Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) birded the beaches. Today was Sparrow day, hundreds if not thousands. They covered the lawns everywhere. Starting at Robert Moses SP field #5. we walked along the road to the Hawk watch platform scattering the sparrows. Almost all were White-throated Sparrows with some White-crowned and Song. Lots to look at but not much diversity. Our short stint at the watch produced a single Merlin. Cormorants were on the move with large groups following one another.
We stopped for a short look at the ocean. The sky was full of Northern Gannet, both young and adult, but not much else. At Captree SP, a flock of 40-50 Boat-tailed Grackles flew up into a small tree like a swarm of Starlings. We headed to the Jones West End Marina. The bar held American Oystercatchers, Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin and 4 continuing Marbled Godwit. The inlet had a Surf Scoter and 2 Common Eider. Again, lots of sparrows at the hedgerow but little to add. Finally, a birdiing day with lots of birds. 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://email@example.com/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/ --