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Braddock Bay is a small bay of Lake Ontario, located northwest of Rochester, New York, United States. Braddock Bay is renowned for being an excellent bird-watching location, as raptors and other birds congregate when migrating north in Spring. A hawk-watching station is located within the 440-acre (1.8 km2) Braddock Bay State Park on the east side of the open bay, and is maintained by the Town of Greece.
The Braddock Bay complex also includes:
- Owl Woods (Pear Orchard) – banding station
- The Spits (East & West)
- The Bay
- Cranberry, Long and Buck Ponds
- Beatty Point: a portion of the Braddock's Bay that has extensive grassy fields, a haven for the numerous grassland bird species (nests can easily be crushed when wandering off-trail in Spring).
- Hogan Point and Hincher Road
- Northrup Creek
- Salmon Creek
- Island Cottage Woods
- Rose Marsh
Birds to look for include:
- Spring:Eastern Kingbird, Indigo Bunting, Bobolink, Savannah Sparrow and Northern Harrier, small groups of ducks, robins, swans and Nelsons Sharp-tailed Sparrow.
- Summer: Black Terns, Caspian, Common and Forster's Terns during migration periods, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Swans, Great Blue Herons, Sedge Wren occasionally
- Fall: Red-Winged Blackbirds, Sparrows, Swans, Great Blue Herons, Turkey Vultures
- Winter: Chickadees