Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch is one of over 200 hawk watch sites in North America whose primary mission is to collect raptor identification and count data during fall migration in a rigorous fashion. More than 20,000 raptors migrate through Rockfish Gap each fall including hawks, falcons, eagles, osprey, kites, and harriers. We are unique in that our site is very easily accessible, with no hiking or climbing necessary.
A small group of local volunteers man the watch from Aug 15 - Nov 30. Although migrating hawks can be see any day, peak migration occurs in the last two weeks of September and first two weeks of October. During this time we can see as many as 10,000 hawks on a single day.
The hawk watch is conducted on the grounds of the Inn at Afton, just off I-64 at exit 99 just east of Waynesboro, VA. Our location provides a 180-degree panoramic view of Rockfish Gap, the Shenandoah Valley to the west, and the Piedmont Region to the east. We are family-friendly and welcome all visitors. If you visit, bring a lawn chair or blanket, food/drink, hat, sunscreen and binoculars.
The Augusta Bird Club promotes birding, conservation and education. The ABC sponsors field trips, Breeding Bird Surveys, and two Christmas Bird Counts covering Staunton and Waynesboro. The ABC contributes to local, state and nation conservation programs and provides scholarships for local youth to attend Nature Camp.
The ABC has produced a useful online map of nearby birding locations.
Are you a casual backyard birdwatcher? A casual birder who wants to learn more? A birder with a life list? All are welcome at the Augusta Bird Club (ABC). We hold meetings from September to April at 7:00 pm on the second Monday of each month at Covenant Presbyterian Church -Fellowship Hall, 2001 N Coalter St, Staunton, VA 24401.