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The Fall 2014 Season has begun!

The 2014 Season has begun at Hook

The Broadwings are coming!   Sep 11 2014
Today is Sep 11, and the Broad-winged window is open - at least the calendar window is open.  Only 43 Broad-winged Hawks have been counted so far this season.  Most BWs migrate over Hook during the 2 weeks between Sep 9 and Sep 25.    Check out the graph:

Seasonal Distribution of Broad-winged Hawks at Hook

The graph shows average counts of 100 or more for all days between 9/14 and 9/22.  Notice the very high peak on 9/17.  That reflects our really big count of 14,670 BWs on 9/17/2011. Last year we started the season a bit earlier with 262 BWs on Sep 9, 2013.  This year the 3 digit counts were still north of us in Vermont on Sep 9.

If you are looking for one of those exciting days with 1000 or more BWs, our data from the last 10 years includes 7 calendar days:
Peak Days in the last 10 years
Year Day Count Year Day Count
2004 9/19 1377 2009 9/19,20 2071,2074
2005 9/21 1336 2010 9/21 1507
2006 9/17,22 1022,1002 2011 9/17 14670
2007 9/16 1829 2012 9/16 1123
2008 9/16 1083 2013 9/15 1933
Using the data that you have helped us to collect, we see that more than 1000 BWs were counted on 9/16 in 3 years, on 9/17, 9/19, and 9/21 in 2 years each, and on 9/15, 9/20, and 9/22 in 1 year each.

Thus, the window for days with more than 1000 BWs appears to be from 9/15 to 9/22.

So, if we get big numbers of Broad-wings this year, they will be here soon.  Remember that Broad-winged Hawks migrate with the help of thermals, which form most readily on sunny days with light to moderate winds.

I hope to see you and the hawks on one of those days!

9/12/14  Update:   142 BWs today!  That brings us up to 185 for the season with lots more to come!  See the dailies for the most recent count.

 **  The Fall 2013 Daily Count  **      ** Hawk Watchers, Get Counted! **

We Made It!
*** We Have Counted More than 125,000 Sharpies since 1971!   ***
October 19, 2013

Almost 125,000 Sharp-shinned Hawks at Hook

Hook Mountain Update, Oct 7, 2013

Sharp-shinned Hawk, photo by Trudy Battaly        Our Sharp-shinned Hawks are approaching an all-time count of 125,000!  So, we have another big number record coming at us this season. 

As of Oct 7, 2013
we have counted 124,656 Sharp-shinned Hawks, with 344 more to go! 

Can we make that this season? 

We definitely can.  Check out the seasonal graph below.   (Vertical red line at 10/7)

This graph tells us several things. 

First, we are more than half way through the Sharp-shinned season, but there are still many Sharpies to come. 

Seasonal Sharp-shinned Hawks at Hook Mountain

Second, Sharpies are regulars at Hook, beginning the 2nd week in September and continuing through October.  We often refer to Sharpies as our "Bread and Butter" hawk, meaning that almost any time you come to Hook you can expect to see Sharpies.  They are a staple - a delightful staple, with fun behavior to watch.

Third, we can expect 10 to 75 Sharpies on any day during their season, with most days averaging above 20.  These numbers are averages of the years 2003 to 2012, so they are recent and a good representation of what we see.  For example, on 20 consecutive days this year (9/14 to 10/3) we had 19 days with more than 20 Sharpies, including a max of 310 on 9/26.   Our count this year is slightly higher than our 10 year average, so we should reach 125,000 easily.  The average season total for SSs is 1994, and the average from Oct 7 to the end of the season is 764.  We only need 344.   Check out our dailies.  

Sharpie behavior alone is enough for us to celebrate this species.  They zoom at the owl, they flap-flap-glide in characteristic accipiter fashion, and they glare at you when they pop out of the fog, flying by as the rain begins.  This is indeed a species to revere - our friend on the Hook!

So, will you be there to see the 125,000th Sharpie fly past Hook? 
There are only 344 more Sharpies to go!


