Great Duck Day on Long Island

A beautiful drake Eurasian Wigeon at Grant Park.

A beautiful drake Eurasian Wigeon at Grant Park.


Bill Fiero and I headed to Long Island again today to try for some of the ducks they’ve been seeing there. We had a number of target birds and found everything but Monk Parakeet. Our first stop was Grant Park. We immediately spotted the drake EURASIAN WIGEON that has been being seen there. I had just had one yesterday in Westchester, but It had been some time since Bill had seen one. This bird was pretty cooperative, and I got some half way decent shots of him. There were high numbers of ducks at this site. Northern Shoveler, American Coot, Hooded Merganser, Gadwall, Mallard, American Wigeon, Black Duck, Ruddy Duck, Redhead, Canada Geese and Brant were all present. From here we went to Point Lookout. Common Eider, HARLEQUIN DUCK, Horned Grebe, Red-throated and Common Loon and Long-tailed Duck were all present. Dunlin and Sanderling were abundant. We had some good photo opts here as well and a great day overall.
A Long-tailed Duck preens on the water between the jetties at Point Lookout.

A Long-tailed Duck preens on the water between the jetties at Point Lookout.


A drake Common Eider just off the jetties.

A drake Common Eider just off the jetties.


Two drake Harlequin Ducks in the inlet.

Two drake Harlequin Ducks in the inlet.

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8 Responses to Great Duck Day on Long Island

  1. Wow, John, that sounds like a super day. Nice job with the photos, especially on such a gray day.

  2. bill says:

    Nailed the shots, especially the Long Tail . . . . . .

  3. Truth Muller says:

    What a colorful selection of ducks! I had no idea you could find all those species on long island (then again I have birded their only once). Great photos!

  4. Wilma Amthor says:

    WOW John
    What a nice selection of birds for one day…I’m so jealous. Great shots. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

    Wilma

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