Stone Mountain Hawkwatch (elevation 2100) was established 1991 and is on the Huntingdon-Mifflin County border in central Pennsylvania, 20 miles south of State College. September 1 through mid-November, the site is usually covered on weekends and sporadically during the week. Coverage into December depends on weather conditions. Best days are on NW or W winds (check Rock Springs Weather station for wind direction). The hawkwatch platform is located on a trail 1/3 mile north of the crossing of Stone Mt ridge by the Allensville (dirt) road - a very rocky 10 minute walk for the nimble; difficult for some folks. Detailed directions are below the table. Contact Greg Grove if you have questions about the data or directions.

Hawkwatch at Stone Mountain 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Avg
Osprey 78 151 91 92 91 104 109 96 137 101 66 101
Bald Eagle 7 16 25 13 18 33 42 32 53 37 25 27
Northern Harrier 59 50 81 98 118 61 62 86 145 59 52 79
Sharp-shinned Hawk 823 755 697 977 1008 1190 1166 994 838 584 788 893
Cooper's Hawk 106 94 112 143 170 250 255 309 249 146 269 191
Northern Goshawk 2 5 6 6 24 11 25 20 15 15 9 13
Red-shouldered Hawk 61 43 57 70 108 48 67 87 65 36 80 66
Broad-winged Hawk 846 678 982 1134 1424 1635 607 1890 3214 1027 425 1260
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1344 746 1351 873 2125 891 1543 1693 1311 893 1235 1273
Rough-legged Hawk 2 2 1 1 5 0 3 4 8 1 1 3
Golden Eagle 45 97 120 50 93 62 109 92 137 79 91 89
American Kestrel 98 126 118 179 213 114 122 157 126 50 93 127
Merlin 18 22 29 25 28 51 36 68 31 24 35 33
Peregrine Falcon 12 19 15 15 25 29 39 47 32 17 9 24
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unidentified 46 48 64 43 59 77 74 76 74 64 34 60
Total 3547 2853 3749 3719 5510 4556 4260 5651 6435 3134 3213 4239
Hours 258 316 382 377 381 347 412 425 440 328 257 357
Days 48 56 72 76 66 63 66 69 72 64 50 64

 

Detailed directions to the Stone Mt Hawk Watch.

Go south on Rt 26 to Pine Grove Mills. Turn left (up the mountain) at the only traffic light (blinking) and cross over Tussey Mt. into Huntingdon Co. Continue south several miles to the first small town - McAlevy's Fort. It is about 9.5 miles from Pine Grove Mills to McAlevy's Fort.

Just after the fire station and bridge at McAlevy's Fort, at the STOP sign (first one after Pine Grove Mills) - turn left (carefully) onto Rt 305 (also called Greenwood road). Go 0.7 mile, past a large brick church on the left, and then immediately turn right onto Barr road. Continue on this winding road for 0.6 miles. Turn left onto Davis road and follow downhill for approx. 1.2 miles. Turn right onto East Branch Road and follow for 1.6 miles to left turn onto Allensville road (dirt - but drivable except during snow-/ice).

Follow Allensville road 3 miles to VERY TOP of mountain (on the way up, ignore a left and then two right turns). Park on the left near the Huntingdon/Mifflin county marker. Enter the woods on the trail on the Northeast side of the road (on your left as you reach the mountain top; on the Huntingdon county side of the marker). Walk 50 yards and cross a small semi-difficult rock field. At the far end of the rock field, pick-up the Orange-blazed Link Trail. Follow this obvious trail and the blazes 5-15 minutes further along the ridge top. You can't miss the platform if you STAY ON THE TRAIL ON TOP OF THE RIDGE TOP.