Date: 9/30/19 3:58 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (29 Sep 2019) 56 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 101 102
Bald Eagle 8 121 123
Northern Harrier 0 12 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 189 191
Cooper's Hawk 6 60 61
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 10 10
Broad-winged Hawk 28 652 652
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 4
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 61 62
Merlin 1 14 14
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: 56 1226 1233

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (21): Alexandra Laub, Hank Davis, Mike Gardner, Harvey Rubenstein,
Lana Glass, Carol & Ron Majors, Jean-Marie Gauthier, John Bradley, Beth
Bradley, Heidi Raimato, Fran DeMillion, Adam Bartles, Elaine Kirk, Lucille
St Pierre, Chandika Snider, Tom Brokaw, Hasan & Kulsum Ali, Gerry Teig
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Partly Cloudy (25-75% cloud cover), Ceiling -- 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 69 - 82F, Winds North @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Bald Eagle,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (62) and
Turkey Vultures (71).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-1; 3 yr.-_; 4 yr.-1; adult-7

Non-raptor Observations:
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
I joined Bucktoe’s regular Sunday bird walk for the first hour today.
Fifteen of us saw 40 species, including Belted Kingfisher, Bald Eagle,
Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Americn Kestrel,
Magnolia Warbler, American Redstart, Blue Grosbeak, and Scarlet Tanager.
But the real find was a female SUMMER TANAGER [my FOY – see photo]!
After seeing the Summer Tanager, I departed for the Hawk Watch. Many
people were out, and it was particularly nice to see and chat for so long
with property owner, Tom Brokaw today. Tom, you need to get out here more,
relax and enjoy what you’ve done!
Hawks were moving a bit more in the morning, with single Broad-winged Hawks
in the mix, from time-to-time.
Gerry was out and with a new calendar featuring his bird photos. Thanks
Gerry. If anyone is wondering, the new car tire trail at the hawk watch
grass trail is cutesy of Hank. Thanks, Hank. Just how heavy does that bus
feel that I rolled on top of you?? Seriously, thanks for helping with the
water feature, buddy. It will soon be up and running, bringing
Orange-crowned Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and who knows what else,
After the watch, I went to New Garden WTP. There were Ring-necked Duck,
Wood Duck, Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer, and Least Sandpiper at the ponds.

Passing what was and will be again, once rainfall returns to normal, Wilson
Road Pond, I saw Eastern Meadowlark and American Kestrel.
---- 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!
Belted Kingfisher, COMMON RAVEN, Brown Thrasher, Veery, Swainson’s
Thrush, White-crowned Sparrow, Bobolinks, American Redstarts, Magnolia
Warbler, SUMMER TANAGER, Scarlet Tanager, and Blue Grosbeaks.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (11): Monarch - 65, 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: 5.39; Steps:
12,649; Floors: 17.
----“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 a bit dismal with skies heavy with clouds and
easterly winds.
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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