Date: 9/23/19 8:46 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (23 Sep 2019) 34 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 59 60
Bald Eagle 7 95 97
Northern Harrier 2 4 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 107 109
Cooper's Hawk 2 35 36
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 8 8
Broad-winged Hawk 10 403 403
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 38 39
Merlin 0 8 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 34 757 764

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Beatty Broughton, Dee Stevens, Dirk Robinson, Susan Beach

Visitors (5): Susan Beach, Dee Stevens, Beaty Broughton, Dirk Robinson
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Partly Sunny (25-50% cloud cover), Ceiling --30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 68 - 89F, Winds SSW @ 5 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 3-Red-shouldered
Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (71) and Turkey Vultures (65).

----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-2; 2 yr.-_; 3 yr.-_; 4 yr.-_; adult-5

Non-raptor Observations:
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
Today is to be a transitional day with clouds slowly building towards a
rainy night and an overnight cold front, with tomorrow’s temps only
reaching 78 with light winds. It’s like I’ve been saying all
along…TUESDAY will be the day of our big flight of Broad-wings! What’s
wrong with all YOU people showing up yesterday?? [lol]
I wandered thru “Warbler Meadow” this morning, finding it totally DEAD.
Not a single migrant was noticed. Those of you who think I always get
birds, kindly take note. I got not a thing! Perhaps they left making room
for an influx of fresh birds with tomorrow’s front. I sure hope so.
Back up the hill to the Hawk Watch, I found the vultures and accipiters
lifting off early today – well before 10am, but the day passed
uneventfully. There was a slow rush of a nice variety of raptors late in
the day to include Harriers, Osprey, and Broad-wings, the only ones of the
day. They came in low and may have spent the night in the area, hopefully
leading to a bit of a liftoff tomorrow morning. .
Dee and Susan, longtime friends, were out early to enjoy the day. It was
so nice chatting Susan, about old times, such as I can remember them.
---- 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!
Yellow-billed Cuckoos, COMMON RAVEN, Bobolinks, and Blue Grosbeaks
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (12): Monarch - 70, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted
Purple, Variegated Fritillary, Cloudless Sulphur. Dragonflies (3): Green
Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians
(1): Box Turtle. Mammals (3): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel,
Meadow Vole.
----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: 5.7; Steps:
13,381; Floors: 124.
----“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: 48; this season:

Tomorrow’s flight looks like a cooler day with background clouds and
fairly strong northwest winds. 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
sponsored by Delaware Nature Society. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)

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Site Description:
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.
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