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RouteHudson River, Bear Mountain Bridge to Croton, New York
Location New York, USA
Survey date 2020-01-24
Survey ID953




Survey Conditions

Survey Date: 2020-01-24Start Time: 08:20:00End Time: 15:20:00
Temperature0 (C)7 (C)
Cloud Cover85 (%)85 (%)
Visibility25 (km)25 (km)
Precipitation1: Haze or Fog1: Haze or Fog
Wind Speed0: less than 1km/h (Calm)0: less than 1km/h (Calm)
Wind Direction------
WaterOpenOpen
Snow Depth0 (in)0 (in)
Observer 1Ajit Antony
Observer 2Gerhard Patsch
Observer 3Bruce Nott
Observer 4Bob Slechta
Notes Barry Babcock. Unlike surveys in years past, there was not a single ice floe on the Hudson River which usually results in fewer eagles.




Survey Sightings

SpeciesTimeCountBehaviorMorphAgeSexHabitat
BE (Bald Eagle)08:25:002Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Iona Island Overlook. Both perched on the same evergreen at the north end of Iona Island 920 m to the WSW.
BE (Bald Eagle)08:30:001Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Iona Island Overlook, perched on a tree 623 m to the SW on a tree on Iona Island, a 3rd year with a whitish head.
BE (Bald Eagle)08:40:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Iona Island Overlook, seen on the ridge over Jones Point, seen 2.4 Km to the South with a 20-60x 'scope. Spotted by Gerhard Patsch.
BE (Bald Eagle)08:50:001Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen while driving along Route 6/202 100 m before the Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center, perched in a tree next to the road.
BE (Bald Eagle)08:55:001Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center, seen 825 m to the SSE on a tree in the Annsville Preserve Park.
BE (Bald Eagle)09:00:001Flying Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center, seen flying to the east, in front of The Indian Point reactors 2.5 km to the WSW. First-year (juvenile) with lighter brown wing coverts.
BE (Bald Eagle)09:20:002Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At Fleischmann's Pier Park (Charles Point). Both perched on the concrete base of a buoy 482 m to the NE.
BE (Bald Eagle)12:00:001Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At Charles Point Marina, seen across Lents Cove perched on a tree On Indian Point with a white belly and a dark head, likely 1st year.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10:00:001Flying •developed
Notes: At McDonald's, seen flying 100 m to the east.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:00:001Perched •developed
Notes: Along Broadway in Buchanan, New York. Perched in a tree 50 m away as we drove.
RS (Red-shouldered Hawk)10:15:001Perched •developed
Notes: Along Broadway just before 6th St. perched on a tree in the yard 50 m away. Seen by Barry Babcock.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10:20:001Perched •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: As we drove on Riverview Ave. on a tree along the edge of an unnamed pond 75 m to the west.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:20:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen from Cortlandt Community Boat Launch, sitting in a nest in a tree on Montrose Point 900 m to the SE.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:30:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen from Cortlandt Community Boat Launch, sitting in a nest in a tree on Montrose Point 785 m to the SE.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:40:001Flying Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen from Cortlandt Community Boat Launch flying along Montrose Point, 700 m away east to west.
BV (Black Vulture)10:40:002Flying •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen from Cortlandt Community Boat Launch, flying over Stony Point State Park 2.5 km away.
TV (Turkey Vulture)10:40:0010Flying •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen from Cortlandt Community Boat Launch, flying over Stony Point State Park 2.5 km away.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:45:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen from Steam Boat Dock, Buchanan. Perched in a tree across the river 1.1 km to the west.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:50:002Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen from Steam Boat Dock, Buchanan. Perched in a tree across the river 1.2 km to the WNW.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:55:002Soaring Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen from Steam Boat Dock, Buchanan. Soaring north of Stony Point State Park 1.8 km to the West.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:55:001Soaring Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen from Steam Boat Dock, Buchanan. Soaring north of Stony Point State Park 1.8 km to the West. It had a white belly and irregular trailing edge to the wings, likely 2nd year.
