The Hilltop Reservation’s location on the Second Watchung Mountain puts it in the middle of the Atlantic migratory flyway, and provides great bird-watching opportunities year-round. Watch for hawks during the fall, seed-eaters in the winter, warblers in the spring, finches in the summer — see our bird checklist below. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a great horned owl — the top predator on the Hilltop!
Please log your Hilltop sightings in the Greater West Essex, NJ Birders Birding Log (now with over 11 years of historical data). Click here.Hilltop Reservation bird checklist