Hawk Watch Updates

Militia Hill Hawk Watch Begins It’s 29th Season

The Militia Hill Hawk Watch has been recording raptor migrations at Fort Washington State Park for nearly three decades. An all-volunteer effort, there are folks at the observation tower everyday from 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM from September 1st through October 31st. The volunteer monitors are there to identify and record the species of raptors seen and the numbers of the [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Hawk Watch Updates, WAS News|Comments Off on Militia Hill Hawk Watch Begins It’s 29th Season

Hawk Watch Report 2013

Looking back, it was another tremendous year at Militia Hill including the most spectacular day that I have been lucky enough to observe in my time at the hawkwatch!Welcome to April 2014. As I write this we have just experienced snow on St. Patrick’s Day with Spring starting at the end of the week! For [...]

By | April 11th, 2014|Hawk Watch Updates|Comments Off on Hawk Watch Report 2013

Hawk Watch Report 2012

Hello All, I write this letter on a day where hawkwatching, well birdwatching in general is far from the mind considering the forecasted temperature is in the mid-90’s with a heat index over triple digits Fahrenheit. Perfect day to recall the wonderful days last fall during the 2012 count! It has been a little over [...]

By | June 1st, 2013|Hawk Watch Updates|Comments Off on Hawk Watch Report 2012

Hawk Watch Report 2011

Happy Spring everyone! A brief summary of last year’s highlights follows – here’s hoping this letter finds everyone happy, healthy and thinking about September. Turning the clock back to the previous September: there was a immature Northern Goshawk seen pretty regularly from the deck between 9/2 and 9/10 (last day seen was the day the [...]

By | March 21st, 2012|Hawk Watch Updates|Comments Off on Hawk Watch Report 2011

Hawk Watch Report 2010

HAPPY SPRING 2011!!! Hope this letter finds all of you well. Spring is in the air, April is upon us, and in the following weeks spring migration will again focus our attention on the wonderful cycle of nature. I am writing this recap at what amounts to the midway point** between the conclusion of the [...]

By | March 10th, 2011|Hawk Watch Updates|Comments Off on Hawk Watch Report 2010

Hawk Watch Report 2009

I’m writing this report on a rather balmy 48 degree day in January so my thoughts are turning towards spring, but not too fast as I don’t want to be disappointed or rush the seasons!!! One thing I certainly wasn’t disappointed in was our 2009 season! We totaled 16,130 raptors counted during October and November, the [...]

By | January 11th, 2010|Hawk Watch Updates|Comments Off on Hawk Watch Report 2009

Hawk Watch Report 2008 – 21st Anniversary

Happy New Year!! Hope this report finds all of you doing well in 2009! I’m writing this report during a January cold snap and thinking about spring all ready! The first raptor of the season was a Northern Harrier during the first hour on September 1, with a few Broadwing Hawks as single birds or [...]

By | January 1st, 2009|Hawk Watch Updates|Comments Off on Hawk Watch Report 2008 – 21st Anniversary

WAS dedicates Park Bench to Henry Kurtz at Fort Washington State Park

Well, it finally happened, just before the rain started. The Henry Keller Kurtz memorial bench was dedicated. The local Kurtzes all turned up, with all sorts of goodies for lunch. They were setting up the picnic tables under the trees as I arrived. At 11:00 AM we gathered on the Militia Hill hawk watch deck [...]

By | May 18th, 2008|Fort Washington State Park, Hawk Watch Updates, WAS News|Comments Off on WAS dedicates Park Bench to Henry Kurtz at Fort Washington State Park

Hawk Watch Report 2007 – 20th Anniversary

On September 1, the first day of this year’s hawkwatch, 48 people turned up, as well as one Bald Eagle, four Sharp-shinned Hawks, three Cooper’s Hawks, two Broad-winged Hawks and one American Kestrel. This was a respectable, if not noteworthy, assortment and number of migrating raptors. But the best way to describe this first week [...]

By | November 16th, 2007|Hawk Watch Updates|Comments Off on Hawk Watch Report 2007 – 20th Anniversary

Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report 2006

Ospreys and Eagles Up, Broadwings Down By Jane Henderson with Marylea Klauder The annual Halloween picnic, attended by nearly 70 people, marked the official close of the 2006 Hawk Watch at Militia Hill. Photo albums of current and previous years were on display. Good spirits, glorious weather, camaraderie and lots of good food made the [...]

By | November 16th, 2006|Hawk Watch Updates|Comments Off on Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report 2006