 **  The Fall 2013 Daily Count  **      ** Hawk Watchers, Get Counted! **
***   We Have Counted More Than 500,000 Hawks Since 1971!   ***
Thanks to our wonderful counters! 

On Sep 18 2013 the 500,000th hawk was counted at the Hook Mountain Hawk Watch.  We have continued with the tradition of the hawk watchers before us, counting those majestic raptors as they migrate past Hook. 

Stiles Thomas lead the way in 1971, joining along with several other hawk watchers in the northeast who were exploring hawk migration.  The outcome of those early efforts include the formation of the NorthEast Hawk Watch, and many years of hawk count data from Hook Mountain and other hawk watches throughout the northeast.  The intent was to learn the basics of raptor migration - where, when do the hawks migrate?  Which species at what season?  Data from Hook has contributed to that understanding. 

We depend on our counters, who continue in the tradition of those early days, to collect the data in the continuing study of the migratory patterns of raptors, with the hope that we can better understand population trends, and contribute to raptor conservation. 

Of course, when each of us sees a Bald Eagle fly overhead, or marvels at the flash of color from an American Kestrel, or feels the wind whoosh as a Merlin zooms through, we are impressed by the sheer joy of raptor migration.   Isn't it grand that such joy, when counted, also contributes to the conservation of the raptors we love?

Thank you everyone.  Your contribution matters!

  Radar for Sep 16, 2013, showing migration.

Countdown to 500,000
***   We Made It!!   ***


The 2013 hawk season continues to be good.                                                                              
September 7, 2013

We are up to 214 hawks total so far, with 78 Osprey and 24 Bald Eagles.  It is still too early to say it is a good year for these species,but these numbers are well above the 9 year average of 36 OS and 7 BE by Sep 7.   I have added the cumulative averages to the 2013 Dailies, so you can compare this year's numbers to previous years.

Broad-winged Hawk migration coming

The Broad-wings have begun to trickle through in small numbers, totaling 37 at this point.  I updated the seasonal graph for Broad-wings.  Our low numbers in 2012 brought the averages for the peak day (Sep 17) down below 2,000, but the pattern has stayed the same.  Dates with average numbers of Broad-wings above 200 range from Sep 15 to Sep 21.   This is a very narrow window of just one week.  Of course, this is based on an average, so there are days before and after that window that could have hundreds of BWs also. 

Immature Broad-wing Hawk at Hook

When will the 500,000th Hawk be Counted?

At this point (Sep 7) we have counted a total of 495,256 hawks.  So, we are now a little closer to the magic 500,000, with 4,744 more to go.   With BW season approaching, we just might make that 500,000 in less than 2 weeks.  So, be sure to check the 2013 Dailies regularly in the next couple of weeks.   

September 1, 2013

Osprey begin migration in August
Osprey begin migrating in August

Join us!  Help us get to 500,000! 

A good start to 2013!
It's September and we begin the 2013 Hook season with 65 hawks (as of Sep 1), including 50 Osprey.   Thanks to those who counted in August for a very good beginning!

2012 - some good numbers
Last year's totals brought a record number of Black Vultures (64),  and our 1st ever Mississippi Kite.  The MIKI was on Aug 30, 2012, so keep your eyes open - they are early migrants.  We also counted 410 Osprey in 2012.  The only year with more was 1989 with 435 OS.  Almost as good as the OS were the 177 Red-shouldered Hawks.  We have only had 3 years with more, with a max of 194 in 1999.

There were 323 Kestrels last year, our first count above 300 in 5 years.  Our Kestrel numbers bottomed out in 2008 and 2009 with just slightly more than 150.  Let's hope that last year's rebound represents the beginning of a real recovery.

A Target for this Year!
The total number of all hawks counted at Hook since 1971 was 495,042 before this season began.  Add the 65 counted so far, and we only need 4,893 more to reach a grand total of 500,000 hawks counted at Hook!

       Will you be there to see the 500,000th hawk counted at Hook?

