Long Island Rarity Quest

A few of the Monk Parakeets we saw today.

A few of the Monk Parakeets we saw today.

Today, 1/2/16 Lance Verderame and I headed to Long Island to try for some of the many rarities that have been being seen there. With just the day to bird, we had to limit our birding to west Suffolk and westward from there. We were able to find most of our target birds while adding many new year birds to our lists. We birded Capri Lake in West Islip, Levy Park in Merrick, Point Lookout and Jones Beach, and finally Prospect Park. We ended up with 55 species, which amounted to 33 new year species for me. Lance had two lifers and four new state birds. We missed only two of our target birds, Lark Sparrow and Orange-crowned Warbler. It was a great day. Here is a list of the highlights:

Capri Lake: TUFTED DUCK, REDHEAD,NORTHERN SHOVELER and many more

Levy Park: MONK PARAKEET

Jones Beach: Northern Gannet, Surf Scoter, Ipswich Sparrow, Bonaparte’s Gull

Prospect Park: PAINTED BUNTING, BLACK-HEADED GULL, Gray Catbird

The Black-headed Gull at Prospect Park

The Black-headed Gull at Prospect Park

The ongoing Painted Bunting in Prospect Park

The ongoing Painted Bunting in Prospect Park

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2 Responses to Long Island Rarity Quest

  1. Bill says:

    Jayne and I are in Farmingdale now after having the TUDU an hour ago! ABA # 600. Also going for the PABU and gull after lunch., Glad Lance got the birds!

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