I spent the morning sea watching at Robert Moses State Park Field 2 from
about 6:30 (not seriously until the fog eased around 8:30) to 12:30 (when
the fog thickened again). Also joining in the effort were (until about
10:30) Brent Bomkamp, Pat Palladino, and Taylor Sturm, and (from about 11 to
12) Pat Lindsay, Shai Mitra, and Peter Morris. Actually, I have to give them
more credit than that, as they picked out a lot more birds than I did. But I
think I did a decent job of being the scribe. So here is what I scribed. 


Great Shearwater - 119

Cory's Shearwater - 23

Sooty Shearwater - 1

Shearwater sp. - 21 (most earlier on when denser fog added to the ID
difficulty; Brent thought one may have been a Manx, but too difficult to

Wilson's Sturm-Petrel - 6


One amusing sequence involved two Great Shearwaters, closer in than
expected, and a swimmer, further out than expected. The shearwaters slowed
down to investigate the swimmer, with the second one actually landing very
close to him. It flapped its wings at him (or something like that) a bit
before moving on.


Afterwards in the parking lot, a few Larus fuscus americanus (well, they
might be in a few thousand years). 


I didn't know about the Brown Booby until I was already at Robert Moses. As
I've mentioned before, I get the reports off the archives. I don't know how
well that always works. I'm pretty sure I checked last night and the booby
reports hadn't made it to the archives yet. I know that when I looked this
morning, it was obvious why I choose not to get the e-mails. I see a lot of
reports of things like Yellow Warbler getting in the way of the reports I
really need. Why? Okay, Steve, be nice, stop your rant right there. 



Steve Walter

Bayside, NY

http://stevewalternature.com  (currently featuring the Henslow's Sparrow)




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