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Chimney Rock, New Jersey

This "small" hawkwatch site is located at the tip of the first Watchung ridge west of the Atlantic coastline. Hawks and other birds traveling along the east flank of the Appalachians are channeled past this prominent outcrop. In the midst of a highly urbanized landscape, it's also known as an excellent place to see warblers and other non-raptor migrants. Another key attraction is the chance to see many species at relatively close range. Early September is particularly good for Northern Harriers and Ospreys, and the annual Broad-winged Hawk passage occurs in the second or third week of the month. Respectable numbers of Red-shouldered Hawks have turned up in recent years during November.

For more information, visit the Chimney Rock Hawk Watch Web site.

Osprey

Osprey
Tom Vezo

Timing Your Visit

The chart below shows the time periods when each species is most abundant. Please remember that the data is based on past records, and the passage of birds can vary greatly from year to year. Click on the name of a species to learn more about its migratory habits.

Species
September
October
November
December
Osprey                                
Northern Harrier                                
Sharp-shinned Hawk                                
Cooper's Hawk                                
Red-shouldered Hawk                                
Broad-winged Hawk                                
Red-tailed Hawk                                
Bald Eagle                                
American Kestrel                                
Merlin                                
Peregrine Falcon                                
 

 

 

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