Featured Species: Red-tailed Hawk

Featured Species: Red-tailed Hawk

Written by Jill Heimrich   Have you ever driven down the expressway or thruway and noticed a fierce-looking, large bird atop the light or telephone pole intently looking at the ground on the side of the road? That bird is most likely a Red-tailed hawk (Buteo...
Featured Species: Northern Harrier

Featured Species: Northern Harrier

Written by Jim Adams Gliding and bouncing low over the grasslands and marshes of New York state, the Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) is one of New York’s more distinctive birds of prey. Unlike high soaring eagles and hawks, harriers spend most of their time close to...
New Feathered Ambassador for BBRR

New Feathered Ambassador for BBRR

Nothing excites our visitors more than seeing raptors up close and personal.  There are many ways to do that at Braddock Bay, from the hawkwatch to the banding station to the Owl Woods.  Encountering  wild raptors in their natural habitat is surely a thrill.  Just as...
August Red-tail Season Begins!

August Red-tail Season Begins!

By Barbara French, BBRR Raptor Bander “There’s a kettle with 7 eagles!” The excited text blinked on my phone, and I didn’t even have to wonder who it came from — master bander and licensed eagle bander, Dan Niven. A few exchanges later, I...
Marvelous May!

Marvelous May!

Braddock Bay fans often enter into the month of May lamenting that the hawkwatching season has past its peak, and it’s all downhill in terms of raptor migration at least.  It doesn’t help that our eyes are easily turned to the colorful menagerie of warblers and other...
An Owl “Hat-trick”

An Owl “Hat-trick”

Each spring, BBRR volunteers survey the Owl Woods for roosting owls that are utilizing the area as a stop over during migration.  Information gained from this survey helps is used to monitor the habitat usage by the owls, and in turn helps us to manage and protect the...