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Fall 2020 Hawk Watch

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Species Composition

Species composition changes over time depending on weather, seasons, and many other factors. This chart displays the composition over a time period you select.

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Species Composition
August 1st to October 20th

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Hourly Data

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Daily Counts

These charts show which species are most numerous at different parts of the season. Hover your mouse over a chart to see the number for a given day. The right column shows season totals and the left side shows the maximum for a single day. Each graph is scaled so that the single-day maximum is the highest point on the chart.

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Daily Counts

Turkey Vulture
1
Osprey
2
Sharp-shinned Hawk
35
Cooper's Hawk
9
Accipiter sp.
0
Bald Eagle
9
Red-shouldered Hawk
6
Broad-winged Hawk
427
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Site Weather

Fall 2020 Hawk Watch

The Allegheny Front Hawk Watch is located on the Somerset / Bedford Co. border, within 6.4km of Central City at an elevation of 820 meters, which may be the highest elevation PA hawk watch. It is maintained and operated by the Allegheny Plateau Audubon Society. The high elevation, while producing many eye level birds, also produces frequent days of fog. Best winds are from the East. The site is manned 7 days a week for 4 months in the fall and 3 months in the spring.

Directions

From the South (Route 30, PA Turnpike) From the Reels Corner intersection of U.S. Route 30 and PA Route 160, go North on PA Route 160 into Central City, (approximately 4 miles). As you enter Central City you will pass a gas station on your left as 160 becomes Lambert Street. Continue on Lambert Street. BE CAREFUL… about 1/4 mile into Central City, Route 160 will take a sharp left but Lambert St goes straight ahead. Continue straight on Lambert St, (now SR 1018). After a rough railroad crossing, Lambert St becomes Shaffer Mountain Road. Continue straight on Shaffer Mountain road for 0.8 miles then make a right hand turn onto Lambert Mountain Road (SR 1035). Take Lambert Mountain Road for approximately 2.9 miles into the little village of Daley, (look for a small, white church on your right). Beyond the church, you come to an intersection. Although the main road turns left, continue straight up a narrow road, (it is still Lambert Mountain Rd). Pass the Daley Cemetery, which will be on the right. Approximately 0.5 miles up the narrow road (which will become dirt and chip) there will be a blue metal gate on the right. This is the entrance to the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch. If you have a bus, this is as far as you can go, otherwise, if the gate is open (and it will be when the site is staffed), go down the lane to the parking area (approximately 0.25 miles from the gate). The parking area is immediately adjacent to the actual watch site. Handicapped individuals are welcome to park on the site. A parking area is signed. From the North, Route 56, Johnstown) From PA Route 56 in Windber, Take PA Route 160 South into Central City, (approximately 10 miles). As you enter Central City, PA160 becomes Main St and will lead to a stop sign at the intersection with Sunshine Ave, First Commonwealth Bank is on the corner. At this point continue straight through the intersection staying on Main St. Main St will end at a T where you will turn left onto Shaffer Mountain Road. Continue on Shaffer Mountain road for 0.8 miles and make a right hand turn onto Lambert Mountain Road (SR 1035). Take Lambert Mountain Road for approximately 2.9 miles into the little village of Daley, (look for a small, white church on your right). Beyond the church, you come to an intersection. Although the main road turns left, continue straight up a narrow road, (it is still Lambert Mountain Rd). Pass the Daley Cemetery, on the right. Approximately 0.5 miles up the narrow road (which will become dirt and chip) there will be a blue metal gate on the right. This is the entrance to the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch. If you have a bus, this is as far as you can go, otherwise, if the gate is open (and it will be when the site is open), go down the lane to the parking area (approximately 0.25 miles from the gate). The parking area is immediately adjacent to the actual watch site. Handicapped individuals are welcome to park on the site. A parking area is signed.

Allegheny Front Hawk Watch

The Allegheny Front Hawk Watch counts migratory raptors.

About the Data

All data displayed on this site are preliminary and have not yet undergone quality control. Written permission is required to use the data.

Allegheny Front Hawk Watch