Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (34): Hank Davis, Colleen DelMonte, Puff Busch, Jean-Marie
Gauthier, Harley Rubenstein, Carol Majors, Ron Majors, Gary Collins, Carol
Collins, Carl Mease, Maureen Eick-Benson, Lana Glass, Maria Zouras, Elias
Zouras, Pete Zeigler, Dirk Robinson, Norm Lincoln, Elaine Kirk, Sally Ann
Sims, Rand McIlvaine, Beaty Broughton, Deb Kirchdoerfer, Gerry Teig, Don &
Sue Manuel, Sue McLaughlin, Ken Reynolds, Rhoda McNitt, Bob Reitz, Laura
Wagner, Ann & Ted Wilson
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
MY butt is on the line today. I’ve been calling for the big flight of
the year of Broad-winged Hawks to occur today at Bucktoe. It would be for
the third consecutive year shoud it happen. Last year we saw nearly 5,000
birds on Sept. 22, while in 2017, over 2,000. I’m gonna NEED four
figures to be happy today! First, came our regular Sunday bird walk
though. 20 people showed up seeing 39 species highlighted by Bald Eagle,
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Bobolinks, Black-and-white Warblers, American
Redstarts, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Blue Grosbeaks.
I broke away early to begin the hawk watch. Let’s see, how do I spin
what happened? I was ONLY 984 Broad-winged Hawks short of my quadruple
digit goal. What were all you people doing here today? I told you the big
flight is going to be on Tuesday! LOL Ah, we still had fun, right?
After the watch, I stopped briefly at Wilson Road Pond seeing 3 Kestrels
and a Meadowlark.
---- 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:
Green Heron, Bobolinks, Black-and-white Warblers, American Redstarts,
Northern Parula, Magnolia Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Rose-breasted
Grosbeak, and Blue Grosbeaks
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (11): Monarch - 65, 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 (1): Brown
Snake. 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: 5.25; Steps:
12,317; Floors: 112.
----“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: 54; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks a bit transitional with clouds slowly increasing
and winds all wrong, but light. Tuesday might be he day.
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.