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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Binoculars are always helpful if you’re looking to identify the birds you’re seeing.
- 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.
- Maine Audubon: Birding in Maine
- E-Bird: Real-time info on bird sightings, track your sightings, and share your data with fellow birders
- Bird migration a combination of order and chaos by Bob Duchesne