Today, Lance Verderame and I birded Long Island. Specific locations included: Merrick Road, Cammons Pond, Mill Pond, Point Lookout and Jones Beach West End. We had a fantastic day! We had many target birds as it was our first trip to Long Island this year. Though we missed a few common species, we got all the most significant targets. My number one target had a long history. In my 26 years of birding, I have seen many female KING EIDERS, and a single juvenile male. I have chased adult males on a number of occasions, without success. Today, I got my adult male KING EIDER!!! Along with him, was a juvenile male, only my second ever. Target after target fell into place. Black, White-winged and Surf Scoters were all seen. Both Eiders (including common), Long-tailed and HARLEQUIN DUCK, gave us a clean sweep of the sea ducks!! We also had two Great Cormorant and many Common Loons. Greater Scaup numbered in the thousands. Other new year species for me included Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Shoveler, Black-crowned Night-heron, Ipswich Savannah Sparrow, Black-bellied Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstone, Bonaparte’s Gull, Double-crested Cormorant and Yellow-rumped Warbler. I ended the day adding 17 species to my year list. Lance did even better than I did with a whopping 32 new species for the year! Our total was 53 species for the day!
My first ever adult male KING EIDER at Point Lookout today!
Five of the seven Harlequin Ducks were saw at Point Lookout today.