Resources for Watching the Fall Hawk Migration

It’s hawk migration season! Hacker’s Hill Preserve is a great place to view hawks as they head south. See our tips on how to catch the spectacle below.

  1. Favorable conditions for the hawk migration are warm, fair days with a slight northwest breeze in early-mid September. Head to Hacker’s Hill Preserve or a hilltop near you.
  2. Keep an eye out for swirling flocks of Broad-winged hawks, also known as “kettles.” The flocks can contain thousands of circling birds. One of the greatest spectacles of migration is a swirling flock of Broad-winged hawks on their way to South America. Broad-winged hawks are small, stocky raptors with black and white bands on their tail. Their call is a distinctive, piercing, two-parted whistle. Learn more about Broad-winged hawks here.
  3. Binoculars are always helpful if you’re looking to identify the birds you’re seeing.
  4. There are a pair of Osprey that nest on the cell towers at Hacker’s Hill. Keep an eye out for their white underbelly and an ear for their distinctive call.

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