I hiked Breezy Point in the morning for a few hours covering the Tern Colony near the Silver Gull Club and looping back to the fisherman’s parking lot.
The highlights were: Black Tern (adult) feeding off the tip with Common Terns and a couple of Forster’s Terns. On the Jetty, 2 White-rumped Sandpipers were among a flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers gleaning food from the seaweed on the rocks. The changes to the beach resulting from Sandy and other less notable storms, resulted in flattening of some of the dune system creating more open beach. As a result, the Least Tern colony did well last year and this year they appear to be doing just as well. My count was 87 without looking at birds within the Co-op. Interestingly, it appears the Common Tern colony is smaller than previous years. I will have to see if the numbers shake out as the season progresses. Last year, I noted a few Bank Swallows had nested in the dunes. This again, was a result of shifting dune changes and further along into the season (2017) after one storm, there were quite a few areas where steeper banks shaped out. On Monday, I counted in one small sample area, 18 cavities with 11 birds noted. This bodes well and perhaps we will see this develop further; especially if the dunes hold steady and are undisturbed. Piping Plovers appear to be doing well with several enclosures hosting parents and chicks. Let’s hope we have a good season of survival rate. Cheers, -------- "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 The Art of War > (\__/) > (= '.'=) > (") _ (") > Sent from somewhere in the field using my mobile device! Andrew Baksh www.birdingdude.blogspot.com -- 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/ --