Date: 10/25/19 11:32 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 Oct 2019) 175 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 149 399 399
Osprey 0 22 136
Bald Eagle 3 122 256
Northern Harrier 0 7 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 253 500
Cooper's Hawk 6 109 184
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 21
Broad-winged Hawk 0 21 701
Red-tailed Hawk 4 25 29
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 28 108
Merlin 0 5 21
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 4
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: 175 1004 2380

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

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (11): Bob Suter, Bob Shipman, Dale Kendall, Gerry Teig, Spencer
Ervin, Susan Phelps, Brigitte Alexander, Dirk Robinson, Rick Landon,
Carolyn Holland
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Partly Sunny (25-50% cloud cover), Ceiling -- 27,400-24,400 ft., Visibility
- 10 miles, Temps 47 - 67F, Winds South @ 5 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (57) and
Turkey Vultures (63).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-2; 2 yr.-_; 3 yr.-_; 4 yr.-_; adult-2

Non-raptor Observations:
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]: [PLEASE NOTE: On Oct. 24, 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.
The gang from Crosslands Retirement Community is coming over to Bucktoe
Hawk Watch today, led by my friend Dale. A few of the folks are coming
early for a late-season walk over to “warbler meadow.” We met at 8 and
walked the beautiful meadows as the world woke about us. Don’t you just
love the mornings? Me too! Our best birds were Magnolia Warbler and
Hermit Thrushes.
Gerry arrived with gifts of seed for our birds. Dale came with suet for
the birds. Bob arrived with gifts of food for me! [OK, and the rest of the
group from Crosslands, not just me] And as you may have surmised, gifts of
food and libations are not only welcomed, but encouraged here at Bucktoe!
Thanks guys!
Dale and the rest of the group from Crosslands arrived. Dale discovered a
Bald Eagle for which she wanted a celebratory pretzel [in fact, two].
Instead I gave her full-partial credit! Dirk arrived next.
“Hi, Dirk.” I said
To which Dirk responded, “I should be at Bombay Hook to see…. “ True
to form; some things never change…[read feature on Dirk]
---- 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!
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, COMMON RAVENS, Horned Lark, Hermit Thrushes,
Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-crowned Sparrows,
Common Yellowthroat, Palm Warblers, Magnolia Warbler and Yellow-rumped
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (1): Orange Sulphur. 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: 5.44; Steps:
12,752; Floors: 15.
----“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: 50; this season:

Tomorrow’s flight looks like it will be clouding up prior to a cold front
and rainy day on Sunday.
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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