Hamburg Hawkwatch 
For more info go to the Hawk Migration Association of America. 

Official Hawk Watch Season at Hamburg is Saturday, March 1st through Sunday, March 11, 2003.

This "spring only" watch is conducted at Lakeside memorial park (formerly Lakeside Cemetery) in Hamburg, NY.  it is on flat lake plain located along the shoreline of the east end of Lake Erie, approximately 12 miles southwest of Buffalo.  The official watch site is just inside the Camp Rd. entrance, between Routes 5 and 20.  (Page 54 on the New York State Atlas & Gazetteer, published by DeLorme Mapping Co.) 

Many raptors will not cross the open waters of Lake Erie because a large body of water does not produce strong thermal updrafts. Thus, the lake creates a natural barrier for thermal-loving raptors and funnels the birds to a relatively narrow zone within several miles of the shoreline where thermal updrafts will be much stronger. Buteos and vultures are especially dependent upon the thermals during migration while accipiters, eagles, falcons and harriers also utilize thermals and the prevailing north-westerly winds. In addition to the thermals discussed above the shoreline may provide a natural landmark for migrating raptors to follow on their northward migration.  

This is an "all volunteer" effort (with most coverage provided by members of the Buffalo Ornithological Society).  Hamburg Hawk Watch was established in 1988.  Please contact Jim Landau (Hawkwatch coordinator ).

 


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