Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Ellen Nunn
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (2): Ellen Nunn
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
Sunny (10% cloud cover), Ceiling -- 30,000 ft., Visibility - 10 miles,
Temps 47 - 68F, Winds L & V.
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (81) and
Turkey Vultures (70).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-1; 3 yr.-_; 4 yr.-1; adult-10
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
The sky turned a perfect mixture of clouds and sun, but the birds were
sparse, as were the people. Where was everybody?? Ellen did come out and
she was showing off, finding several of the Bald Eagles and a RAVEN! We
were able to watch both species at length, in separate pair-bonding
activity and interacting with the other species, too.
Sabrena, a reader of the blog, reported some excitement in her backyard
along the Octoraro Creek. She was looking at a Goldfinch sitting on a
Black Walnut branch fairly close by her deck, when a speedy Merlin came
right down and grabbed the Goldfinch in it's talons without slowing down,
flying off with the Goldfinch protesting!
---- 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:
Belted Kingfisher, COMMON RAVENS, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-crowned
Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, Palm Warblers, and Yellow-rumped Warblers
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (7): Cabbage White, Eastern Tailed
Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye,
Variegated Fritillary. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner. Reptiles &
Amphibians (0). Mammals (1): Eastern Cottontail.
----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: 6.15; Steps:
14,421; Floors: 13.
----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a
Hawk Watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. Below is the list
of species identified on this year’s “Watch,” from the watch area.
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 that.
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 40; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks like a washout, at least after noon, with a
strong system moving thru bringing heavy rain and strong southerly winds.
We desperately need it, but horrible for hawk migration.
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.