Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cape May, NJ Hawk Watch and Bunker

We stopped at Cape May, NJ at the hawk watch site. This is the largest hawk watch site in the US. Every year hawk counters man the site during autumn migration and count the number of hawks that pass overhead. The counts have been going on since the 1970's. Unfortunately the weather had most of the birds on the ground. It was neat to see how it works and the people were really friendly which was surprising. In Texas many of the birders are elitists and all think they are cool with their Swarovski binos. At Cape May I didn't see a single pair of Swarovski's, but rather many different styles of binos. One of the chief counters was even using a pair of binos that looked to be of 1970's vintage.

We'll be back for more of this.