Long Island – Great Day!

Immature Male Rufous Hummingbird on eastern Long Island.

Immature Male Rufous Hummingbird on eastern Long Island.


This morning, Lance Verderame and I headed down to Long Island with some target species in mind. Our first stop was Jones Beach in search of the Red Crossbills that have been being seen. No luck, though we do think we heard one. Next stop was Lido Beach to try to pick up the Ash-throated Flycatcher for Lance. Again, no luck. It was extremely windy, if the bird was there, it was hunkered down. From there we went to Hendrickson Park to try to pick up the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE for Lance. No problem, found it easily. It seemed strange going to Long Island for this bird having just seen it yesterday in Orange County. It just fit into the day plan better for today. From there, we headed to Aquebogue to a private residence where we had killer looks at the their visiting RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD! The bird has been being reported as an immature female. I personally think it is an immature male due to the large gorget feathers coming in on the sides of the neck/throat. Also, if you look closely at the photo, the back is molting from green to rufous, a distinct indication of a male. The experts will have to decide. From there, we went to Pepperidge Pond in East Port. Here we immediately spotted a drake EURASIAN WIGEON! This bird has eluded me on six other occasions this year. Though we missed some targets, it was a great day overall! Many thanks to Margaret (home owner) for sharing the Rufous Hummingbird with us!
Drake Eurasian Wigeon on Pepperidge Pond.

Drake Eurasian Wigeon on Pepperidge Pond.

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