Date: 10/29/19 2:45 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (28 Oct 2019) 350 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 45 45 45
Turkey Vulture 252 836 836
Osprey 0 22 136
Bald Eagle 0 131 265
Northern Harrier 0 7 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 302 549
Cooper's Hawk 10 131 206
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 8 24 34
Broad-winged Hawk 0 21 701
Red-tailed Hawk 12 55 59
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 28 108
Merlin 2 8 24
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: 350 1612 2988

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Carol Depalma, Ellen Nunn

Visitors (3): Ellen Nunn, Carol DePalma
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Sunny (10% cloud cover), Ceiling -- 40,000-30,000 ft., Visibility - 10
miles, Temps 53 - 68F, Winds Light & Variable

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered
Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (60) and Turkey Vultures (72).


Non-raptor Observations:
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
Things began quickly at Bucktoe this morning. Lots of vultures were
around; trees full of them roosting for the night where I normally never
see them. These were surely migrants which stopped here for the night
before continuing on their journey. The sky was littered with vultures of
both species, in every direction well before 10am. They were all gaining
altitude and heading south. I am considering rethinking my rule of not
counting Black Vultures as migrants. They were right with the seemingly
southbound Turkey Vultures which I feel fairly confident are migrating.
The morning featured numbers of a variety of hawks though very difficult to
spot in this high sky.
Carol was out early and with tuna sandwiches. Ellen arrived bearing soup
and fruit. Where on earth did these ladies get the notion that gifts of
food and libation were welcomed or encouraged here at Bucktoe?
---- 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!
COMMON RAVENS, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-crowned Sparrows, Palm
Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Rusty Blackbird
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (6): Monarch - 5, Cabbage White,
Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye, Variegated Fritillary.
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: 3.56; Steps:
8,344; Floors: 6.
----“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: 43; this season:
Rusty Blackbird.

Tomorrow’s flight looks not so good with drizzle and winds from the
southeast. Not a complete washout, though.
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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