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Grand Canyon, Arizona

There are two sites located south of the Grand Canyon, both of which lie across from peninsulas that jut out from the north side of the canyon and offer migrating birds a slightly narrower passage. The site at Lipan Point has been used as a hawkwatch site for ten years, while fall counts have been conducted at nearby Yaki Point since 1977. Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks on their way to Mexico pass these locations in large numbers, and some years Swainson's Hawks appear, too. A visit to either of these locations in the fall is well worth the trip. In addition to the hawk migration, that's one of the best times to visit the national park.

For more information, visit the Hawkwatch International Web site and click on Migration Research Sites.

Sharp-shinned Hawk, adult

Sharp-shinned Hawk, adult
Hugh P. Smith, Jr.

Timing Your Visit

The chart below shows the time periods when each species is most abundant. Please remember that the data is based on past records, and the passage of birds can vary greatly from year to year. Click on the name of a species to learn more about its migratory habits.

Northern Harrier                                
Sharp-shinned Hawk                                
Cooper's Hawk                                
Swainson's Hawk                                
Red-tailed Hawk                                
Golden Eagle                                
Bald Eagle                                
American Kestrel