Date: 3/18/23 1:46 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Chester County Hawk Watch & Migration Count at Chambers Lake (17 Mar 2023) 8 Raptors
Chester County Hawk Watch & Migration Count at Chambers Lake
Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2023

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 2 33 33
Turkey Vulture 3 155 155
Osprey 0 2 2
Bald Eagle 2 12 12
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 4 4
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 10 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
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: 8 219 219

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

Official Counter: Larry Lewis (Early Bird Nature Tours)


Visitors (7): Bruce Foreacre, Mary Alice Knox, Elaine Deutsch, Liz Lyng,
John Alessi, and Eric Hartshaw
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Chambers Lake!

Partly Sunny – Cloudy w/Rain (50-100% cloud cover), Ceiling – 15.9-8.5k
ft., Visibility – 10 miles, Temps 44 - 58F, Winds SSE-SSW @ 5-10 mph

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Bald Eagle,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (12) and
Turkey Vultures (33).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-_; 3 yr.-_; 4 yr.-1; adult-1

Non-raptor Observations:
TODAY’S Bird Blog: [PLEASE NOTE: I send out a large weekly
“blog/newsletter” detailing much more than these small daily recaps.
This newsletter from EBNT, has our upcoming schedule and the County year
bird list, etc. If you aren’t receiving it and would like to, kindly
email me <earlybirdtours...> to be added.
The weather this morning was spectacular at Chambers Lake Hawk Watch.
After the weather we’ve endured, I can’t believe I said that but it
was. Bird activity was strong, too, with even more diversified waterfowl
on the lake. There was much activity hereabouts until the weather went
south at 1pm with rain forcing me into the van yet again. Drats, it sure
was nice while it lasted. I still await my first migrant Osprey, too.
[Additional highlights listed below]
Old friend and local resident, Bruce Foreacre was out. A real surprise was
Mary Alice Knox – 95 year old, Mary Alice Knox! Birders have such
amazing spirits and Mary Alice sure has her share. Up until she was nearly
80 she was known to camp alone across the United States and kayak the area
lakes. Even now, she spoke of taking it out on the lake; her daughter
quickly vetoed the notion. The spirit is willing, but the body lacking.
Long live the spirit of Mary Alice! Now, she was complaining about her
eyes and being old – the very things I remember her complaining about 40
years ago! Some things never change. Her daughter, Elaine Deutsch was
here, as were Liz Lyng, John Alessi, and Eric Hartshaw from northern PA.
They were all out enjoying the much better weather of the morning.
---- Thanks to Frank Haas and his gracious generosity and support in his
name and in the memory of his wife, Barbara.
Wood Ducks, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, Redheads,
Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead, Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Ruddy
Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes, American Coot, Great Blue Herons, Ring-billed
Gulls, American Pipits, Eastern Phoebes, and Kingfishers.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0). Dragonflies (0). Reptiles &
Amphibians (0). Mammals (1): 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): Steps – 2,556,
Miles – 1.09, Floors – 0
----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we are not just a Hawk Watch but
conduct a migration tally from the site. The complete species list will be
in our weekly email blog sent to those requesting it. 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 that at <earlybirdtours...>
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 51; this season:
Gadwall, American Coot, American Pipit, and Dark-eyed Junco.
Larry Lewis
Early Bird Nature Tours(EBNT)---"Exciting & Fun Adventures in Nature"---63
S. Park Ave., Coatesville, PA 19320---484-340-SORA (7672)--Business
Cell---email: <earlybirdtours...>

Tomorrow’s flight looks fairly good but with increasing winds.
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The Chester County Hawk Watch and Migration Count is sponsored, in large
part, by Frank Haas and in the memory of Barbara Haas. Membership in EBNT
is requested. Please contact us at <earlybirdtours...> with
questions or comments.

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

More site information at

Site Description:
The platform just left of the only boat ramp for Chambers Lake in the main
parking lot, overlooking the lake to the north.

Directions to site:
We set up in the main parking lot for the lake, on the platform just left
of the only boat ramp.
The Hawk Watch at Chambers Lake (as part of the Chester County Hawk Watch)
operates daily, March 1 thru April 30 from 9am - 3 pm (unless counter is
away leading a tour elsewhere). In fall the season is Sept. 1 thru Nov.
30,each day 9am-3pm. Please contact Larry at 484-340-7672 to confirm
counter is present. This count welcomes all visitors to this fine
habitat. When there are no hawks present, many birds still are. The lake
holds numerous waterfowl species and the variable shoreline can produce
incredible shorebirds.

Directions to hawk watch:
From the Rt. 30 By-pass take the Rt. 82 exit north. Turn left at the first
light(Rt. 340) and go 1.3 miles to Wagontown Rd. Turn Rt. on Wagontown Rd.
and continue on this winding road for 1.8 miles (you will pass the Hibernia
Park entrance on your right, the Chambers Lake parking lot, and Chambers
Lake on your right). Pull off the road to the left and park safely at the
end of the lake to visit the hawk watch. You will see us sitting on the
dike near the road at the end of the lake.
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