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These pages are dedicated to one of my very favorite spots in Minnesota to go birding, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth Minnesota.. It's a beautiful place and great spot to get excellent views of raptors and other birds as they migrate south in the fall from Canada and Northern Minnesota..
Hawk Ridge is located on the east side of Duluth Minnesota just as you start up the North Shore of Lake Superior from Duluth, the best time of year for viewing raptor migration is in the fall, basically August through November, with the peak in the middle of September.. For more information on the Ridge use the link above to check out their WEB pages..
While at Hawk Ridge I've adopted many birds through their Adopt-a-Raptor and Adopt-a-Passerine programs, check out Andrew's Adopted Bird List to view information and photos on all the different birds I've adopted through these programs at Hawk Ridge.. In my 2007 packet of adoption certificates I was sent a Banding Station fact sheet with interesting information..
I never knew about Hawk Ridge until I started birding a lot more seriously in about 1998 or so. In the first few years I only got to the Ridge a few times, over the last few years though I've really loved going up there more and more, now I can hardly wait to get up there as soon as September starts, not only for the birds but to see all the people up there I consider my friends, more and more I find I miss seeing the people over the long winter..
Each picture below links to the photographs I've taken at the Ridge for that season, click on the photo to get to the index page for those pictures, and by all means enjoy, I know I did taking them..
The original sign from when I first started going to the Ridge.
Here is a shot of an immature (hatch year) Sharp-shinned Hawk that
one of the naturalists displays to the crowd.
This photo is used by Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory as part of their
sign that lists information on the Ridge and the migration of
raptors along the Ridge.
Here Debbie shows off a Red-tailed Hawk to people at the overlook.
The beautiful fall colors of Hawk Ridge on a perfect October morning.
Here I'm holding my first Cooper's Hawk
Here I'm releasing a Northern Harrier back to its journey south.
Another spectacular August sunrise at Hawk Ridge.
Here is a shot of an immature Bald Eagle flying past the Ridge on its
A shot of a juvenile Bald Eagle flying past the Ridge and over
Lake Superior heading towards Duluth.
Another beautiful August sunrise at Hawk Ridge.
A shot of a Merlin blasting past the count platform at the Ridge