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Saturday, October 19, at 8:30 am

Cold Brook Preserve

Saturday, October 19, 2024

 

A birder’s meetup

 

Meet at 8:30 am in the preserve parking lot at 65 Old Turnpike Road, Oldwick, NJ 08858.

Just forty-five minutes from Montclair, in the middle of New Jersey's horse county, this 287-acre Hunterdon County park is well known for beautiful views and excellent fall birding. Hedgerows provide plenty of edge where birds can forage and find shelter from predators (or nosy birders). The occasional heron or duck can be found on the small pond. Northern harriers, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, and other raptors are often seen at this season, and many sparrow species are known from this site. Ring-necked pheasants are also seen on occasion.

 

Our walk of one and a half or two miles will end at 10:30. The trails are flat, though there are a few areas where the terrain is rolling and sloped; a trail map is here. Bathrooms are available at the Oldwick Market, two minutes from the preserve.

Driving directions: From the Montclair area, take the Garden State Parkway south to exit 142B for I-78 west; alternatively, take I-80 west to exit 43 and follow 287 south to exit 21B for I-78 west. Leave I-78 at exit 24 for Route 523, Oldwick. Continue straight through the village of Oldwick and past Zion Church on your right. The preserve parking is ahead on your left, just at the end of Oldwick.



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