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. Sy Sent from Mail for Windows 10 -- 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/ --