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Derby Hill Bird Observatory

Mexico, Onondaga County

eagle and people by side of lake

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Derby Hill, on the southeastern corner of Lake Ontario, is a premier hawk-watching site. On average, 40,000 raptors comprising 15 species are counted here each spring as they migrate northward, making this one of the best spring hawk-watching sites in North America.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Red-tailed hawks
  • Golden eagles
  • Bald eagles
  • Falcons
  • Orioles
  • Kittiwakes
  • Terns

Where to Watch

  • Trails
  • Boardwalk
  • Overlooks
  • Lakeshore
  • Marsh

Recreational Opportunities

  • Birdwatching
  • Visitors center

Size

90 acres

Closest Town

Mexico

Directions

Go to Google Maps, and enter your address for step-by-step directions to Derby Hill Bird Sanctuary. (This link will open a page outside the DEC website. Hold the "Shift" key down, and click on the link to open it in a new window.)

Contact Information

Address: 36 Grand View Ave., Mexico, NY

Website: Derby Hill Bird Observatory (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo credits: DEC