Shane Blodgett and I met at the middle parking area at Gravesend Bay this
morning where he was already viewing a bright, first-winter Iceland Gull
roosting with a small group of Ring-billed Gulls on the grass. Shortly
after the continuing Black-headed Gull of the same age flew in to join the
We split up to cover more ground. Shane went to Drier Offerman Park and
looking across to the sand spit of Coney Island Creek Park found an adult
Black-headed Gull and a second-year Lesser Black-backed Gull.
I went to the Coney Island Pier where there were still a couple of Purple
Sandpipers, Surf Scoter and and number of sharp looking Long-tailed Ducks,
but virtually no gulls on the beach.
A stop at Marine Park quickly yielded the Red-necked Grebe found yesterday
as well as two newly arrived Great Egrets, Laughing Gull, Killdeer,
American Oystercatchers and a few Boat-tailed Grackles.

Good birding!

Sean Sime
Brooklyn, NY


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