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Gap Hawk Watch is part of the Thomas Jefferson Loop within
the Mountain Phase (MTJ04) of Virginia's
Birding and Wildlife Trail. Observation
from the overlook parking lot provides a panoramic view of
the gap and valley. Currently the official fall migration
count is held on the grounds of the Inn at Afton, located
on the southern side of Rockfish Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains,
just above where I-64 (exit 99) intersects with the southern
end of the Skyline Drive and the northern end of the Blue
Ridge Parkway, just east of Waynesboro, VA and approximately
22 miles west of Charlottesville, VA.
by participating sites is submitted to Hawk
Migration Association of North America's
be viewed by accessing their web site and clicking on “HawkCount”banner
above . To see a specific site's count data, click the
monthly or daily summary links.
Gap Hawk Watch needs YOU! There are various ways that folks can help our hawk watch, depending on their level of experience. Anyone, regardless of experience, is welcome to sit with our experienced counters to help scan the skies and find raptors. The more eyes on the skies the better! For those that are more serious about becoming an official counter, then appropriate training will be provided.
Introductory workshops and educational tools are available. The necessary time and training will depend on prior experience with migrating raptors or other bird watching. The less experienced folks will obviously require more training and will need to spend more time alongside trained counters to perfect their skills. But we are there to help and are always excited about a new potential hawk watcher!
For more information, please contact either Brenda Tekin or Vic Laubach.
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch is run by volunteer counters
and is supported by three area bird clubs – Augusta,
Monticello and Rockingham Bird Clubs, and hosted by
The Inn at Afton. Additional sponsorship by Bushnell and Eagle Optics.