Started the day at Massapequa Preserve - highlights was the Screech Owl, Cedar Waxwings and 3? Eastern Bluebirds. A larger hawk (Cooper's?) and a Merlin were also around. I then went looking for rare waterfowl especially Cackling Geese in Farmingdale and Belmont Lake, but didn't find anything noteworthy. I headed over to Santapogue Creek and Venetian Shores in Lindenhurst to look for recently reported Long Billed Dowitchers and lingering Black Skimmers. After a search down the creek I found a Green Winged Teal and eventually found the Long Billed Dowitchers among a large group of Yellowlegs. I also found the (juvenile) Black Skimmers but the highlight was a lifer juvenile Franklin's Gulll ponted out by another birder. Little did I know it would be one of 5 lifer Franklin's Gulls for me that day - 2 more at Captree (intentionally flushed by another birder), and another 2 at Robert Moses. The strong western winds brought these birds to Long Island and as far as I know, they were only seen today.
Other stops included Jones Beach West End, John F Kennedy Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary/ Tobay, Sunken Meadow, "Chalet Pond" Centerport, and Caumsett State Park.
|the "grey one" is back|
|Greater Yellowlegs, Long Billed Dowitchers|
|Franklin's Gull, Black Skimmer|
|Horned Larks, Black Bellied Plover|
|mostly Canada Geese, a few Bufflehead|