Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Don Manuel, Ellen Nunn, Sue Manuel
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (4): Ellen Nunn, Don Manuel, Sue Manuel
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 6-Red-tailed Hawk,
and numerous Black (55) and Turkey Vultures (70).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-2; 2 yr.-_; 3 yr.-1; 4 yr.-1; adult-15
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
Vultures filled the air today over Bucktoe Hawk Watch, with hawks scattered
among them. There were lots of Bald Eagles, too, including 5 adults in the
air at once disputing air space. Birds were everywhere, consistently and
all day long, despite the winds seeing to be wrong. This is a strange
year! Black Vultures definitely seemed to be moving right along with the
Turkey Vultures, so I was again forced to violate my rule of not counting
this species as migrating. And there were lots of them – again, all day
long. Things were exciting on the ground too, with a Vesper Sparrow
feeding on the scattered cracked corn.
Ellen was out, again with lunch. Thank you, Ellen! The sky turned a
perfect mix of background high clouds with a delightful contour,
interspersed were patches of blue. I remember saying that if I can’t
find a Golden Eagle in a sky so perfect and filled with so many birds that
I truly must suck! Professional OBSERVERS, Don & Sue showed up – Don
with his new binoculars - and they were needed. They came with a gift of
coffee from Rebecca, their daughter who works for Starbucks. Thanks
Rebecca! When they arrived Don asked how the birding had been.
“Fantastic!” I said, recounting the day.
After going over my list, Don asked, “Any falcons?”
“That’s one family we’ve missed.”
What happened next? Of course, we had all three falcons [that we’re ever
going to see here] stream by, including 2 Merlins close, chasing each other
and then a great look at a Peregrine.
Equally predictable was Don. Don now wanted full-partial credit for the
falcons, even though he hadn’t discovered ANY of them! That’s right,
he wanted the credit for just bringing them up – the mere mention of
them! A full-partial credit thrice removed, if you will. The nerve! Not
going to happen, my friend! NOT GONNA HAPPEN. You have to earn your
“full-partial credits” around here. We run a tight ship! And to prove
it I publicly state right now THAT I SUCK! I found not a single Golden
Eagle with all this activity and great sky. [I still blame it on Don…oh,
and Sue! Just give me some time to think of a reason.]
Ellen and I took a late-day walk around the meadow and were rewarded with a
Screech Owl calling. What an incredible day we all had!
---- 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!
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS:
Screech Owl, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, COMMON RAVENS, Tree Swallows
[getting late], Ruby-crowned Kinglets, American Pipit, White-crowned
Sparrows, and Vesper Sparrow.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (1): Buckeye. Dragonflies (0).
Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray
----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: 7.1; Steps:
16,653; Floors: 10.
----“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: 49; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks Mostly Cloudy and with winds from the south.
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
CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY. While the Nighthawk Watch is
sponsored by Delaware Nature Society. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)
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.