Greece in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Braddock Bay Hawk Watch
Following the Curve of the Shore
— Natural History —
Warming temperatures and southerly winds, preferably southwest here, produce flights of hundreds of thousands of raptors at Braddock Bay in a single day, making the shore along Braddock Bay one of the finest places in North America to observe the spring hawk migration.
Fifteen species of daytime migrating raptors regularly occur here between late February and mid June. Rare species, such as the Black Vulture and Swainson's Hawk, may also be seen. The peak of the migration period is late April when large groups of Broad-winged Hawks traverse the region. (Note all hawks shown are adult males.)
Golden Eagle, WS 80", Flat or slight 'v'-shaped flight profile.
Bald Eagle, WS 83", Flat flight profile.
Turkey Vulture, WS 67", Prominent 'v'-shaped flight profile.
Rough-legged Hawk, WS 53", Long wings, long tail.
Red-tailed Hawk, WS 47", Long wings, short tail.
Red-shouldered Hawk, WS 40", Long tail, short wings.
Osprey, WS 63", Flies with prominent crook in wings.
Northern Harrier, WS 41", Long, narrow wings, long tail.
Goshawk, WS 39", Large, heavy body, long tail.
Cooper's Hawk, WS29", Large head, long tail.
Broad-winged Hawk, WS 34", Medium wings, short tail.
American Kestrel, WS 21", Small size, pointed wings.
New York. As spring migrating hawks move north toward the Great Lakes from the Appalachian region and father south, the flight lines converge and narrow.
Raptors travel great distances using very little energy by soaring in bubbles of warm air rising from the land, called thermals. These thermals are stronger over the land than water, also most hawks do not like to cross large bodies of water, therefore they become funneled and concentrated into a very narrow corridor along the shore.
Spring Hawk Migration Guide (Mar 1-May 31) [matrix of above species]
Migrating raptors follow the Seaway Trail.
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment. In addition, it is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway series list.
Location. 43° 18.262′ N, 77° 42.876′ W. Marker is in Greece, New York, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from Braddock Bay State Parkway, ¼ mileTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 199 East Manitou Road, Rochester NY 14612, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Converge on Montreal (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bird Migration Research (approx. 1.2 miles away); Long Pond Site (approx. 2 miles away); Old Trolley Route (approx. 2.2 miles away); Liberty Tree Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); Historic Parma Farmlands (approx. 3.8 miles away); Hojack Railroad (approx. 3.9 miles away); Rev War Veteran (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greece.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 3, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 3, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.