Just to add to the Long Island bird reports from today - I went to Nickerson and spent around 4 and a half hours terning. Highlights were a second summer type ARCTIC TERN, four ROSEATE TERNs, and a much-discussed-as-of-late, black billed, black legged, long winged, speckled forheaded COMMON TERN (A Notorious C.O.T.E., if you will). Finally, there were also at least 15 first summer Common Terns, and a few second summer types.
The black billed COTE and Roseate's were there for the entire duration of my time at the park - each time that they flushed, they returned to loaf in front of the colony. The ARTE stayed for around an hour, and was eventually flushed by a truck driving down the beach. A cooperative Tricolored Heron continued at Marine Nature Study Area as well. More photos and details: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46569053 https://www.flickr.com/photos/129132563@N05/ -- 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/ --