Pelagic Trip – NO, Great Birding – YES!

Though distant, there is no mistaking the identity of this Black-necked Stilt.

Though distant, there is no mistaking the identity of this Black-necked Stilt.


Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt


Today, Matt Zeitler and I headed to Long Island with the intention of birding many of the hot spots, working our way back to Sheep’s Head Bay to embark on an overnight pelagic trip to Hudson Canyon. We first headed to the Shirley Marina Marsh to try for the ongoing BLACK-NECKED STILT. We were not disappointed! We had one of those aha moments that you walk up to other birders who are already on the bird. This was a new state bird for Matt, and only the second I’ve ever had. From there, we moved west to Connotquot State Park. Well, history does repeat itself. Only a couple weeks ago I pulled into this park in a deluge, and today was no different. Fortunately, Matt was able to check the weather map and it was clear we weren’t going to wait this one out. We headed to Gardiner County Park for some more target birds. Seaside and Saltmarsh Sparrow were both seen! Though only two weeks ago, when I had many, we found no White-eyed Vireos today. Well as you might have guessed, we received a call from Sean Sime informing us that the pelagic trip had been canceled due to severe weather. Matt checked the RBA’s and we saw that Andrew Baksh had found a WHITE-FACED IBIS at Jamaica Bay. We decided to forgo our other hot spots and head to Jamaica Bay in hopes that the Ibis would still be around. Upon our arrival, we ran into my friend Karen Fung. She informed us that the Ibis had been present, but had just flown out. We decided to check out all the other birds and wait for the Ibis. About 15 minutes later a flock of about forty Ibis flew in. We all scanned them for about ten minutes when I spotted a candidate that I thought was good for the White-faced. Everyone was able to get on it and indeed confirm this was the bird! What a great day! We heard form Paul Gauris and he informed us that they are trying to reschedule the pelagic for next weekend. We may still be able to pick up all those great sea birds! I’d like to thank Matt for helping make this a great day in spite of the canceled trip! Here’s to next weekend!
Seaside Sparrow at Gardiner County Park

Seaside Sparrow at Gardiner County Park


Though this shot is distant, and can't really be counted as identifiable, this is indeed the White-faced Ibis at Jamaica Bay.

Though this shot is distant, and can’t really be counted as identifiable, this is indeed the White-faced Ibis at Jamaica Bay.


Here is a shot of the Black-necked Stilt that Matt was kind enough to share. Thanks Matt!

Here is a shot of the Black-necked Stilt that Matt was kind enough to share. Thanks Matt!


I've added this enlarged and lightened shot of the White-faced Ibis which enhances the face and color differences between it and the nearby Glossy Ibis'.

I’ve added this enlarged and lightened shot of the White-faced Ibis which enhances the face and color differences between it and the nearby Glossy Ibis’.

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2 Responses to Pelagic Trip – NO, Great Birding – YES!

  1. Love the post John, and you did much better with the White-faced Ibis than I did. That was a tough one for photos no doubt about it. Excellent day of birding, keeping fingers crossed for the pelagic next weekend. Matt

  2. Thanks Matt, my fingers are crossed!

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