Date: 3/25/20 4:03 pm
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (25 Mar 2020) 10 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 25, 2020

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 147 147
Turkey Vulture 7 663 663
Osprey 2 20 20
Bald Eagle 1 43 43
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 45 45
Cooper's Hawk 0 26 26
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 49 49
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 106 106
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 4 4
Merlin 0 7 7
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 10 1110 1110

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (1): Just me again in the very bad weather
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Cloudy w/Rain (100% cloud cover), Ceiling - 3,000-2,800 ft., Visibility -
10 miles, Temps 39 - 43F, Winds ENE @ 5 - 15 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered
Hawk, 2-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (15) and Turkey Vultures (15).

----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-0; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-1

Non-raptor Observations:
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]: [PLEASE NOTE: On March 19, I
sent out the new large weekly “blog.” 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
I visited Marsh Creek Lake at dawn on this rainy day with very strong east
winds, hoping for something strange to drop in. [I guess, other than me!]
A couple of Osprey and a Bald Eagle were working the lake. Eastern Phoebe,
Horned Grebes, Bufflehead, Ruddy Ducks, Ring-billed Gull, Common Loon [my
FOY[, and Great Blue Herons were doing the same, each in their own way. I
guess I was too, as I swept my window-mounted scope back and forth.
On my way to Bucktoe, a stop at Wilson Road Pond yielded only Eastern
Meadowlark, Black Ducks, and American Kestrel. While at the pond on
Lamborntown Road a Merlin swept in and snatched a Grackle, quickly plucked
off the feathers, and consumed it as I watched [see picture]. So, one less
Grackle. An American Coot and Hooded Merganser were there on the pond and
escaped the Merlin’s wrath. [too big]
At Bucktoe the winds increased, but certainly not the birds. It was a
rough day out here. A very few Ospreys, Red-shouldered Hawks, and a Bald
Eagle came by. We are in a cycle of other day being a washout. That’s
not good!
After the watch I went to New Garden WTP [private] where again, there were
Wood Ducks, Northern Shoveler [see picture], Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead,
and Ruddy Ducks.
I spent the evening writing at Chambers Lake where there were Pied-billed
Grebe, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Bufflehead,
Long-tailed Duck, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Belted Kingfisher, and Eastern
Elsewhere, Fox Sparrow and Wilson’s Snipe were seen at Bryn Coed
Preserve. [MH]
---- 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!
Eastern Phoebe and White-crowned Sparrow
----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: 0.09; Steps:
219; Floors: 2.
----“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: 38; this season:

Tomorrow’s flight looks mostly sunny with light southerly winds
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru Apr. 30, 9am thru 3pm.
Rain or shine.
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
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Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)

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Site Description:
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.
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