Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Carol Depalma, Carol Majors, Gerry Teig
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S NIGHTHAWK WATCH & THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR
SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (4): Carol Majors, Carol DePalma, Gerry Teig
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures again filled the air this morning, but
slowly dwindled down through the day. The numbers were still impressive
though. While I stood and watched, a stunning Red Fox sauntered up one
trail, passed directly in front of me and down another trail, as if I
wasn’t even there! A Pine Siskin flew overhead, its raspy, buzzy call
evident. I thought the day’s real birding excitement, as yesterday’s,
would be with large birds in the air overhead. Boy, was I wrong. Little
did I know it would be by a tiny bird just a few miles away…
A text came in, followed by more. During the course of the day, a
“birding emergency” was developing with the discovery of a first year
male Anna’s Hummingbird outside of West Chester, coming to a birder’s
feeders. You should leave your hummingbird feeders out through the end of
November for just this reason. In case a stray vagrant should happen by
needing a food source; with the flowers all but gone and insects quickly
disappearing [hummingbirds will catch gnats and other small flying
insects]. This is the first County record for this species of western
North America. I’ve seen them in Pennsylvania before, but this fella
will require an emergency trip to see it in Chester County.
Gerry arrived at the watch and I informed him of the exciting news. He
lingered a bit and then scurried off to see the hummingbird a scant 10
miles away. I shared the news with Carol M. and Carol D. as they arrived.
I myself, left for the Anna’s Hummingbird right at 3pm when the hawk
watch ended. Lois, the homeowner, was all ready for visitors, with a
sign-in sheet for those coming to see her “visitor.” Birders from near
and far were arriving; we shared excited talk while we waited. In about 20
minutes the little gem swung by the hummingbird feeder, landed, and fed at
leisure. [See picture] Voila, A COUNTY LIFER!! Rarities and the chases to
see them are certainly a thrilling aspect of our hobby, aren’t they?
---- 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:
Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, COMMON RAVEN, Horned Larks,
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Pine Siskin, and White-crowned Sparrows
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0). Dragonflies (0). Reptiles &
Amphibians (0). Mammals (3): 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: 4.31; Steps:
10,122; 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: 44; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks mostly sunny with favorable winds. Will we have
our first Golden Eagle?
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.