TV (Turkey Vulture)10:55:004Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen from Steam Boat Dock, Buchanan. Soaring north of Stony Point State Park 1.8 km to the West.
BE (Bald Eagle)11:00:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen from Steam Boat Dock, Buchanan. Perched on a tree on Stony Point State Park 1 km to the SW.
BE (Bald Eagle)11:00:001Flying Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen from Steam Boat Dock, Buchanan. Flying to the north 3 km to the NNW just below the top of the ridge.
BE (Bald Eagle)11:25:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At George's Island State Park, perched in a tree 372 m to the WNW.
BE (Bald Eagle)11:25:001Flying Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At George's Island State Park, flying around the tip of Montrose point 490 m to the WNW.
BE (Bald Eagle)11:25:001Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At George's Island State Park, perched on a tree at the Montrose Point 490 m to the WNW, partly hidden.
BE (Bald Eagle)11:30:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At George's Island State Park, seen 2.7 km to the west, across the Hudson River on a tree in Stony Point.
BE (Bald Eagle)11:30:001Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At George's Island State Park, seen 2.8 km to the west on a tree in Stony Point, across the Hudson River .
BE (Bald Eagle)11:30:001Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At George's Island State Park, seen 2.8 km to the west both on the same tree in Stony Point across the Hudson River.
BE (Bald Eagle)11:55:001Soaring Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At Oscawana Park, seen 2.4 kilometers away Over the Hudson River, flying north.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:00:001Perched •developed
Notes: As we were driving on Furnace Dock Road, seen perched in a tree 50 m to the SE.
BE (Bald Eagle)12:15:001Perched Adult•forested
Notes: Seen from the Croton Park office 680 m to the SSW, perched in a tree.
BE (Bald Eagle)12:20:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Croton Boat Launch (trestle). Seen perched in a tree 700 m to the SSE.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:20:001Perched •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Croton Boat Launch (trestle). Seen perched in a tree 475 m to the SE.
BE (Bald Eagle)12:35:001Perched •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Croton Boat Launch (trestle). Seen perched in a tree near the tip of Croton .2 km to the ESE.
BE (Bald Eagle)12:50:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen by Bruce Nott along the Croton River while he drove south on Rte. 9. It was 300 m away on a tree.
BE (Bald Eagle)14:40:001Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the New Croton Dam. Perched on the ice 550 m away to the NE. it had a white belly.
BE (Bald Eagle)14:45:001Flying Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the New Croton Dam. It flew in and landed among the trees 630 m to the NE. it had a white belly.
BE (Bald Eagle)14:45:001Flying Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the New Croton Dam. It flew in from the north, 650 m away.
BE (Bald Eagle)14:50:001Soaring Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the New Croton Dam. Whitish head and tail and a smooth trailing edge to the wings, likely 3rd year. Seen 100 m to the east and moderately high.
BE (Bald Eagle)14:50:001Soaring Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the New Croton Dam. Whitish head and white belly and an irregular trailing edge to the wings, likely 2nd year. It was chasing a TUVU 200 m to the east.
TV (Turkey Vulture)14:50:001Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the New Croton Dam. It was being chased by the 2nd year BE.
BV (Black Vulture)14:55:002Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the New Croton Dam. 300 m to the east, together.
TV (Turkey Vulture)15:00:002Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the New Croton Dam. Seen far to the NNE, 1.5 Km away.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)15:05:001Flying Perched •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the New Croton Dam. One followed another, from the NE, and landed in a tree 400 m to the NE.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)15:15:001Perched •forested
Notes: At the edge of the former Croton landfill area. Perched in a tree 200 m to the SE. Seen by Bruce Nott.
PG (Peregrine Falcon)14:45:001Flying Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Seen by Bruce Nott - heard squawking, flying landing on the ground, and repeating the process, for about 15 minutes. Seen 150 m away to the South.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)15:20:001Perched •forested
Notes: On Grand Street (Route 129 as we drove, perched in a tree 25 m to the SE.



Survey totals by species

SpeciesTotal Count
BE (Bald Eagle)37
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)8
RS (Red-shouldered Hawk)1
BV (Black Vulture)4
TV (Turkey Vulture)17
PG (Peregrine Falcon)1
Total68