Date: 10/15/19 5:46 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (13 Oct 2019) 31 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 22 136
Bald Eagle 3 49 183
Northern Harrier 2 7 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 129 376
Cooper's Hawk 5 51 126
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 13
Broad-winged Hawk 0 21 701
Red-tailed Hawk 1 5 9
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 20 100
Merlin 0 4 20
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: 31 312 1688

Observation start time: 05:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 12 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (18): Jean-Marie Gauthier, Colleen DelMonte, Harvey Rubenstein,
Lana Glass, Dan Noznisky, Walter Borys, Laureen Eick-Benson, Kris Benarcik,
Adam Bartles, Ellen Nunn, Beaty Broughton, Gerry Teig,
Jennifer Kline [+1], Nora Enis-Patrone, Anita Regester, Jane Holloway
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Partly Sunny (50% cloud cover), Ceiling -- 20,200-15,200 ft., Visibility -
10 miles, Temps 46 - 68F, Winds NW/NE/SE @ 5 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered
Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (64) and Turkey Vultures (61).

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

Non-raptor Observations:
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
This is to be another long day, beginning with the start of our Bucktoe
“Big Sit,” interrupted by a walk I lead, then back to the sit and the
Hawk Watch. Arriving at 5am, I listened for nocturnal calling migrants.
None were heard, but I did well with the owls, hearing Screech, Great
Horned & Barred.
13 people were out for our walk on this chilly morning, where we saw 49
species highlighted by a late season, old-fashioned warbler wave, with
nothing super-rare, but lots of birds, close, and lingering for a long
time. It was FANTASTIC! There were Blue-headed Vireos, Black-and-white
Warblers, Northern Parula, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Blue
Warblers, Palm Warblers, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Also seen on the walk
were Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Dark-eyed Juncos, White-crowned Sparrows,
Savannah Sparrow, and Blue Grosbeak. WOW that was fun!
Returning to the Big Sit and Hawk Watch, Ellen arrived bearing gifts of
food and spotting a Common Loon flying in the distance; receiving
full-partial credit for the discovery. Gerry & I witnessed a major push of
Tree Swallows streaming due south. We also watched a Red-bellied
Woodpecker first visit our water feature [a first] and then feed in an
interesting way on our feeder snag. She would go to the feeder tray, elect
a peanut, then fly to the snag, wedging the morsel between a gap at a
particular branch and the trunk, then peck away until finished. She would
return over and over, repeating the procedure. Once, she forgot where her
branch was, going to the wrong one. It was so funny watching her head
movements in bewilderment. She was asking herself, “Where is my crevice?
What happened??” We laughed as you could watch her trying to figure it
out. She did work it out. We had so much fun watching it!
---- 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!
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (4): Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur,
Common Checkered Skipper, Variegated Fritillary. Dragonflies (0) 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: 8.32; Steps:
19,517; Floors: 14.
----“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:
Common Loon and Horned Lark.

Tomorrow’s flight prediction is irrelevant as its already happened as I
try to catch up in paperwork after the weekend's big sits.
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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