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RouteShawangunk Grasslands NWR and environs, New York
Location New York, USA
Survey date 2020-02-01
Survey ID963




Survey Conditions

Survey Date: 2020-02-01Start Time: 13:20:00End Time: 17:10:00
Temperature4.4 (C)3.3 (C)
Cloud Cover100 (%)100 (%)
Visibility10 (km)7 (km)
Precipitation1: Haze or Fog1: Haze or Fog
Wind Speed1: 1-5 km/h (1-3 mph)0: less than 1km/h (Calm)
Wind DirectionNW---
WaterOpenOpen
Snow Depth0 (in)0 (in)
Observer 1Ajit Antony
Observer 2Liza Antony
Observer 3Gerhard Patsch
Observer 4
Notes Unseasonably warm. It had rained the night before and was extremely overcast with areas of low fog, humidity 79%. This was the lowest number of raptors we have ever had on this route over the years. Gerhard felt it was because of the weather conditions, viz. absence of wind and heavily overcast.




Survey Sightings

SpeciesTimeCountBehaviorMorphAgeSexHabitat
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:10:001Perched Adult•developed
Notes: Along Albany Post Road. Perched in a tree behind a house 150 m to the ESE.
NH (Northern Harrier)14:50:001Flying Perched AdultFemale•grassland
Notes: From the parking lot of Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge. It was perched in a small tree 250 m to the ESE. It was heard doing the ‘wheew” call, initially heard by Liza, then Gerhard, and finally by me. It was compared and confirmed immediately by Liza with the iBird PRO, and at home by me with Nathan Pieplow’s "Peterson Field guide To Bird Sounds of Eastern North America" and the voice files. It was the first time I’ve ever heard this call.
NH (Northern Harrier)15:30:001Flying AdultFemale•grassland
Notes: Along the blue trail at Shawangunk Grasslands NWR. It was seen flying 150 m to the west low over the ground.It had a lighter back than the first NOHA seen.
NH (Northern Harrier)16:10:001Flying AdultMale•grassland
Notes: Along the blue trail and past the connector trail at Shawangunk Grasslands NWR, noted 375 m to the NE, initially seen high above the trees, it dropped into the grasslands and flew to the NW a little above ground level.
NH (Northern Harrier)16:00:001Flying •grassland
Notes: Along the blue trail at Shawangunk Grasslands NWR, noted 385 m to the east high above the trees, flew to the west.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)17:00:001Perched •stubble agriculture
Notes: On Bruyn Tpk. perched in a tree 25 m to the NNW.



Survey totals by species

SpeciesTotal Count
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)2
NH (Northern Harrier)4
Total6