Great Day on Long Island!

Cassin's Kingbird in the Community Garden at Floyd Bennett Field

Cassin’s Kingbird in the Community Garden at Floyd Bennett Field


This morning, Bill Fiero and I headed to Long Island to try for some of the “Mega” Rarities that have been being seen recently. It was a great day! We first headed to Floyd Bennett Field to try for the CASSIN’S KINGBIRD. Sean Sime had alerted me on our way that the bird was being seen this morning. Upon our arrival, we were informed we had missed it by 15 minutes. We searched with many other birders for nearly an hour and a half, when I spotted the bird right in the Community Garden. Everyone present got to see the bird and even I got a few half way decent photos of the bird. We had heard while we waited that the COMMON GROUND DOVE at Jones Beach (our second target) had not been seen today. We had pretty much decided that since it was now afternoon, we might skip the trip farther east. Dave Klauber and Arie Gilbert arrived and we talked about the dove. Dave felt it premature to think it wasn’t present, noting that most days the bird didn’t show up until mid-day. Bill and I decided to give it a try. We arrived at 1:15, checked the parking lot, then worked our way out the entrance and along the main road. We searched for about 15 minutes when I walked back into the parking lot. I immediately spotted the bird right inside the entrance lane, right along the curb. It was picking in seed that has apparently been put out to attract it. We were joined by another birder we had just seen at the Cassin’s site. We all had great looks and got photos before the bird was flushed by a passing SUV. Two new state birds, not a bad day at all! Thanks Sean and Dave!
Common Ground Dove at Jones Beach West End Parking Lot 2

Common Ground Dove at Jones Beach West End Parking Lot 2


In this shot, you can actually see one of the tail feathers, still growing in, has the sheath still on it.

In this shot, you can actually see one of the tail feathers, still growing in, has the sheath still on it.


Cassin's Kingbird

Cassin’s Kingbird

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2 Responses to Great Day on Long Island!

  1. A great day for sure! I was wondering if you would go for the Cassin’s Kingbird…

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