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RouteShawangunk Grasslands NWR and environs, New York
Location New York, USA
Survey date 2020-12-23
Survey ID1036

Survey Conditions

Survey Date: 2020-12-23Start Time: 13:10:00End Time: 15:20:00
Temperature5.5 (C)5.5 (C)
Cloud Cover50 (%)50 (%)
Visibility16 (km)16 (km)
Precipitation0: None0: None
Wind Speed1: 1-5 km/h (1-3 mph)1: 1-5 km/h (1-3 mph)
Wind DirectionSS
WaterMostly FrozenMostly Frozen
Snow Depth5 (in)5 (in)
Observer 1Ajit Antony
Observer 2Liza Antony
Observer 3
Observer 4
NotesBefore going to the Shawangunk Grasslands NWR we were at Galeville Park where we saw 1 NH perched and 5 SEO perched and flying – but all of them were in the area of the NWR and thus not reported separately.

Survey Sightings

RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:25:001Flying Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Pond off Bruyn Turnpike. flying over the trees at the North end of the pond, flew to the East.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:50:001Flying Perched Adult•other
Notes: On Blue Chip Farm, seen from Bates Lane. Flew from South, landed in a tree 375 m to the ESE, then flew West and landed in a tree 100 SW.
CH (Cooper's Hawk)14:05:001Perched Adult•developed
Notes: On Long Lane. Perched in a tree behind a house, 75 m to the SW. Accipiter with outer tail feathers as long as central tail feathers, not as large as a crow, head peaked at back, squarish head, barred rusty breast. Initial impression was SS but an image through the scope showed the head shape.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)14:40:001Soaring LightAdultFemale•grassland
Notes: Shawangunk Grasslands NWR. Soaring to the NE high above the trees. Broad well-defined black terminal tail band on a white tail, seen with binoculars and 20-60x 'scope.
SE (Short-eared Owl)14:45:005Flying Perched •grassland
Notes: Shawangunk Grasslands NWR. 5 seen together – flying, hunting, perched on trees and rocks, 200-700 m to the ENE-SE.
NH (Northern Harrier)14:50:001Flying Immature•grassland
Notes: Shawangunk Grasslands NWR. Flying 250m to the East. Reddish breast.
BE (Bald Eagle)15:00:001Flying Immature•grassland
Notes: Shawangunk Grasslands NWR. Seen high to the north, flying and flapping almost continuously, flew to the SW. White in the wing pits and obliquely along wing, dark head, belly and tail and no white upper back. Juvenile.
NH (Northern Harrier)15:00:001Perched AdultFemale•grassland
Notes: Shawangunk Grasslands NWR. Perched in a low tree c. 10' up, to the NNE at the edge of the grasslands 1 km away. Streaky creamy breast, long banded tail.

Survey totals by species

SpeciesTotal Count
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)2
CH (Cooper's Hawk)1
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)1
SE (Short-eared Owl)5
NH (Northern Harrier)2
BE (Bald Eagle)1