Jones Beach, Nassau County Long Island

The Marbled Godwit sits among an abundance of birds on the sand spit.

The Marbled Godwit sits among an abundance of birds on the sand spit.


Bill Fiero and I traveled to Jones Beach today to try for some new year birds for me, and some state and year birds for Bill. We had used Sy Schiff’s recent reports to pick out targets. In an uncommon twist, we were able to find all of our target birds. We started at the Coast Guard Station. We checked the sand spit just off the east end of the pier. It was covered with birds. Abundant American Oyster Catchers, Dunlin, Black-bellied Plover and gulls covered nearly every spot of sand. Among them were two of our targets. Two ROYAL TERN and one MARBLED GODWIT! Many Brant, Double-crested Cormorants and Canada Geese were present as well. We then checked the bushes all around the area of the parking lot and back out to the road. Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song and White-throated Sparrows were abundant. Among them were a number of White-crowned and Field Sparrows. A couple of Gold-crowned Kinglets were also seen as well as a heard only Red-breasted Nuthatch. From there we headed over to the West End Parking Area. Here we found a good size flock of gulls containing 16 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS! They were various ages from first year to adult, with most of the birds being second and third winter birds. We then walked out to the beach where we scanned for GANNETS. We weren’t disappointed, as we had a total of 21 fly by us while we were there. Mostly adults, at least four were immature birds. We then headed to the exit at the east end of the parking lot. We had run into Sy (great to see you and thanks for the help!) and he directed us to some birds. The one of most interest to Bill were three VESPER SPARROWS at the parking lot exit. It only took a couple of minutes, and we found all three. From there we went to Point Lookout, had lunch and checked out the inlet. A lone Sanderling was seen there. Many of four species of gulls and a single Red-throated Loon. We then made the long ride home, happy with our success from the day.
One of two Royal Terns at Jones Beach today.

One of two Royal Terns at Jones Beach today.


Six of the Sixteen Lesser Black-backed Gulls at the West End Parking Area.

Six of the Sixteen Lesser Black-backed Gulls at the West End Parking Area.

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3 Responses to Jones Beach, Nassau County Long Island

  1. Wilma Amthor says:

    Great shots John. Your images are a lot clearer now!! Good job!! I’m glad you had a great day.

    Wilma

  2. Maura says:

    Hi John, I thought you might enjoy this article that Truth was asked to write. He names you as his inspiration for becoming interested in birds. – Maura
    http://ebird.org/content/ybn/news/birding-and-research/

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