[nysbirds-l] Dune Rd. Snowy Owl

2013-12-14 Thread leormand .
This morning I found a Snowy Owl near the old Ponquogue Bridge on the N. side of the bay. It was no longer there when I stopped by in the afternoon. Only other thing worth a mention was a single Northern Gannet at L road flying East to West. Photos of the bird owl can be seen here:

[nysbirds-l] Snowy Owl - Shinnecock East

2013-12-15 Thread leormand .
This morning I drove through EPCAL - both runways and came up with nothing. Didn't see any hawks, let alone Snowy Owls. I did see a couple Meadowlarks but that was it, I even checked the radar station to the north. In the mid-afternoon, I went to Dune Road and spied a Snowy Owl across the

[nysbirds-l] EPCAL / Dune Rd.

2013-12-22 Thread leormand .
EPCAL had two (2) snow bunting along with a small flock of horned larks. No raptors were seen Dune Rd. was extremely quiet (no thanks to the thick fog). No birds whatsoever other than gulls and I didn't spend any time trying to pick out gulls of interest -- - Luke

[nysbirds-l] Cupsogue

2013-12-28 Thread leormand .
Cupsogue was very quiet birdwise - though there was a Snowy Owl in the vicinity. An additional bird was picked up near the other end of Dune Rd. There were several long-tailed ducks at the Ponqogue bridge, visible from the southern fishing pier and Shinnecock Inlet had quite a few Loons. Photos

[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach WE2

2014-01-01 Thread leormand .
Late this morning I went to Jones Beach WE2. Found the Northern Shrike on a tree directly south of the parking lot (just west of the large swath of un-vegetated beach) without even trying. After I took one photo it was gone. A few large flocks of Snowy Bunting were moving about the beach - and a

[nysbirds-l] Westhampton / Dune Rd

2014-01-02 Thread leormand .
This morning I went to Dune Rd. Via Westhampton Beach. In the Village of Westhampton Beach near Aspatuck Creek (on Aspatuck Rd) I noticed several crows, however one individual had white bars on its wings when it flew. I got some (not so great) photos showing this off, which can be seen on my

Re: [nysbirds-l] Dune Rd Snowy Owl - Yes

2014-01-12 Thread leormand .
To all of those who look (and find) Snowy Owls along Dune road, PLEASE do not park your vehicle in the middle of the road and get out to look at the bird with your scope. You're creating a hazard for yourself and others (aside from it being illegal and frankly, rude). There was a red car in

[nysbirds-l] Dune Road / Shinnecock Inlet

2014-01-12 Thread leormand .
This afternoon I took a ride to Dune Road / Shinnecock Inlet. The inlet held a nice raft which consisted of various scoter species and Common Eiders as well as some fringe red-breasted mergansers. The highlight was an immature male King Eider that I photographed (accidentally). The rest of Dune

[nysbirds-l] Smiths Point

2014-01-20 Thread leormand .
This afternoon my wife and I found a Snowy Owl @ Smith's point. No other birds of note - though there was a large collection of gulls on the small sandbars/islands @ the new old inlet. Gullheads would probably turn something up. Photos of the owl can be seen here:

[nysbirds-l] Dune Road

2014-02-09 Thread leormand .
This afternoon along Dune Road I spotted 1 Snowy Owl on a duck blind between Tiana and Dockers Other birds seen here Black Crowned Night Herons and Great Blue Herons. The Inlet was quiet - a raft of birds off one of the jetties but nothing in close. A few red-breasted mergansers in the open

[nysbirds-l] hecksher State Park

2014-02-12 Thread leormand .
I drove the Hecksher state park loop this afternoon. Only things I saw were a Merlin and a Peregrine - both perched on trees. -- - Luke www.birdsoflongisland.blogspot.com -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES

[nysbirds-l] Dune Road - Saturday, March 22

2014-03-23 Thread leormand .
I forgot to mention this, but I did a trip down Dune Road yesterday (From Ponquogue Bridge to the first Bridge in Westhampton) and basically saw nothing. It was very quiet and very drab - though things should turn around shortly, starting with Red-winged black birds. What I did notice, however,

