Hawk Watch 


The 2021 Hawk Watch season ended November 30.
Here's a note from Jen Ottinger, the official Cape Henlopen counter:

"Thank you to all the amazing volunteers that help make the Henlopen Hawk

Watch a success! I appreciate all of you!

[We set an] all time record for Bald Eagles this

year! See you all next fall!"

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 any day from 9am-3pm (weather dependent). Members of the Sussex Bird Club frequently help with spotting birds and conducting the count. 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 had another successful year of Hawk Watch in 2020 despite COVID-19 challenges. Jen Ottinger was back as our paid counter, and SBC member Sue Gruver was her faithful assistant, taking notes and spotting raptors on a daily basis.

The Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch data for 2002-2020 can be found at HawkCount.org. The Delaware Hawk Watch is administered by Sally O'Byrne through the Delaware Ornithological Society.

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