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Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
Marin Headlands, California

Located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the beautiful Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory's hawkwatch site is one of the scenic wonders of the world. At the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, the site has hosted an annual fall hawkwatch for the last twenty years. Raptors moving south along the coast and birds following the ridgeline of the Outer Coast Range suddenly find themselves faced with a two mile expanse of water (the Golden Gate). Many hawks are hesitant to cross and either circle a few times to gain altitude or look for another option. This is probably the best place to view Red-shouldered Hawks, which can be seen nearly every day during September and October.

For more information, visit the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Web site.

Red-shouldered Hawk, California race

Red-shouldered Hawk, California race
Brian E. Small

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                                
Red-shouldered Hawk                                
Broad-winged Hawk                                
Red-tailed Hawk                                
Rough-legged Hawk                                
Golden Eagle                                
American Kestrel                                
Peregrine Falcon