Enjoying The Raptor Migration

Although some species of raptors can end up being a pest at your feeders, nonetheless they are amazing birds to watch.

One of the most exhilarating and exciting experiences I have ever had during my backyard birding was the day that a red tailed hawk decided to visit our yard.

Every fall, these magnificent birds migrate south in vast numbers (in their millions) and they head through a narrow corridor in central Veracruz, Mexico.

That, I am sure, is a truly amazing sight that I would love to experience in person one day. I have read that it is like watching a river of hawks flying over your head as they make their way to their winter homes.

While nothing quite that amazing will be occurring here in the United States, our raptors are getting themselves prepared for migration. In fact, according to the Hawk Migration Association of North America, the peak period for observing the fall migration is between September 20 and October 20. Check here for an interactive map which will help you to find a viewing site in your state.

Participating in a count day can be a very educational experience, and more experienced birders are usually available to help with bird identification and to answer any questions. If you cannot make the count day, however, a trip to the area any time during the migration will probably yield a few memorable sightings.

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