Plus ça change…By
The First Watchung Mountain has always been an important lookout point. The traprock ridge offers great views across the coastal plain to the Hudson River and Manhattan.
During the American Revolution, the fugitive Continental Army kept an eye on the British from up here. And more recently, just 70 years ago, anti-aircraft guns were placed here to defend the coast against the Germans.
All that remains of installations today is a circular concrete pad, a favored resting spot for hikers and birders–and the site of the spring Montclair Hawk Watch, which starts up on March 15.
I’ve been pushing the season a little the past couple of days, but Turkey and Black Vultures, Red-tailed and Sharp-shinned Hawks, and a Bald Eagle this morning all bode well for the northbound flight. See you up there!