Great Day on Long Island

Three of the four Whimbrel on Jones Beach

Three of the four Whimbrel on Jones Beach

Lance Verderame and I headed to Long Island this morning to pick up some new year birds. It was a great day with some nice highlights. We focused our birding on Jones Beach and Jamaica Bay. At Jones Beach we had some warblers which we don’t often get to see there. This is mostly due to the fact that we don’t usually bird there at this time of year. We had Northern Parula, Black and white, Yellow-rumped, Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Blue and Worm-eating Warblers and Northern Waterthrush. We also had Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Baltimore Oriole and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. On the island at the Coast Guard Station we had some good shore birds. Least and Semi-palmated Sandpipers, American Oystercatchers, Black-bellied, Piping and Semipalmated Plovers, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling and Willet. We then drove around picking up a few things here and there. We headed back to check the island one last time as this is often productive. I mistakenly stated to Lance that all the shorebirds had gone except the Willet. But Lance said “the Willet are gone too!” Those birds are all WHIMBREL! And that they were! We don’t often get to see Whimbrel and this was definitely the bird of the day! Good spotting Lance! We eventually pulled ourselves away and headed to Jamaica Bay. We had many good birds here too, Highlights were Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Snowy Egret, Laughing Gull and more of the same terns from Jones Beach. We ended the day with 84 species, not a bad day on the island at all!
Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Yellow-crowned Night-herons

Yellow-crowned Night-herons

All four Whimbrel

All four Whimbrel

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2 Responses to Great Day on Long Island

  1. Kent says:

    Sounds like a great day John!
    I had told you I am down here on the island at the moment, so I bird Jones and Jamaica Bay fairly often. always a lot of fun, and for me many of them are still new lifers, so it’s always exciting!
    All the best,

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