Spring is in the air, and so, too, are northbound hawks, eagles, and vultures. The Great Lakes region is a superb place to observe them. Here are hawk watches in Minnesota and Michigan, along with their 2015 monthly totals.
West Skyline Observatory
In Duluth, Minnesota, March 1 to June 1.
March: 1,307 (1,153 Bald Eagles, 33 Golden Eagles)
SPRING TOTAL: 2,298
In Copper Harbor, on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, March 15 to June 15.
May: 5,730 (3,351 Broad-winged Hawks)
SPRING TOTAL: 9,187
In Paradise, on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, March 15 to May 31.
May: 7,996 (4,318 Sharp-shinned Hawks)
SPRING TOTAL: 10,923
Straits of Mackinac
In Mackinaw City, Michigan, March 15 to May 31.
March: 1,348 (287 Golden Eagles)
April: 26,669 (15,378 Broad-winged Hawks)
May: 19,055 (16,057 Broad-wings)
SPRING TOTAL: 50,399
On the tip of Michigan’s thumb, March 21 to May 31.
May: 15,955 (11,235 Broad-winged Hawks)
SPRING TOTAL: 22,153
Near the southern tip of Lake Huron, in Lakeport, Michigan, March 1 to May 15 (part-time count, no visitor amenities).
SPRING TOTAL: 2,738
We’ll publish a list of spring hawk watches in Ontario, Pennsylvania, and New York next week. Directions and contact information for each site are at hawkcount.org.
Hawk watch websites
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