I headed over to Bayville where I checked the north part of Oyster Bay, some spots on Long Island Sound and Mill Neck Creek. I looked for rare gulls but didn't see any. I left earlier then I originally planned to look for the continuing Barrow's Goldeneye. Low tide was at 2pm but I got there around 11:30. I started my search around Hoffstot Lane where I found some Common Goldeneye around some rocks. I parked at Sands Point Preserve and made the trek west towards Hoffstot Lane- I scanned through the Common's with my scope and wham! finally found the Barrow's!
I went to Venetian Shores to locate the "Lake Capri" Tufted Duck - I didn't find it, but there were hundreds of Scaup, many Ruddy Ducks, Brant and Buffleheads. I found an odd looking Ring Billed Gull at the marina - appeared to have yellowish buff around the eyes.
I stopped at Argyle Park in Amityville - mostly Black Ducks, Ring Billed Gulls and a neat looking domestic Mallard.
I concluded the day at Cedar Beach where I found a Great Backed Gull feeding on a Red Breasted Merganser in the water - he gull later dragged the duck onto the ice where another gull joined it. I got the impression they were a pair.
|Great Horned Owl|
|Great Black Backed Gull|
|Red Throated Loon|
|Ring Billed Gull - not obvious from the photo but had a yellowish buff around the eyes|
|American Black Ducks|
|Great Black Backed Gull with Red Breasted Merganser for dinner|
|Great Black Backed Gulls with Red Breasted Merganser for dinner|