(Arthur W.) Butler Sanctuary, Bedford E-BIRD CHECK LIST E-BIRD MAP GOOGLE MAP
Best place in Westchester for hawk watching in the fall.
Owned by the Nature Conservancy. The Bedford Audubon Society, (914) 666-6177, sponsors the Robert J. Hammerschlag Memorial Hawk Watch. This hawk watch is staffed from September to November by a paid counter from the Bedford Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy and offers bleacher seating. A very short, but moderate trail leads to the hawk watch from the parking lot.
By September, Osprey and the first Broad-winged Hawks are migrating. Broad-winged Hawks are most common just after cold fronts the 3rd week in September. American Kestrel, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks peak shortly thereafter.
Late October bring Red-shouldered and the beginning of peak Red-tail migration. November gives the best chance for Golden Eagle, Northern Goshawk and Rough-legged Hawks. Bald Eagle may be found anytime during the fall.
Directions: From Interstate 684, take the Route 172-Mount Kisco exit. Continue north on Route 172, 0.4 miles and make the first left at the top of the hill onto Chestnut Ridge Road. Follow Chestnut Ridge Road south 1.2 miles, crossing back over Route 684; the entrance to Butler Sanctuary is on the right, just before the left-hand entrance to Westmoreland Sanctuary, a privately owned preserve also open to the public. Once in the Butler Sanctuary gravel parking lot, follow the signs to the hawk watch. Restrooms and water are available at Westmoreland Sanctuary during regular hours.
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