Last night I decided that if the Corncrake was still being seen on Long Island this morning I would head down to Cedar Beach to try for the bird. I spoke with Curt McDermott who was going down earlier than I and he agreed to update me as to the birds status once he knew it was present. I was nearing the area when Curt called to say it was indeed still present. Thanks Curt! I arrived shortly thereafter and had great views of this very cooperative bird. It was initially 200 feet down the road, but within fifteen minutes worked its way right up to us. Great photo ops! This Mega Rarity hails from Europe, mostly eastern now, as its population in Western Europe has declined drastically. It is a long distance migrant, wintering in Africa. This is the first actually chase able one in my 25 years of birding! There were many birders there enjoying this unprecedented event in New York State. Hopefully the bird will remain for some time as birders will be flocking from all around the nation to see this wonderful bird!
Birders lined up along Ocean Parkway for a glimpse of the Corncrake!