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RouteBlack Dirt - Wallkill NY-NJ
Location New York / New Jersey, USA
Survey date 2021-01-19
Survey ID1066

Survey Conditions

Survey Date: 2021-01-19Start Time: 07:50:00End Time: 15:50:00
Temperature1 (C)4 (C)
Cloud Cover80 (%)95 (%)
Visibility15 (km)15 (km)
Precipitation0: None0: None
Wind Speed3: 12-19 km/h (8-12 mph)3: 12-19 km/h (8-12 mph)
Wind DirectionWW
WaterPartly frozenPartly frozen
Snow Depth0 (in)0 (in)
Observer 1Steve Walter
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Notes Mostly cloudy, which I typically try to avoid. But the finding of a Ferruginous Hawk in the area, a few days earlier, dictated getting out there without much further delay. Also, colder weather in the long term forecast. Not especially cold on this day. Not especially windy, but enough to be felt at times. And it didn\'t seem to stimulate a lot of soaring, perhaps outweighed by the negative effect of the clouds. As a side note to only 3 Black Vultures being encountered in the survey area. Where I stopped to get breakfast, about 5 miles away, at least 12 BV\'s were sitting on rooftops in the shopping center.

Survey Sightings

NH (Northern Harrier)07:55:001Flying •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1785. Number indicates camera image number, which I use to refer back to the image used to record the GPS coordinates taken with the camera (sometimes of the bird).
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)08:00:001Perched DarkImmature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1786. Seen in tree a long way out. Became easier to identify when a few crows landed in said tree, soon causing the hawk to fly.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)08:05:001Perched
Notes: 1787-1788.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)08:15:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian•green agriculture
Notes: 1789-1790. Looks like the skittish, darkish northern bird seen in the same area last year. Sitting in trees along the Wallkill River.
NH (Northern Harrier)08:30:001Flying AdultMale•green agriculture
Notes: 1791.
PG (Peregrine Falcon)08:35:001Perched Adult•roadsides•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian•unspecified agriculture
Notes: Perched in tree along Celery Avenue.
CH (Cooper's Hawk)08:50:001Perched Immature•roadsides
Notes: 1815. Photographed in tree along Onion Avenue.
PG (Peregrine Falcon)08:50:001Flying •roadsides
Notes: 1816. Not seen well. I can't rule out that it was the same bird from the other side of the river, but I was told of an immature in the area. So there are two birds around.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)08:55:001•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1817-1818.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)08:55:001Flying Adult•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1819.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:25:001Perched Immature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1821-1829.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:35:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1830.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:40:001Perched Adult•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1831.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:55:001Perched Adult•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1832. Indiana Road.
NH (Northern Harrier)10:00:001Perched AdultMale•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1833-1834. On ground out in field. Nay have been eating.
NH (Northern Harrier)10:05:001Flying AdultMale•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1835.
NH (Northern Harrier)10:10:001Perched AdultMale•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1836. On ground out in field.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:20:001Flying
Notes: 1837.
FH (Ferruginous Hawk)10:40:001Perched Immature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1840. Not an input error here. The Ferruginous Hawk was found a few days earlier in the general area, for a first New York record. How great that it's in my WRS route. Many birders in the area on this day helped find it, enabling me to get it for the WRS. Seen way out in a field, on the ground. I focused on it for an hour and a half, before resuming the route. I did get an opportunity for good pictures.
TV (Turkey Vulture)10:50:001Flying •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1841.
BV (Black Vulture)11:10:001Flying •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 1842.
AK (American Kestrel)12:00:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2027. Resuming count after Ferruginous disruption.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:00:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2028.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:10:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2029.
NH (Northern Harrier)12:15:001Perched Immature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2030.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:20:001Flying •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2031.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)12:25:001Soaring LightImmature
Notes: 2033.
AK (American Kestrel)12:25:001Perched Male•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2034.
AK (American Kestrel)12:00:001Perched Male•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2035.
RS (Red-shouldered Hawk)12:30:001Perched Immature•developed•forested
Notes: 2036-2042. My first RS for this route (but not the last of the day). First seen landing on wire over the road. Then seen in small wood lot by entrance to a development.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:40:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2043.
RS (Red-shouldered Hawk)12:50:001Perched Adult•forested
Notes: 2044. Oil City Road.
RS (Red-shouldered Hawk)12:50:001Immature•roadsides•grassland
Notes: 2045-2050. Perched on a roadside wire at Wallkill N.W.R. Later seen by refuge parking lot. Rather tame as northern Re-shoulders go.
TV (Turkey Vulture)12:55:006Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 2054.
NH (Northern Harrier)13:00:001Flying Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 2055.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)13:05:001Perched LightImmature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 2056.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:10:002Perched •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 2057.
TV (Turkey Vulture)13:20:001Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 2058.
CH (Cooper's Hawk)13:25:001Perched Immature•forested•roadsides
Notes: 2059.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:25:001Flying
Notes: 2060.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:30:001Flying
Notes: 2062.
BV (Black Vulture)13:40:002Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 2063.
TV (Turkey Vulture)13:40:003Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 2063.
TV (Turkey Vulture)13:55:001Flying
Notes: 2070.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:05:002Flying
Notes: 2087.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:10:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2088.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:00:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2089-2090.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:40:001Adult•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2091.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:50:001Perched Immature•roadsides•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2092.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:55:001Perched Adult•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2094.
NH (Northern Harrier)15:40:002Flying •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2103.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)15:40:001Flying •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2103.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)15:45:001Perched Adult•grassland
Notes: 2104.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:20:001•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 2032.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)12:50:001Perched Light•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 2053.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:30:001Perched Adult•forested
Notes: 2061. Owens Station Road.

Survey totals by species

SpeciesTotal Count
NH (Northern Harrier)9
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)5
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)26
PG (Peregrine Falcon)2
CH (Cooper's Hawk)2
BE (Bald Eagle)1
FH (Ferruginous Hawk)1
TV (Turkey Vulture)12
BV (Black Vulture)3
AK (American Kestrel)3
RS (Red-shouldered Hawk)3