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Cut Bank Hawkwatch 2019

Season Summary

Species Count
Total Count

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 25th to December 31st

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

Turkey Vulture
Golden Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Accipiter sp.
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Site Weather

Cut Bank Hawkwatch 2019

A pilot count situated above the Cut Bank Creek, approximately 40 miles East of East Glacier, Montana - as the hawk flies. This count is heavy on open-country birds, and a smattering of everything else. In particular, you like watching Rough-legged Hawks and Harlan's Hawks flying overhead, low and close - come here in October. It's awesome. The site was casually observed by local raptor biologists in 2016 and 2017. For the fall of 2018, Kate Atkins and Tom Magarian have partnered with HawkWatch International to see what counting the flight consistently will yield. We'll have a counter on site for 2 months, from September 15 (or thereabouts)-November 15.


The observation point is located at 615 W. Main Street in Cut Bank, MT, in the northwest corner property of the Northern Village Shopping Center. The best days to visit are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Take US Route 2, turn into the parking lot, and head for the train trestle that crosses the coulee. Look for a small, standalone building in between the Super 8 motel and the Harvest Foods grocery store. The sign will either say Sweetgrass Physical Therapy or Ideal Option. Park in the main shopping center parking lot in front of Harvest Foods. Our counter will be on the north side of Ideal Option, or possibly standing out closer to the coulee. Please be prepared to stand, and plan for sometimes very, very windy conditions.

HawkWatch International

The mission of HawkWatch International is to conserve our environment through education, long-term monitoring, and scientific research on raptors as indicators of ecosystem health.

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.