Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (1): Where on earth was everybody. It was just me!
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
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.
Before going to Bucktoe, I visited New Garden WTP. The light here is all
wrong for morning visits and I won’t do that again, but I did see
Ring-necked Duck, Wood Ducks, Killdeer, and Lesser Yellowlegs.
Very often I can get a feel for the type of day we’ll have for passerines
– small songbirds – as I drive along Bucktoe’s lengthy driveway to
the Hawk Watch. If migration overnight has been good, birds will flit
about from thicket to thicket. There will be flashing of small birds from
one tree to another. Sparrows and others will dart off the road as I edge
along. Today, there was none of that. I did not feel good about songbirds
in general or my early morning walk to Warbler Meadow, in particular.
Still, I went because that’s just the kinda guy I am. Oh, the sacrifices
I make. Let’s see if I’m right about it being dead. Sadly, I was. I
circumambulated Warbler Meadow; the only migrants I saw were Swainson’s
Thrush, Veery, and two each of Northern Parula, and American Redstart.
Back up at the Hawk Watch, I found it, as usual, difficult to explain. I
expected nothing here, as well. The winds were all wrong, the season has
been poor thus far, and the sky hung low, yet I was getting birds. COMMON
RAVENS were very evident today. There were good numbers of Bald Eagles,
Ospreys, and others. I even had a kettle of Broad-winged Hawks [woo-hoo],
unusual for this year! Then at 1:10pm, a bird soared right overhead, very
obviously an Eagle, but it appeared all dark. It’s too early for GOLDEN
EAGLES, but still, there it was – a possible adult! I took pictures, but
was not happy with the head shape and light conditions and the bird goes
uncounted. I hate when that happens!
Scott texted with a report of a Common Nighthawk at Schuylkill River
trail. He sounded a bit sober, so I’m reporting it. [SS] It is quite
unusual. Not so much the Nighthawk, but Scott being sober! [Gotcha,
---- 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:
Barred Owl, COMMON RAVENS, Brown Thrashers, Veery, Swainson’s Thrush,
Bobolinks, American Redstarts, Northern Parula, Rose-breasted Grosbeak,
and Blue Grosbeak
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (11): Monarch - 35, 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 (0). Mammals
(3): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Red 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: 6.82; Steps:
15,986; Floors: 28.
----“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 GOOD, with the passage of a front, albeit weak
and mostly dry. The shies should have nice background clouds and a north
wind. We'll take it!
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.