Spring is in the air, and so, too, are northbound hawks, eagles, and vultures. The Great Lakes region is a superb place to observe them. We wrote about hawk watches in Minnesota and Michigan last week. Here are hawk watches in Ontario, Pennsylvania, and New York, along with their 2015 monthly totals.
Niagara Peninsula Hawk Watch
In the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, on the southwestern shore of Lake Ontario, in Grimsby, Ontario, March 1 to May 15.
March: 4,687 (3,003 Turkey Vultures)
April: 9,654 (4,507 Turkey Vultures)
SPRING TOTAL: 14,869
Presque Isle State Park
In Erie, Pennsylvania, March 1 to May 31.
March: 9,398 (8,863 Turkey Vultures)
April: 9,493 (5,840 Turkey Vultures)
SPRING TOTAL: 21,454
Ripley Hawk Watch
60 miles southwest of Buffalo, New York, March 15 to May 15.
April: 18,169 (12,043 Turkey Vultures)
SPRING TOTAL: 30,483
Hamburg Hawk Watch
At the eastern end of Lake Erie, in Hamburg, New York, March 15 to May 15.
March: 8,185 (7,661 Turkey Vultures)
SPRING TOTAL: 17,399
North of Rochester, New York, March 1 to May 31.
April: 34,361 (15,891 Turkey Vultures, 12,632 Broad-winged Hawks)
SPRING TOTAL: 53,768
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
At the eastern end of Lake Ontario, in Mexico, New York, March 1 to May 31.
April: 30,951 (14,605 Turkey Vultures, 10,989 Broad-winged Hawks)
SPRING TOTAL: 46,483
See a list of spring hawk watches in Minnesota and Michigan.
Directions and contact information for each site are at hawkcount.org.
Hawk watch websites
Read about HawkWatch International’s new raptor-identification app.
Get tips, a map, and directions to Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, in Duluth.
Read about last autumn’s record-setting migration count in Duluth.
Editor Chuck Hagner’s report about watching hawks at Brockway Mountain, in Michigan.
A description of spring Northern Saw-whet Owl banding at Michigan’s Whitefish Point.
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