Date: 10/1/19 12:36 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (30 Sep 2019) 143 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 12 113 114
Bald Eagle 11 132 134
Northern Harrier 1 13 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 56 245 247
Cooper's Hawk 14 74 75
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 10 10
Broad-winged Hawk 28 680 680
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 4
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 18 79 80
Merlin 2 16 16
Peregrine Falcon 1 3 3
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: 143 1369 1376

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

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Kelley Nunn, Lana Glass

Visitors (4): Jim Balint, Lana Glass, Kelley Nunn
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Cloudy w/Drizzle (100% cloud cover), Ceiling -- 4,600-2,700 ft., Visibility
- 10 miles, Temps 63 - 71F, Winds E/SE @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered
Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (55) and Turkey Vultures (50).

----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-1; 3 yr.-2; 4 yr.-_; adult-7

Non-raptor Observations:
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
I feel like the weather looks today, dismal and gray, sky hanging low, a
light drizzle of despair. Not optimistic about what is to come. In bad
need of “field brew?” At least it would help. Anyway, Vultures took
very quickly to the air; perhaps in reaction to my mood?
Canada Geese continued the beginning of their movement, first noticed a few
days ago with small, high flocks heading south. Not the main push by any
means, but a start. But it was a huge day for Monarch migration. These
little miracles filled the air.
Jim was out clamoring for “field brew” of his own, but it was not to
be. Lana was out this dreary day with the gift of a portable lawn chair.
I can always use more of these, thanks Lana! And Lana brought gifts of
cookies, too. Lord knows, I can ALWAYS use more of those, too! And as you
may or may not have heard, gifts of food and drink are not only welcome,
but are encouraged here at Bucktoe!
Kelley was out bringing her good eyesight and luck with her. The hawks
picked up, making no sense. The winds were from the east, the dreary sky
lacked thermals, but hawks were moving, and in good variety.
---- 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, White-crowned Sparrow, Bobolinks, Palm Warblers, and Blue
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (10): Monarch - 125, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Variegated
Fritillary. Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags,
Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (_): 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: 2.88; Steps:
6,760; Floors: 3.
----“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: 50; this season:

Tomorrow’s flight looks Mostly Cloudy, but improving with the winds wrong
again. Doesn't look great, but I was wrong today!
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...>)

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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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