       Which species do you think it will be?  See you on the Hook!

    Check the dailies to see our progress.

*** Red-tailed Hawk Attacks Bald Eagle over Hook! ***

Hook Mountain:  Fall 2012
2012 Dailies

Oct 20, 2012

The Latest News!   RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS Deluge the Hook

On Oct 17 there were 42 Red-shouldered Hawks at Hook! ....and our 5th Golden Eagle for the season! 

Then on Oct 18, there were 16 more Red-shoulders!  We are up to 84 Red-shoulders for this season so far, more than in a full season for 17 of our 41 years.  (See since 1971)

In the last 8 years our average number of Shoulders by Oct 18 is only 24, so this puts us way ahead of average.  The highest we have counted in a single day since 2004 was 31 on Nov 2 2008, making the count of 42 on Wed exceptional. 

Interestingly, both days with good RS numbers were calm to light winds.  So, don't be fooled by days without NW winds.  Those days can bring some good hawks with really good views.

Our peak season for RS at Hook is late Oct through mid Nov.
Red-shouldered Hawk Adult at Hook

Hook Mountain:  Fall 2012
2012 Dailies

Oct 14, 2012

The Great News!   GOLDEN EAGLES

On Oct 13 there were 4 Golden Eagles at Hook!    In 2006, when we tallied 20 Goldens for the season, we had two days with 3 Goldens, Oct 26 and Oct 31.  During that year our earliest Golden was in late September, so that was an extraordinary year, our only year since 1971 with more than 9 Goldens.  We did not count any Goldens last year, the second year since 1971 with none. 1982 was the other year. 
 (See:  Hook since 1971 )

So, four Goldens in one day is very exciting!  That equals the seasonal average since 1971 - all in one day!  For the last 10 years we have averaged 5 Goldens (influenced by the 20 counted 2006).  So, keep your eyes to the skies and help us find more!

The Good News   -  Osprey, Bald Eagles, and American Kestrel

Osprey with Fish


Our Osprey count is at 388, which is above our 8 year average to Oct 13 of 257, and more than any other year except for the record year for Osprey of 435 in 1989.  To set a new record we need another 48 Osprey.  That would require an outstanding late season.  In 2007 we counted 24 Ospry from Oct 13 to the end of the season, so 48 is a really big stretch.  Thanks to all of you who just kept watching on those bad weather days when the Osprey came through.


Bald Eagles are doing well this season.  At  99 by Oct 13, we are 65% above the 8-year average, but still a long way from the year record of 142.  We need 44 more Bald Eagles for a new record.  In 2012 we counted 45 BEs after Oct 13, so a new record is very possible!  For some fun action, check out the new video of the local Red-tail attacking a Bald Eagle.


Our Kestrel count of 298 is currently 44% above the 8-year average for this date, and also more than our 8 - year season average of 228!  It looks like we finally broke the 200 barrier of the last 4 years and  can aim for the 8 year high of 332.   That is only 35 more!  On average we have counted 21 after Oct 13, so 35 is well within reach.
American Kestrel Shows String of Pearls and Beautiful Color 

The OK News - Sharp-sinned Hawks and Cooper's Hawks


Both Sharp-shinned Hawks and Cooper's Hawks are at average counts, with 1468 Sharpies and 141 Coops.  These accipiters are our regulars, delighting us all with close flights over Hook, and frequent passes at the owl.


The Not-so-Good News  - Broad-winged Hawks, Northern Harriers, and Merlins

Beyond our very low Broad-winged Hawks numbers this year, other species below average are Northern Harrier and Merlin.  We have counted only 53 Harriers and 23 Merlins so far this year.  Both are about 35% below average.  Harriers generally have cyclical populations, so this might be expected, but we might need to look closer at the Merlins.

