Date: 9/15/20 3:43 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (14 Sep 2020) 50 Raptors
Southern Chester County Hawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2020

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 21 100 100
Osprey 3 27 29
Bald Eagle 4 50 54
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 5 6
Cooper's Hawk 3 12 14
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 14 14
Broad-winged Hawk 6 16 16
Red-tailed Hawk 4 26 26
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 10 12
Merlin 0 0 0
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: 50 261 272

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

Official Counter: Larry Lewis


Visitors (3): Jeff & Jill Kennardy
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!

Partly-Mostly Sunny (50-10% cloud cover), Ceiling - 30,000 ft., Visibility
- 10 miles, Temps 67 - 77F, Winds NNW @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-shouldered
Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (25) and Turkey Vultures (74).

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

Non-raptor Observations:
TODAY’S Bucktoe Bird Blog [‘BBB’]: [PLEASE NOTE: On Sept. 10, 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.
Bucktoe was not as good today, but how could it be? It was still terrific,
mind you; just not stupendous as it was yesterday. Still, I saw a close
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, 3 Ravens, lots of Black-and-white Warblers,
Parula, Redstarts, and a nice assortment of migrating hawks. Not bad,
right? In fact, it was terrific, just not stupendous. Jeff & Jill were
out as part of their check of nest boxes along the creeks. They saw
several Screech Owls. At 12:42, an immature Red-headed Woodpecker flew
right by the Hawk Watch, settling at the woods at the parking lot. It was
heard there throughout the afternoon. A while later, a Common Nighthawk
was feeding over the meadow, while 3 Common Ravens were noisily harassing a
Red-tailed Hawk right overhead. Getting kinda close to stupendous again,
don’t you think? [Additional highlights listed below]
---- Thanks to 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!
Common Nighthawk, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Red-headed Woodpecker,
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Common Ravens, Veery, Bobolinks, Black-and-white
Warblers, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warblers, Scarlet
Tanagers, and Indigo Buntings
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (14): Monarch - 9, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Buckeye, Red-spotted
Purple, Silver-spotted Skipper, Red Admiral, Cloudless Sulphur, Azure.
Dragonflies (3): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Twelve-spotted Skimmer.
Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (4): Eastern Cottontail, Eastern Gray
Squirrel, White-tailed Deer, Meadow Vole.
----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: 6.44; Steps:
15,106; Floors: 11.
----“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: 56; this season:
Red-headed Woodpecker .

Tomorrow’s flight looks good with plenty of background clouds and light
and shifting winds.
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day, Sept. 1 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
sponsored by Delaware Nature Society. Please contact us at
<earlybirdtours...> with questions or comments.

Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)

More site information at

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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