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Hazel Bazemore County Park
Corpus Christi, Texas

Because of its unique location, this site boasts the highest concentration of migrating raptors in the United States. Hawk enthusiasts have known about it for more than thirty years, and formal counts have taken place there since 1990. The reason for its phenomenal assemblage of birds is that several major flyways converge at this one location. In fact, virtually all raptors from east of the Mississippi cross during the fall, and twenty-six species of raptors have been tallied there in a single year. The greatest spectacle of all, though, is the brief period (usually in the third week of September) when nearly the entire population of North American Broad-winged Hawks passes overhead.

For more information, visit the Hazel Bazemore Hawkwatch Web site.

Broad-winged Hawk, adult

Broad-winged Hawk, adult
Ron Austing

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
Osprey                                
Northern Harrier                                
Sharp-shinned Hawk                                
Cooper's Hawk                                
Red-shouldered Hawk                                
Broad-winged Hawk                                
Swainson's Hawk                                
Red-tailed Hawk                                
American Kestrel                                
Merlin                                
Peregrine Falcon                                
 

 

 

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