Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Bob Strahorn, Carolyn Holland, Deb Kirchdoerfer,
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (5): Norm Lincoln, Bob Strahorn, Carolyn Holland, Deb
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 3-Red-shouldered
Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (60) and Turkey Vultures (65).
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]: [PLEASE NOTE: On Sept. 26, 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.
There was a big push of migrant Indigo Buntings evident at Bucktoe when I
arrived this morning; their short buzzy call note being heard throughout
the meadow. A very cute Northern Parula landed on the right hand feeder
snag while I waited for a hoped for Lincoln’s Sparrow which did not
appear. A Blue Grosbeak called from the northern meadow, just as a
Red-shouldered Hawk screamed incessantly to the south.. The sharp call
note of a Brown Thrasher pierced the morning, adding to the medley. A bird
I wish had called was the plain empid flycatcher in the other snag, but it
uttered nothing and will go unidentified. At one time, our MOTUS tower
held 18 excitedly chattering Eastern Bluebirds! Ah, mornings at Bucktoe,
sipping on field brew, and watching birds go about their lives. How
terrific is THAT? A walk to Warbler Meadow was called for, don’t you
think? You’re right, so away I went, but found little of note this fine
morning. Norm joined me shortly.
Mike texted with news of a possible early season Golden Eagle heading
roughly in our direction from his Cochranville home. .He also had a
Philadelphia Vireo. [MG] Despite heightened lookout for the Eagle, we did
no see it.
Right around 2pm the sky thickened with ensuing drizzle. Don’t you know
that Broad-winged Hawks waited until just then to pass overhead. it was
only Deb and I here to see a couple of decent kettles pass low and right
over us. It wasn’t much, but it was SOMETHING.
---- 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:
COMMON RAVEN, Brown Thrasher, White-crowned Sparrow, Bobolinks, American
Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Scarlet Tanagers, and Blue
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (12): Monarch - 35, Tiger
Swallowtail, Cabbage White, 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
(0). 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: 4.88; Steps:
11,140; Floors: 20.
----“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: 53; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks like a lot of sun with light and changeable
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.