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Nature Walk/Event Recap and Reports

GSBAS 2018 June Outdoor Program

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Our program this year featured Ranger Eric Powers, host of the TV Show “Off The Trail”, and a bunch of his animal friends, as well as a multitude of animal artifacts, such as furs, feathers, skulls, sheds, and much more!

Photos by Vera Capogna

Oceanside Marine Nature Study Center Recap

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Recap by Ken Thompson

Today our walk was at the Marine Nature Study Center in Oceanside. We had another good turnout for our walk. The weather was cooperative in that we had no rain, and temps were mild.

We were greeted by a Green heron and multiple Egrets. We had both Great and Snowy Egrets along our walk.

One of the Great Egrets is the official greeter at the site. It is used to the staff doing demonstrations for school students and he gets the leftover seafood from the seine nets. We then went to Jones Beach West End for a few minutes to finish the morning. We had good looks at Brown Thrashers.

We then walked to the beach side pavilion and saw Least Terns in their breeding colony.

Hempstead State Park Recap

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Recap by Ken Thompson

A foggy misty morning turned into a clear day with bright sunshine to finish our walk at Hempstead State Park. A dozen folks participated and were not disappointed.

We had over thirty species of birds for the morning, including twelve warblers. We had great looks at Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue and Blackpoll warblers on our walk A Yellow-billed Cuckoo popped up on the return trail heading back to the parking lot.

A really nice surprise were a pair of Wood Ducks on the pond as we were finishing our walk. One of them posed in a tree for us to enjoy the finale for the morning.

Massapequa Preserve Recap

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Recap by Ken Thompson

Finally the weather has seemed to realize it is spring. We had a sunny, mild, and clear day for our Tuesday Nature walk. Today it was at Massapequa Preserve. The leaves on the trees are not fully out yet which made for easier viewing.

We had 33 species of birds, with five warblers and multiples of some of them. We did see four Black and White Warblers and four Yellow Warblers and Two Northern Parula. We did not see the Warbling Vireo which I usually expect here. There were three Forsters Terns circling the pond and a first of the year Catbird and Red-eyed Vireo.

All in all a nice day with some nice birds in a nice place.

Norman Levy Park Recap

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Recap by Ken Thompson

Oh what a beautiful morning, it could make a great song title. It was just spectacular this morning on our walk at Norman Levy park in Merrick. Bette Davis said it, "What a dump". The park is a recovered landfill. Nicely laid out for a great walk with different habitats as you walk around the trails.

We were greeted by the resident Monk Parakeets as we gathered at the beginning of the trail.

We walked to the top and back down seeing 25 species of birds despite the trees not having leafed out yet. At the end of the walk we spotted a Little Blue Heron to finish the day.


Connetquot River State Park Preserve Recap

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Recap by Ken Thompson

We had our annual April walk at Connetquot River State Park Preserve Saturday, April 21. The weather was delightful. A warming feel to the air and bright sunshine and a crowd of 24 people made for a great walk.

We headed to the Mill hoping to see the resident Bald Eagle and were not disappointed. He did a flyover right on cue. We had a good raptor morning.  We also saw a Cooper's Hawk, a Red-tailed Hawk, and a number of Ospreys flying around. We had two early warblers, Pine warbler and Palm warbler. After explaining to the group about our Bluebird trail we spotted a pair of Eastern Bluebirds approaching box 14 seeming to prepare to nest. We wound up with 39 species for the morning. One of the best April trips I can remember.


Gardiners Park Recap

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Recap by Ken Thompson

Wow, another less than stellar day for one of our spring walks. It will get better. The temps were in the forties with a brisk bone chilling wind. Eleven hardy souls ventured forth to see what we could see.

Apparently the birds also felt the impact of the weather and decided to sleep in. We did persist though and managed to squeak out some nice birds for the morning.Some highlights were Great Egrets and Ospreys flying overhead. There were Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds galore. A few Cardinals and both American and Fish crow were around.

On the way back to the parking lot a Snowy Egret Joined us on the pathway

Birding and Breakfast Recap

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Recap by Ken Thompson - Photos by Bob Labuski

Thank goodness for a break in the weather. The rain stopped, the temperatures rose and we managed to have another successful Birding & Breakfast program. The program is presented by NYS Parks staff at Connetquot SPP, The Friends of Connetquot supply the breakfast and Great South Bay Audubon helps lead the field walks after the presentation.

After the presentation by Pam Hunter of the Park Staff, we went outside to do our walk starting at the main lake. The walk leaders were Helga Merryman, Bob and Edith Wilson, Jack Carlson, and Ken Thompson with assistance from Dave Masone.

At the lake we saw a good sampling of ducks. There were, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Northern Pintail, Mute Swan, Bufflehead, Canada Goose and as we were ready to leave there two Common Merganser flew in to top off the morning. We the walked in the park and managed to see a good sampling of winter landbirds.

Again, another well received Birding and Breakfast, come and join us May 13, 2018 for our next scheduled Birding and Breakfast. It's always a good time.