In partnership with our sister group, Creative Cloud of San Jose:
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The largest known flight of daytime raptors (hawks, falcons, vultures, merlins, etc.) takes place every autumn at Hawk Hill, the 920 foot peak on the Marin side the Golden Gate Bridge channel. It’s a fantastically beautiful place as well. See directions below and our Marin Headlands Map for exact location and Marin Headlands page for more pictures.
Approximately 30,000 birds of prey of 19 species fly across here every fall during their southern migration. Hawks generally avoid crossing bodies of water because there are rarely warm thermals to help minimize their flying efforts. These birds end up at Hawk Hill because they are funneled down the Marin Peninsula and this ends up being the highest point with some updrafts above the shortest bay crossing.
From September 10 to October 10 is the peak timewhen dozens to hundreds of birds of prey will cross every hour. Best time viewing is from 10 am from 2 pm on clear days. Bring your jacket since the weather can be nippy, binoculars, and bird field guide. Dogs on leash are allowed.
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We will meet on Hawk Hill -- here are the directions:
Hawk Hill is only minutes from San Francisco, just across the Golden Gate Bridge. Look at the map and figure out how to get on Conzelman Road, near the northwest end of Golden Gate Bridge. Drive up to the top of Conzelman Road and park at the top just before Conzelman becomes one-way. From here you will will need to walk through the tunnel (you’ll see it) and up to the top of Hawk Hill above the parking area. See the Marin Headlands Map and the Hawk Hill Map.