Date: 10/26/19 11:40 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (26 Oct 2019) 250 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 185 584 584
Osprey 0 22 136
Bald Eagle 9 131 265
Northern Harrier 0 7 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 24 277 524
Cooper's Hawk 9 118 193
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 16 26
Broad-winged Hawk 0 21 701
Red-tailed Hawk 18 43 47
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: 250 1254 2630

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

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Carol Depalma, Ellen Nunn, Mary Behal

Visitors (4): Mary Behal, Ellen Nunn, Carol DePalma
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Partly Cloudy-Cloudy w/Rain (50-100% cloud cover), Ceiling -- 30,000-13,300
ft., Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 50 - 65F, Winds ENE @ 5 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered
Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (75) and Turkey Vultures (70).

----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-1; 3 yr.-_; 4 yr.-_; adult-7

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.
During migration, you can very often get a feel for the previous night’s
flight when driving down the lengthy driveway to the Bucktoe Hawk Watch.
If you see birds dashing from thicket to thicket, tree to tree, and birds
on the ground flying up as you drive past; things are likely to be great.
Often you do see much activity. Today there was nary a bird. Ut oh! That
doesn’t make me feel good about the passerine prospects. As the clouds
rolled in there was a spectacular sun halo formed by sunlight reflecting
thru high thin clouds. Did you see it? Later, a couple of “sun dogs”
joined the show. Yep, the skies were alive with activity this morning –
clouds, colors and birds. Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered
Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, Bald Eagles, lots of Tree
Swallows, even a late Monarch filled them.
Mary arrived with gifts of tasty food and as we all know such gifts are not
only welcomed, but encouraged here at Bucktoe! Ellen followed and then
Carol [with a delicious apple], as the weather slowly deteriorated. The
skies earlier filled with birds, became filled with raindrops.
After leaving for the day, I stopped briefly at the New Garden WTP. There
were no shorebirds present, but waterfowl included Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy
Duck, and Northern Shoveler.
---- 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!
Horned Larks, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Swainson’s Thrush, Hermit Thrushes,
White-crowned Sparrows, Palm Warblers, and Yellow-rumpd Warblers
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Monarch - 1, Clouded Sulphur,
Buckeye. Dragonflies (0). 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: 5.5; Steps:
12,892; Floors: 8.
----“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 a total washout with rain, heavy at times.
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...>)

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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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