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Nature Walk/Event Recap and Reports

Massapequa Preserve Recap

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Recap by Ken Thompson

It was an Oriole. This morning our walk was at the Massapequa Preserve. It was chilly with intermittent Cloudy skies, we had mostly sunshine though. We started our walk by seeing a couple of Chimney Swifts circling overhead, We then walked around the pond and saw Orioles. There were quite a few Orioles including an Orchard Oriole. There were plenty of Warbling Vireos as well. We also saw a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Our total was 33 species for the morning.

It was a nice spring morning with a nice assortment of birds and a couple of birds sitting on nests. The trees are just opening and giving a variety of green to see.  A good day to be in nature.

GSBAS Annual Dinner

Monday, May 8, 2017

Our Annual May Dinner fundraiser was held at Capt. Bill’s Restaurant in Bay Shore on Monday, May 8, 2017. Thanks to the generosity of our members and friends we had many lovely prizes. The dinner was a huge success and all who attended had a grand time.

Photos by Vera Capogna

Gardiners Park Recap

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Recap by Ken Thompson

Today our walk was at Gardiners Park, West Bay Shore. Ten folks showed up on a nice spring day. Finally a break in the Tuesday weather with bright sunshine and clear cool skies.

Birding was a little quiet but we did see some of the usual suspects for this time of year. We saw Chickadees hollowing out a nest site and at the bay we saw a pair of American Oystercatchers. There were Red-wing Blackbirds everywhere.

On the way back from the bay we spotted a Brown Thrasher gathering nesting Material


Birding and Breakfast Recap

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Recap by Ken Thompson - Photos by Bob Labuski

Saturday January 14, 2017 we held the first of our 2017 Breakfast and Birding events for the year. The weather was very accommodating, we had mild temperatures little or no wind and a slight overcast sky. Not a bad day for January. As usual the room was full, and with a lot of repeat customers.

The event is a result of collaboration between Connetquott State Park Preserve staff, The Friends of Connetquot and Great South Bay Audubon Society. The Melville Deli again donated our bagels for our breakfast.

Pam Hunter from the Parks staff did a winter birds and waterfowl presentation while everyone enjoyed the breakfast supplied by the Friends of Connetquot. After breakfast we split into groups to do our walk in the park to see what bird are around in the winter. The walks were led by Great South Bay Audubon members with help from the Park staff and Friends of Connetquot.

We started birding at the mill at the end of the main pond. There was a good sampling of ducks for us to see. We saw Gadwall, Ring Neck, Mallard, Black Duck, Common Mergansers, Mute Swans, Canada Geese and a very cooperative Ruddy Duck that stayed close for good viewing. On the rest of our walk we did see some woodland birds. There were plenty of Red Bellied woodpeckers for everyone to see and when they got in sunlight it was very nice. We also saw Both Red and White Breasted Nuthatches, Black-capped Chickadees and Tufted Titmouse. A Yelllow-bellied Sapsucker was also seen.

It was another very successful Breakfast and Birding venture, come join us on our next which is scheduled for May 14, 2017. Check our websites for registration information.