[nysbirds-l] EPCAL - calverton

2014-04-13 Thread leormand .
EPCAL was very quiet birdwise but there were a lot of Kestrels around on the Western runway. I checked the old radar station on the north side of 25 and found even more Kestrels - there were probably 10 utilizing that site. There are very few perches at the radar site due to a recent mowing

[nysbirds-l] Patchogue

2014-04-28 Thread leormand .
In a rather unusual sighting this afternoon, I was in the parking lot between the YMCA and Briarcliff College (just south of Patchogue Lake) and saw a breeding plumage Laughing Gull tempting fate by getting within a foot of a Canada Goose that is nesting in the parking lot median. An Osprey has

[nysbirds-l] Forge River Headwaters - Center Moriches

2014-05-06 Thread leormand .
This afternoon I spent some time at the headwaters of the Forge River - there's a beautiful hiking trail on the south side which is accessible from the sunrise highway service road - though there's no true place to park (the opposite side of the river is private property). The start of the river

[nysbirds-l] prairie warblers - hampton bays

2014-06-30 Thread leormand .
This afternoon my wife and I were paddle boarding past the old girl scouts camp in Hampton Bays (off Red Creek Road) and heard several prairie warblers calling out from the edges of the cliff. We also saw a pair of goldfinches feeding at the water's edge. -- - Luke

[nysbirds-l] Black Scoter raft off Davis Park

2014-07-13 Thread leormand .
Was able to review the photos I took earlier this week - it appears that there was a raft of 100+ Black Scoter hanging around off the Casino Restaurant/Bar at Davis Park, Fire Island. -- - Luke www.birdsoflongisland.blogspot.com -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

[nysbirds-l] osprey - east patchogue

2014-11-27 Thread leormand .
Seems a bit late in the season so thought I would put it out there. There was an Osprey an hour ago on a branch overlooking the Swan River in East Patchogue, viewed from the Swezey Street bridge (just south of the RR tracks and the new Town of Brookhaven Swan River Preserve next to Friendlys).

[nysbirds-l] snowy owl - northern harriers

2014-11-28 Thread leormand .
Snowy Owl this afternoon on Fire Island along with two Northern Harriers (at least one was a juvenile). Snowy Owl and Northern Harrier didn't seem to mind each other as the harrier passed right overhead with neither bird flinching. -- - Luke www.birdsoflongisland.blogspot.com -- NYSbirds-L

[nysbirds-l] bufflehead - swan river preserve - east patchogue

2014-11-29 Thread leormand .
While a bufflehead on long island in winter is not exactly notable - I'm making this post to make birders aware of the new park in East Patchogue called 'Swan River Preserve' which is on the southside of Montauk Highway, next to friendlys (directly across the street from Swan Lake). The new park

[nysbirds-l] osprey continues - east patchogue - no sighting of ravens

2014-12-04 Thread leormand .
Does anyone have a late date for osprey in Suffolk County? Seen from Swezey Street around 4:00 PM. Checked for the Ravens and saw nothing Also the Bufflehead continues at Swan Pond Preserve. Any photographers out there interested in getting great shots should give it a try - there's really not

[nysbirds-l] TV in E. Patchogue

2015-02-08 Thread leormand .
Saw a Turkey Vulture flying in East Patchogue near the Swan River this morning. Also had a N. Shoveler on the river by the Swezey St. Bridge -- - Luke www.birdsoflongisland.blogspot.com -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME

[nysbirds-l] dune road - EPCAL

2015-02-12 Thread leormand .
Dune road was very quiet today. Large portions of Tiana Bay are frozen over with black ducks and gulls everywhere. Only saw one Northern Harrier that we spooked from the shoulder of the road. Plenty of Scoters near the inlet (on the west side of the jetty) but didn't spend the time to see if

[nysbirds-l] turkey vulture

2015-01-27 Thread leormand .
Saw a Turkey vulture around noon today in East Patchogue near the Swan River -- - Luke www.birdsoflongisland.blogspot.com -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES

