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.


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