Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Jones Beach Coast Guard area

It's now "sparrow season" so I went to the Coast Guard area since Clay Colored and Lincoln's were reported yesterday - I walked around the hedgerow a few times, a little on the median and a little down the fisherman's path.  Lots of expected birds for this time of year - Yellow Rumps, Kinglets, Phoebes, Tree Swallows, some Palm Warblers.  Saw at least 2 pair of Surf Scoters off the north side of the sandbar, Swamp, Chipping, a Field and lots of Song Sparrows.  I might have seen a Clay Colored Sparrow - stood out from the Chipping Sparrows...One bird caught my eye turned out to be a Pine Warbler.  Highlight of the day was a Lark Sparrow that I found after thinking about Lark Sparrows.  (like my Wilson's Snipe locating method)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Robert Moses SP, Venetian Shores, Lindenhurst

I went by Venetian Shores a couple of times to see the Long Billed Dowitchers - there were about 7 or 8 among a large group of Yellowlegs.  There was a group of Black Skimmers, Laughing Gulls and Forster's Terns on the beach.  There were large numbers of Yellow Rumped Warblers passing through at Robert Moses.I also got a look at a Cape May Warbler.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Jamaica Bay East Pond

I went to the Jamaica Bay East Pond to find the continuing Avocet after missing it a couple of times.  While there weren't many shorebirds, I did find the Avocet as well as a Golden Plover and Little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron
Golden Plover

Friday, September 29, 2017

Robert Moses State Park

I met Snouty at Robert Moses after he successfully saw the Lark Bunting earlier in the morning.  I didn't see it again but did photograph a Wilson's Warbler. (first photo for me)

Wilson's Warbler

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Robert Moses State Park: Lark Bunting

Reported earlier in the day, this was the kind of thing I needed from my disenchantment from not seeing any lifers recently.  I refound the bird and it popped up a couple of times by the Field 2 volleyball area.  It was chased a couple of times by Song Sparrows - the white wing patches were obvious in flight.  I also went to the Jones Beach Coast Guard to look for a continuing Whimbrel but I didn't see it although I probably could've tried harder but the winds were too much for me.

Lark Bunting

Monday, September 18, 2017

Jones Beach Field 6, Alley Pond Park

Around this time I went to Alley Pond Park to chase a report of a Connecticut Warbler but did not find it.  At Jones Beach Field 6 I saw a group of terns that had about 6 Black Terns in it.  A Royal Tern was also on the beach.  Most of the beach was flooded from a storm over the ocean.

Black Tern (upper right)

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.