A nice day of birding

I thought we had seen the last Great Egret for the season, but the Morningside Park bird continues.

I thought we had seen the last Great Egret for the season, but the Morningside Park bird continues.


This morning I headed to Morningside Park for perhaps my last kayaking trip of the season. I was hopeful that some shorebirds might have come in on the strong northeast winds overnight. The place was really quite active, though shorebirds were few. Two Killdeer and what was most likely a Pectoral Sandpiper were all that were present. The likely Pec took off from a distant island as the result of a Peregrine Falcon diving on a couple of Belted Kingfishers. The bird flew around several times during which I was able to view it. It appeared to me to be a Pec, but I can’t be certain. The dark skies silhouetted the bird and no color could be detected. It eventually flew off, not to return. Two adult Bald Eagles, an assortment of ducks, a Great Egret and Great Blue Heron were also present. From there, I headed to the Bashakill. Still hopeful that there may have been some new birds. There really weren’t any. On Haven Road, I ran into Mary Buskey and we birded together. The Tree Swallow flock, though still present were down to only a couple of hundred birds. From there we went to the Nature Trail where we had the good fortune of running into Debbie and Wyatt Miller. They are visiting from Ohio and I had birded with them Tuesday morning. They are really enjoying their trip and getting some nice birds. We all birded together, there and then the Deli Fields. We had some good birds. Swainson’s and Wood Thrush, Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and an assortment of sparrows. It was a good raptor day with Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk and American Kestrel were all seen. It was a nice morning with some really nice people.
Wyatt and Debbie Miller, visiting birders from Ohio.

Wyatt and Debbie Miller, visiting birders from Ohio.


One of a number of Bald Eagles we saw today.

One of a number of Bald Eagles we saw today.

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