Friday, February 3, 2017

Patchogue, Dune Road, Bellport

Snouty and I started out looking for a reported Tufted Duck at Swan Lake Patchogue and for gulls at Shinnecock Inlet - struck out since we didn't find our target birds, Glaucous or Iceland Gulls.  We were thinking our day was a waste until we drove down Dune Road and found an American Bittern.  Also saw a Great Blue Heron and juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron.  Things got even better when we found a Short Eared Owl.  A quick stop at the apartment complex behind the Brookhaven landfill paid off with a beautiful Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, flyover Raven and there was a large raptor-type bird by the landfill but I couldn't get a good look.

Black Crowned Night Heron
Short Eared Owl
Short Eared Owl
Glaucous Gull
Iceland Gull

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