Surveying the Land  
For a few years now, I've been doing an annual Winter Raptor Survey in the region covering New York's Black Dirt Regiom and the Wallkill Refuge. It's obviously a superb area for hawks. In addition to finding numbers of the expected, I've fantasized about finding  a wayward Ferruginous Hawk. It didn't quite happen that way --  someone else made that fantasy a reality. But I jumped on the chance to be the one to enter the first record of a Ferrug on an eastern WRS.