I did an early morning Seawatch in Queens covering Riis Park and Breezy
Point. The seabird flight was sparse and not the steady stream of birds
that I would have liked. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable due to the overcast
and cool conditions.

All 3 Scoter species, small flocks of Common Eiders, several hundred
Northern Gannets and Tree Swallows made up the majority of birds on the
move. Smaller numbers included Red-throated Loons, Double-crested
Cormorants, Laughing Gulls and few Red-breasted Mergansers.

The conditions made it easy to pick out Terns over the Ocean and I ended up
with 17 Forster's and 11 Royal Terns.  A few Royal Terns might be moving
between the two sites so I tried to be conservative with my numbers.

A mixed flock of about 110 shorebirds seen from Riis heading west included
1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 15 Purple Sandpipers, 1 Ruddy Turnstone and 27
Dunlins with the rest Sanderlings.

The number of loafing Gulls on the beach was not impressive; one banded
Herring Gull and a 2 CY Lesser Black-backed Gull were my only highlights.



"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 Douglass

風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
Sun Tzu <http://refspace.com/quotes/Sun_Tzu>  *The Art of War*

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Andrew Baksh


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