Date: 10/7/19 4:43 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (06 Oct 2019) 11 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 06, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 17 131
Bald Eagle 2 21 155
Northern Harrier 0 4 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 56 303
Cooper's Hawk 2 17 92
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 11
Broad-winged Hawk 0 17 697
Red-tailed Hawk 0 1 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 12 92
Merlin 0 3 19
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 11 150 1526

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

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (12): Mary Coggins, Joseph Timoney, David Brown, Jean-Marie
Gauthier, Roula Theodoropovlos, Carol Majors, Carl Mease, Dirk Robinson,
Colleen DelMonte, Jerry Jeffers, Susan Jeffers
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Cloudy (70-100% cloud cover), Ceiling -- 3,700-3,200 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 53 - 71F, Winds SE/S @ 5 - 15 mph.

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

Non-raptor Observations:
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
Today began with our regular bird walk at Bucktoe. Well no, today began
with a nice LARGE cup of “field brew” to wake up, THEN the bird walk.
We are nearing the end of warbler migration. Still, it’s a time for
rarities like Connecticut Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, and don’t get
me started on the potential flycatchers! Sparrows are increasing their
migration, too. Don’t let the advancing season get you down. It’s a
fantastic time for birding, with potential rarities at every turn. 10
people showed up for our walk this cloudy, cool morning, seeing 48 species,
among them: Great Blue Heron, Wood Ducks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper’s
Hawk, Bald Eagles, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-crowned Sparrows, Savannah
Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue Warblers, Palm
Warblers, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.
After the walk, I went to the Hawk Watch, but this was no day to watch
hawks! The ceiling was low, the winds were all wrong and predictably,
nothing was moving. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker flew by; the first of the
An early morning visit to New Garden WTP had supplied Lesser Yellowlegs,
Killdeer, Ring-necked Duck, and Wood Ducks for the day’s list.
---- 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!
Great Blue Heron, Wood Ducks, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned
Kinglets, White-crowned Sparrows, Savannah Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow,
Bobolink, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue Warblers, Palm Warblers,
Blue Grosbeak, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (11): Monarch - 7, 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, 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: 6.48; Steps:
15,190; Floors: 66.
----“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: 55; this season:
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Tomorrow’s flight looks like another bad day, before a front works thru
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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