I drove down to Jones Beach just for the chance to see something from the car...there was a recent report of a Long Eared Owl so I figured was worth a shot. On the way before Ocean Parkway, I saw 2 Snow Geese in the median.
I met up with another birder who brought me to where the owl was - I could've got a better photo if I got closer but didn't want to disturb the owl. Soon after, another birder pointed out he just saw a Short Eared Owl over the dunes - I saw a dark silhouette which he confirmed was the Short Ear - I sped over to the West End 2 lot - got good views of the Short Eared Owl - put on a good show - at one point it was tussling with a Northern Harrier - the Harrier got the heck outta there.
Two lifers within minutes - can't beat that.
|Snow Geese, Canada Geese|
|Long Eared Owl|
|Short Eared Owl|
|Short Eared Owl (left), Northern Harrier (right)|