Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Beatty Broughton, Bob Murray, Chad Hutchinson, Norm Lincoln
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (8): Chad Hutchinson, Diane Harris, Bob Murray, Beaty Broughton,
Deb Kirchdoerfer, Elaine Kirk, Norm Lincoln
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]: [PLEASE NOTE: On September 19,
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.
Chad and I met for a walk to “Warbler Meadows” early this morning.
There were some birds: a PHILADELPHIA VIREO [just before Chad’s late
arrival], American Redstarts, Magnolia Warblers, and a Chestnut-sided
Warbler. A surprise mid-morning Great Horned Owl was heard in the distant
Red Clay Creek Valley.
Diane was new here, coming all the way from Oregon. Bob, Deb, Beaty, Norm,
and Chad were all somewhat more local. Elaine joined us for our warbler
walk and had a bird that tastes “oh, so delicious.” Let me explain…
She has been after a Cuckoo for a LONG time. A L-O-N-G time! Well,
today we met up with her and I believe it was our first bird, flew into the
top of a webworm-infested tree and it was a – wait for it, wait for it
– Yellow-billed Cuckoo! Elaine has long promised me dinner out [no
expense spared] for finding her one. Well, today is the day. I told her
I’ll get back to her and her sister on my restaurant selection.
Suggestions anyone?? I may need a wine recommendation as well!
The sky was marvelous [a surprise], but the birds slow to materialize in
it, although a late day kettle of 42 Broad-winged Hawks gave promise for
tomorrow and beyond. [My money is still on Sunday]
After today’s hawk watch was over, I visited New Garden WTP where there
were Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer, Wood Ducks, and Ring-necked Duck. I also
stopped at the Polo Fields which held only 10 Killdeer. These fields have
been very disappointing this year. Other than Killdeer and despite
checking frequently, I’ve only seen but one other shorebird species all
season – a lone Least Sandpiper.
---- 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 Horned Owl, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, COMMON RAVENS, Bobolinks,
Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstarts, Magnolia Warblers,
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and Blue Grosbeak
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (11): Monarch - 56, 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
(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: 6.42; Steps:
15,061; Floors: 19.
----“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: 59; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):”
Great Horned Owl.
Tomorrow’s flight looks Sunny with few background clouds. But that was
predicted for yesterday and the sky had clouds...so, it 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.