Most important, I came across the following 1998 story.
It says: The hawk watch was started in 1997, making this year the 25th anniversary of its founding:
State Line Hawk Watch, 9-15-2022
Observation Start Time (EST) - 7 a.m.
Observation End Time (EST) - 4:15 pm
Official Counter(s) - Gil Hawkins, Kevin Watson, Jim Wright
Observers - Vicki, Mary, Kaushel, Chris T, Ben, Rob, Karl, Brian, Wayne, Bill T, Gaby, Ray, and others
Brief Weather Summary - wind NW 10mph, temp 67-75 degrees, visibility 10 miles
Ospreys - 12
Bald Eagles - 19
Northern Harriers - 8
Sharp-shins - 83
Cooper's Hawks - 25
Red-shoulders - 6
Broad-wings - 1,837
Red-tails T- 14
American Kestrels - 38
Merlins - 1
Peregrines - 1
Unidentified accipitor - 1
TOTAL - 2,045
Monarchs - 10
Additional Comments (Optional) - A red-letter day with some excellent birders finding kettle after kettle of Broad-wings. Between 3 and 4 p.m., we counted 1,179 Broad-wings – more than all of last fall. Great job!!
The image above is the scorecard -- ran out of room for Broad-wings between 3 and 4 p.m. and filled two more columns.
You can read it here: