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Braddock Bay from the Marina


A major hawkwatch and migratory flyway, located on the south shore of Lake Ontario, northwest of Rochester, New York State.

Braddock Bay Raptor Research is the only place/organization in the country that manages a banding station that is open to the public.


Notable Species


Rarities include American White Pelican, Brown Pelican, Wood Stork, Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Swainson's Hawk, Gyrfalcon, Piping Plover, Marbled Godwit, Roseate Tern, Royal Tern, Boreal Owl, Cave Swallow, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Nelson's Sparrow, Le Conte's Sparrow, Brewer's Blackbird.


Birds you can see here include:

Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Mallard, Ring-necked Pheasant, Great Blue Heron, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Marsh Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Other Wildlife

White-tailed Deer

Site Information

History and Use

To do

Areas of Interest

Owl Woods, located off of Manitou Beach Road (if coming from the Ontario Parkway West, get off at the Manitou Beach Road exit, turn right at the end of the ramp. There is a small parking lot located directly across the street from Owl Woods.).

Hawkwatch Platform + Cranberry Bog Trail

Access and Facilities

Contact Details

  • Phone (Voicemail): 585-234-3525

External Links

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory Braddock Bay Raptor Research