I made the pilgrimage this morning to Twin Lakes, near Wantaugh, Nassau County, for the oft-reported Purple Gallinule. This time I had good luck, as someone was already on the bird when I arrived. June 28. (I spent more than two hours there Thursday afternoon with no success.) The bird hugs the west shore between about Ryder Place and the little entrance gate, which is a couple hundred feet north of Ryder. There is plenty of easy free parking. It can be VERY hard to find. It is VERY hard to get decent photos. I've posted two photos on the New York Birders facebook page.
I'm sorry that my post here around 7:30am caused confusion. I wanted to get the word out quickly to those who may have already been there at some other spot on the lake. Don't do what I did on Thursday: spend most of your time scanning out over the lake hoping to see the bird hopping around on the lily pads or flying over the lake. In my experience and those I've talked to, the bird spends all its time hugging the shore, walking through the thick branches within ten-twenty feet of the path. It really helps to have several pairs of eyes searching. Even then it disappears for long stretches. It occasionally calls. Bob Lewis Sleepy Hollow NY -- -- 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/ --