Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Adam Bartles, Carol Majors, Ellen Nunn, Mike Gardner
THE LAND CONSERVANCY FOR SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY’S HAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE
Visitors (14): Adam Bartles, Mike Gardner, Laureen Eick-Benson, Carol
Majors, Doug Hershey, Jeanne Macarro, Fran Ansbro, Carl Mease, Kris
Benarcik, Ellen Nunn, Andy Stender, Dawn Hopkins, Tony Angelucci
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 (65).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-_; 3 yr.-1; 4 yr.-_; adult-2
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.
Warm coffee was very necessary this cold day as I led the weekly bird walk
at Bucktoe. I decided to stay along the meadow edges, hoping for a late
migrant warbler or different sparrows, while watching for flyover hawks and
waterfowl. 10 participants saw 46 species during our 3 mile walk, which
was highlighted by Great Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gull, Ring-billed
Gull, Cooper’s Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawks, Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Hermit Thrush, Chipping
Sparrows, lots of Fox Sparrows, and White-crowned Sparrows.
Later, at the hawk watch there was a steady movement of Black Vultures,
Turkey Vultures, Red-shouldered Hawks, and Red-tailed Hawks.
Ellen came out with her friend Andy. Andy is truly amazing. He loves
experiencing nature; the smell, the feel of it all and the journey of his
thoughts. Andy experiences nature in his mind. You “see” Andy is
totally blind and totally deaf. Think about it. Would you - could you -
love nature if such was the case for you? I could not. Perhaps I could if
I were one of the two, but not both; certainly not blind. Yet, Andy’s
joyous spirit is unbelievable. How do you do it, Andy?? Also amazing is
Ellen’s work in communicating with Andy and helping him enjoy these parts
of his life. You should both be incredibly proud.
After the hawk watch completed for the day, I checked New Garden WTP
[private] to see how “our” Barn Swallow is fairing. There were
Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Bufflehead, Lesser
Scaup, Ring-billed Gulls, and a Palm Warbler. There was no sighting of the
swallow. I fear it did not survive the bitter cold.
---- 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, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gulls, Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper,
Hermit Thrush, Chipping Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, and White-crowned
----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: 6.78; Steps:
15,913; Floors: 18.
----“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 (2):”
Herring Gull and Great Black-backed Gull.
Tomorrow’s flight looks mostly cloudy, with the approach of another cold
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.