Welcome to the Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch website!
Here you'll find information for all levels of
interest...from the first-time hawkwatch visitor...to the
diehard birders, hawkwatchers and stats lovers! Read about what we do at the Hawk Cliff hawkwatch
and learn why studying migrating raptors and their populations is important.
Hours of operation:
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (most days from Sept 1st - Nov 30th)
Click here (or on the
button to the left) for directions to the Hawk Cliff
If you're planning a visit to
Hawk Cliff you'll need to consider bringing the following:
a pair of binoculars. Although there are a few days
each season where the birds are low enough to eyeball
without binoculars...it's much more enjoyable to have a pair
to get more detail on the birds.
a raptor field guide. There are some great raptor
field guides on the market these days, and having one handy
will help visitors identify the various raptors. If you
don't have a field guide yet you can always purchase the
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch field guide "Migrating Raptors of Hawk
Cliff" (click here or
image at right for sample pages). Our guide goes for just
$10.00...and of course the money goes directly to supporting
HCF activities and projects.
a fold-up chair. Hawkwatching is the ultimate in laid
back bird watching. Just set up you're chair so it's facing
east and keep an eye out for migrating raptors.
layers of clothing. This applies more once we get towards the
end of September and on into October and November...because it can get COLD!!
Having multiple layers allows removing some if it gets warmer in the afternoon.
food and drink. There's no food or drink available at
the hawkwatch itself so we suggest you bring along a lunch
or snacks and some sort of beverage (it can get very warm in
September). Note that Port Stanley is just a couple of
minutes west of the hawkwatch and there's numerous locations
where you can dine or purchase food and drink.
spotting scope. For those that have a spotting scope,
the hawkwatch is a great place to try it out. It usually
takes some practice to get on the rapidly moving targets,
but if you get good at it you can get some fantastic detail
on the birds.
Before you head down to the
hawkwatch you should also take a look at the "Hawkwatching"
page to find out when it's best to visit for "big
flight" days or to see specific species and where to watch for them.
This page will also provide links to local weather websites
to help you decide if the weather is going to cooperate for
a decent flight or not.
Check the "Species Info" page to
find detailed information on each of the 15 typical raptor species
counted at the Hawk Cliff hawkwatch.
This will help you figure out what species you're most
likely to see on any given visit.
For those who like numbers, there's lots of
statistics on the "Migration #'s"
page and the "Species Info"
pages. For those who enjoy photos of raptors, there's plenty of
great pics to enjoy as well in our "Photo
If you have any comments or suggestions regarding our
website just fire off an email by