Tripper Paul, Doug Gochfeld and I spent the morning seawatching from Riis
Park Beach in Queens.  The wind was 25mph+ from the ENE and even the light
rain was stinging. Eventually the wind started to shift more northerly and
the avian diversity diminished.
The sea was intense and as soon as it was light enough to see clearly it
was evident there were large numbers of Double-crested Cormorants and
Northern Gannets moving. Gulls picked up quickly and the Jaegers weren't
far behind. We didn't have the rain that sites further east had and our
visibility was good for the first few hours.

Highlights included:
3 Common Eider
1 Harlequin Duck (flying east inside the breakers)
6 Long-tailed Duck
All 3 scoter sp
15 Greater Scaup
8 Parasitic Jaeger
3 Black-legged Kittiwake (1 adult, 2 juv.)
14 Bonaparte's Gull
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull
2 Caspian Tern
2 Black Tern
110 Forster's Tern
44 Royal Tern
642 Northern Gannet
3 Great Cormorant
2958 Double-crested Cormorant (huge groups moving west)

Viewing conditions grew more difficult as the day progressed. The swell
size grew considerably and as the tide came in water was coming over the
boardwalk and washing up to our feet. An eBird checklist with some images
can be viewed at this link:

Good birding,

Sean Sime
Brooklyn, NY


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