Date: 10/20/19 12:25 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (19 Oct 2019) 63 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 33 87 87
Osprey 0 22 136
Bald Eagle 7 97 231
Northern Harrier 0 7 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 192 439
Cooper's Hawk 7 85 160
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 21 701
Red-tailed Hawk 5 13 17
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 28 108
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: 63 562 1938

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Gary Stolz, Gerry Teig, Pat Freed, Ron Freed

Visitors (17): Gary Stolz, Lea Gummey [plus master naturalist class of 10],
Gerry Teig, Ron & Pat Freed, Jim Balint
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Sunny (0-10% cloud cover), Ceiling -- 32,000-30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 38 - 62F, Winds L & V.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered
Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (53) and Turkey Vultures (70).

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

Non-raptor Observations:
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]: [PLEASE NOTE: On October 17,
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.
A clear blue sky awaits me at Bucktoe hawk watch, but there was a layer of
frost on the windows of my van as I left for my site. That calls for a
double dose of “field brew,” but you already knew that. Bald Eagles,
Turkey Vultures, accipiters, and Red-tailed Hawks continued their movement
Gerry arrived, camera in hand for pictures of activity at the water
feature. Gary, Lea and the gang from TLC were out with the Master
Naturalist Class. A Barred Owl was reported early this morning [JB], while
Gary reported a Double-crested Cormorant flying over later in the day.
Official counters from Wagner’s Gap, Ron & Pat, were here at Bucktoe
today on a visit. Wagner’s Gap hawk watch, located in western
Pennsylvania, is justly famous for their flights of Golden Eagles each
fall. I tried to get a Golden Eagle so hard today…you know, to make them
feel at home, but the best I could do was a couple of Ravens calling in the
distance. They absolutely loved Bucktoe and our setup for the hawk watch
here. I introduced them to the concept of “full-partial credit” when
Ron discovered a Sharp-shinned Hawk circling above the Red Clay Creek
valley. Ron and Pat, you guys were a delight! Sharing war stories of our
respective watches was so much fun. Invite me to Wagner’s Gap; I will
It was a good day for late-season butterflies, with 7 species noted,
including 4 Monarchs. Better scamper along guys. You have a long way to
go and a short time to get there!
---- 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, Barred Owl, COMMON RAVENS, Horned Larks,
Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Pine Siskin, White-crowned
Sparrows, Swamp Sparrow, Palm Warbler, and Yellow-rumped Warbler
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (7): Monarch - 4, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye,
Variegated Fritillary. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner. 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: 7.32; Steps:
17,180; Floors: 4.
----“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: 46; this season:

Tomorrow’s flight looks like the forecast has worsened to include some
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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