Thursday, October 8, 2015

Jones Beach West End, Massapequa Preserve: Royal Terns Part 2, Fall Migrants

A quick peak in Massapequa Preserve produced some Swamp Sparrows and a Phoebe.

Spent a good part of the day at Jones Beach West End: Coast Guard Station sandbar, Coast Guard shrub area, median, West End 2 lot and Field 6.

Highlights were 2 Royal Terns, a gull chomping on the remains of a Black Skimmer, Scoters, juvenile White Crowned Sparrow, Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, Merlin, and lots of Tree Swallows getting ready to migrate.

I was birding with my friend Mike so I kept a complete list: (~46 species)

Canada Geese, Mallard, Black Scoters (2), Surf Scoters (1 continuing + 7 new including some female)

Dunlin, Sanderling, Semi Palmated Sandpiper, Black Bellied Plver, Piping Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Oystercatcher, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Green Heron,

Royal Tern, Forsters Tern, Black Skimmer, Herring, Great Black Backed, Laughing, Ring Billed Gulls

Merlin, Peregrine Falcon (1) Northern Harrier (1) Osprey (1)

Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Yellow Bellied Sapsucker (in the weedy spot by the Coast Guard Station), Flicker, Yellow Rumped Warbler (lots), Golden Crowned Kinglet, Phoebe (lots), Brown Creeper, Mockingbird, Boat Tailed Grackle, Robin, Blue Jay, Tree Swallows (lots), Palm Warbler, Towhee, Savanah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White Crowned Sparrow, House Sparrows

Again, I'll have to go through my sparrow photos in case I found something less common.

Semi Palmated Sandpiper
Black Skimmers
Laughing Gull
Surf Scoter
Great Black Backed Gull with the remains of a Black Skimmer
American Black Scoter
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
Royal Terns
Surf Scoters
shorebird mix
Ruddy Turnstone
Royal Terns
shorebird mix
Tree Swallows
White Crowned Sparrow
Palm Warbler
shorebird mix

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