Gallery - Detroit River Hawk Watch

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Gallery of Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures
Through the contributions of the counters, guests, and local photographers, the DRHW has acquired a vast collection of images of flying raptors that have been recorded at the lower Detroit River. Click on the links below to access information regarding their natural history*. Gallery images of each species are provided by DRHW, as well as contributions from local and regional photographers (credits given). Reviewing these images is critical practice for your visit.

Also provided are links to the wonderful Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario, which shows breeding distributions for select species. All of the migratory raptors counted at DRHW breed almost exclusively in Ontario with a lesser number originating in Quebec, and likely even fewer from Manitoba. One of the most interesting aspects of fall raptor migration is speculating on the origin of each bird and their habitat use and distribution during the breeding season. Although defining a specific region in Ontario for any individual bird is speculative, the Atlas provides the best information available on each species' known distribution and relative abundance throughout the Province.

If you wish to contribute images of raptors or non-raptors taken at the watch site to this website, please send an email to Jerry Jourdan at We will upload the images to the appropriate Picassa gallery. Please provide (if possible), location, date, and your name so that we can give proper credit. Image courtesy of Greg Smith.

* - Species information courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds

Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario
    Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus
    Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
   Osprey, Pandion haliaetus
    Swallow-tailed Kite, Elanoides forficatus [Accidental]
    Mississippi Kite, Ictinia mississippiensis [Casual]
    Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
    Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus
    Sharp-shinned Hawk, Accipiter striatus
    Cooper’s Hawk, Accipiter cooperii
    Northern Goshawk, Accipiter gentilis
    Red-shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
    Broad-winged Hawk, Buteo platypterus
    Swainson’s Hawk, Buteo swainsoni
    Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
    Ferruginous Hawk, Buteo regalis [Accidental]
    Rough-legged Hawk, Buteo lagopus
    Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos

    American Kestrel, Falco sparverius
    Merlin, Falco columbarius
    Gyrfalcon, Falco rusticolus
    Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus
    Prairie Falcon, Falco mexicanus


Non-raptor migration (photos of non-raptor rarities)
Detroit River Hawkwatch (Volunteers & Visitors)

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