Wave Hill, the breathtaking 28-acre estate and public garden situated on a high ridge above the Hudson River in the Bronx, is famous for its gardens, greenhouses, contemporary art gallery, and its spectacular view of the Palisades.
Wave Hill is also a haven for falcons. During the month of October — peak migration season — falcons and other migratory and resident raptors and songbirds animate the skies above Wave Hill, giving observers a new appreciation for the way nature and the city interact.
To celebrate these majestic creatures, Wave Hill hosts the annual event, Wings Over Wave Hill Day, which this year is Sunday, October 9, 9:30 to 3:30 pm.
Wings Over Wave Hill Day includes its popular falconry demonstration where guests can watch trained raptors including gyrfalcons, screech owls, and red-tailed hawks perform in the wild (see videos above and below).
Naturalists and birder guides are on hand to explain the birds’ behavior and answer questions from curious minds of all ages. (Kids are an especially rapt audience for the raptors!)
And there’s more to do than just look up. Wave Hill offers a number of hands-on programs around Wings Over Wave Hill Day including the Family Art Project, a program that uses the music of migratory birds that pass over Wave Hill each fall to inspire parents, caregivers, and children to create pastel paintings of birds.
Bonus: The Café at Wave Hill, which offers house-made pastries, hot soups and grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, will be open on Wings Over Wave Hill Day.