Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) stopped on the way to Heckscher SP and birded the 
bar at the Jones Beach Marina just before high tide. There were the usual 
Common Terns, American Oystercatchers, Black-bellied Plover, Red Knot, Ruddy 
turnstones and Short-billed Dowitchers. As the tide moved in and covered the 
bar, all shorebirds but the Oystercatchers flew off.

We moved on to Heckscher. The remnant  puddle was about the size of a car. In 
it were 1 Semipalmated Plover, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Killdeer and 1 Pectoral 
Sandpiper. The surrounding grass held an additional 8 Killdeer. Very, very hot. 
Birding and photography was done close up from the inside of an airconditioned 
SUV. Very nice way to bird in hot weather.

Back to Jones on the way home. The bar was now partially exposed and in 
addition to the returning earlier shorebirds, there were now some Sanderling 
and Semipalmated Sandpipers. New for yesterday and today was a Western Willet 
and 2 Royal Terns.


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