[nysbirds-l] Bald Eagles - Riverhead

2015-03-08 Thread leormand .
This morning in Riverhead I had an adult bald eagle behind the aquarium - and apparently there was a subadult that had been there as well not too long before I arrived. About 30 minutes later, further west along the River were two sub-adults soaring high in the sky. I've heard there is at least

[nysbirds-l] Squassax Landing - Carmans River

2015-03-24 Thread leormand .
I went down to the mouth of the Carmans River right before sunset. Plenty of ducks (including 1 pied-billed grebe) a Great Blue Heron and distant Osprey. No eagles, but what was interesting was the presence of at least 5 Northern Harriers (no adult males). -- - Luke

[nysbirds-l] Bald Eagle (nesting pair) Long Island

2015-03-29 Thread leormand .
All; An Adult Bald Eagle (which is part of an actively nesting pair) spent a good amount of time perched near the nest today along the South Shore of Long Island (location undisclosed for now). After awhile it moved to a perch a bit further from the nest - only for some Osprey to show which then

[nysbirds-l] Bayard Cutting Arboretum - Great River

2015-03-22 Thread leormand .
Spent some time on a beautiful but chilly afternoon at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum where we had wood ducks fly by, a Cooper's hawk circling above as well as several osprey (including one eating a flounder on a tree at the parking lot entrance - much to the enjoyment of everyone leaving the

Re: [nysbirds-l] Seaford Crested Caracara Photos

2015-01-29 Thread leormand .
It's my understanding that Falconer's DO NOT keep this species. Also, there is a distinct Florida population - much shorter trip for the bird than coming from Texas. On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 6:03 AM, John Askildsen askild...@verizon.net wrote: thanks for posting, steve. well, it is certainly a

[nysbirds-l] Nest Bald Eagles - South Shore

2015-04-01 Thread leormand .
Around 11 AM this morning I checked out another reported Bald Eagle Nest and found the adult in a tree near the nest (which was an old osprey nest apparently). The other bird in the pair is not in full adult plumage - which at the very least makes it easy to tell them apart. I watched the adult

[nysbirds-l] south shore bald eagles - lots of osprey

2015-04-19 Thread leormand .
Yesterday my wife and I visited the Eagle nest and observed the adult on the nest with the sub-adult in a nearby tree. After awhile it took off and went hunting and was harassed periodically by other osprey that have established territory. We also observed a pair of osprey breeding and saw some

[nysbirds-l] swan river preserve

2015-04-22 Thread leormand .
The other day there were two (2) blue-winged teal on the pond. This morning, during a cleanup, I observed two (2) killdeer feeding on the mudflats. On a non-bird note, there are some rainbow trout in the river adjacent to the ponds. -- - Luke www.birdsoflongisland.blogspot.com -- NYSbirds-L

[nysbirds-l] Eagle and some Warblers - Snowy Owl report

2015-04-15 Thread leormand .
According to a post on facebook the Snowy Owl is still present along Dune Road. The Bald Eagle nest I've been frequenting was business as usual sub-adult on the nest, adult about 1/4 mile out on the marsh. After a while the bird took off and circled high above the bay. An Osprey also passed

[nysbirds-l] Letter to Riverhead Town Board RE- EPCAL

2015-04-16 Thread leormand .
All: I have drafted and sent a letter to the Riverhead Town Board regarding runway access to EPCAL and have included some of my favorite images. The letter and images can be seen by viewing the link below. I encourage all of you who have visited EPCAL over the years to contact the Board. If

[nysbirds-l] EPCAL Kestrels - no snowy owl

2015-04-12 Thread leormand .
My wife and I looked (without much effort) along dune road for the Snowy Owl and did not find it. EPCAL (calverton grasslands) had a minimum of 30 Kestrel on the western runway - with probably an equal amount on the easter (potentially a bit less due to the operation of the skydive outfit today).

