even though I missed the Kirtland's in Central Park, the East End provided plenty to make up for it! Especially wonderful were great views of a mature American Bald Eagle who sat cooperatively on a log on a sand spit in Mecox Bay for about 30 minutes before providing exquisite views in flight circling the Bay before heading north.
A pair of red knots were highlights at Sagg Pond (both Sagg and Mecox have substantial mudflats at the moment, although Mecox is already closed to the ocean.) Glossy ibis overhead at Dune Road/Tiana Beach and also flying over downtown East Hampton Village. Many other shorebirds were present at Sagg and also on mudflats at Acabonac Harbor, including: black bellied plover (magnificent in full breeding plumage) dunlin (about 60 at Acabonac) ruddy turnstones willet yellow-legs snowy and great egrets oyster catchers black skimmers least terns (many) Forster's terns (a few) sanderlings semipalmated sandpipers piping plovers semi palmated plovers On the downside: no hummingbirds yet, bluebirds have not shown up to take residence (breaking a 7 year run) and purple martins are absent from their usual gourd colony near Georgica Pond. perhaps all just late arrivals in this cold, late spring? Jane F. Ross, PhD International Education Consultant 1112 Park Avenue New York, New York 10128 917-992-6708 Call Send SMS Call from mobile Add to Skype You'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype Call Send SMS Call from mobile Add to Skype You'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --