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Putney Mountain Hawk Watch

Putney, Vermont

Current Hawk watch counts are available here!

SVAS Newsletter and 5 year studys

Since 1987, Waldo and Alma Beals of Saxtons River have been counting hawks from the Hawk Watch on Putney Mountain.

Their efforts have resulted in 13 years of continuous data on migrating hawks using the Connecticut River Flyway.

The Putney Mountain Hawkwatch is the most important survey point for monitoring migrating hawks in Vermont and also one of the most important along the East Coast of the United States.

Waldo and Alma's enthusiasm and knowledge have infected many others, so that there is now a core group of 15 who act as observers in this effort.

The Putney Mountain Hawk Watch is located on a prominent N - S ridge at an elevation of 1660'. Putney is in the Southeast corner of the state, exit 4 off of I-91, 20 miles north of the Massachusetts border and 5 miles west of the Connecticut River. The mountain has excellent views NW, W, S, E and NE. Typical flight path comes from the NE in the Connecticut River Valley and heads SW into the West River Valley.