The Bird Watcher: As hawks fly south, here's where to witness the splendor
Jim Wright, Special to The Record
Published 8:00 a.m. ET Sept. 6, 2017
The next two weeks will bring what North Jersey raptor lovers have awaited for months: the spectacular sight of migrating broad-winged hawks. Why not join the fun?
These handsome hawks have a long history of heading south through our region in mid-September by the thousands on their way to Mexico.
North Jersey and nearby New York offer great hawk watches where you can watch the migration free of charge, with the help of official observers who keep count of the broad-wings and other species of migrating raptors.
Broad-wings — relatively small, stocky hawks with striking black-and-white striped bands on their tails — aren’t the only attraction. You could see anything from ospreys and bald eagles to hummingbirds and monarch butterflies.
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