An overnight camping trip to the beach east of Watch Hill, Fire Island yielded
good numbers of shorebirds.
Sanderling - 1000 (conservative estimate)
Red Knot - 11 on beach
Ruddy Turnstone - 6 on beach
Whimbrel - 10, flock of 8 flying west along ocean, 2 on beach
Willet - 10 (at least)
Semipalmated Sandpipers - many small flocks up to 30 birds moving west along
ocean front but not stopping
Black-bellied Plover - 16
Semipalmated Plover - 2
Oystercatcher - 1
Greater Yellowlegs - 4 in salt marsh
Also on the ocean several Royal Terns, one Forster’s along with Common & Least.
On the beach at least 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls along with the usual Great
Black-backed, Herring, Ring-billed & Laughing.
A single hen Common Eider on the ocean was surprising.
This wonderful location is accessible by ferry from Patchogue, either to Davis
Park or Watch Hill. As well as miles of virtually empty beach there are great
boardwalks through salt marsh at Watch Hill. Wilderness camping (no amenities)
is available by permit from the Parks Dept website.
Paul Sweet | Department of Ornithology | American Museum of Natural History |
Central Park West @ 79th St | NY 10024 | Tel 212 769 5780 | Mob 718 757 5941
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