Long Island

one of twenty five Purple Sandpipers seen on the west end jetty at Jones Beach today.

one of twenty five Purple Sandpipers seen on the west end jetty at Jones Beach today.

A drake Harlequin Duck, one of seven Harlequins seen today at Point Lookout

A drake Harlequin Duck, one of seven Harlequins seen today at Point Lookout

Today, Lance Verderame and I traveled to Long Island to try for some new year birds. We had several special targets in mind. While we didn’t find some of our targets, we had a great day. Several hours were devoted to the Black Guillemot in Sea Cliff that was never seen today. A brief look at a female Goldeneye with an all yellow bill didn’t provide enough info to declare it a Barrow’s. I was surprised when I tallied the list and found we only had 36 species for the day, but as they say it was quality not quantity that counts. Here are the highlights of what we saw:

Brant
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Common Eider
Northern Gannet
Horned Grebe
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Bonaparte’s Gull
PURPLE SANDPIPER
Merlin
Snowy Owl
Lapland Longspur

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2 Responses to Long Island

  1. I would have loved to see the Purple Sandpipers! Sounds like a great day of birding, too bad about the Black Guillemot.

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