[nysbirds-l] Nesting Bald Eagles - Great South Bay

2015-04-04 Thread leormand .
Yesterday (4/3) I went down to check on the Eagle nest. I saw 3 other birders in the parking lot with Scopes. With one eagle on the nest I spent a bit of time trying to find the other one, scanning trees and looking at far off gulls soaring. After a bit I found the adult - it was perched on a

[nysbirds-l] Swan River Preserve - East Patchogue - Ducks

2015-04-04 Thread leormand .
Swan River Preserve's pond had the following: Mallards Canda Goose Green-winged Teal American Wigeon Gadwall -- - Luke www.birdsoflongisland.blogspot.com -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES

[nysbirds-l] Glossy Ibis - east Patchogue

2015-06-09 Thread leormand
On my morning run along Roe avenue I saw a glossy ibis flying. This evening while biking around Swan River Preserve (just south of Swan Lake - about 1.5 miles north of where I saw the glossy this morning) I observed a glossy ibis feeding in the ponds. There were also several geese family and a

[nysbirds-l] Glossy ibis

2015-06-20 Thread leormand
Two glossy ibis at robinsons pond in east patchogue this morning. The pond is on the north side of south country road. -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES

[nysbirds-l] East Patchogue

2015-06-14 Thread leormand .
I saw a Glossy Ibis on the eastern shoreline of Robinson's Pond in East Patchogue around noon (the pond is on the north side of south country road) . At Swan River Preserve from 5-6 I observed the following: Hair woodpeckers Cedar Waxwings Yellow Warblers Baltimore Orioles Red-winged Blackbirds

[nysbirds-l] swan river preserve - east patchogue

2015-06-11 Thread leormand .
An evening visit to the Swan River Preserve in East Patchogue (just south of Swan Lake, Montauk Highway) yielded a continuing Glossy Ibis, a noisy flock of Cedar Waxwings (largely feeding in the center island and hanging on adjacent trees), an osprey being harassed by red-winged black birds, a

[nysbirds-l] common raven - east patchogue

2015-05-27 Thread leormand .
While on my morning run, just west of the Swan River (and south of Montauk Highway) I observed several crows and an Osprey above some trees - I then heard the unmistakeable call of a Common Raven. The Osprey seemed to disappear while the crows mobbed the crown of a tree. I never saw the raven -

[nysbirds-l] Ravens - farmingville

2016-02-24 Thread leormand
Two Ravens are eating a squirrel at Brookhaven town hall in farmingville -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1)

[nysbirds-l] raven - calverton

2016-03-18 Thread leormand .
After attending the LINH conference at BNL I headed to EPCAL to see if the owls wanted to come out early. No sign of SEO's by 5:30 (and Riverhead PD showed up to tell people they CAN'T walk on the concrete runway) but there was a Raven being harassed by crows by Calverton Cemetery.

[nysbirds-l] Common Raven - farmingville

2016-04-01 Thread leormand
This afternoon I observed a common Raven being chased off by a goose at Brookhaven Town Hall. The goose was defending its nest and I'm assuming the Raven was trying to steal an egg. With quite a few geese nests around the building and seeing a Raven for a second time in a month it will be

[nysbirds-l] Corey pond - ridge

2016-03-31 Thread leormand
A late morning walk around Corey Pond in ridge yielded 3 pairs of wood ducks and 1 turkey vulture. On Wednesday evening I had 1 Short-eared owl at EPCAL but virtually nothing else -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME

[nysbirds-l] Tern - swan River

2016-04-22 Thread leormand
I just observed a species of teen flying south along the swan River toward the great South Bay. Looked like a common term based on size but can't be certain. - Luke, east Patchogue -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME

[nysbirds-l] Adult Bald Eagle - Yaphank

2016-04-27 Thread leormand
For at least two (2) days there has been an Adult Bald Eagle at the Suffolk County Department of Health Services facility in Yaphank, just south of the LIE (next to the SC Farm for those familiar). The bird can at least fly short distances, however it is allowing close approach and may have an

[nysbirds-l] Glossy Ibis - bluebirds - EPCAL

2016-04-21 Thread leormand
On my way to EPCAL I spied 6 glossy ibis feeding in the mulch piles on the east side of wading river road, just north of the LIE. I have seen these birds here over the past several years, must be good eating. Also, I caution anyone against stopping for more than a quick glance as the property