More to Come

The Red-tails, Red-shoulders, and Turkey Vultures are beginning to move.  I always think of Halloween as being the Golden Eagle / Northern Goshawk time!  On Oct 31 we counted 3 Gos in 2007 and 2 in 2011.  Also, we have counted Rough-legged Hawks at this time in October:  Oct 17 and Oct 20 in 2010.  So, be sure to help us count all the late season hawks, regulars and  specialties! 


Paddy French
at Hook Mountain,  30+ years

Hook Mountain:  Fall 2012
2012 Dailies

Sep 22, 2012 - for most species, it has been a very good year

This has been a very interesting and somewhat different September season at Hook, with a couple of very pleasant surprises.  Overall, for most species it has been a very good year!

 Low Number of Broad-winged Hawks

Broad-winged Hawk at Hook

First, we have had low numbers of Broad-winged Hawks, with 2572 through Sep 22.  That is about half our 8 year average of 4953 and much lower than last year's numbers.  There were 5 years since 1971 when our yearly totals were less than our current tally.   Erratic annual numbers are typical for BWs.  Their numbers vary significantly with weather patterns.  This year we have had weather fronts almost weekly, and that has most likely encouraged them to keep moving, preventing any buildup of large numbers.  They spread out across the Northeast both geographically and temporally.


Good American Kestrels

Thankfully, our Kestrels have been doing well this season.  There were 52 counted on Sep 15!  That was a single day!  While we have hovered around a seasonal total of about 200 for the last four years, we have already counted 215 by Sep 22.  That puts us at the 8 year cumulative average for Oct 18, and makes for a very exciting Kestrel count.  The next target to consider is the 8-year seasonal average of 228, which we will undoubtedly pass.  Beyond that is the 8 year high of 332.  Now, that will be a challenge!  Thanks to all who found and counted those Kestrels!  Hopefully, we can reach 332. 


Kestrels seem to be recovering with good numbers this fall. 


Good Osprey

Our Osprey numbers are about double our 8 year average.  We counted 289 by Sep 22, compared to the 8-year cumulative average of 146.  We have even passed 270, the 8-year seasonal average.   Osprey are sometimes referred to as bad weather birds because they will continue to migrate even in rainy weather.  On Sep 8, with 'wicked windy weather' we counted 101 Osprey!   Our previous highs for a single day were 79 on 9/30/11, 33 on 9/13/10, 40 on 9/26/07, 36 on 9/26/06, and 29 on 9/18/2005.  Perhaps we can top the 8- year seasonal high of 345. 

Good Bald Eagles

We counted 63 Bald Eagles by Sep 22, 84% higher than our 8-year average.
  Our seasonal average is 87, well within reach.  On Sep 16, we counted 16 Bald Eagles, a record day for recent years, but 1 shy of historical records.
Bald Eagle adult, one of 16 counted at Hook on 9/16/12

Hook Mountain:  Fall 2012
2012 Dailies

2012 Season Started, with Mississippi Kite!

We have a great start to the 2012 Season at Hook.  In our first 6 days of coverage we totaled 69 hawks

We started the season with a Northern Harrier on Aug 19, and a Mississippi Kite on Thursday, Aug 30!  Perhaps we should begin coverage a week or two earlier in the season, since Mississippi Kites have started breeding in the northeast in the last few years, and they migrate early.
re:  Videos of breeding pair at Sterling Forest   re:  Early migration of MIKI at Corpus Christi

Mississippi Kite at Sterling Forest
Mississippi Kite at Sterling Forest Collects Sticks for Nest

2011 Northeast Day Records  

The NorthEast Hawk Watch, NEHW issues an annual report edited by Seth Kellogg. The report includes a section that compares the day counts of all the hawk watch sites that report data to HMANA.  This year's Report, 2011 Hawk Migration, compares day rankings for 42 hawk watch sites from New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, eastern New York, and northern New Jersey.

We knew, of course, that our big Broad-winged migration day of last year, with 14670 BWs on Sep 17, 2011 was our 2nd best all time day for BWs. But, it was also the best BW day in the whole Northeast last year! Thanks to all the many helpers that day.  Also, Hook had the 2nd best day and 8th best day for Sharp-shinned Hawks in the Northeast last year.  The 2nd best was 255 on Oct 6.  The 8th best was 170 on Sep 26.  The only other species for which we ranked in the top ten for day counts was Osprey, with 79 Osprey on Sep 30, the 6st best day in the Northeast.


