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Nature Walk/Event Recaps and Reports

Jones Beach West End Recap

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Recap and Photos by Ken Thompson

With a break in the frigid weather nine hardy birders showed up at Jone Beach for our February weekend walk. The walk was led by Bob Grover. We started at the Coast Guard boat basin with temperatures in the teens and ended at the Nature center with thirty degrees. We had 28 species of birds for the morning.

The channel was still partly frozen and the bar mostly ice covered but still held a some shorebirds and gulls. In the marina itself we saw common loon, red-breasted merganser, common goldeneye, greater scaup Surf scoter, white-winged scoter and bufflehead. A nice mix for the morning. Land birds were a bit scarce as we only saw a few of the usual suspects. Our walk to the beach did not produce the hoped for snowy owl. On returning from the beach we saw a peregrine falcon eating a surf scoter in the parking lot.

It was a nice day with mild temperature and bright sunshine, great day for a nice walk on the beach.

Birding and Breakfast Recap

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Recap by Ken Thompson - Photos by Lisa Nasta

With below freezing temperatures, twenty seven hardy birders showed up at Connetquot State Park Preserve for our winter Breakfast and Birding. The event is a partnership between Environmental Education Office of NYS parks and Great South Bay Audubon Society (GSBAS).

The program started with a breakfast in the main building. That was funded by GSBAS and supported by the Melville Deli with a donation of bagels and spreads.. The park staff made coffee and set up the room for the event. While participants were enjoying the continental breakfast park staff. member Pam Hunters showed an discussed the possible birds that might be seen on our walk following the indoor activities.

We split into two groups for our walk, each group led by folks from Great South Bay Audubon. Initially we went to the lake by the mill to scan for ducks. There were not many ducks as the pond had skim ice on the surface, though we did manage to see a few species. One of the groups on the way back from viewing the lake on the east side discovered the stars of the day. In the river, across from the mill a Wilson's Snipe and a Rusty Blackbird were found. In total we had 26 species, not bad for a cold winter day.

This is one of our most popular programs and today was another good day for getting together to enjoy the outdoors and share knowledge off birds.