[nysbirds-l] East Patchogue and Bellport Village Birds

2016-05-01 Thread leormand .
On my morning run I noticed three (3) species of swallows hawking insects over Robinsons pond (north side of S. Country Road) - Northern Rough-winged, Tree and Barn. Additionally, there was a lone Glossy Ibis on the east side of the pond mixed among several species of gulls including a few

[nysbirds-l] Common Ravens - Brookhaven

2016-04-19 Thread leormand
The Raven at Brookhaven town hall continues to be a regular visitor seen throughout the day over the last few weeks. I spotted another Raven loafing on the cell tower in Patchogue village, south of Montauk highway and WEST of the big radio tower that houses an osprey nest. Also there were at

[nysbirds-l] Ravens nest - Patchogue village

2016-05-09 Thread leormand
I have not actually confirmed this - but an 90% certain there is a Ravens nest atop a cell tower structure in Patchogue village. The best spot to view the nest is from the front of the Knights of Columbus building at the intersection of Edwards St and Bailey Ave (south of Montauk highway). I

[nysbirds-l] Common terns and laughing gulls - East Patchogue

2016-08-01 Thread leormand
On Saturday and Sunday I observed common terns and laughing gulls foraging over Robinsons Pond on south country road in east Patchogue. Interesting observations included adult terns feeding juveniles, laughing gulls harassing terns and making them drop their catch, laughing gulls catching

[nysbirds-l] Tern species correction

2016-08-01 Thread leormand
As Derek Rogers points out - the Terns I photographed at Robinsons pond are FORSTER's terns, not common terns. -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES

[nysbirds-l] Hot and Birdy

2016-08-12 Thread leormand
While doing some site inspections I observed the following birds: 6 glossy ibis flying over S Country Rd in E. Patchogue, fledgling wrens (unknown species) in Brookhaven hamlet, a fledgling Cooper's hawk was flying around and vocalizing at the post morrow nature preserve in Brookhaven hamlet

[nysbirds-l] Carmans River

2016-07-16 Thread leormand
I paddleboarded down the carmans River and back today between Montauk highway and little neck run. Plenty of osprey and other expected birds. Highlights include many calling marsh wrens and one adult bald eagle near the known nest location. -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

Re: [nysbirds-l] Any updates on EPCAL access?

2016-08-09 Thread leormand
Michael, Thanks for raising the issue again. I had hoped to make progress, but sadly Sean Walters won re-election and continues his absurd (and silly) stance. The good news is, from what I understand, Supervisor Walters and Councilwoman Giglio are getting along well lately and Councilwoman

Re: [nysbirds-l] Any updates on EPCAL access?

2016-08-09 Thread leormand .
Thank you. Glad we are having a group discussion so we can make sure everyone is on the same page. It's detrimental to the cause if everyone has different talking points. I suggest, in writing the council persons, to also include a specific memory from one of your visits. Seeing a new species for

[nysbirds-l] swan river preserve - east patchogue

2017-01-22 Thread leormand .
I spent some time at Swan River Preserve in East Patchogue this afternoon. It was very quiet - however there were two (2) pairs of green-winged teal duck and I was happily surprised to find and watch a Wilson's Snipe feeding away on the south side. Additionally, yesterday (1/21/17) I observed a

[nysbirds-l] Killdeer - brookhaven town hall

2017-02-14 Thread leormand
There was a killdeer in the parking lot this morning at brookhaven town hall -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1)

[nysbirds-l] Swan River Preserve - East Patchogue

2016-08-15 Thread leormand .
Today at work I received a call from someone who, while raving about what a great facility the Town's Swan Pond Preserve has become, complained of the stagnant water, algal blooms and "lack of waterfowl to feed". I explained to him how the pond system works, that it's been a very dry summer, and

[nysbirds-l] sandpiper correction

2016-08-24 Thread leormand .
In looking at my photos - I realize the "Spotted Sandpiper" is a Solitary sandpiper that was observed along the banks of the Swan River in E. Patchogue -- - Luke Instagram: @JrookPhotos Website: Luke Ormand and & JRookPhotos

[nysbirds-l] Swan river preserve - east Patchogue

2016-08-31 Thread leormand
Around 7 PM I walked around the swan River preserve in east Patchogue. Small birds were absent aside from chirping cardinals and the always present song birds. A bit of pond watching turned up some mallards, the resident swan (still with a fishing hook / line attached) and great blue heron.

