Long Island

Mixed species flock of shore birds on Dune Road.  Red Knots, Dunlin, Semipalmated Sandpiper and Short-billed Dowitchers

Mixed species flock of shore birds on Dune Road. Red Knots, Dunlin, Semipalmated Sandpiper and Short-billed Dowitchers

Clapper Rail along Dune Road

Clapper Rail along Dune Road

This morning, Lance Verderame and I traveled to Long Island to try for some new year birds. We had a great day, though we missed a couple of target species. We birded Cupsogue County Park, Dune Road and Jamaica Bay. We had a total of sixty species of birds. Highlights included: Glossy Ibis, Piping Plover, Least Tern, Red Knot, White-rumped Sandpiper, Clapper Rail(note how gray this bird is compared to my recent photo of King Rail), Boat-tailed Grackle, Northern Gannet, Ruddy Turnstone, Tri-colored Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-heron, White-eyed Vireo, Little Blue Heron and many more.

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