Hawk migration begins in mid-August, but it starts to really pick up in September and October, before gradually coming to a close at the end of November. To prepare for hawk migration, check out our Hawk Glossary to learn some common terms. If you're looking for a comprehensive guide, pick up Hawks & Owls of Eastern North America.

If you're lucky, you might spot some right in your backyard! A member of our community saw a flock of over thirty nighthawks right over their house! But for those of us who aren't quite so lucky, check out the excellent spots in Eastern Ontario to witness hawk migration that we've listed below:

Cranberry Marsh

Located in Whitby, Cranberry Marsh is a provincially significant wetland in the Lynde Shores Conservation Area. There are plenty of trails to explore, and opportunities to spot songbirds (which you're also invited to feed) and waterfowl, along with hawks.

Hawk Hill

A small knoll located in Toronto's beautiful High Park, Hawk Hill is a wonderful area to spot a variety of different raptors. Over one-third of High Park has been left in its natural state, and the other sections are filled with sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo.

Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch

Situated on the Scarborough Bluffs in east Toronto, this watch was founded in 2004 after a local realized it was on a migration path. The gardens overlook Lake Ontario and are gorgeously landscaped. While you're there, you might also spot blue jays, hummingbirds, and butterflies.

Port Burwell

Nestled on the North Shore of Lake Erie, Port Burwell is a provincial park that boasts a beautiful beach and hiking trails, where you can spot hawks, vultures, and eagles. As an added bonus, they have campgrounds close by for car camping.

For more information about hawk migration in Ontario, check out the Ontario Field Ornithologist fall hawk watching guide. If you live outside of Eastern Ontario, you can use this map to find hawk-watching spots in your area.

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Comments (1)

I live in Richmond, Ontario (Near Ottawa). We have had hawks nesting in our back yard for 2 years now. This year the babies stuck around and still continue to come back. One unfortunately must have been hit by a car because it was found dead on the side of the road in front of the house.

They are very distinctive in their cry and can be quite loud. I love hearing them. Not 100% sure on what the name of these hawks are.

Jean T

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