Re: [nysbirds-l] Calverton Grasslands - Developer wins bid...

2016-09-07 Thread leormand
It is my understanding that it goes in line with the recently approved subdivision. The subdivision preserves nearly all existing grasslands though it carves out some lots along the entrance/25A. I seem to recall that the runways will be ripped up and planted with grasslands - the hope is

[nysbirds-l] Swan River Preserve - East Patchogue

2016-09-08 Thread leormand .
About an hour spent this evening at Swan River Preserve in East Patchogue - most of the time was spent on the east side sitting along the bank of the river observing birds. Also I was happy to see a Great Egret catching a variety of prey inside the pond. great blue heron - actively hunting great

Re: [nysbirds-l] Calverton Grasslands - Developer wins bid...

2016-09-07 Thread leormand .
I'll try and check some tax maps On Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 12:39 PM Mike wrote: > My understanding was that the area north of Rt 25 was part of the > Calverton National Cemetary and that was just a matter of time before the > Cemetary expanded into those fields. Hopefully

Re: [nysbirds-l] Calverton Grasslands - Developer wins bid...

2016-09-07 Thread leormand
Here is the link to the subdivision map: http://www.townofriverheadny.gov/docview.aspx?docid=44620 Here is the link to "all the documents" which is certainly overwhelming to those unfamiliar with the Ins and outs of these type of projects: http://www.townofriverheadny.gov/pview.aspx?id=32339

[nysbirds-l] Swan River Preserve - East Patchogue

2016-08-23 Thread leormand .
Around 5:30 PM I visited Swan River Preserve in East Patchogue and spent a good amount of time sitting adjacent to the spillway that enters the river on the south side. I observed the following birds there: Baltime Oriole Grey Catbird Cardinal Song Sparrow Common Grackle Black and White Warbler

[nysbirds-l] Swan river preserve

2016-10-29 Thread leormand
Quick trip to swan river preserve in east patchogue produced a greater yellow legs and wilsons snipe. -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

[nysbirds-l] Signs of spring - brookhaven town

2017-03-21 Thread leormand
Killdeer are pairing up at brookhaven town hall parking lot. A FOS osprey was spotted in patchogue on the radio tower behind 7-11 just south of Route 112 and Montauk highway -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm

[nysbirds-l] Riverhead and EPCAL

2017-03-25 Thread leormand
A stop in riverhead at noon produced an Adult Bald Eagle over the County center and an Osprey over the River. I walked the southwestern portion of EPCAL and had a large flock of robins, many eastern bluebirds, a half dozen kestrels, a few eastern meadowlarks, red tailed Hawks and a variety of

[nysbirds-l] Swan River Preserve - East Patchogue

2017-04-10 Thread leormand .
I Stopped at Swan River Preserve after work today around 5 - the Parks Department recently trimmed all of the old herbaceous growth which allows great views of the pond even from the car. Without getting out I spotted a few (continuing) teal and the continuing wilson's snipe. Easiest snipe I've

[nysbirds-l] Swan river - east patchogue

2017-04-11 Thread leormand
This morning there were no less than 50 mute swans on the spry named Swan River in east patchogue at the southern end of the river. Additionally, I observed a glossy ibis flyover. -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm

[nysbirds-l] Swan river preserve - east patchogue

2017-05-01 Thread leormand
This afternoon (5-6) at swan river preserve I observed the following birds in the pond: 3 spotted sandpipers 1 greater yellowlegs 1 male green-winged teal in full plumage Along the banks of the river on the east side of the preserve were: Common grackles collecting nesting material 1 black

