BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Through November, residents can go to Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area in Bridgewater to experience the migration of raptors on their annual journey south.
The area off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater is open daylight hours seven days a week.
Hawk watchers can witness the thousands of hawks, falcons, and eagles flying overhead, sometimes just over the treetops.
Using binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras, hawk watchers can identify, count and marvel at raptors as they make their journey to Central and South America. Endangered and threatened birds like ospreys, peregrine falcons and bald eagles are some of the types of birds soaring above the area.
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, more than10,000 raptors can be seen in a single day, according to Somerset County park officials.
On Sunday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, birders are invited to Hawkwatch @ Chimney Rock, a free open house by the Park Commission. A naturalist and a park ranger will help identify the hawks, falcons and eagles flying overhead.
Information on this and other Somerset County Park Commission events may be found at www.somersetcountyparks.org.
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