Free Hawk Identification Materials Online

Several good resources on hawk identification are available free online.

A Guide for Hawks Seen in the Northeast by the NorthEast Hawk Watch (2008). This two-page guide shows soaring silhouettes and key field marks for the migratory hawks regularly seen in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. You can download and print the guide free for personal, noncommercial use at www.hmana.org. You can also order inexpensive printed editions of the guide: a standard edition printed on heavy, glossy card stock or a special laminated edition designed for heavy use in the field. Individual and bulk ordering information is available here.

A Guide for Hawks Seen in North America by the Hawk Migration Association of North America (2009). An expanded version of the Northeast guide, this new two–page guide shows soaring silhouettes and key field marks for 21 migratory hawks regularly seen in most of North America. You can download and print the guide free for personal, noncommercial use at www.hmana.org. You can also purchase a special laminated edition designed for heavy use in the field. Individual and bulk ordering information is available here.

Identification of Raptors of the Northeast by the Hawk Migration Association of North America (2008). This PowerPoint presentation combines photographs of flying raptors, silhouettes, and in-flight identification tips to help you improve your hawk-watching skills. For more information on the presentation and to download a free copy for personal, noncommercial use, click here.

A Beginner’s Guide to Hawkwatching by the Hawk Migration Association of North America (2009). A brief, all-text guide to help people who might not live near a known hawk watch site or those who would like to go hawk watching on their own, looking for new hawk watch sites. To download, click here.

Eastern Raptor Migrant Guide by Bob Pettit for the Hawk Migration Association of North America (c. 2000). A two-page crib sheet that describes each migrant species seen in the northeastern quadrant of North America by body, tail, wing, head, underparts, flight, and behavior. To download free of charge, click here.

Hawkwatching FAQs by The Hawk Migration Association of North America (ND). If you are new to hawk watching or have basic questions, click here for answers to commonly asked questions.

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