Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Howard Campbell, John Beitler, Kathleen Pileggi,
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (6): Steve Nuttle, Howard Campbell, Ellen Nunn, John Beitler,
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 6-Red-tailed Hawk,
and numerous Black (50) and Turkey Vultures (60).
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]:
“Field brew” in hand, I stammered down the trail to the hawk watch to
meet the day. Well, I hadn’t had my coffee, yet. What surprises await
me today, huh? Will it be a strange behavior, a rare species here,
perhaps an especially good view of a beautiful bird? Or will another call
or text come in with a nearby rarity from a distant land? You just have to
love our hobby!! So, what greeted me, you ask? As it turns out, I was
greeted with just a horribly deep blue sky. Our major movement of vultures
continued for just a time in the morning and quickly dwindled to almost
Howard arrived early with gifts of food; seed for the birds and a bacon
sandwich for moi. [French lessons paying off, Jean-Marie?] Both are of
equal importance. Thanks, Howard! My buddy Steve was out for the first
time this season. I missed you, my friend. Ellen was out with “baked”
apples and a homemade solar oven. The jury is still out on THAT! Kathleen
came with a supply of celebratory pretzels for good finds. Thanks,
---- 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 Kingfishers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper, American Pipit,
and White-crowned Sparrows.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (3): Clouded Sulphur, Buckeye,
Variegated Fritillary. Dragonflies (0). Reptiles & Amphibians (0).
Mammals (3): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, White-tailed
----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: 7.08; Steps:
16,618; 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: 41; this season:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks cloudy with unfavorable light winds as a front
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.