American Kestrels

Remember that our Kestrel count has been below 200 for 3 of the last 4 years, so we are hoping for a good number this year.  We've counted 13 Kestrels through Sep 1 of this year, slightly ahead of average.  We are looking for a season of more than 200, hopefully more than 250.



Kestrel at Hook,  9/1/12

Northern Harrier
*** Bald Eagle & Peregrine Falcon:  "This is MY Flyway!" ***
 14,670 Broad-winged Hawks in a Day:  Listen to the People!

Hook Mountain:  Fall 2011 Summary
2011 Dailies

Thanks to our many devoted volunteers, we had another successful fall season at Hook.  We counted almost 20,000 hawks on 76 days.

Big Broad-winged Day!

The biggest story this season was our big Broad-winged day:  14,670 Broad-winged Hawks in a single day!  It was a Saturday, Sep 17, so many people had the opportunity to share the experience of this wonderful phenomenon.  Kettles of migrating hawks were moving across the sky north of us, south of us, and right over us.  They started early and continued for 6 hours, ending when the clouds closed in and the thermals stopped.   See Video, real time and slow motion.

  Second highest BW day ever at Hook!

74 Merlins migrated past Hook, Fall 2011

Species Above Average

Our other success this season was the Merlins.  We counted 74 Merlins, the second highest count at Hook.  The highest day counts were 6 on Sep 30 and 7 on Oct 1.  The other 61 were spread out across the season, from Sep 3 to Nov 20.

Other species that were above average this season include Black Vulture, Cooper’s Hawk, and Peregrine Falcon, all of which have experienced a steady increase over the years.  (See graphs for trends.)   We were also fortunate to have another Short-eared Owl on Hook.  This one was flushed from roost leaving a pellet and a some prey behind.

Species Near Average

Both Osprey and Red-shouldered Hawk were near average this season.  We counted 6 Northern Goshawks, a better count than for 6 of the last 10 years, but lower than our long term average of 16.  Our count of 2,064 Sharp-shinned Hawks was similar - close to the 10 year average of 1,970, but behind the long term average of 2,961.

Species Below Average

The American Kestrel numbers continue to be problematic.  We counted 196 this season, our third year with less than 200.  Last year (2010), we counted 248 Kestrels;  that count broke the 2 lowest ever counts of 152 in 2008 and 154 in 2009.  We had great hopes that Kestrels were recovering, and hoped to see more than 200 this year.  Acknowledging that recoveries can include some bounces, we are looking at the 196 this year as almost 200, and will carefully watch next year to see if a recovery is real.

The Northern Harrier count of 98 was well below both the 10 year average and the long term average.  While Harrier trends show periodic drops in numbers that may reflect biological dynamics, there still seems to be an overall decline.  The 40 year average is 161 compared to the 10 year average of 121. 

Harriers are seen throughout the fall season, with most males migrating in late October to early November.

Northern Harrier

The two species with low counts this year are Turkey Vulture and Red-tailed Hawk.  Our 57 TVs this season is the 5th lowest count since we first counted them in 1980.  We have TVs everywhere around the Hook, but they just did not fly past as countable migrants this season.  We counted 105 Red-tails this season, about 40% fewer than our 10 year average of 179.  This may be a consequence of a very warm fall season, with little to no snow cover north of us.

Notably absent from our list this year is the Golden Eagle.  This is hard to believe after a count of 20 in 2006, especially since Goldens were counted at other watches in the region.  The only other year with no GE was 1982. 

