The second annual International Hawk Migration Week is slated for September 19-27 this year. Each fall, thousands of hawks, vultures, and eagles migrate from Canada and the US to their wintering grounds in Central and South America.
From Hawk Mountain
Many popular sites have dedicated hawk counters that track their migration. Visit any of the great hawk watching sites on the North Carolina Birding Trail to see this annual spectacle, or contact Hawk Migration Association of North America to join the official count!
North Carolina Hawk Watch Sites
- Blue Jay Point – Piedmont, Falls Lake Group, Raleigh
- Bullhead Mountain – Alleghany County
- Catawba River – Mountain, Central Foothills Group, Morganton
- Grandfather Mountain: Lineville Peak – Mountain, Grandfather Corridor Group, Watauga Counties
- Hanging Rock State Park – Piedmont, Northwest Piedmont Group, Danbury
- Mahogany Rock – Mountain, Northern Blue Ridge Parkway Group, Alleghany County
- Mount Pisgah - Asheville
- Parkway Lenoir – Mountain, Northern Foothills Group, Caldwell County
- Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge – Coast, Outer Banks Group, Hatteras Island
- Phoenix Mountain Hawk Watch – Ashe County
- Pilot Mountain – Piedmont, Northwest Piedmont Group, Pinnacle
- Riverbend Park – Mountain, Catawba Valley Group, Catawba County
- Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area – Hiddenite
Visitors on Linville Peak at Grandfather Mountain. Grandfather is the most rugged mountain in the Eastern US, and a very popular place to see migrating raptors.