Thursday, September 14, 2017

Massapequa Preserve

Lots of activity but was mostly limited to Robins, Blue Jays and Catbirds.  Highlights were a female Scarlett Tanager, a Black and White Warbler, a female Redstart and a Great Blue Heron.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Jones Beach West End

Went back to Jones Beach West End - similar to yesterday but also saw a Black Throated Blue Warbler.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Jones Beach West End

Most of the West End was dead - might be because some raptors are back: Merlin, a Kestrel and a Harrier.  There was one spot that had a lot of activity - was the poplars? to the west of the Coast Guard Station entrance.  I saw about 10 Cape May Warblers and lots of female Redstarts.  Also saw some Pewees and at least 1 Phoebe.  On the Coast Guard sandbar there were lots of Red Knots, Sanderings, Oystercatchers and several Dowitchers.

Cape May Warbler

Friday, September 8, 2017

Jamaica Bay East Pond, Hempstead Lake State Park: Yellow Bellied Flycatcher

Went with Snouty to the East Pond - as soon as we got out at the parking lot we saw a Least Flycatcher and Worm Eating Warbler.  At the pond, we saw a Caspian Tern, Blue Winged Teal, Laughing Gull and sandpipers. 

We looked around Hempstead Lake State Park for flycatchers and Snouty found and photographed one that was ID'd as a Yellow Bellied Flycatcher (lifer!) 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hempstead Lake State Park

I started at HLSP around dawn and birded for almost 5 hours - Redstart females and Robins were very abundant - hightlights include 2, possibly 3 Yellow Throated Vireos, Canada Warbler, Chestnut Sided Warbler, good amount of Black and White Warbler, calling Eastern Wood Pewee and a flycatcher which I can best determine to be a Yellow Bellied Flycatcher.  Jones Beach and Southard's Pond were not particularly noteworthy.

Canada Warbler

Monday, August 21, 2017

Jamaica Bay East Pond, Hempstead Lake State Park

Went to J-Bay with Snouty to get in some shorebirding - there weren't much in numbers but we got some variety: Pectoral Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpipers, White Rumped Sandpipers, and Short Billed Dowitchers.

I later went solo to check out Hempstead Lake State Park and found a flycatcher that appeared to be a good candidate for a Yellow Bellied Flycatcher - unfortunately, it got chased away by a territorial Hummingbird - I went back the next day and didn't find the YB Flycatcher bu did find a Canada and Worm Eating Warbler.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Massapequa Preserve, Nissequogue River State Park

I went to Massapequa Preserve early in the morning - highlights were 2 Black and White Warblers, and a continuing Muscovy.  I went with Snouty to look for a reported Franklin's Gull the day before at the south shore beach lots but only saw Laughing Gulls.  We went to Nissequogue to look for Otters - didn't see them but found Northern Waterthrush, Wood Pewees and another empid that we couldn't ID - possibly a Wood Pewee but had a light colored chest.