Peregrine Falcon taken by Zach Smith.
Raptor Research
The Kiptopeke fall Hawkwatch was established by volunteers in 1977, and has recorded nearly 900,000 hawks and vultures of 19 species.  Experienced Hawkwatchers are hired each year to conduct the Hawkwatch, from September 1- November 30, assisted by a corps of dedicated volunteers. Visitors are always welcome. Hawkwatches are an excellent way to monitor population trends and promote conservation. A majority of hawk species in North America are showing declining numbers. It is the one of the best places in the world to see migrating Merlins and Peregrines, with daily records of 462 and 364, respectively. The annual College Creek Spring Hawkwatch, on the shore of the James River near Williamsburg, was established in 1997 and records an average of nearly 2,000 hawks and vultures each year. To see hawkwatch data, click this link:

  • Pictured below are hawks seen from the Kiptopeke Hawkwatch and some of the long-term volunteers who assist our paid hawkwatcher.

    Merlin with prey

    Zone-tailed Hawk

    Broad-winged Hawk

    Northern Harrier

    American Kestral

    Northern Goshawk