Just came across the first column I did about State Line Hawk Watch -- back in 2010, when it was starting up again for 10 weekends in the fall. Lots of neat info about the hawk watch's history:
By Jim Wright
Here it is, not even Labor Day, and the raptor migration season is already upon us. The big news this season: For the first time in several years, the State Line Hawk Watch in Alpine – the only major hawk watch in Bergen County -- will be manned with hawk counters for the next 10 weekends. These volunteers from local nature centers and Audubon Societies. will not only keep a running tally of the various migrating birds of prey but also help casual bird-watchers to identify these magnificent raptors, who in some cases are migrating thousands of miles.
If you've driven by the historic Fell House of late, you may have noticed the beautiful American flags on the lawn.
They are part of a new project to honor veterans and loved ones several times each year -- this was a bit of trial run.
Will let you know how you can get involved once the project is officially launched. Will also be a fund-raiser for the Fell House. As you may know, the Celery Farm was once part of Founding Father John Fell's estate, which was then in the boondocks and part of Paramus.
By the way: Antiques Appraisal at the Fell House for tonight (Nov. 17) has been postponed. No new date has been set.
My new column for The Record is about the record-setting raptor counts at State Line Lookout, featuring photos by Karl Soehnlein and an interview with him.
Here's the opening:
Every autumn, I write about the joys of visiting our local hawk watches. For me, the quantity of raptors is secondary to the camaraderie, the great looks at individual raptors, and the sights of the season.
But this fall, the totals from the region’s top hawk watch in Alpine were so noteworthy I thought I’d pass them along.
State Line’s annual fall raptor count officially ended yesterday, but by the end of October the 16 volunteer counters and other observers had already tallied new records for five species: 954 Ospreys, 339 Bald Eagles, 506 Cooper’s Hawks, 680 American Kestrels and 121 Merlins.