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 (10): Brian Quindlen, Chad Hutchinson, Mike Hartshorne, Leigh
Altadonna, Michael Guttman, Lynn Wachman, Judy Stepenaskie, Kathy Dale,
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]: [PLEASE NOTE: On Oct. 3, 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.
Mike, Chad, and BQ had arranged an early morning walk to Warbler Meadows at
Bucktoe today. What on earth do I do to prepare for THAT? Vodka? Out of
the question! [I’m out]. I had to settle on 2 cups of “field brew”
and cast my fortunes to the wind, taking my chances. At least Scott
won’t be here. In keeping with being an honorable blogger, a bit of
self-blogging is in order. I WAS LATE this morning [but not nearly as late
as “sleeping beauty,” Mike]. We saw a few warblers on our walk, but it
was surprisingly quiet. Blue-headed Vireos, Ruby-crowned Kinglets,
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, American Redstarts, Northern Parula, Black-throated
Blue Warblers, Magnolia Warbler, Palm Warblers, Scarlet Tanager, and
Rose-breasted Grosbeak were encountered though.
At the Hawk Watch, things were slow and difficult with the deep blue sky
not helping a bit. Just as I was packing up for the day, a Barred Owl
began hooting in the Red Clay Creek valley, setting off a Screech Owl in
the woods to my north. It was a fitting sendoff for the day.
My visit to New Garden WTP after leaving Bucktoe, yielded Lesser
Yellowlegs, Killdeer, Wood Ducks, and the continuing Ring-necked Duck. A
large group of Tree Swallows were feeding there, too. With the advancing
season, I searched thru them of a very rare Cave swallow, but with no luck.
---- 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:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Barred Owl, Screech Owl, Belted Kingfisher,
Blue-headed Vireos, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Brown Thrasher, Veery,
White-crowned Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Swamp Sparrow, American
Redstarts, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warblers, Black-throated Blue
Warblers, Palm Warblers, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Blue
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (11): Monarch - 4, 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
(4): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, White-tailed Deer, Red
----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: 6.78; Steps:
15,906; Floors: 25.
----“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: 63; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (3):”
Blue-headed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and White-throated Sparrow.
Tomorrow’s flight looks not good with cloudy conditions, a low ceiling,
and strong [and wrong] winds from the south.
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.