Date: 10/9/19 2:12 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (08 Oct 2019) 46 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 08, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 21 135
Bald Eagle 4 29 163
Northern Harrier 1 5 18
Sharp-shinned Hawk 23 83 330
Cooper's Hawk 10 31 106
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 3 13
Broad-winged Hawk 2 19 699
Red-tailed Hawk 0 1 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 14 94
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: 46 210 1586

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Carol Majors, Hank Davis, Kelley Nunn, Ron Majors

Visitors (5): Carol Majors, Ron Majors, Kelley Nunn, Hank Davis
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Cloudy-Mostly Cloudy (100-75% cloud cover), Ceiling - 7,100-4,700 ft.,
Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 57 - 66F, Winds NNE @ 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered
Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (51) and Turkey Vultures (61).

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

Non-raptor Observations:
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
The sky was heavy with clouds from the overnight rain, but the wind was
from the north. So at least we had THAT going for us, which was nice.
[fans of Caddyshack will recognize the homage to the best movie scene EVER]
The walk around Bucktoe this morning was DEAD, however. Not a thing was
stirring; not a single migrant. YIKES! Carol & Ron showed up, walked
around, and had little more luck than I had.
Kelley was out briefly for lunch, spotting a distant Double-crested
Cormorant, for which she sought, and received, full-partial credit. Hank
joined us in hopes of some photo ops. It was about then that the sky
brightened a touch, resulting in an increase in accipiters. The flight was
good for a time.
---- 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!
Double-crested Cormorant, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, COMMON RAVEN,
White-crowned Sparrows, Savannah Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Magnolia Warbler,
Palm Warblers, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (8): Monarch - 4, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper,
Buckeye, Variegated Fritillary. Dragonflies (0). Reptiles & Amphibians
(0). Mammals (2): 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: 6.63; Steps:
15,544; 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: 53; this season:
Double-crested Cormorant.

Tomorrow’s flight looks like a washout with rain, heavy at times.
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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