I kayaked Morningside Park again this morning. There was some nice diversity and it was a really enjoyable morning. A light northwest wind last night brought in a few new birds to add to the regulars of late. Shorebirds included our FOS LESSER YELLOWLEGS, our FOS Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper, Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers and of course the ubiquitous Killdeer and Least Sandpipers. On the raptor front, the MERLIN has been present now for a week and keeps things moving. An adult Bald Eagle was my first here this fall. Waders were the regular Great Blue and Green Herons. An unexpected female NORTHERN PINTAIL is a first record for the county in August. Toss in a Belted Kingfisher and the usual passerines and it was a great morning of birding! BTW, the islands are increasing in size daily!