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Nature Walk/Event Recap and Reports

Connetquot River State Park Preserve Recap

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Recap by Ken Thompson

This was our best ever attendance for Nature Walk. Thirty five students, from the East Islip High School biology class, showed up to do an assigned field walk. We also had a half dozen non students join us. We split into three groups led by myself, Bob Grover and John Gluth. We walked the area around the main house and one group walked to the hatchery and back. Over thirty species of birds were seen plus a box turtle and eastern cottontail rabbit and several squirrels.

The students were attentive,curious and actively participating. We all had a good time and they were exposed to the natural world. Kudos to the East Islip school district for assigning field work for their classes.

Gardiners Park Recap

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Recap by Ken Thompson

The first two April Tuesday nature walks were canceled due to inclement weather. Today made up for those days. Twelve people attended today's walk in Gardiners Park, taking advavtage of a superb morning to be outside. Comments were made as to what seems to be a delay in some trees budding and leafing out. We did manage to eke out twenty species of the usual suspects. A highlight was five Snowy Egrets in the marsh down by the bay. It is good to see them coming back to Long island.


Birding and Breakfast Recap

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Recap by Ken Thompson - Photos by Bob Labuski

Despite the threat of bad weather, the January 16th Breakfast and Birding at Connetquot River State Park Preserve was another success. The event is put on by the New York State Parks Environmental Education staff, the Friends of Connetquot and Great South Bay Audubon.

The room was again full for the continental breakfast and welcoming with the aroma of coffee. The Friends of Connetquot, the Melville Deli and other good people supplied the breakfast foods, which included bagels, cinnamon bread, scones, fruit, and more. Folks filled their plates and watched a presentation by Pam Hunter introducing winter waterfowl and birds we might expect to see.

Then we headed outside for the walks led by the folks from Great South Bay Audubon. We split into two groups and went to the main pond to look for ducks. We saw Gadwall, Mallards, Common Mergansers, Bufflehead, Hooded Mergansers, American Wigeons, and a Pied-billed Grebe. Afterward, we walked the paths around the building complex to look for land birds. A highlight was an off-season Eastern Towhee bathing in a roadside puddle that was seen by one of the groups; this unexpected sighting even allowed time to set up a scope and gave everyone a good opportunity see the bird up close. Total for both groups was twenty six species of bids for the day. We hope to see you for our next Breakfast and Birding event.

Montauk Nature Walk Recap

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Recap by Ken Thompson - Photos by Helga Merryman

It doesn't seem fair to do our Montauk walks in above freezing weather. The weather was warm and slightly windy, not the toe numbing cold we are used to. The trip was led by Bob Grover and Ken Thompson.

There were ten of us as we started out by seeing a Lesser Black-backed Gull in the parking lot before we went to the overlook. At the overlook the seabirds were not as plentiful as usual, but we did have our usual mix of birds. When we went to the Camp hero location there were the seabirds, up close and in the thousands, making for very good looks for all.

At East lake we had good looks at a Iceland Gull floating over the surf just outside the jetty. A surprise was a pair of Red-necked Grebes at the entrance to the inlet.

Wrapping up the trip by driving Dune Rd, Edith Wilson spotted an American Bittern, the master of camoflage in the roadside ditch. A nice cap to the day as the sun was starting to set.