Date: 10/21/19 2:03 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (20 Oct 2019) 3 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 87 87
Osprey 0 22 136
Bald Eagle 0 97 231
Northern Harrier 0 7 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 193 440
Cooper's Hawk 2 87 162
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 21 701
Red-tailed Hawk 0 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: 3 565 1941

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

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (9): Jean-Marie Gauthier, Harvey Rubenstein, Lana Glass, Carl
Mease, Carolyn Holland, Laureen Eick-Benson, Rick & Connie Landon
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Cloudy w/Rain (100% cloud cover), Ceiling -- 13,900-2,000 ft., Visibility -
10 miles, Temps 50 - 57F, Winds East @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered
Hawk, 1-Red-tailed Hawk,

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.
I joined our regular Sunday walk at Bucktoe first this rainy morning. That
was the plan at least, but there was a snafu in scheduling or something,
and there was no other leader who showed up. So, I led. There were a lot
of birds this morning, including warblers, vireos, and sparrows. The rain
and fog made viewing them oh, so difficult. 7 people were along, seeing 42
species, with highlights being Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Barred
Owl, Blue-headed Vireo, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglets,
Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrows, Palm Warblers,
Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Black-throated Green Warbler. Two COMMON
RAVENS flew directly over us merely feet away, calling loudly as they did.
The hawk watch had precious little flying in the rain, but there was
intense feeder activity.
Elsewhere, a female BLACK-HEDED GROSBEAK was seen and photographed today
outside West Chester. Nice find, Ross![RG]
---- 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!
Barred Owl, COMMON RAVENS, Blue-headed Vireo, Golden-crowned Kinglets,
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrows,
Swamp Sparrow, Palm Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Black-throated
Green Warbler
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0). Dragonflies (0). Reptiles &
Amphibians (0). Mammals (0).
----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: 3.5; Steps:
8,209; Floors: 7.
----“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: 44; this season:
Hermit Thrush and Fox Sparrow.

Tomorrow’s flight looks pretty good with some background clouds and
light, favorable winds.
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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