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Manzanos Mountains, New Mexico

This ridge-top location southeast of Albuquerque is an important monitoring site for hawks using the Rocky Mountain Flyway. The watch site has been monitored since 1985. Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks pass in large numbers each year. In 1993, a flock of Swainson's Hawks estimated to contain 5,000 individuals was recorded; the species is seen annually at this site, but seldom in numbers of this magnitude.

For more information, visit the Hawkwatch International Web site and click on Migration Research Sites.

Swainson's Hawk

Swainson's Hawk
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
Northern Harrier                                
Sharp-shinned Hawk                                
Cooper's Hawk                                
Swainson's Hawk                                
Red-tailed Hawk                                
Golden Eagle                                
American Kestrel                                
Peregrine Falcon                                
 

 

 

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