Whilst I've seen isolated black skimmers every summer for the past few
years on this stretch of the Hudson, I've never seen them with such
regularity as I have over the last week. Just now another 4 cruised
upriver, seeming to have crossed NYC at its point of lowest altitude (smart
birds), before bearing west into Weehawken bay.
All the birds (12 in total) have taken the exact same route. I suspect
they're from one of the Queens breeding populations, and are going to feed
nocturnally in the Meadowlands. It's interesting as diurnal-foraging birds
are regular at the mouth of the Hudson - at Liberty SP - all summer.
Anyway, if you're in need of BLSK for your NY county list, an early evening
vigil from Chelsea piers would likely be rewarded.
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