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Bonney Butte Hawkwatch Fall 2023

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

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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 15th to December 31st

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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.

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Daily Counts

Turkey Vulture
Golden Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
American Goshawk
Accipiter sp.
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Bonney Butte Hawkwatch Fall 2023

Note: Bonney Butte is currently closed to visitors as a result of forest closures related to the Boulder Creek Fire. We will update when this changes. Bonney Butte HawkWatch is located on the southeastern flanks of Mt. Hood in northcentral Oregon. HWI crews count and band migrating raptors here each fall and have done so since 1994 to monitor long-term trends in populations of raptors using this part of the Pacific Coast Flyway through the Cascade Mountains. Annual counts typically range from 2,500-4,500 migrant raptors of up to 18 species. The most commonly seen species are the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vulture, and Golden Eagle, but this site is noted for relatively high numbers of Merlins (up to 100 or more per year).


Bonney Butte HawkWatch is located within the Mt. Hood National Forest. High clearance vehicles are recommended for the last 4 miles of the drive. From Portland, head east on I-84 toward Troutdale. Take exit 16 toward Wood Village and turn right onto NE 238th Drive. Continue on NE 238th Drive, which becomes SE 242nd Drive/NE Hogan Drive. After about 3 miles, turn left onto NE Burnside Road/US-26 East and continue for 40 miles. Exit onto US-35 North toward Hood River. After 4.7 miles (just after passing over White River), turn right onto paved NF-48. After 6.8 miles, turn right onto paved NF-4890. After 3.6 miles, at 4-way intersection, turn left onto 4-wheel drive NF-4891, following signs for Bonney Meadows. Keep right at the spurs to stay on NF-4891, and after 4.2 miles (just past Bonney Meadow Campground) park in umarked Bonney Butte parking area on the right side of the road. Hike 0.5 miles up the old lookout tower road (walk around the gate) to the summit. We operate daily 9am-6pm, August 27-October 31, weather permitting.

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

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