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RouteShawangunk Grasslands NWR and environs, New York
Location New York, USA
Survey date 2021-01-25
Survey ID1075

Survey Conditions

Survey Date: 2021-01-25Start Time: 12:40:00End Time: 15:30:00
Temperature0 (C)0 (C)
Cloud Cover60 (%)85 (%)
Visibility16 (km)16 (km)
Precipitation0: None0: None
Wind Speed2: 6-11 km/h (4-7 mph)2: 6-11 km/h (4-7 mph)
Wind DirectionNN
WaterPartly frozenPartly frozen
Snow Depth0 (in)0 (in)
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Notes Quite a warm winter probably secondary to strong El Nina. All ponds were frozen. The Wallkill River had a thin skin of ice proximal to a spillway and almost no ice distal. Galeville Park is NE of and is contiguous with Shawangunk Grasslands NWR. We saw the same species in the same numbers at both spots except at the latter we saw 1 more Short-eared Owl, i.e. we observed a total of 5 at one time. Ken McDermott an experienced senior member of the E.A.Mearns Bird Club told me that the evening before he had seen 9 SE. 5 minutes after we left Shawangunk Grasslands NWR he called us saying he had seen a RL hovering to the north of the grassland. We went back but did not see it.

Survey Sightings

BE (Bald Eagle)13:00:001Soaring Adult•forested•green agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:00:001Flying •green agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:05:001Flying Adult•forested•green agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:10:002Perched •green agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:10:001Perched Adult•green agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:20:001Perched •green agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:20:001Flying Adult•forested
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)13:30:001Flying •forested•green agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:35:001Flying Adult•forested•green agriculture
BV (Black Vulture)13:40:004Soaring •forested
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:50:001Perched Adult•green agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:00:001Flying Perched Adult•green agriculture•developed
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:00:001Flying Perched Immature•green agriculture•developed
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:10:001Perched •green agriculture•developed
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:25:001Perched Immature•green agriculture
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:30:001Perched Adult•green agriculture•developed
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:35:001Flying Adult•forested•grassland
BE (Bald Eagle)14:40:001Soaring Immature•forested•grassland
NH (Northern Harrier)14:45:001Flying Immature•grassland
NH (Northern Harrier)14:45:001Flying AdultFemale•grassland
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:50:002Perched Adult•grassland
SE (Short-eared Owl)14:55:004Flying
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)15:00:001Perched
SE (Short-eared Owl)15:25:001Flying

Survey totals by species

SpeciesTotal Count
BE (Bald Eagle)2
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)18
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)1
BV (Black Vulture)4
NH (Northern Harrier)2
SE (Short-eared Owl)5