Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Dirk Robinson, Gerry Teig, Mike Fowles, Mike Gardner
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (7): Gerry Teig, Mike Gardner, Mike Fowles, Evelyn Fowles, Andy
Urquhart, Dirk Robinson
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 4-Red-tailed Hawk,
and numerous Black (55) and Turkey Vultures (60).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-4; 2 yr.-_; 3 yr.-_; 4 yr.-_; adult-7
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]: [PLEASE NOTE: On November 7,
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.
I stopped at New Garden WTP [private] on the way to Bucktoe this morning
seeing Wood Duck, Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead, Ruddy
Ducks, Ring-billed Gull, Merlin, Killdeer, and a pair of late Pectoral
Once at Bucktoe, Winter Wrens were calling as I parked. I watched a late
Palm Warbler in the feeder snags and around the water feature. My
attention drawn there, I noticed a couple of Ruby-crowned Kinglets darting
around the rocks and plants, nervously twitching as they always do. I am
not a skilled enough writer to explain just how cute these tiny birds are,
attempting to take a bath. They are endlessly interested, their attention
drawn to the fascinating movement of the water. However, I have NEVER seen
them bathe, but there is NOTHING cuter than watching one think about it.
They come in time and again, just over the water and look at it, even get
on the rocks…you know, to get an even closer look, then flit off to
another vantage point to do more of the same. They don’t even extend a
toe into it to sample it. The best I can determine are these Kinglets
thoroughly enjoying the IDEA of a bath, but will dissolve like the Wicked
Witch of the West should they get wet. “I’m melting. I’m
melting….goodbye cruel world!”
A surprise was a pair of Vesper Sparrows [see picture] which were together
in a feeder snag. I’ve seen three of this seldom seen species around our
feeders this week; a late date for them, too.
Gerry was out and cringed when he heard he was going to be our featured
birder of the week. Cringe not Gerry, the blog master will be gentle!
Mike and Evelyn arrived, followed shortly by Mike, all hoping for the
Vesper Sparrows which I had posted on the internet. The sparrows did not
show, though. Andy and Dirk were out, but missed the sparrow, as well.
---- 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:
Ring-billed Gull, Screech Owl, Barred Owl, Horned Larks, Ruby-crowned
Kinglets, Winter Wrens, Vesper Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, and Palm
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0). 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: 5.67; Steps:
13,305; Floors: 17.
----“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:
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):”
Tomorrow’s flight looks like it could be great with the passage of a
front, nice background clouds and a stiff northwest wind AND during
November...does it get any better?
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.