HCF Raptor Field Guide
Check out these
sample pages from our HCF Raptor Field Guide. You can click on each
image to see a larger version in a pop-up window. (Note: This will open a separate pop-up
window containing the map that you can close using the "X" in the
upper right of the pop-up window box.)
here to ORDER A COPY by email and support the HCF. You can also call (519) 668-2395 and
speak to Tom Bolohan about getting a copy. The field guides are
$10.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling.
The field guide is 65 pages long and done
in a ring bound book format. It includes lots of migration
information specific to the Hawk Cliff site, as well as more
generalized details on the 15 typical raptor species that occur in
eastern North America. This makes the guide useful both for the Hawk
Cliff region as well as anywhere east of the Mississippi. :)
The detailed in-flight coloured drawings
were done by artist and avid hawk watcher Barrie Cherriere. They
include adult and immature plumages as well as male versus female
plumages where required.
There are also migration timeframe charts.
These charts show two lines...the first indicating the 25-year
average count for every day from beginning of August through to the
end of December...the second indicating the highest count recorded
everyday for the same 5-month count period. They're great when
you're trying to figure out when the best time is to visit the Cliff
to see a specific species.
There are also lots of photographs in the
field guide. many of which were provided by several individuals who
also happen to be volunteers at the hawkwatch. Others were provided
by both Brian K Wheeler and Bill Clarke...both renowned hawk
watchers and authors of several excellent raptor field guides of