Friday, August 26, 2016

Jones Beach West End Ponds

I went to the ponds with my birding buddy Mike Snouty mostly to try to find him his lifer Western Sandpiper - we walked through the mud and muck for most of the entire span of the ponds.  We saw the "standard" sandpipers as well as at least 6 Stilts, guessing same amount of Pectorals and Stilts, (one Semipalmated Plover), Short Billed Dowitchers, White Rumped Sandpipers, a Great Blue Heron and a Peregrine Falcon who had "breakfast".  The highlight was a continuing Virginia Rail who was a few feet away from us!  Before we left and assumed we should hit "J-Bay" we ran into Joe V who advised us there was at least 1 Western Sandpiper.  We asked another birder who he referred us to and there was 2 right in front of us!  I'm glad Snouty finally got his lifer Western, not to mention one was in nice plumage.

Later Snouty and I looked for a repored Western Tanager what was seen days earlier at Twelve Pines Park, Medford - no luck. I went to Muttontown Preserve later in the day and it was awfully quiet there - heard wrens and saw a female Redstart.

Virginia Rail!
Peregrine Falcon with "breakfast"
Western Sandpiper
Pectoral and Semipalmated Sandpipers

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