Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (23): Joel, Lafang & George Flachs, Rodger Bovenkerk, Gerry Teig,
Beaty Broughton, Deb Adelberg [Kirchdoerfer], Hank Davis, Carolyn Holland,
Heidi Raimato, Dirk Robinson, Adam Bartles, Dennis Davis, Colleen Del
Monte, Lana Glass, Carol & Ron Majors, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Al Guarante,
Laureen Eick-Benson, Harvey Rubenstein, Ray McBride
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]: [PLEASE NOTE: On September 12,
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.
The weekly bird walk was first this morning at Bucktoe. I joined the group
for the first hour. 15 participants saw 48 species including Least
Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Brown
Thrasher, Black-and-white Warblers, American Redstarts, Northern Parula,
Magnolia Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and
While back at the Hawk Watch, at 10:07 a Broad-winged Hawk was found
circling with a couple of Black Vultures. I thought that foretold a good
day. In fact, it did not. We saw but 5 more.
Joel, Lafang & George were here and with gifts of food. How did they know
that gifts of food and drink are welcome and, in fact, encouraged here at
Bucktoe? Thanks guys! Our forecasted 10% cloud cover quickly turned into
0% cloud cover – the bain of we hawk watchers.
Deb showed up, carrying everything she’d need for an exciting day of hawk
watching. Chair, foods for when hunger struck, hat to shield her face from
the damage wrought by long periods of time in the sun; she was prepared.
Her arrival time? 2:58pm. The hawk watch ending time? 3pm! That’s
right, fully two minutes before I was to leave! You know Deb, if I were
you I’d have passed on the hat, risking the rigors of a full two minutes
in the sun! Her sister, Elaine, is very much the same way with regards to
time. I’ll tell you, there are a couple of nuts that didn’t roll far
apart down the hill from the chestnut tree. You’ve joined the list of
blogging victims, my dear Deb & Elaine. Congratulations, it is well
deserved! [gotcha guys!]
---- Thanks to 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:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Lesser Yellowlegs, Great Blue Herons, Green Heron,
Least Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Brown Thrasher, Bobolinks,
Black-and-white Warblers, American Redstarts, Northern Parula, Magnolia
Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Blue
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (10): Monarch - 34, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Black
Swallowtail, 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: 9.31; Steps:
21,844; Floors: 190.
----“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):”
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Lesser Yellowlegs, Green Heron, and Least Flycatcher
Tomorrow’s flight looks partly Sunny with light winds and lots of
background clouds. Could be good..
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.