This morning Patricia Lindsay and I found one dead Great Shearwater and four 
dead Sooty Shearwaters along ca. two miles of beachfront at Democrat Point, 
southwestern Suffolk County. Mentioning this to others in our circle, I learned 
second-hand of reports today of many dead shearwaters along the beach in the 
Montauk area. If you are visiting the beaches over the next few days, please 
take a few minutes to check the wrack line for these birds. If unsure of the 
identification, please take a photo and feel free to contact me. If the bird is 
in fresh condition (checking the eyes is an easy way to tell), consider 
salvaging it for Paul Sweet at the American Museum of Natural History. If you 
cover some ground searching, be sure to measure or estimate the distance 

Many on this list will remember June 2017, when there was a spectacular inshore 
movement of Great Shearwaters along the whole Long Island coast, including much 
further west than usual, followed by the discovery of large numbers of dead 

We also saw living Great and Cory's Shearwaters this morning, our first of the 

Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

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