Date: 3/18/23 4:29 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Braddock Bay (18 Mar 2023) 297 Raptors
Braddock Bay
Rochester, New York, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2023

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 176 459 462
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 22 59 93
Northern Harrier 6 18 23
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 7 7
Cooper's Hawk 7 16 16
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 35 43 43
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 43 79 80
Rough-legged Hawk 4 10 10
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 3 4
Merlin 0 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 297 696 740

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: David Brown

Observers: Bob Crandall, Dale Drexel, Greg Sanda, Jeremy Pete,
Kim Steininger, Michelle Gianvecchio, Mike Tetlow,
Rosemary Reilly


Cloudy early then a period of mid-morning snow for about a half hour that
forced us to retreat to our cars. After that the day alternated between
partly to mostly sunny and snow squalls. Winds went from moderate southwest
to gusty WSW. Temperatures slightly above freezing.

Raptor Observations:
A slow start to the day due to poor weather but a steady flight picked up
in the late-morning and continued through most of the afternoon. We had the
biggest Turkey Vulture flight yet with 176. Also the highest total with 22
Bald Eagles. Small numbers of harriers (6), sharpies (2), and Coops (7).
Good Buteo migration with 35 Red-shouldered Hawks and 43 Red-tailed Hawks,
plus four Rough-legged Hawks. For falcons we had two kestrels.

Much of the early flight was out towards the lake but later in the day it
was more balanced between lake-side overhead, and parkway-side. Some
migrants stayed low because of the strong winds but there were also many
high ones, especially the Buteos.

Braddock Bay Spring 2023 Video Playlist:

Non-raptor Observations:
4,000 Snow Geese, 2,500 Canada Geese, 41 Tundra Swans, 10 Sandhill Cranes,
5 Killdeer, 3 Great Black-backed Gulls, Common Raven, 10 Horned Larks, Tree
Swallow, 8 Cedar Waxwings, 5 Snow Buntings.

New species for season: Cedar Waxwing, Tree Swallow, Snow Bunting.


Strong Snow Goose migration throughout the whole day. A large number of
Canada Geese on the bay in the morning then a small amount of migration.
Various groups of Sandhill Cranes up to 5 individuals, with a high count of
9 seen at one time. The bay continued to hold a large number of ducks with
a good variety.

Tomorrow: Cloudy with gusty winds. A few flurries or snow showers possible.
High 34F. Winds W at 20-30mph. The strong wind and cold temps will make
viewing difficult and uncomfortable. The winds are slightly less favorable
than today with a straight west wind. The lack of sun can also reduce the
amount of migration. Regardless, I would expect some birds to push through.
Expect light to moderate migration.

Monday: Generally sunny. High 44F. Winds WSW at 15-25mph. This looks like
the best day coming up. Expect moderate to good migration!

Tuesday: Cloudy. High 44F. Winds W at 10-15mph. Expect moderate migration.
Report submitted by David Brown (<davidebrownpa...>)
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