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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

SpeciesTimeCountBehaviorMorphAgeSexHabitat
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:00:001Flying •green agriculture
Notes: On Eastern Bruyn Turnpike. A binocular bird, flew over the tree line south. Flew east.
BE (Bald Eagle)13:00:001Soaring Adult•forested•green agriculture
Notes: From next to a pond on Bruyn Turnpike. Soaring to the north, a binocular bird, very high.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:05:001Flying Adult•forested•green agriculture
Notes: From next to a pond on Bruyn Turnpike. Flying to our NE, a binocular bird, very high.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:10:002Perched •green agriculture
Notes: Off Bruyn Turnpike. Perched in a tree 100 m south with an adult.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:10:001Perched Adult•green agriculture
Notes: Off Bruyn Turnpike. Perched in a tree 100 m south with another RT.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:20:001Perched •green agriculture
Notes: Junction of Bruyn Turnpike and Albany Post Road. In a tree 200 m ESE.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:20:001Flying Adult•forested
Notes: Of Bruyn Turnpike. Fling NW visible to the naked eye.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)13:30:001Flying •forested•green agriculture
Notes: Junction of Hoagerburgh and Myers Rds. Just visible to the naked eye, far to the south – long tail and pronounced dihedral.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:35:001Flying Adult•forested•green agriculture
Notes: Junction of Hoagerburgh and Myers Rds. Just visible to the naked eye, flying 500 m to the south.
BV (Black Vulture)13:40:004Soaring •forested
Notes: On Alford Rd off Hoagerburgh Rd. Soaring over Shawangunk Ridge c.10 km to the west.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:50:001Perched Adult•green agriculture
Notes: On Hoagerburgh Rd south of Alford Rd. 2 RT in a tree 100 m south – one was presumed to be the one flying seen from Myers Road, and not counted again.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:00:001Flying Perched Adult•green agriculture•developed
Notes: Bates Lane west. This is along a horse farm. Seen in a tree 125 m East. Flew to the next tree displacing an immature RT.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:00:001Flying Perched Immature•green agriculture•developed
Notes: Bates Lane west. This is along a horse farm. Seen in a tree 125 m East. Flew away to the north when an adult flew to it.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:10:001Perched •green agriculture•developed
Notes: Bates Lane. This is along a horse farm. Seen in a tree 100 m NE.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:25:001Perched Immature•green agriculture
Notes: On Albany Post Road south of Sycamore Dr. perched on a post 75 m NW.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:30:001Perched Adult•green agriculture•developed
Notes: Albany Post Road south of Galeville Road. Perched in tree 100 m NW.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:35:001Flying Adult•forested•grassland
Notes: From Galeville Park. Flying over the trees 300 m ESE.
BE (Bald Eagle)14:40:001Soaring Immature•forested•grassland
Notes: From Galeville Park. Soaring over the trees 500 m ESE. Basic II with a white belly and smooth trailing edge to wings.
NH (Northern Harrier)14:45:001Flying Immature•grassland
Notes: From Galeville Park. Hunting in Shawangunk Grasslands NWR 200 m SW.
NH (Northern Harrier)14:45:001Flying AdultFemale•grassland
Notes: From Galeville Park. Hunting in Shawangunk Grasslands NWR 200 m SW.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:50:002Perched Adult•grassland
Notes: From Galeville Park. Perched in a tree in Shawangunk Grasslands NWR 300 m SW, 150 m south.
SE (Short-eared Owl)14:55:004Flying
Notes: From Galeville Park. Hunting in Shawangunk Grasslands NWR 1.4 Km SSE (2), 1.2 km SSW (2).
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)15:00:001Perched
Notes: From Galeville Park. Perched in a tree in Shawangunk Grasslands NWR 125 m SSE. All 3 RT documented as perched from this spot could be seen at the same time.
SE (Short-eared Owl)15:25:001Flying
Notes: From The Shawangunk Grasslands NWR. We could see 5 SE at the same time, while we had seen 4 SE from adjoining Galeville Park, reported already. This one was 250 m east.



Survey totals by species

SpeciesTotal Count
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)18
BE (Bald Eagle)2
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)1
BV (Black Vulture)4
NH (Northern Harrier)2
SE (Short-eared Owl)5
Total32