Sunday, February 23, 2014

Jones Beach West End, Meadowbrook Parkway, Part 2

Thanks for everyone's help with the blackbird ID from yesterday - most are saying they were Boat Tailed Grackles and not Rusty Blackbirds.

At the Coast Guard Marina I saw the same waterfowl as Saturday - a female bufflehead and 2 Horned Grebes as well as 2 Common Loons and Brant.  There were more birds on the median today: Killdeer, Juncos, Mockingbirds.  I met a very pleasant couple looking for a light phase/ghost Northern Harrier, but we found a typical one over the dunes.  A crowd was gathered observing a Snowy Owl.

Along the Meadowbrook, I saw the previously reported Rough Legged Hawk and also 3 Red Tailed Hawks.

Red Winged Blackbird on left

Northern Harrier


Boat Tailed Grackle

Red Tailed Hawk

another Red Tailed Hawk

Rough Legged Hawk

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