I gambled again on coastal coverage today and it paid off. At RIIS Park, I had 
9 ROYAL TERNS loafing on the beach before they were driven away by off leashed 
dogs. Exiting the parking lot, I heard the chipping of Sparrows and found a 
nice flock of 13 Savannah Sparrows along with many Common Yellowthroats and 
Palm Warblers.

Leaving RIIS, I opted to pass on Fort Tilden and headed for Breezy Point. It 
was quite different from yesterday with more birds active. 13 Sharp-shinned 
Hawks was an indication of a hawk flight of some sorts. Multiple Peregrine 
Falcons also noted with 11 Ospreys all heading west. 7 Merlins, 5 Cooper's 
Hawks and 3 Kestrels were also observed. Many Northern Flickers were also on 
the move and I suspect some became meals for migrating, hungry raptors.

At the tip, I had 3 ROYAL TERNS, all fly by. 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS - adult 
and juvenile. Both short staying due to off leashed dogs and the same issue 
with 2 adult CASPIAN TERNS who dropped in behind me but was not long after 
spooked. 15 Common Terns, 2 Forster's Terns and several Tern sp. too far 
offshore to ID, accounted for the Tern action.

479 Great Black-backed Gulls, 245 Herring Gulls, 27 Laughing and 7 Ring-billed 
Gulls rounded out the Gull numbers.

Land birds were again scarce but I banged out a few Warblers besides the 
multitude of Common Yellowthroats.

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of 
others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick 

風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
Sun Tzu  The Art of War

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Andrew Baksh

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