New Jersey lies at the crossroads of raptor migration. With the Kittatinny Ridge, the celebrated “pathway in the sky” defining its northwestern border and world famous Cape May lying at the southern end of the state, few places on the planet are so raptor rich.
But hawk watchers needn’t go to the ends of the state to enjoy great hawk watching. Montclair Quarry, in Essex County, looks onto the skyline of New York City. Scott’s Mountain lies just east of the Pennsylvania population centers of Easton, Allentown and Bethlehem. Sandy Hook, the “Cape May of Spring Migration,” is minutes, as the Merlin flies, from Staten Island.
New Jersey Audubon sponsors several hawk watch sites (as noted below) as well as an annual Hawk Watch Weekend in mid-September. Hawk watch data are linked to each of the sites listed below.