Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Montauk, Hamptons, Riverhead, Mount Sinai: Ash-Throated Flycatcher

I started the day looking for the recently reported Ash-Throated Flycatcher.  I got to see it this time!  After 2 hours I found it along the west side of Fort Hill Cemetery.  At Montauk Point/ Camp Hero I saw the usual scoters, Common Eiders and Gannets.  At Lake Montauk I saw a mix of Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead.  At Gosman's I saw Common Loons, Great and Double Crested Comorants, and most likely a Peregrine Falcon.  I stopped at several locations in the Hamptons including Hook Pond and Sagaponack.  The most notable sightings was around Hook Pond where I saw 3 Snow Geese, a Cooper's Hawk, and Purple Sandpipers.  A search through the Canada Geese flocks in the Hamptons and along 25A by Riverhead didn't yield anything unusual until the end of the day where I spotted something white in a geese flock in a school field - was a Snow Goose and also saw a Greater White Fronted Goose.  Curiously, there was about a dozen yellow tagged Canada Geese - the most I saw together in one group.  I also check around Cedar Beach, Mount Sinai for a recently reported Razorbill that was close to shore, but only found Long Tailed Ducks.

Ash-Throated Flycatcher
Ash-Throated Flycatcher
Ash-Throated Flycatcher
Common Goldeneye, Buffleheads
Common Loon
Peregrine Falcon
Great Comorant
Great Blue Heron
Cooper's Hawk
Purple Sandpipers, Sanderlings
Purple Sandpipers, Sanderlings
Snow Goose, Canada Geese
Greater White Fronted Goose
Canada Geese
Snow Geese

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