August 2020 Banding Results

August 2020 Banding Results

Written by Daena Ford 2020 would mark year 32 of natal dispersal raptor banding for BBRR.  This time of year is affectionately known amongst the BBRR crew as “August Red-tail Season” because it primarily takes place during the month of August, and the main raptor that...

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Volunteer Opportunity: Summer Raptor Count

Volunteer Opportunity: Summer Raptor Count

For all you hawk watchers out there missing spring migration...BBRR is looking for volunteers to assist with our 2020 Summer Raptor Count.  This count began in the summer of 2019, to document the natal dispersal flight of raptors which occurs at Braddock Bay primarily...

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Sharp-shinned Hawk Coloring Sheet

Sharp-shinned Hawk Coloring Sheet

Share your Sharpies with BBRR! The Sharp-shinned Hawk is a fascinating little forest raptor, who often visits backyard bird feeders for a song bird meal.  The "Sharpie" is our featured species this spring, and we have made available a coloring sheet for kids (and kids...

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Featured Species: Sharp-shinned Hawk

Featured Species: Sharp-shinned Hawk

Photo above taken by raptor bander Jill Heimrich of a female (left) and male Sharp-shinned Hawk.  All other photos in this post taken by David Brown. Hey Kids!  Download our Sharp-shinned Hawk Coloring Sheet Sharp-shinned Hawk Facts - by Hannah Brenner “Is that a...

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Recipe for Adding Native Plants to Any Garden

Recipe for Adding Native Plants to Any Garden

BBRR is fortunate to have some very talented volunteers, including the author of this article, Carol Erb.  Carol is a very experienced landscaper and Master Gardener, who specializes in organic and native gardening.  Carol was to be a presenter at Bird of Prey Days...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 discovered he was out hawk...

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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...

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