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Kiptopeke Hawk Count 2023

Season Summary

Species Count
Total Count


Find the locations of sightings on the map.

Click on the markers to display the sightings in the box below the map. As you zoom in closer, the clusters will break into more detailed points.

Click "Reset Map" if you would like to display all the sightings and have the map automatically update as new sightings come in.

Select the time period buttons to only show sightings from that long ago.

Drag the map to pan and use the + and - to control the zoom.

Live Updates

The sightings you see here are being collected on a tablet by a biologist out in the field.

Hover your mouse over the points on the graph to see more details. Click on different species in the legend to show or hide them on the chart.

If there's nothing showing, it may mean that this site doesn't have access to the internet or isn't counting right now.

Live Updates

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Species Composition

Species composition changes over time depending on weather, seasons, and many other factors. This chart displays the composition over a time period you select.

Click on pie pieces to see more detail. If there are more than seven species, click on "Other" to see a breakdown of the rest.


Many sites have a protocol that is designed to maximize finding particular species. If you select "Focus Species," only these species will be shown.

Date Selector

The control box below the pie chart lets you select a date period for the chart.

You can push the buttons "1d," "1w," or "1m" to zoom the graph to 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month.

The graph shows the overall volume seen on each day. You can drag the sliders on each side of this graph to adjust the start and end dates.

Species Composition
August 12th to September 25th

Drag the Sliders Below to Change the Dates Shown

Hourly Data

The time shown in the top row is the start of the one hour period.

Select Day

Choose a date to load the hourly table for that day. Only days that have data are shown.

Daily Counts

These charts show which species are most numerous at different parts of the season. Hover your mouse over a chart to see the number for a given day. The right column shows season totals and the left side shows the maximum for a single day. Each graph is scaled so that the single-day maximum is the highest point on the chart.

Sort By
  • Focus Species: Show the highest priority species at the top of the list.
  • Taxonomic Order: Sort the species by their scientific classification.
  • Alphabetic Order: Sort the species by their common name.
  • Abundance: Sort the species with the largest number counted at the top.

Daily Counts

Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
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Site Weather

Kiptopeke Hawk Count 2023

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.


From Norfolk and Virginia Beach, take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-tunnel to the Eastern Shore of Virginia and travel 3 miles north to Kiptopeke State Park. From Maryland, take Route 13 south to the Park. The hawkwatch is about 200 yards in from the shore of Chesapeake Bay.

Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory

The Observatory is committed to protecting wildlife through field research, education, and habitat conservation. The area in coastal Virginia around the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, with its varied habitat types, is globally significant for migratory birds and hosts a tremendous diversity of wildlife. More rare birds have been found here than anywhere else in Virginia.

About the Data

All data displayed on this site are preliminary and have not yet undergone quality control. Written permission is required to use the data.