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Hawk Watchers Crowd Somerset County Perch to Track Raptors Flying Overhead

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Somerset County Hawk Watch off Miler Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Park Commission
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - From now through November, the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, New Jersey, is host to hundreds of hawk watchers from all over the northeastern United States who gather to witness the thousands of hawks, falcons, and eagles flying overhead, sometimes just over the treetops.

In the first three weeks of the 2016 prime season, more than 1,200 raptors were counted representing approximately 20 species.

Armed with binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras, the hawk watchers enjoy the passage of numerous raptors, counting and identifying the birds as they make their journey south to far away places in Central and South America. Endangered and threatened birds like Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons, and Bald Eagles are some of the most noteworthy of the birds soaring above the area.

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Following a cold front, the winds shift from the northwest, setting the stage for a day of effortless flight. When the condition occurs in mid-September while the Broad-winged Hawk migration is at its peak, over 10,000 raptors can be seen in a single day.

Information on this and other Somerset County park Commission events may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org

 

 

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