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RouteHudson River, Bear Mountain Bridge to Croton, New York
Location New York, USA
Survey date 2020-02-15
Survey ID979




Survey Conditions

Survey Date: 2020-02-15Start Time: 08:30:00End Time: 16:00:00
Temperature-10 (C)0 (C)
Cloud Cover10 (%)100 (%)
Visibility16 (km)16 (km)
Precipitation1: Haze or Fog1: Haze or Fog
Wind Speed0: less than 1km/h (Calm)1: 1-5 km/h (1-3 mph)
Wind Direction---NW
WaterPartly frozenPartly frozen
Snow Depth0 (in)0 (in)
Observer 1Ajit Ivan Antony
Observer 2Gerhard Patsch
Observer 3Robert Slechta
Observer 4Barry Babcock, Joe Cullen
Notes The night before was the first cold night in a long while and it was the first there was any ice on the Hudson River in a while, a thin sheet in parts that were slow-moving, e.g. near Iona island.




Survey Sightings

SpeciesTimeCountBehaviorMorphAgeSexHabitat
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)08:30:001Flying Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Iona Island Overlook on Route 202/6. 75 m to the northeast in a small tree. As we drove past it flushed.
BE (Bald Eagle)08:35:001Flying Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Iona Island Overlook on Route 202/6. A first winter BE. Seen 150 m west of us, flying NE over the Hudson River.
BE (Bald Eagle)08:40:003Perched •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: Near the entrance to Camp Smith, along Route 202/6, perched in a tree next to each other.
BE (Bald Eagle)08:50:001Flying Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center. Sitting on the ice 150 m W between the railway tracks trestle and the road. It then flew up to perch with the 3 BE seen just before.
BE (Bald Eagle)08:50:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center. Sitting on the ice 150 m W between the railway track trestle and the road, with the immature BE.
BE (Bald Eagle)08:55:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center. Perched in a tree 250 SW.
BE (Bald Eagle)09:05:001Flying •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center. 2 Km away to the South.
BE (Bald Eagle)09:15:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At Fleischmann's Pier Park. 200 m to the NE perched in a tree.
BE (Bald Eagle)09:35:001Flying Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At Charles Point Marina, perched in a tree 215 m to the SW. it then flew to the SE.
BE (Bald Eagle)09:45:001Flying Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At Charles Point Marina, flew through the trees 215 m to the SW, across from Lent's Cove.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:15:002Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Cortland Community Boat Launch. Seen in a tree to the East 150 m away.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:15:001Flying Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Cortland Community Boat Launch. Seen flying around Montrose 1.3 Km away.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:20:002Flying Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Cortland Community Boat Launch. As an active nest. One adult BE in the nest and another on a branch above it. After a while both of them flew away to the West.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:25:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Cortland Community Boat Launch. Seen perched on a tree at Stony Point State Park, 1.1 km away to the SW.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:25:001Flying Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Cortland Community Boat Launch. It flew in from the south and perched on a tree at Stony Point State Park, 1.1 km away to the SW, the same tree with the adult BE preceding. It was a second year immature BE with a white belly and irregular trailing edge of its wings.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:30:001Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Cortland Community Boat Launch. Seen perched on a different tree at Stony Point State Park, 1.1 km away to the SW. This was a first winter BE.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:35:001Flying •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the Cortland Community Boat Launch. Seen flying across the river 2.7 km to the SW at Stony Point.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:45:001Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At Steam Boat Dock. 1.1 km west across the river, perched in a tree. 1st winter.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:45:001Flying Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At Steam Boat Dock. 1.1 km west across the river, flying north along the river over the opposite shore.
BE (Bald Eagle)10:50:003Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At Steam Boat Dock. 1 km SW across the river on Stony Point State Park south end, in a tree.
BV (Black Vulture)11:00:007Soaring •grassland
Notes: At Steam Boat Dock. 1 km SW across the river just north of Stony Point State Park 1.2 km to the SW.
TV (Turkey Vulture)11:05:001Soaring •developed
Notes: At the junction of Broadway and 6th Street, 100 m to the NE.
BE (Bald Eagle)11:05:001Soaring Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: On Kings Ferry Road at Lake Meahagh. 330 m to the East.
BE (Bald Eagle)11:05:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: On Kings Ferry Road at Lake Meahagh. 330 m to the East, first in a tree near a house
TV (Turkey Vulture)11:10:001Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: On Kings Ferry Road at Lake Meahagh. 1.3 km to the NE.
BE (Bald Eagle)11:10:001Soaring Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: On Kings Ferry Road at Lake Meahagh. 350 m to the East. Second winter with irregular trailing edge to the wings and a white belly.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:15:001Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: On Kings Ferry Road at Lake Meahagh. 1.3 Km to the NE.
BV (Black Vulture)11:15:001Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: On Kings Ferry Road at Lake Meahagh. 330 m to the East.
BE (Bald Eagle)11:30:001Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At George's Island State Park Boat Launch, seen perched in a tree 4.6 km to the SSW, seen with a 20x 'scope.
TV (Turkey Vulture)11:30:002Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At George's Island State Park Boat Launch, 75 m to the NE.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:35:002Flying Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At George's Island State Park Boat Launch, 75 m to the NE.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:40:001Perched •developed
Notes: Seen on Route 9A 100 m to the NE.
BE (Bald Eagle)12:00:001Flying Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: On Cortlandt Street just south of Oscawana Island, it flew behind Oscawana Island 360 m to the East.
BE (Bald Eagle)12:15:001Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the boat launch at the trestle over the Croton River beyond the railway station. Perched in a tree 250 m to the east, close to an active nest.
TV (Turkey Vulture)12:25:001Soaring •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the boat launch at the trestle over the Croton River beyond the railway station. 1 Km to the SE.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:30:001Perched •forested
Notes: On Croton Point Avenue, just west of the bridge over the rail line. Perched in a tree next to the road 25 m to the west.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)12:30:001Perched •forested
Notes: On Croton Point Avenue, just west of the bridge over the rail line. Perched in a tree 375 m to the WSW on a small hill.
BE (Bald Eagle)13:05:001Perched Adult•forested
Notes: Along the trail from the upper parking lot near the campground. Seen in a pine tree 75 m to the SW.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)14:50:001Perched •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the New Croton Dam, 75 m to the South, perched in a tree.
BE (Bald Eagle)15:05:001Flying Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the New Croton Dam, 440 m to the NW.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)15:20:001Flying •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the New Croton Dam, flew 75 m to the west of us, flying SE.
BE (Bald Eagle)15:30:001Flying Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
Notes: At the New Croton Dam. 2nd winter BE with a white belly and irregular trailing edge to its wings. Flew 500 m to the NW.
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)16:00:001Flying Perched Adult•forested
Notes: At aqueduct Road just west of the junction with Croton Dam Road. Flew across from East to West and perched in a tree 150 m to the SW.



Survey totals by species

SpeciesTotal Count
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10
BE (Bald Eagle)34
BV (Black Vulture)8
TV (Turkey Vulture)5
Total57