great
Crested Flycatcher, Warbling Vireos, Red-eyed Vireos, Bobolinks, and Blue
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (12): Monarch - 18, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Variegated
Fritillary, Red Admiral, 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: 4.76; Steps:
11,165; Floors: 107.
----“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: 60; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):”
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and Bay-breasted Warbler .
Tomorrow’s flight looks like a summer day with warmer temperatures and a
light southwest wind. Lots of background clouds.
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.