Saturday, January 9, 2016

Wild Goose chase is Over: Pink Footed Goose

I saw a report of a Pink Footed Goose at Miller's Pond in Smithtown so headed over there and got distant views of it - some time later it eventually took off with the Canada Geese it was associating with.  As I pulled out of the lot I noticed a field down the road so I figured I give it a shot to see if the goose landed there and sure enough, there it was.  I got great close up views of it.

I went to Amityville where I saw the continuing Ross's Goose right off Montauk Highway - got really great views of it also.  Camaan's Pond, Merrick had a good amount of waterfowl as well as Black Crowned Night Herons.  At Jones Beach West End I saw Harlequin Ducks, Purple Sandpipers, Common Eiders, and Long Tailed Ducks from the jetty, and Snow Buntings at the West End 2 lot.  I tried in vain looking for a reported (ebird) Northern Saw Whet Owl, but did find a late Phoebe.  I tried but could not find the Tufted Duck at Lake Capri but saw a Sharp Shinned Hawk.  At Belmont Lake the only notable sighting was a pair of Wood Ducks.  I ended the day with another visit to the Ross's Goose, then a stop at Farmingdale College-  there was a huge flock of several hundred Canada's but nothing else mixed in.

Pink Footed Goose
Ross's Goose
Harlequin Ducks
Purple Sandpiper
Snow Buntings
Northern Shoveler (pair)
Sharp Shinned Hawk

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