Anyway, I stopped by to check up on the grey Screech Owl who I was happy to find in a certain tree by the ball fields. I also saw my FOY definite Red Wing Blackbird.
I headed over to Jones Beach West End hoping to show my NYC birder friend the continuing Lark Sparrow so he could get a great easy lifer. The winds were really dreadful so the Lark Sparrow must've been hiding. His consolation lifers were Tree Sparrows, Fish Crows and a nice flock of Snow Buntings. We then stopped by Camaan's Pond in Merrick where we saw domestic Mallards, Northern Shovelers, and Black Crowned Night Heron. A desperate attempt to make up for missing the Lark Sparrow at Blydenburgh was unrewarding to say the least. Was a decent day despite missing our main target bird however, a very experienced birder I know once told me "Robert...birds have wings, sometimes they will fly."
|Eastern Screech Owl|
|Black Crowned Night Heron|