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Bird of the Week: Broad-winged Hawk

The month of September marks the official beginning of one of the greatest natural phenomena to occur in southeast Michigan…hawk migration! Each year, from September to November, thousands of raptors are heading south for the winter. For the next three months, 16 different species of raptors will fly over our area. Interestingly, they do not all pass on the same seasonal schedule. Some are on the move earlier in the migration season and others later in the season. An early season migrant is the Broad-winged Hawk. On average these birds migrate 4,350 miles reaching northern South America. Interested in seeing hawk migration for yourself? Head to Lake Erie Metropark’s boat launch where you can get a front row seat!

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