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Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

Skyline Parkway, Main Overlook, Duluth, MN 55803-3006
218 428 6209
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Ranked #16 of 47 Attractions in Duluth
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The view of the Lake (Superior) and fall colors made up for the lack of birds. The volunteer "guides" were just leaving the nicely situated viewing platform. There had been a number of birds, especially the named Hawk, during earlier hours. The thermal current conditions they come for were diminishing. Informative displays were available.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We were traveling through Duluth and heard that the Hawk migration was in it's peak this week so we decided to stop. Most unbelievable experience. It was a gorgeous day with temps in the high 60's. The hawks were pretty steady during the morning hours but, tapered off in the afternoon. There were Broad-winged, Sharp-shinned, Peregrines and Kestrels. The highlight... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We had a great time here, There winds and weather were just right and hundreds of Broad Winged and Sharp Shinned Hawks were migrating. The volunteers on site were helpful and informative with out being pretentious or overbearing. It was also so cool when they presented one of the banded hawks before it was released and gave a short informative... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Hawk Ridge is a great bird watching location during the months of September and October. The annual migration of birds is something to witness. Although we arrived VERY late in the day we saw our first America Kestrel. The silhouette was unmistakeable, but when it turned slightly, the late afternoon sun caught the feathers and his colors shone brightly. Being... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is a good place to learn and watch migrating birds. They showed us a hawk being held by a handler. I 'adopted' an owl. You get a picture of the animal and information about it. This is more of a 'donation,' but I like it. Beautiful location.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

excellent birding venue and folks travel here from around the world.... ...bring binoculars....onsite bird counters helpful...excellent venue

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Buffalo, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This is on the skyline drive. One fall we were fortunate for them to be having a group their with a nature program.

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Lincoln
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is a great place to watch raptors and other birds as they make their migration south. At times there are interpretive guides. The view is worth the drive up there any time of year.

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Hammondsport, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Local friends took me here for a visit while in Duluth. It was a chilly day, but so glad we stopped. Several eagles were soaring around and we were lucky enough to be there as they were releasing a goshawk. I got some great photos, and learned a lot about the bird, as they told you much before the release.... More

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Minneapolis
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We visited on a beautiful October day. They say on their website that you'll tend to see the most birds between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and that lined up with our experience. Things you should know if you're considering a trip: 1. If you just want to go to the overlook to look at the migrating birds, that's free.... More

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