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RouteBlack Dirt - Wallkill NY-NJ
Location New York / New Jersey, USA
Survey date 2021-02-21
Survey ID1118

Survey Conditions

Survey Date: 2021-02-21Start Time: 07:40:00End Time: 15:30:00
Temperature-11 (C)1 (C)
Cloud Cover0 (%)0 (%)
Visibility15 (km)15 (km)
Precipitation0: None0: None
Wind Speed1: 1-5 km/h (1-3 mph)2: 6-11 km/h (4-7 mph)
Wind DirectionWNW
WaterMostly FrozenMostly Frozen
Snow Depth5 (in)5 (in)
Observer 1Steve Walter
Observer 2Yahvey Hoffman
Observer 3
Observer 4
Notes First time for me doing this route twice in one winter. Done earlier because of the Ferruginous Hawk's presence. Hoped to see it again, as well as a Golden Eagle in the area. No luck for either. But a good count anyway. Some takeaways: Harriers way down, with agricultural fields now socked in with snow. A noticeable influx of Rough-legs since last time. Two-thirds of them at one location, where meadow habitat was likely providing better feeding opportunities than the farm fields. A bunch of Red-tails here too. Of all RTs seen well enough, seemed to be a higher percentage of immatures than usually seen. I think it may have something to do with adults now pairing up and moving to their nest sites. There were a bunch of instances of two adults seen together.

Survey Sightings

RT (Red-tailed Hawk)07:40:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3572. Number is the image number of the picture taken by my camera in order to record GPS coordinates. This helps with verification of entries.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)07:40:002Perched Adult•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3580.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)07:45:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3583.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)07:45:001Perched Dark•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3584.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)07:50:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3585. Sitting in the tree where I got my best Ferruginous pictures last time.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)07:55:001Perched Immature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3587.
PG (Peregrine Falcon)08:20:001Perched Immature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3588. Initially seen flying in, but then perched for extended period, allowing for photographs.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)08:30:003Perched Immature•forested•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3664. Three immatures sitting in a wood lot, kind of together.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)08:40:001Perched Adult•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3665.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)08:45:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3668.
ML (Merlin)08:45:001Perched •roadsides•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3670. Perched in tree top.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)08:50:001Perched Immature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3671.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)08:50:002Perched Immature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3672.
BE (Bald Eagle)08:55:001Flying •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 3673. Eagle seen all the way over from Onion avenue, flying over Wallkill River.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:00:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3674.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:05:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3675.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:10:001Perched Immature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3676.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:45:001Flying Immature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3682.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:55:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3685.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10:00:001Perched Immature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3686.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:00:002Flying Adult•roadsides•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3687.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10:20:001Perched Adult•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3689.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10:30:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3690.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10:45:001Flying •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3692. Hunting out in snow covered agricultural field.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)10:45:001Perched LightImmature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3693.
TV (Turkey Vulture)10:55:004Flying •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3694.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:00:003Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3696. Three RTs scattered about in trees across a huge field.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)11:05:001Perched Immature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3697.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:20:007Flying Perched •grassland
Notes: 3698. Large field with better feeding opportunities than the agricultural fields, causing a congregation of birds all around and in the field.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)11:20:009Flying Perched •grassland
Notes: 3698. Both morphs noted among the assemblage of RL's.
BV (Black Vulture)11:20:003Flying
Notes: 3698.
TV (Turkey Vulture)11:20:002Flying
Notes: 3698.
BE (Bald Eagle)11:20:001Flying
Notes: 3698.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:40:001Perched Adult•roadsides
Notes: 3712. Dark northern bird (abietecola, if you want to call it that) photographed at length on power line.
NH (Northern Harrier)12:15:001Flying AdultFemale•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3812.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:20:002Perched Adult•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3814.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)12:20:001Flying LightImmature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3819. Hovering hunting.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)12:20:001Perched LightImmature•unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3821.
TV (Turkey Vulture)12:25:001Flying •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3826.
AK (American Kestrel)12:40:001Perched •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian•grassland
Notes: 3827. Observations at Wallkill N.W.R., scanning from Oil City Road parking area.
BV (Black Vulture)12:40:001Flying •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 3827.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:40:001Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 3827.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)12:40:001Perched •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 3827.
NH (Northern Harrier)12:40:001Flying AdultMale•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 3827.
TV (Turkey Vulture)12:40:002Flying •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 3827.
TV (Turkey Vulture)12:55:001Flying
Notes: 3828.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:55:001Perched
Notes: 3829.
TV (Turkey Vulture)13:00:003Flying
Notes: 3831.
BE (Bald Eagle)13:00:001Flying Adult
Notes: 3832.
TV (Turkey Vulture)13:05:001Flying •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 3835.
BE (Bald Eagle)13:10:001Flying Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian•forested
Notes: 3836.
TV (Turkey Vulture)13:10:001Flying •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 3837.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:20:001Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 3839.
TV (Turkey Vulture)13:20:001Flying •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: 3838.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)13:30:002Perched Adult
Notes: 3839.
TV (Turkey Vulture)13:30:001Flying
Notes: 3839.
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)13:50:001Perched •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3842.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:00:001Perched
Notes: 3844.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:05:002Perched Adult•grassland•developed
Notes: 3846.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:05:001Flying Immature•animal agriculture•developed
Notes: 3847.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:15:001Flying •forested
Notes: 3648.
BV (Black Vulture)15:15:002Flying •unspecified agriculture
Notes: 3869.
BV (Black Vulture)15:25:003Flying
Notes: 3870.

Survey totals by species

SpeciesTotal Count
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)48
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)16
PG (Peregrine Falcon)1
ML (Merlin)1
BE (Bald Eagle)4
TV (Turkey Vulture)17
BV (Black Vulture)9
NH (Northern Harrier)2
AK (American Kestrel)1