Located at Hawk Cliff Road off of Dexter Line there is a public viewing section for birding watchers of all experiences to catch a spectacular view of wildlife. Hawk migration was first noted here in the late 1800s. The Hawk migration starts in late August and continues as late as mid-December some years. The best days for hawk migration usual occur on or the day after a cold weather front has moved through the County producing deep blue skies and big, fluffy cumulus clouds.
Here is a timeline of what you can expect to see when visiting Hawk Cliff:
September: Ruby-throated Hummingbirds can be seen in early September. Throughout September is a peak time for Broad-winged Hawks. Some years, more than 20 000 hawks have been recorded in a day. Bald Eagles and Ospreys are popular in late September. Blue Jays are viewed in late September and early October.
October: This is the time of the migration season where the greatest number of migrating hawk species are found - as many as 10 different kinds of hawks on a good migration day. Peregrine Falcons arrive in larger numbers during October and American Crows can be seen in mid-October. Golden Eagles and Red-shouldered Hawks increase in numbers towards late October and continue into early November.
November: During this month, flights of over 1,000 Red-tailed Hawks fly through in early November.
In some years, thousands of Monarch butterflies and hundreds of dragonflies can pass by in a single day.
For more information on birding in Elgin County please visit our birding page by clicking here.
Hawk Cliff Weekends
The Thames Talbot Land Trust would like to invite you to Hawk Cliff Weekends! This event is featuring the dedication and official opening of Hawk Cliff Woods! The Hawk Cliff Weekends Celebration is a free outdoor event taking place on September 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th from 10am-3:30pm, with the dedication and official opening taking place on September 18th at 12:30pm. The Celebration is hosted by the St Thomas Field Naturalist Club (STFNC), the Hawk Cliff Banders, and volunteers of Monarch Watch.
Schedule of events
|Saturday 10th||Sunday 11th||Saturday 17th||Sunday 18th|
|10am||Guided Hike||Guided Hike||Guided Hike||Guided Hike|
|11am||Hawk Banding and Monarch Tagging Demonstrations||Hawk Banding and Monarch Tagging Demonstrations||Hawk Banding and Monarch Tagging Demonstrations||Hawk Banding and Monarch Tagging Demonstrations|
|12:30pm||Guided Hike||Guided Hike||Guided Hike||Dedication and Official Opening|
|2pm||Hawk Banding and Monarch Tagging Demonstrations||Hawk Banding and Monarch Tagging Demonstrations||Hawk Banding and Monarch Tagging Demonstrations||Hawk Banding and Monarch Tagging Demonstrations|
|All day||Educational Programming with Let's Talk Science||Tree Climbing||Educational Programming with Let's Talk Science|
You can find out more information about this event at http://www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca/.