[nysbirds-l] Eastport meadows

2017-05-17 Thread leormand
I visited Eastport Meadows around noon today. Despite it being mid-day, there were many vocal and active birds including: prairie warbler, blue-winged warblers, yellow warbler, catbirds and mockingbirds This is a very large former farm field / red cedar forest on the south side of Sunrise

[nysbirds-l] Swan river preserve - east patchogue

2017-05-09 Thread leormand
>From 5-6 this evening the following birds were observed in the pond and along >the banks of the river: Bank / Tree / and Rough-winged Swallow Yellow Warbler Baltimore oriole Song sparrow Common Grackle Grey Carbird Northern Cardinal Black-crowned Night Heron (in river) Great Egret (hunting in

[nysbirds-l] Montauk - dead shearwaters

2017-06-22 Thread leormand
On a 1.5 mile walk between Essex Ave and Ditch Plains I observed at least 15 deceased shearwaters - almost all of which were entangled in seaweed. Additionally, there was a long-tailed duck on the beach at Ditch Plains. A dog chased it into the ocean where it swam for a bit before coming back

[nysbirds-l] cupsogue beach - westhampton

2017-11-25 Thread leormand .
A high noon walk down Cupsogue beach turned up a piping plover loosely associating with a flock of Sanderlings. There was also a semi-palmated plover with this group. Two loon flyovers between ocean and beach was the only other thing of interest. -- - Luke Instagram: @JrookPhotos

[nysbirds-l] Large mixed duck flock - Patchogue village

2017-12-17 Thread leormand
There was a large raft of ducks (mostly scaup and buffleheads) just east of mascot dock in the village of Patchogue. The location is next to Lombardi’s on the bay, just south of shore front dock. Birds often times feeding feet from the boardwalk but also spooked easily. They were there at 10:30

[nysbirds-l] Pine neck dock - east Patchogue

2018-05-16 Thread leormand
This morning I had least terns, a great egret and a little blue heron at Pine Neck Dock in East Patchogue. -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm

[nysbirds-l] dune road

2018-01-06 Thread leormand .
This afternoon I drove the length of Dune road and spent a little time at the inlet. It was dead low tide at the inlet and there were a lot of ducks feeding and getting out of the wind on the western side. Most appeared to be red-breasted mergansers, but there were also surf scoters, black

[nysbirds-l] Patchogue to Brookhaven hamlet

2018-01-20 Thread leormand
Late afternoon I stopped at swan river preserve and observed 10 green teal ducks in the southern pond along with a good number of mallards A stop at bellport yacht club only yielded some small bufflehead flocks. At carmans river (end of beaver dam road) there were 2 harriers hunting over the

[nysbirds-l] Swan river preserve - East Patchogue

2018-02-13 Thread leormand
This afternoon there were 4 male green-winged teal in the north pond at swan river preserve. A great blue heron was seen in the southern pond. - Luke -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm

[nysbirds-l] EPCAL, Dune Road

2018-02-17 Thread leormand
At EPCAL around noon it was quiet, but there were a number of red tailed hawks and a harrier on the western runway. Dune Road has a peregrine, snowy owl and Brant. Inlet was quiet, but another birder said there was a large raft of eider that has been spooked by a coast guard boat. On the

[nysbirds-l] South shore - Suffolk + EPCAL

2018-03-31 Thread leormand
Dune road was quiet - no sign of owls or harriers. Shinnecock bay held some oyster catchers, brant, long-tailed ducks, black scorers and common eiders and the occasional loon. Along the roadside ditches were a large number of great egrets. I visited EPCAL briefly and barely got out of the

[nysbirds-l] Sub adult bald eagle - forge river - mastic

2018-03-28 Thread leormand
I just observed an osprey chasing a subadult bald eagle along the forge river at the Montauk Highway spillway. The eagle perched on the west side of the river and the osprey retreated back to its nest on the south side of the river. -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

[nysbirds-l] EPCAL and e Patchogue

2018-03-23 Thread leormand
I was able to take a quick trip to EPCAL at mid-day and observed the following: Rough-legged hawk “Grey Ghost” harrier Flock of bluebirds (male and female) Several red-tailed hawks A stop at Pine Neck Dock in East Patchogue this evening turned up an osprey on a newly built platform. --

