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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Chris Walters

January 13,14,15, 2007
Montauk, NY

This is the Montauk Field Trip Report for January 13-15, 2007, with highlights of WESTERN KINGBIRD, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, RAZORBILLS, RED-NECKED GREBES, WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, HARLEQUIN DUCK, SNOW BUNTINGS, and MONK PARAKEETS.

DVOC enjoyed a very productive three-day weekend in unusually mild conditions, characterized by fog and occasional misting showers. 93 species were seen, three being species not encountered during the last 19 annual trips. Participants were Frank Windfelder, JoAnn Raine, Margie Keefe, Win Shafer (who added three lifers), and co-leaders Erica Brendel and Chris Walters. They stayed overnights in commodious surroundings on Shelter Island.

The Club’s traditional trip route was reconfigured in severe ways to accommodate the unusual weather conditions:

FIRST DAY: Brooklyn College, Marine Park, Pt. Lookout/Jones Beach Inlet, Bayville (north shore), St. John’s Pond in Cold Spring Harbor, Caumsett SP, and a Northport feeder.

SECOND DAY: Sag Harbor, Short’s Pond, Fort Pond Bay, Duryea’s Ice House/Tuthill’s Pond, Culloden Point, Montauk Harbor jetties, Hero SP, Montauk Point, Deep Hollow Ranch, Theodore Roosevelt County Park, Ditch Plains, Napeague Harbor, David’s Lane, Hook Pond, Georgica Cove, three Southampton ponds, and Shelter Island.

THIRD DAY: East Cutchogue Middle School area, Marratooka Pond (north fork), Breakwater Beach/Mattituck Inlet, Horton Point, Horton Avenue fields a/k/a Cornell fields, Calverton, the same Northport feeder visited the first day, and Caumsett SP.

Common Loon - (many on bays & inlets)
Red-throated Loon - (mainly Jones Beach inlet)
Horned Grebe - (all inlets/bays)
Red-necked Grebe - (4-5 in Ft. Pond Bay)
No. Gannet - (in Long Island Sound and at Montauk Point
Great Cormorant - (Eastern Long Island)
Double-crested Cormorant - (Western Long Island)
Great Egret - (Two at Sag Harbor)
Great Blue Heron - (several each day)
Mute Swan - (seen each day)
Greater White-fronted Goose - (one at Caumsett SP on north shore)
Snow Goose - (one with Canadas on Hampton field)
Canada Goose - (abundant)
Cackling Goose - (one at Short’s Pond)
Brant - coasts of Western Long Island
Wood Duck - (two pair at David’s Lane, Bridgehampton)
Mallard - (ubiquitous)
Black Duck - (many near protected mudflats)
Northern Pintail - (very small numbers)
Gadwall - (several spots)
American Wigeon - (various spots)
Eurasian Wigeon - (drake at St. John’s pond in Cold Spring Harbor)
Green-winged Teal - (eight at Marine Park, Brooklyn)
Canvasback - (many in Cold Spring Harbor locations)
Redhead - (small numbers - on several ponds)
Ring-necked Duck - (common – multiple groups)
Lesser Scaup - (various lakes/ponds)
Greater Scaup - (various lakes/ponds)
Common Eider - (drake at Montauk Point)
Harlequin Duck - (female at Horton’s Point)
Long-tailed Duck - (all oceanside spots)
White-winged Scoter - (common at Ft. Pond Bay)
Surf Scoter - (Ft. Pond Bay)
Black Scoter - (several along north shore)
Common Goldeneye - (groups at Bayville and Horton Point)
Bufflehead - (ubiquitous)
Hooded Merganser - (a few on ponds)
Red-breasted Merganser - (at all saltwater spots)
Ruddy Duck - (half dozen locations)
Sharp-shinned Hawk - (adult at East Cutchogue)
Red-tailed Hawk - (the default raptor; common)
Coot - (fairly common)
Killdeer - (four at Deep Hollow Ranch near Montauk Point)
Oystercatcher - (Point Lookout flats)
Western Willet - (three on Point Lookout flats)
Purple Sandpiper - (Point Lookout and Montauk jetties)
Wilson’s Snipe - (Theodore Roosevelt County Park at Montauk)
Bonaparte's Gull - (fairly common but no large concentrations)
Ring-billed Gull - (common away from the ocean)
Herring Gull - (abundant on coastal locations)
Great Black-backed Gull - (common in coastal areas)
Razorbill - (2-3 seen well on Ft. Pond Bay)
Rock Pigeon - (extirpation is not close at hand!)
Mourning Dove - (only a few seen)
Monk Parakeet - (20 at traditional Brooklyn College roosts)
Eastern Screech Owl - (rufous-phase bird well-studied on Shelter Island)
Rufous Hummingbird - (female well seen for 30 minutes at Northport feeder)
Belted Kingfisher - (at scattered locations)
Red-bellied Woodpecker - (three or four)
Downy Woodpecker - (common)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - (male near Northport feeder)
Flicker - (two or three only)
Western Kingbird - (well-studied at East Cutchogue School)
Blue Jay - (several each day)
American Crow - (fair numbers)
Fish Crow - (two or three)
Horned Lark - (100+ along Horton Avenue, Riverhead)
Tree Swallow - (three at Point Lookout)
Black-capped Chickadee - (scattered spots)
Tufted Titmouse - (only 3-4)
White-breasted Nuthatch - (several)
Carolina Wren - (common)
Golden-crowned Kinglet - several at Short Pond
Bluebird - several at Calverton
Robin - various spots
Catbird - one at East Cutchogue
Mockingbird - Western Long Island
Cedar Waxwing - one Southampton flock
Starling - throughout
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Sag Harbor single
Cardinal - Various spots
Eastern Towhee - Sag Harbor
Tree Sparrow - Short’s Pond
Song Sparrow - various spots
Swamp Sparrow - one at David’s Lane
White-throated Sparrow - various spots
Dark-eyed Junco - Sag Harbor
Red-winged Blackbird - various spots
Cowbird - two at Deep Hollow Ranch
House Sparrow - hedgerows
American Goldfinch - various spots
House Finch - various spots
Snow Bunting - two at Breakwater Beach