Monday, April 27, 2015

Late April Updates: South Shore Long Island

Normally I don't like to lump locations together but figured I would make a general post of the species seen as the Spring Migration begins to heat up.  I saw a few lifers - most notable for me were 3 Whimbrels - one of my target birds for 2015.  I also saw my lifer Cape May Warbler who at first was shy but then allowed for some decent shots.  Also worth mentioning was a partially leucistic Boat Tailed Grackle, but took off before I could get a picture.  The white was mostly concentrated on the back of the wings near the wingtips so made for a really stunning bird.  Other birds I've seen recently include (some already seen this season):
*FOS or somehow significant to me personally

Common Loon, Red Throated Loon, Gadwall, Greater Yellowlegs (one at Massapequa Preserve)*, Least Sandpiper, Great White Egret, Snowy Egret,Glossy Ibis, Laughing Gull*, Forester's Terns*, Double Crested Comorants (in large numbers), Bald Eagle (juvenile), Turkey Vulture (over Massapequa Preserve)*, Red Screech Owl (original #1 at Massapequa Preserve)*, Turkey, Yellow Rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Eastern Bluebird, Common Grackle, among many others

Yellow Rumped Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Boat Tailed Grackle
Great White Egret
Tree Swallow
Glossy Ibis
Canada Goose
Eastern Bluebird
Great White Egret
Turkey Vulture
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Yellowlegs, Massapequa Preserve
Brant, Killdeer
Eastern Kingbird
juvenile Bald Eagle
Mallard pair

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