Anyone who stayed inside this morning to avoid the rain may want to consider 
checking hour local patches for a bit. There has been some solid movement 
overnight into this morning with good numbers and diversity of birds. At Jones 
Beach today I rallied 79 species, with triple digit totals for flickers, 
Yellow-rumps, Tree Swallows, and a few others. Notable sightings included a few 
Pine Siskins among the Purple Finches moving west, continuing Marbled Godwits 
on the spit, a pair of vocal flyover Pectoral Sandpipers, and a Blue Grosbeak 
first heard in the median and later seen flying west over the turnaround. I 
also found a handful of birds that are somewhat unusual at the beach at this 
time of year, such as Wood Duck, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Scarlet Tanager. 
Raptors were hunting up and down the median strip all morning.

Last night at my house I heard good numbers of Swainson’s Thrushes passing 
overhead, as well as a Hermit Thrush and at least three Gray-cheeked Thrushes. 
Two of them were calling simultaneously as they flew south together. My family 
also shared pictures of a Rusty Blackbird foraging on our lawn after the rain 
this morning, a pretty solid yard bird that I unfortunately missed. 

The favorable winds are forecast to continue overnight. Tomorrow could be 
another productive day. 

-Tim H

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