Long Island once again.

A rather distant shot of the Gull-billed Tern at Jamaica Bay.

A rather distant shot of the Gull-billed Tern at Jamaica Bay.

Lance Verderame and I traveled to Long Island today to try for some new year birds. We birded Robert Moses Park, Gardiner County Park, Lido Beach Preserve, Nickerson Beach and Jamaica Bay. The highlights at Robert Moses (for Lance and Jim Schlickenreider) were several Wilson’s Storm-petrels. Try as I might, I could not see these birds. At Gardiner County Park, Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows, Marsh Wren and White-eyed Vireo were the highlights. Nickerson Beach gave great views of a couple thousand Common Terns, a few Least Terns, gulls and Black Skimmers. Jamaica Bay provided the best bird for me, an adult GULL-BILLED TERN! There were also many Glossy Ibis, Black and Yellow-crowned Night-herons, Forster’s Terns and much more. It was a productive day. Lance added six new year birds and I added one. Always glad to connect with the Gull-billed Tern!

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