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2019 Spring Raptor Watch

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The sightings you see here are being collected on a tablet by a biologist out in the field.

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Live Updates

1

Osprey

at 3:25:09 PM

22

Broad-winged Hawk

at 2:59:41 PM

1

Sharp-shinned Hawk

at 2:58:55 PM

11

Turkey Vulture

at 2:57:05 PM

1

Northern Harrier

at 2:56:59 PM

23

Sharp-shinned Hawk

at 2:56:52 PM

1

Cooper's Hawk

at 2:52:30 PM

1

Merlin

at 2:33:48 PM

1

Osprey

at 2:13:59 PM

2

Cooper's Hawk

at 1:59:11 PM

1

American Kestrel

at 1:59:00 PM

3

Turkey Vulture

at 1:58:58 PM

9

Sharp-shinned Hawk

at 1:58:40 PM

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
March 1st to April 23rd

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Hourly Data

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Daily Counts

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Daily Counts

Turkey Vulture
19818
Osprey
164
Golden Eagle
23
Northern Harrier
456
Sharp-shinned Hawk
1539
Cooper's Hawk
164
Northern Goshawk
4
Bald Eagle
249
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2019 Spring Raptor Watch

A spring hawk count has been conducted at Braddock Bay since 1977. Currently the count is conducted by an experienced hawk counter from March through May. Braddock Bay is at a point on the southern shore of Lake Ontario where the lakeshore abruptly turns southeast for 7.5 miles. This location concentrates raptors that are migrating east along the southern shore of Lake Ontario and who are attempting to go around the Great Lakes rather than pass over them. As these birds move east along the Lake Ontario shore, they suddenly find themselves with water not only to the north, but to their east as well. Their options are to fly over Lake Ontario, or to follow the shoreline to the east. The latter is the most efficient, so they tend to concentrate at a point 300 yards on shore and 2 miles after the shoreline takes the first turn south from the east. This is BBRR’s main hawkwatch site. Optimum conditions for flights at Braddock Bay occur when there are strong southerly winds, 12 miles per hour or more, accompanied by rising temperatures. These conditions occur when a low-pressure system approaches from the west and passes to the north of Lake Ontario, or when a warm air mass moves from the Gulf of Mexico.

Directions

The Braddock Bay hawkwatch is located in Braddock Bay Park, 199 East Manitou Road, Greece, NY 14612 which is right off of the Lake Ontario State Parkway. Travelling west (from 390 North) on the parkway take the 2nd exit for East Mantou Road/Braddock Bay Park. Turn right onto East Manitou Road. The entrance to Braddock Bay Park is the first left after turning onto East Manitou Road. When you come to a “T” in the road, turn right and follow the park road. The hawk watch platform is ahead on the left.

Braddock Bay Raptor Research

Braddock Bay Raptor Research (BBRR) is a 501(c)-3 non profit, volunteer based organization. Founded in 1986, BBRR has been continuously working towards preserving the area’s natural resources by focusing research and education activities on the spectacular spring raptor migration, and summer natal dispersal. Research at Braddock Bay focuses on a range of topics important to conservation efforts, including the daily and seasonal distribution of raptors according to species, age and sex, and the behavior of raptors in migration. Educational programs are offered throughout the year and aim to expose people to the wonderful world of raptors through field experiences as well as off site visits.

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.