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Hanging Rock, West Virginia

Located near the Virginia Border in Southeast West Virginia, this watch site utilizes a former fire lookout tower to monitor raptors moving along the Appalachian Ridge. It's an excellent example of the all-volunteer operations that exemplify the spirit of hawkwatch. The highlight of the season is the passage of the Broad-winged Hawks, which takes place around the third week of September and usually involves several thousand birds.

For more information, visit the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory Web site.

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.

Species
September
October
November
December
Osprey                                
Sharp-shinned Hawk                                
Cooper's Hawk                                
Broad-winged Hawk                                
Red-tailed Hawk                                
American Kestrel                                
 

 

 

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