Morningside Park and the Bashakill 8/18/12

close up Pectoral, note decurved bill, yellow legs

Northern Harrier

Pectoral Sandpiper – most likely female, note the yellow legs, sharp demarcation between breast and belly and the rusty cap.

Last nights storms with North-Northwest winds had the desired effect, the first small influx of Shore birds at Morningside Park. There were also a few shore birds at the Apollo Plaza. The Bashakill produced the usual suspects for me this morning, but Scott Baldinger reported good mixed species flocks at the Nature Trail. I ran out of time and did not make it there, but Scott says it was really productive. Lance Verderame found the FOS PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Morningside and together with Arlene Borko and I had a good turn out of birds. Here is a list of what we saw by site.

Morningside Park:
FOS Blue-winged Teal – 6
Killdeer – 6
Semipalmated Plover – 2
Least Sandpiper – 12
Semipalmated Sandpiper – 3
Great Blue Heron – 1
Green Heron – 1
Belted Kingfisher – 4

Apollo Plaza:
Killdeer – 18
Least Sandpiper – 1
Solitary Sandpiper – 1

Great Blue Heron – 10
Great Egret – 3
Northern Harrier – 1
Osprey – 2
Bald Eagle – 1

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2 Responses to Morningside Park and the Bashakill 8/18/12

  1. scott says:

    FYI: The PINE SISKIN was again at feeders 7:10am and I saw 5 GREAT EGRETS from the our porch flying down the kill towards Haven Rd.

    • Hi Scott,      As you will see from my next post, the Nature Trail was hopping this morning.  I saw the egrets as well.  Glad the siskin is sticking around.  John


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