Shawangunk and Liberty Loop

We went on another lovely field trip with Linnaean NY. Saw and heard lots of grassland birds at Shawangunk Grassland NWR in Ulster County, New York. and at the Liberty Loop Trail part of the Wallkill River NWR in NY/New Jersey. The highlight for me were the Sandhill Cranes, including a baby one. They were life-birds for me. I enjoyed the company of fellow birders, many of whom I have known for years. It was very hot out in the grasslands – 90 degrees! Ice-cream on the way home helped a little. The baby Sandhill Crane is in the grass in the first two pictures.

18 thoughts on “Shawangunk and Liberty Loop

  1. Denzil 2021-05-27 / 1:21 pm

    Hi Sherry, nice to be back in touch with you again. Lovely portfolio of photos from this interesting place. To be honest I always thought a bobolink was an animal, not a bird.


  2. Amy 2021-05-27 / 9:56 am

    I love these bird captures! The flower gallery is fabulous.
    Thank you for sharing, Sherry!


  3. Mark S 2021-05-24 / 9:29 am

    These are great! Love the turtle.


    • Anne Lazarus 2021-05-24 / 5:43 pm

      Sherry love the pictures and the identifications. You are a naturalist. Take us on a walk. Love the botany


  4. derrickjknight 2021-05-24 / 6:24 am

    Lovely shots – especially the birds, for which I imagine you had your long lens this time πŸ™‚


  5. picpholio 2021-05-24 / 6:08 am

    You got a lot of nice pictures in these natural reserves !


  6. shoreacres 2021-05-23 / 9:59 pm

    There’s so much to love here: the bobolink, the sandhill crane baby, the tailed blue. But the best part of the post was something I found when I went looking to find out how to pronounce the name: Shawangunk. I don’t know how you say it, but apparently some Boy Scouts and other locals are all in with ‘Shon-gum.’ I never would have figured that out!


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