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Nature Walk/Event Recap and Reports

Gardiner Park Nature Walk Recap

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Recap by Ken Thompson

A snake in the grass.

Literally today on our Tuesday walk at Gardiners park we encountered a small Garter Snake sunning it self in the grass. It was very lethargic and didn't react to our viewing it, giving us all a good look at it. We left it alone and went on our way.

The birding was a little slow heading down the main trail. As we were heading back to the parking lot we turned at a corner in the trail and the we had our activity hot spot. There was a feeding flock of Chickadees, Titmice and Goldfinches. We heard a Pine Warbler before we saw them. It was a pair, male and female working the tops of the branches near the feeding flock. Just down the path we bumped into a pair of Brown Thrashers, and just past them was a very nice looking male Eastern Towhee. Five minutes of action made up for the slow start and wound up giving us another nice walk on Tuesday.

Connetquot River State Park Preserve Nature Walk Recap

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Recap by Ken Thompson

A walk in the park.

On a beautiful spring morning a troop of fifteen birders set out for a walk in Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Right off the bat, a Yellow-throated Warbler was heard and seen by the group. This bird is expanding its breeding range and now this is the third year they have been seen in CRSPP. Then, soon after we spotted a pair of Eastern Bluebirds in box fifteen in the paddock. Overall we had thirty nine species of birds this morning. There were painted turtles sunning themselves in the ponds near the hatchery.

We were joined by students from the East IsIip School system who were working on their science nature project. They are fun to have along. We walked the three miles around the lake, up the yellow trail to the hatchery and down the red trail back to the main buildings.

It was a good morning for a walk and we took full advantage of it.

Heckscher State Park Nature Walk Recap

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Recap by Ken Thompson

After the rain last night the morning was very misty, a few hardy troopers trying to escape cabin fever ventured forth in Heckscher State Park for some birding.

We headed up the trail out of parking lot five. We did manage to see a few birds. Early on in the walk we saw our first of the season Hermit Thrush and an Eastern Towhee. We watched a pair of Ospreys try to break a branch off a tree for their nest, they didn't get it by the time we left.

Later during our caravan around the park we spotted a Great Egret flyover and at the entrance to field seven there was a pair of Killdeer. We managed to make the best of the morning.

Jamaica Bay Nature Walk Recap

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Recap by Ken Thompson

A gorgeous day at Jamaica Bay!

What a great day after the surprise snow storm yesterday, mild temps, little to no wind and bright sunshine. Add to that some nice signs of spring from arriving birds.

The pair of Ospreys were on their nest south of the west trail, Tree Swallows were flying around their nest boxes and we saw our first Snowy Egret of the season. There were plenty of Red-wing Blackbirds and Robins around as well, spring is ready to spring.

Great South Bay Audubon Annual Bob Laskowski Memorial Duck Walk

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Recap by Bob Grover

The Great South Bay Audubon annual Bob Laskowski Memorial Duck Walk on Saturday produced a below average 17 species of waterfowl, mitigated somewhat by a lack of open water at most sites visited. The highlights included 72 Redheads, along with a few Canvasbacks, on Capri Lake in West Islip, which is the Redhead capitol of Long Island. Most interesting was the presence of Common Mergansers at virtually every freshwater pond along Montauk Highway between East Islip and West Islip.

Jones Beach West End Field Trip

Saturday, February 8, 2014

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.

Birding & Breakfast at Connetquot Preserve

Saturday, January 18 & 19, 2014

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.