The Brown Thrashers

Raptorthon is our spring tradition! For the past 13 years, my husband Phil and I and our two children have been conducting Raptorthons around our state of NH, along the Connecticut River in VT, down in Cape Cod, MA, and a road trip to MD. It’s a great way to celebrate spring migration and raise money for something significant to us – raptor migration and conservation.

After many years of Raptorthon-ing in and around New England, we are heading west to Lake Ontario! We are taking a raptor road trip to the Braddock Bay Hawk Watch in NY and will spend time at their Bird of Prey Days Festival (April 22-24, 2022). From there, the Brown Thrashers will visit the Derby Hill Bird Observatory in Mexico, NY, on April 25 and conduct our Raptorthon! Spring migration along the lakeshore is fantastic in late April, and our fingers are crossed for lots of raptor diversity and perhaps a big Broad-winged Hawk day! In addition to raptors, loads of other birds migrate along the lake, and we’ll be counting them all. So if you’re in the area, please come out and join us for a day of birding!

Please support the Brown Thrashers with a Raptorthon donation. All funds support raptor conservation programs at HMANA like our citizen science database,, Junior Hawkwatcher Program, and Hawk Watch Fund (annual grants for watch sites).


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