Contrary to Sy Schiff's speculation that the shore bird festival might be
cancelled, I can assure you that is going to take place on August 26th as
I took a walk on the north end of the East Pond this afternoon with Tom
Burke and we had no problem walking up to "Dead Man's Cove".
Earlier in the morning Tom walked the south end and was able to make it to
the Raunt and points further north.
Rubber boots are a must at this point but the water was no higher than my
Tom and I were there at low tide so quantity of birds were low but we did
have 4 Stilt Sandpipers, 4 Short-billed Dowtichers, several Semipalmated
and Least Sandpipers, 2 Spotted Sandpipers, an adult Little Blue Heron,
several Northern Waterthrush, a Black Skimmer and Osprey flying overhead.
I'm sure I'm leaving somethings out but you get the idea.
Don Riepe, Kevin Karlson, Tom Burke and Gail Benson, and I are all looking
forward to seeing you at the festival.
For more info on the festival's schedule you can go to the NYC Audubon's
If you have any questions, write to me and I'll send you a reply.
All my best,
Lloyd Spitalnik Photography
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