Ulster County

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This morning I was headed over to Blue Chip Farms and Shawangunk Grasslands NWR when I got a call from Bruce Nott.  He informed me he was viewing a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE in the hamlet of Wallkill on the Wallkill River. He was as surprised as I when I informed him I was only a mile away.  I headed right over and we both viewed the bird in a huge flock of Canada Geese numbering approximately 2000 birds.  We also had Herring and Ring-billed Gulls, Common Mergansers, Great Blue Heron and a Bald Eagle.  From there we went on to the aforementioned locations.  We had an abundance of hawks including many Northern Harriers and Red-tailed Hawks.  One American Kestrel was along the drive into the refuge.  Later as I departed to head home, a single  Cooper’s Hawk sat along Albany Post Road.  We had many sparrows, woodpeckers and usual common passerines.  We were still interested in finding a Cackling Goose, which we missed earlier so we returned to the river.  Unbelievably, every goose was gone!  Great morning! Thanks Bruce!

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