Hawk Watchers Flock To Bridgewater

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Somerset County Hawk Watch off Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater

Somerset County Hawk Watch off Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater (Photo courtesy of the Somerset County Parks Commission)

BRIDGEWATER – From August through November, the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater 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.

Armed with binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras, the hawk watchers enjoy the passage of numerous raptors, counting and identifying these extraordinary 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.

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.

For more information, visit www.somersetcountyparks.org.

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