Long Island for the New Year

The thick salt water ice on the rocks were testament to the single digit temps we had this morning.  Purple Sandpipers

The thick salt water ice on the rocks were testament to the single digit temps we had this morning. Purple Sandpipers

Redknots, Dunlin and Sanderling were among the shore birds we saw today.

Redknots, Dunlin and Sanderling were among the shore birds we saw today.

Today, Lance Verderame and I traveled to Long Island again to get our New Year list off to a good start. We had good luck and timing throughout the day. It started out at -2 degrees. We birded most the morning in the single digits and it finally warmed into the teens just before we headed for home. That said, the birds didn’t seem to know the difference and we had a great day. Highlights included: Purple Sandpiper, Common Eider, Redknot, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Horned Grebe, Red-throated and Common Loon, Boat-tailed Grackle, Great Cormorant, Greater and Lesser Scaup, Snowy Owl, Lapland Longspur, Horned Lark, Peregrine Falcon, GYRFALCON and many more. Our only dip of the day was Harlequin Duck.

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2 Responses to Long Island for the New Year

  1. Wilma Amthor says:

    John, I think you are a bird magnet!!!! Great birding!

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