The primary mission of the Great South Bay Audubon Society is to advocate for the conservation of habitats for native birds and other native wildlife on Long Island.
Recap by Mike Cooper
A dozen intrepid birders made the trek out to West End on a cold February morning. Temperatures hovered around 20 degrees at the start of the trip, but low winds and decent birds made the weather bearable.
Although we only had 37 species, it was a day of quality over quantity. Near the inlet west of Field 2, we found a Snowy Owl siting up in the dunes. This has been a great year for this species, and we were hoping to pick one out on the trip. We spent some time searching for a previously reported Northern Shrike, and eventually found it with the help of the West End birding network. The shrike was a life bird for several of our participants.
We missed the Gyrfalcon which has been prowling around over the Gilgo marshes, but did have distant looks at a Peregrine Falcon there. Other highlights included a pair of Water Pipits feeding along the roadway and the usual winter suspects- Snow Bunting, Horned Lark, and some loons and grebes.
It turned out to be a nice morning and well spent with a hardy group of brave souls.
Recap by Ken Thompson
So nice, we did it twice. This Saturday Jan 18 was our winter scheduled Birding and Breakfast at Connetquot State Park Preserve. The response was so very enthusiastic, the park folks asked if we could do a second walk on Sunday, which we did.
Both days the weather was very cooperative with sunshine and relatively mild temperatures it was enjoyable to be walking and birding. We spent the first part of each day scanning the ducks on the pond right outside the main building. We had good scope looks at a bunch of different ducks. Then we split into groups and walked the paths looking for land birds. We had a nice mix of the usual winter birds for all the folks to look at and enjoy. On Saturday we had some beautiful Eastern Bluebirds to finish the day.
The feedback from the participants was very positive, they enjoyed the presentations and the walks and seeing the birds on two nice days.