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 Ken Thompson - Photos by Bob Labuski
Despite the threat of bad weather the January Breakfast and Birding at Connetquot State Park Preserve was another success. The event is put on by the Connetquot State Park Preserve staff, The Friends of Connetquot and Great South Bay Audubon.
The room was again full for the continental breakfast with coffee, tea and juice. The Friends of Connetquot supplied the breakfast foods. The bagels were donated by the Melville Deli. 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 and American Wigeons. Then 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 allowing us to set up a scope and get everyone a good opportunity see it up close. We had twenty five species of bids for the day. We hope to see you for our next breakfast and Birding event.
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.