Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (18): Bob Suter, Elaine Kirk, Dale Kendall, Karen Satterthwaite,
Debby Kern, Nancy & Bob Shipman, Mark Swick, Barbara Grove, Adam Bartles,
Howard Campbell, Beaty Broughton, Deb Kirchdoerfer, Jerry Jeffers, Kelley
Nunn, Hannah Greenberg, Dirk Robinson
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
Dale and a large gang from Crosslands were out early this morning, Bob even
making the warbler walk where we saw Bay-breasted Warblers [FIVE of this
seldom seen warbler!], Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Green Warblers,
Northern Parula, Magnolia Warblers, American Redstarts, and a Philadelphia
Dale and Debby each had a donation of seed. Howard was along, but without
a donation of seed this time. Well, he didn’t see “his Eagle,: either!
Our birds thank you sweethearts for the gift of seed! Barbara mentioned
that she really enjoys reading “the blog,” even while she relished in
the fact that she had neglected to bring me food, knowing full-well that
gifts of food and drink are not only welcomed, but encouraged here at
Bucktoe! Some people! Elaine made it out, as did her “naughty” sister
[Elaine’s words], Deb. Kelley and Hannah showed up; Hannah without her
“Binoculars are for rookies,” she states, while going on to prove it by
sighting birds passing overhead in the stratosphere. Hannah, while not
discussing her VERY obvious weight gain from the fine food consumed in VAST
quantities on their recent Montreal trip said, “Hey Kel, who dat?”
Rising from her seat, she pointed towards the sky. Translation for those
encumbered / handicapped by proper English: “Hey Kelley, what is that
hawk flying in that cloud?” It was a Broad-winged Hawk. As I just said,
the girls have just returned from Canada, and heavily laden with Canadian
beer [OK, Hannah was “heavily laden”]. [How could SHE pass thru
customs? She did - I worry about “homeland security.”] To curb the
increased consumption of alcoholic beverages not made in the United States,
our “fearless leader” will no doubt have a wall built around Hannah and
have Molson pay for it. [Gotcha both!] Dirk was last to arrive and as
only Dirk can do. Dirk always shows up antsy to be somewhere else, so he
can quickly return again. What’s THAT about, my friend? A suggestion:
Why not just go somewhere else to begin with? You’ll save both time and
gas, while saving me angst and lowering my blood pressure! [you’ve been
blogged, Dirk] Did one of you fine people forget a shirt? I want you to
make sure you get it back [Besides, it’s too small, doesn’t fit and
it’s not my color, I fancy myself an “autumn’]
Hawks? Oh, that’s right – that’s the reason we’re out here, right?
Well, we saw some, but it remained singles or just a few at a time. I’m
beginning to fear that the Broad-winged Hawks took mostly to another route
this season – perhaps the ridges.
There was a White-crowned Sparrow – the first of the fall – before I
arrived [BS – his initials, not a commentary on the report! –lol] The
same warblers we saw here today were seen at nearby Ashland, and in the
same unusually high numbers. [DR]
---- 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:
Philadelphia Vireo, Brown Thrashers, White-crowned Sparrow, Bobolinks,
American Redstarts, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warblers, Bay-breasted
Warblers, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Green Warblers, Scarlet
Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and Blue Grosbeaks.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (13): Monarch - 44, 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, Zabulon Skipper.
Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer.
Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray
----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: 5.45; Steps:
12,790; Floors: 48.
----“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: 60; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks like a good array of background clouds developing
and winds shifting from the northwest during the 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.