Fall is a great time to study migrating raptors.  Multiple hawk watch locations around the country are located where the geography funnels large numbers of hawks through the area.

Hawk Mountain, PA:
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is a 2,600-acre natural area in southeastern Pennsylvania, about 30 miles west of Allentown, Pa. It is perhaps the best-known hawk migration location in the country.  Between August 15 and December 15 an average 18,000 raptors fly past its ridge tops, often at eye-level.

Corpus Christi, Texas
Many raptors migrate along the gulf coast as they head into Mexico and points south.  There are several hawk watch locations along the gulf coast.  The best may be the one located in Corpus Christi, Texas at Hazel Bazemore County Park.

Corpus Christi is the only HawkWatch in North America where you have a chance of seeing Swallow-tailed Kites, White-tailed Kites, Mississippi Kites, Zone-tailed Hawks, Short-tailed Hawks, White-tailed Hawks, and Harris’s Hawks.

Swallow-tailed Hawk

Swallow-tailed Hawk

Broad-winged Hawks typically comprise greater than 95% of the total count, but counts of Mississippi Kites, Turkey Vultures, and Swainson’s Hawks also typically total in the thousands.  Over 1 million raptors have been counted in one fall season.

All birders or even non-birders are welcome to visit.

Visit the Hawk Watch International web site to learn more about hawk watches and to find a hawk watch location.

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