Shawangunk Grasslands NWR

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This afternoon I headed to the Shawangunk Grasslands to try for Short-eared Owls.  It was a cold but calm sunny day and quite enjoyable.  I had about a dozen Northern Harriers, three Red-tailed Hawk and a single Rough-legged Hawk.  Several Ravens flew around and there were many typical feeder birds at the feeders.  An added benefit of my visit was getting to see Ralph Tabor!  Its always great talking with Ralf and as always we are so grateful for all his efforts at the grasslands.  I was out on the trails when at 3:50 pm the first Short-eared Owl came up.  It was a while before three more showed and put on a nice show.  What a scene, there were at least forty cars parked in the lot today and I can only guess how many photographers. This was the most people I have ever seen at the grasslands!

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