Hawk Watchers Brave the Weather

Perhaps the biggest story of this season is the dedication of our hawk watchers.  We had coverage on 76 of the 82 possible days.  During that period, there was 14.7 inches of precipitation, 34 days (41.5%) with rain, snow, or thunderstorms, and 10 days with fog.  We watched hawks on more days with rain, drizzle and/or fog than in any other year.  On the day after the snow storm that shut down much of eastern NY and western CT, our counters climbed up Hook, got passed fallen trees, and through deep snow.  Red-tails, Red-shoulders, and Bald Eagles were moving that day, and they got counted.  

We have wonderful hawk watchers!  We need you all!

Thank you everyone for a successful 2011 Season!


  We have counted more than 18,000 Hawks for the Season!    See this season's count   

Hook Update  10/9/2011


We have counted more than 18,000 hawks already this year, including 16,022 Broad-wings!  Most of our Broad-wings came on 2 days:   1,072 on Sep 16, and 14,670 on Sep 17.  Thirteen days later, on Sep 30, we reached 16,000 BWs!   Until then, most other species were a bit behind average, perhaps due to the unusually rainy weather this fall.  But, the numbers for all but two species have caught up to normal.  
                                                   Thank you to all our counters!

Good News

Osprey  numbers are almost 30% above the 7-year average to this date.  In fact, with more than 300 already, we are above the full year count for Ospreys for 6 of the last 8 years.  Neat stuff! 

Other species that are above the 7-year average include Bald Eagle (9%), Sharp-shinned Hawk (24%), Cooper’s Hawk (65%), Merlin (96%), and Peregrine Falcon (67%).  Both Red-shouldered Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk are above average, also, but their seasons are just beginning.  We have counted 24 RS and 18 RT so far.  So, keep watching for those buteos, now migrating through.

Sharp-shinned Hawk numbers have sparked an interest this year.  On Oct 6, there were 255 Sharpies.  Since 2004, there has been only day with more:  276 on Oct 19 2005.  On the previous day of that year, Oct 18, there were 206.  The only other day count of SS that was above 200 was Sep 18 2010 with 207.   Sharp-shins fly throughout Sep and Oct, and even into Nov.  From Oct 10 to Oct 26, 30% of the total flight occurs.  So, keep an eagle eye out for those Sharpies, because they are still coming!   For seasonal distribution, see graph below for recent years and http://www.battaly.com/hook/HMSS.pdf for historical data.

Not-So-Good News

Both Northern Harrier (-18%) and American Kestrel (-11%) are behind the 7-year average.   Last year, by this time, we had 9 days with 5 or more NH;  this year we have only 3 days.  Harriers will fly through Oct and Nov, so we are hoping to pick up more in the days to come.    Watch out for those Grey Ghosts around Halloween time!

What to Look For

Northern Goshawk  We have already had 2 NG!  Last year, with a year total of 6 the first NG seen was on Oct 24, 2010.  This could be a good year!

Golden Eagle  We have no GE yet this year.  Last year our first was Oct 23.  But, there have been reports of Goldens around.

Rough-legged Hawk   Last year we had 2 RLS!  ... on Oct 17 and Oct 20.  So, think about RL when looking skyward. 

There are still lots of hawks to come!  May you have wonderful, memorable experiences in the weeks ahead!


  We have counted more than 16,000 Broad-winged Hawks for the Season!    See this season's count   
14,670 Broad-winged Hawks at Hook
Sep 17, 2011                   **iPhone**

2010 Season

Experience Hook: Scenes, People & Chimney Swifts

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The 2011 Season Begins!
2011:  This Year's Count


Osprey flies just over our heads at Hook

It Looks Like an Osprey Year
Sep 10, 2011 

The 2011 Hawk Watch Season at Hook Mountain has begun with more rain days than usual, but also more Ospreys than usual. We have already counted 78 Osprey!  To put that number into perspective, since 2004 our average number of Osprey by Sep 9th is 35.  Last year our total Osprey for the year was 340, and that was more than both the 10 year average of 271 and the 25 year average of 283.  Our record number of Osprey occurred in 1989 with 435.  With 78% of the Osprey through by the end of September, we will know in a few weeks if we are headed for a new record.



