Date: 9/28/19 1:36 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (27 Sep 2019) 27 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 81 82
Bald Eagle 4 105 107
Northern Harrier 1 11 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 174 176
Cooper's Hawk 1 51 52
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 8 8
Broad-winged Hawk 7 572 572
Red-tailed Hawk 1 2 2
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 54 55
Merlin 0 12 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
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: 27 1072 1079

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (9): Elaine Kirk, Gerry Teig, Carol Majors, Ron Majors, Bob
Shipman, George Graham, Kelley Nunn, Sue McLaughlin
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Sunny (0-10% cloud cover), Ceiling -- 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10 miles,
Temps 54 - 77F, Winds Light & Variable

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 3-Red-shouldered
Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (65) and Turkey Vultures (61).

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

Non-raptor Observations:
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.
On the way to Bucktoe, I stopped at Brandywine Polo where it FINALLY paid
off with something besides the numerous Killdeer. A flock of 9 Pectoral
Sandpipers were with the 30 Killdeer this morning.
A bunch of us met for a walk thru Warbler Meadow this morning, Carol, Ron,
and Gerry beating me there. [Elaine late as usual!] There were good looks
at patches of warblers including American Redstarts, Magnolia Warbler,
Northern Parula, Black-throated Green Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, and
We returned up the hill to the “Hawk Watch,” finding things passing
thru this deep blue sky SLOW. A COMMON RAVEN made a close pass, though,
and our early White-crowned Sparrow made frequent visits to the feeders.
After the watch, I stopped at New Garden WTP where there were Ring-necked
Duck and Wood Ducks; while Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper, Least
Sandpiper, and Killdeer were feeding in the “mud” along the edges.
---- 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!
COMMON RAVEN, Brown Thrasher, Veery, White-crowned Sparrow, Bobolinks,
American Redstarts, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Parula, Black-throated Green
Warbler, Palm Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Ovenbird, Rose-breasted
Grosbeak, and Blue Grosbeak
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (13): Monarch - 42, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted
Purple, Variegated Fritillary, Viceroy, Cloudless Sulphur. Dragonflies
(3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles &
Amphibians (1): Brown Snake. 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: 6.16; Steps:
14,449; Floors: 16.
----“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: 58; this season:

Tomorrow’s flight looks like a day with lots of background clouds and
light winds, but from the south. We are nearing the end of Broad-winged
flight time...
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...>)

More site information at

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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