Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch September 1 - November 30, 2020
The Sussex County Hawk Watch is located at Cape Henlopen State Park on the elevated platform near the large picnic pavilion. The season runs from September 1 thru November 30 and the hours are normally 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. The watch is canceled in cases of extreme bad weather.
Volunteers are always needed; they are critical to the success of Hawk Watch! The volunteer hours help Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife get the funds to run the Hawk Watch and fund a full-time paid counter. Just show up at the platform (with a mask) any day from 9am-3pm (weather dependent). Members of the Sussex Bird Club frequently help with spotting birds and conducting the count. SBC member Sue Gruver rarely misses a day! Hawk Watch is an excellent way to learn hawks in flight, and someone is always there to assist with bird identification. Come on out, learn to ID raptors, watch seabirds and dolphins, and meet interesting new people!
We welcome Jen Ottinger back as our paid counter as we anticipate another successful year of Hawk Watch! Sue Gruver will again assist Jen by taking notes and spotting raptors.
Covid-19 has necessitated some changes. Masks will be required if a 6 ft. distance cannot be maintained between counters and volunteers on the upper platform. Therefore we may have to limit the number of people on the platform at any time; some visitors may be directed to the lower platform. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. We hope to see you this fall!
The Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch Fall 2019 data can be found at HawkCount.org. The Delaware Hawk Watch is administered by Sally O'Byrne through the Delaware Ornithological Society.