"I'm sharing my photos and stories of my bird watching adventures on Long Island. I also feature my sightings from around the USA and other countries when I travel. I hope you enjoy them." - Rob (from Massapequa)
Monday, May 9, 2016
Hempstead and Valley Stream State Parks: Blackpoll
There was a major Spring migration fallout yesterday so I made sure I got out to look around if only for a few hours. My first bird of the day was a Baltimore Oriole in my neighborhood so I figured I was off to a good start. When I was at Hempstead Lake State Park I was a bit disappointed - only bird of note was a Great Crested Flycatcher. A friend of mine was at Valley Stream where he saw 3 Yellow Billed Cuckoos and my "nemesis bird" the Black Throated Green Warbler. I saw one last year but was only a quick glimpse. I headed over to Valley Stream where I was again disappointed - didn't see much at first except for another Great Crested Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Northern Waterthrush, Hermit Thrush and a bunch of Yellow Rumped Warblers. My luck changed as I was leaving when I found a Scarlett Tanager, Wood Thrush (heard also), Northern Parula and a lifer Blackpoll - all by the playground where my son was enjoying the nice day.