Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Beatty Broughton, Carol Majors, Gerry Teig, Ron Majors
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (7): Carol Majors, Ron Majors, Howard Campbell, Gerry Teig, Beaty
Broughton, Sue McLaughlin
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
I ran into Carol & Ron on the way to “Warbler Meadow” this morning.
They said they were getting warblers already and it was good. I went to
the site to set up and right away could tell that it was “warblery;”
there were 2 Parula Warblers in one our feeder snags! Together we all
drifted towards the meadow where we found numerous American Redstarts,
Black-and-white Warblers, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warblers, and
Chestnut-sided Warblers. The variety ended there, though. We did have a
look [albeit obstructed] at what I felt at the time to be a Yellow-bellied
Flycatcher [my FOY]. Pictures were taken [see above] reviewed later,
showing the bold eyering, olive-green overall color, short tail, whitish
wingbars and yellowish wash underneath its throat and tail. I remain
confident of the ID.
It being 72 degrees, Howard was out and with seed for our birds. Howard,
temperature tolerant, is happy with the full range of 72 degrees, but
that’s it! Carol & Ron also contributed to the bird seed. They and I,
thank you my friends [and so does that meadow vole that keeps running out
to select a choice morsel]. At 9:50 Howard saw the first Broad-winged
Hawk. Hmmm, an early riser; a bird after my own heart. The hawk quickly
rose, and with just a few wing flaps, melted into a newly forming kettle of
a dozen birds, still low but getting steadily higher. Those may be that
hawks only flaps for the day, conserving energy using thermals drifting
from one to another. That’s the idea; get to South America with as
little energy expenditure as possible.
I wish I could have used less energy myself this morning. The deep blue
sky is real work to look thru. While you can sit back and with shifting
eyes comb thru a cloud-filled sky without binoculars, for the most part,
looking for hawks against a nice background, deep blue skies require
constant scanning with binoculars to find anything. We have 2 “rules”
on such days: scan with binoculars on a regular basis having focused on
infinity and look at all vultures [hawks are often in thermals with them or
in the field of view you look at].
Anyway, our blue sky developed very nicely into a perfect white
cloud-filled sky, but the hawks dried up. After a morning full of
Broad-winged Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Ospreys, and Eagles, among others,
we slipped into just an occasional hawk drifting by.
A beautiful male Kestrel caught a Praying Mantis and ate it on our MOTUS
tower. [I reckon that’s one prayer that wasn’t answered] Perhaps the
prayer helped the Mourning Doves who skillfully avoided the Sharp-shinned
Hawk [see picture] that just missed them a while later. Sue and I enjoyed
he real-life drama as it happened.
Gerry arrived and claimed he sapped the energy from our day. Me? I blame
Howard. I’ve seen few who can suck the lift out of a thermal better than
Howard. There was plenty of blame to go around. I just know that Beatty
and I were in the clear! [Gotcha guys!]
---- 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:
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Swainson’s Thrush, COMMON RAVEN, Brown
Thrasher, Bobolinks, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Northern
Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, and Blue Grosbeak
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (11): Monarch - 45, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted
Purple, Variegated Fritillary. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black
Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals
(4): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, White-tailed Deer, Meadow
----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: 5.29; Steps:
12,411; Floors: 15.
----“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: 57; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (3):”
Northern Harrier, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and Swainson’s Thrush.
Tomorrow’s flight looks like more of the same, but there's not supposed
to be the developing clouds - darn it!
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.