It was lovely seeing my friends at the Central Park trip with The Linnaean Society of New York on Saturday. The leaders are the best and so helpful. We covered half of the Park for about 4 hours. I missed 9 of the 44 species of birds spotted. You are welcome to attend the excellent free programs and if you want to go on a trip and you are not a member let me know and you can come as my guest.
The last of the Shawangunk Grassland NWR posts are these winter landscapes. We also stopped briefly at the nearby Wallkill River on the bridge at Galeville Road and Galeville Park next to the refuge. A muskrat was out feeding at the edge of the little pond near the feeders and I spotted a few deer feeding out in the grasslands.
It is fun to catch birds in flight.. Not always the sharpest of images but I like them anyway.
At the Shawangunk Grasslands NWR feeders there were lots of electric blue Eastern bluebirds. They are so lovely. It is the New York State bird. It is pictured on my conservation license plate. Part of the money to buy it went towards conservation.
We went on a field trip with the Linnaean Society of New York. I got to see many of my old friends. It was below freezing on Saturday, March 6 at the Shawangunk Grasslands NWR in Ulster county, New York. Formerly the Galeville Military Airport, it was decommissioned in 1994 and turned over to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in 1999. It serves as a waypoint for grassland-dependent migratory birds. Area: 0.84 sq mi (2.2 km²).
The hawks were seen at great distance. More to come…