Broadwing Season Is Approaching:  Get Ready!

Most of our Broad-winged Hawks migrate through our area between Sep 15 and Sep 21, beginning less than a week away!  Within that window, the biggest numbers will be flying over Hook when there are good thermals, so watch the weather patterns.  Check out the Seasonal Distribution Graph for Broadwings and Arthur Green's animation relating Broadwing migration to weather.

This is a wonderful season to hike up to Hook, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and marvel in the wonder of hawk migration.   Take a peek at the scene:  Experience Hook Mountain, a Panoramic View.



Hook Mountain Hawk Watch
2011 Calendar







New Videos: 

Bald Eagles

Golden Eagle

Rough-legged Hawk

American Kestrel:  Cause for Concern Broad-winged Hawk Northern Harrier
Merlin:  Good News Red-tailed Hawk ct: Falcons at FIRE
Peregrine:  More Now Red-shouldered Hawk Since 1971

Up Close and Personal

How Close?

Action Videos at Hook!

This year's Copperhead

  Hook on the Radio (start 9:45)


Season Summary
    Oct 24: Year of the BE         Oct 9: Good Season           Sep 20: BW Season


Celebrate Our Counters

Hawk watching is great fun everywhere you watch.  At Hook, we watch hawks with a view of the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Empire State Building to our south, the Bear Mountain Tower to the north, and the mighty Hudson River below us.  We are fortunate to have volunteers who are devoted to the hawks.  They spot the hawks, identify them, count them, and keep careful records.  While having fun watching these magnificent raptors in action, they contribute to the better understanding of raptor population trends.  We celebrate our counters, with special thanks for every data sheet they submit.  And we thank all the hawk watchers who help us spot the hawks and accomplish our part of the raptor conservation mission.  If you have helped us count, thank you!   If you have never been up to Hook, come join us!  We can use your eyes! 


at Hook

Sep 19, 2009

It was a treat for our dedicated hawk counters to see this beautifully marked Copperhead after seeing more than 2000 Broad-winged Hawks. 

What a day!


Red-tailed Hawk at Hook Mountain, photo by Trudy Battaly

click for action video
Slow motion Red-tailed Hawk on swoop to owl.  (Click for normal speed.)

Join the fun!  Directions.

Photos by Steve Sachs - great stuff!
Cooper's Hawk Video

Fall 2010 CountRecord BV, BE, and CH!
Fall 2009 Count:  Record BE, 125! RL!
Fall 2008 Count:  SK!! Record BE, 82!
Fall 2007 Count:  Record BV, 46!
Fall 2006 Count:  Record GE, 20!
Fall 2005 Count Record CH, 278!
Fall 2004 Count:
  Record CH, 185

We are an all volunteer group of hawk watchers, and we need your help!  Please contact Trudy if you can take the count for a day.  If you would like to learn, we will pair you up with one of our watchers.


Sited just above the Hudson River, we see Eagles and Peregrines regularly.     The problem is deciding which are actually migrating, and therefore countable.   We often see them flying up and down the Hudson, more than we actually count.

 You can enjoy these beautiful hawks, and our spectacular view!  If you
can help to count, even
for a day,
we need you! 
Contact Trudy.

Golden Eagle, 10/19/06:  video (6000KB)

Updated:  09/13/2014  

Records (coming soon) Hawk Watchers Report forms:  excelpdf
Important Bird Area Directions Hook Mountain State Park

  Find the Action here!


Come to the Hook

and watch for the


Hawk Data for Hook Mountain

Hawks at Hook:  Yearly, since 1971
Bald Eagle:   seasonal data
Sharp-shinned:  seasonal data
Am. Kestrel:  seasonal data

If you are a hawkwatcher and willing to keep the count, we need you!  Contact Trudy Battaly, merlin@pipeline.com, if you can help.  (Unless otherwise noted, photos by Trudy Battaly.)

Bat's Bytes Hook FIRE NEHW HMANA

Updated:  09/13/2014