[nysbirds-l] EPCAL and Dune Road

2018-03-18 Thread leormand
A brief visit to EPCAL produced few birds. A pair of bluebirds bear the nesting boxes, a couple red-tailed hawks and one kestrel were the only things noteworthy. On the way to the south shore I observed an adult bald eagle near Pleasure Drive and Sunrise Highway flying very high. Dune road

[nysbirds-l] Peregrine falcon - Patchogue

2018-11-01 Thread leormand
A peregrine was perched high above a communications tower in Patchogue village viewed from the VFW (south of Montauk Highway). This is the tower that ravens have nested on in years past. -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm

[nysbirds-l] Razorbills - shinnecock inlet

2019-01-06 Thread leormand
Hampton bays - shinnecock inlet. West side of the inlet near the ocean there are good numbers of razorbills mixed in with common eiders. Razorbills are feeding on silversides. Also seen are usuals, black scoters, long-tailed ducks, DC cormorants and a variety of gulls and seals. No sign of

[nysbirds-l] Swan river east patchogue

2019-01-21 Thread leormand
Late afternoon there was a flock of northern shovelers on swan river between Swezey ave bridge and the LIRR. At swan river preserve (north of LIRR) there were 6 green winged teal in the northern pond. The river held several hooded mergansers, swans (appropriately) and mallards. A belted kingfisher

[nysbirds-l] Robinsons pond and carmans river

2019-03-02 Thread leormand
2 bald eagles were soaring high over the mouth of the carmans this afternoon as seen from beaver dam creek road. Robinsons pond held pintails, common mergansers, mallards, scaup, swans and a great blue heron. -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm

[nysbirds-l] Bald eagles - Carmans River

2019-02-10 Thread leormand
Around noon i had 2 adult bald eagles north of beaver dam creek road ending. There was also a norther harrier patrolling the marshes -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm

[nysbirds-l] Common mergansers - E Patchogue

2019-02-05 Thread leormand
Robinson’s pond on S Country Rd in E Patchogue has a good variety of waterfowl including: Common Mergansers Mallards Northern Pintails PB grebes - Luke -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm

[nysbirds-l] Where do ravens go - brookhaven

2019-04-19 Thread leormand
Yesterday (4-18-19) John Turner and I took a tour of the Brookhaven landfill including a drive to the top. Much to our surprise we observed at least 6 ravens (they all appeared paired up). Ravens were observed feeding and being chased by various gull species. I’m not aware of any raven nests

[nysbirds-l] Robinson’s pond, e Patchogue

2019-11-10 Thread leormand
Robinson’s pond (north side of south country) has had a recent influx of winter waterfowl including: Gadwall Hooded merganser Pintail -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm

[nysbirds-l] Bald eagle - East Patchogue

2019-10-30 Thread leormand
This morning when I left the house i was greeted by an adult Bald Eagle in the pine tree across the street. The Eagle stayed for several minutes before flying off into the fog heading east. Interestingly, this is the second Eagle siting at my house in the past week -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

[nysbirds-l] Adult bald eagle - Medford

2019-11-14 Thread leormand
I saw an adult bald eagle circling near Horseblock road and the LIE in Medford - this is just east of Rt 112 and only a half mile from where I observed two adults perched a couple weeks ago. -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm

[nysbirds-l] Osprey and bald eagle - e Patchogue

2019-10-20 Thread leormand
This afternoon I had the good fortune of watching an osprey fly overhead with a fish in its talons. Moments later an adult bald eagle followed lazily chasing a meal. -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm

[nysbirds-l] two adult bald eagles - medford

2019-10-28 Thread leormand .
This afternoon I observed two (2) adult bald eagles atop the high-tension power lines in Medford along Horseblock Road, just WEST of the Town of Brookhaven's Medford Athletic Fields. This is just north of Lowes / 7/11 off of Route 112 for those familiar with the location. The birds were still

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