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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Chris Walters

January 15-17, 2011
Montauk, NY

This is the Montauk Field Trip Report for January 15-17, 2011, with highlights of VARIED THRASH, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, RAZORBILLS, AMERICAN PIPITS, REDPOLL, GLAUCOUS GULL, PINE SISKIN, SHORT-EARED OWL, AMERICAN BITTERNS, WILD TURKEYS, and REDHEADS.

A dozen DVOCers enjoyed cool but sunny weather conditions as we worked Central Park in Manhattan, plus Long Island’s inlets, and beaches, hitting and missing target birds on both shores of the island. The lack of foul weather allowed us to tally 98 species for the weekend – third highest in the 23 years we have run this trip. A highlight was our clean sweep of all four species of barren ground birds at Jones Beach west end – American Pipets, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs and Horned Larks. We stayed on Shelter Island in a B&B and private home. Our energetic route:

FIRST DAY: Central Park, Point Lookout, Jones Beach, Massapequa Preserve, and Capri Lake (W. Babylon).

SECOND DAY: Montauk Point, Ditch Plains, Montauk Harbor Inlet, Ft. Pond Bay, Water Mill, Shinnecock Inlet and dunes.

THIRD DAY: Orient Point, Sag Harbor coves, Riverhead, Grumman grasslands, Swan Pond (E. Islip), and Cold Spring Harbor (north shore).

Common Loon - many on bays & inlets
Red-throated Loon - coastal, especially at Jones Beach inlet
Horned Grebe - good numbers in coastal areas
Pied-billed Grebe - Riverhead had six on Peconic R.
Great Cormorant - Montauk inlet jetties
Double-crested Cormorant - Pt. Lookout had several
American Bittern - two along Dune Rd., Shinnecock
Black-crowned Night Heron - Water Mill roost
Great Blue Heron - scarce
Mute Swan - several lakes
Canada Goose - abundant
Brant - coasts of Western Long Island
Mallard - ubiquitous
Black Duck - near protected mudflats
Gadwall - lots on Swan Pond
American Wigeon - Swan Pond
Shoveler - Capri Lake (W. Babylon)
Green-winged Teal - a group at Massapequa Preserve
Canvasback - several on Swan Pond
Ring-necked Duck - primarily at St. John’s Pond @ Cold Spring Harbor
Redhead - twenty at Capri Lake
Lesser Scaup - Swan Pond
Greater Scaup - Cold Spring Harbor
Common Eider - thousands off Montauk Point
Harlequin Duck - one fly-by at Pt. Lookout
Long-tailed Duck - all oceanside spots
White-winged Scoter - one thousand-plus at Montauk Point
Surf Scoter - abundant at Montauk Point
Black Scoter abundant at Montauk Point
Common Goldeneye - Orient Point and off Sag Harbor
Bufflehead - various seaside spots
Hooded Merganser - many at Capri Lake and Swan Pond
Red-breasted Merganser - at all saltwater spots
Ruddy Duck Swan Pond - held two dozen
Sharp-shinned Hawk Central Park; - one perched above us
Cooper’s Hawk - fly-by on road
Red-tailed Hawk - the default raptor; common
Harrier - Jones Beach and Dune Road, Shinnecock
Red-shouldered Hawk - fly-by on road
Merlin - fly-by on road
Kestral - fly-by on road
Ring-necked Pheasant - two at Calverton
Wild Turkey - three on road at Shelter Island
Coot - Swan Pond
Sanderling - beaches
Bonaparte’s Gull - off Shinnecock Inlet and Montauk Point
Ring-billed Gull - common away from the ocean
Herring Gull - abundant on coastal locations
Great Black-backed Gull - common in coastal areas
Glaucous Gull - Orient Point ferry terminal
Razorbill - two seen flying off Montauk Pt.
Rock Pigeon - hard to miss
Mourning Dove - only a few
Short-eared Owl - one hunting the bayside marsh at Shinnecock
Eastern Screech Owl - one seen calling at Shelter Island, in our “back yard”
Belted Kingfisher - one at Water Mill
Red-bellied Woodpecker - Central Park
Downy Woodpecker - several at Central Park
Sapsucker - one seen at Central Park
Flicker - one only
Northern. Shrike - one immature at Napeague meadows
Blue Jay - many each day
American Crow - fair numbers
Horned Lark - Jones Beach West End
American Pipit - three at Jones Beach West End; two at Ft. Pond Bay
Brown Creeper - one at Central Park
Black-capped Chickadee - Central Park and other wood lots
Tufted Titmouse - Central Park and other spots
White-breasted Nuthatch - Shelter Island and Central Park
Red-breasted Nuthatch - one at Orient Point State Park
Carolina Wren - very few
Varied Thrush - Central Park
Hermit Thrush - one at Central Park
Robin - scarce
Mockingbird - scattered spots
Starling - throughout
Yellow-rumped Warbler - coastal bayberries
Cardinal - Various spots
Towhee - two at Central Park
Tree Sparrow - Orient Point State Park feeders
Song Sparrow - everywhere
Savannah Sparrow - two at Grumman grasslands
Chipping Sparrow - one at Grumman grasslands
Fox Sparrow - several in Central Park
Swamp Sparrow - one at Orient Beach State Park
White-throated Sparrow - many; various spots
House Sparrow - hedgerows
Junco - various spots
Red-winged Blackbird - Central Park
Rusty Blackbird - two small groups at Central Park
Cowbird - one at Jones Beach
Common Grackle - good number around Bridgehampton fields
House Finch - a few at various spots
Goldfinch - Central Park and scattered elsewhere
Pine Siskin - one around Central Park feeders
Reepoll - one at Montauk Point
Lapland Longspur - two at Jones Beach Marina
Snow Bunting - flock at Jones Beach West End

Pictures

Click Here for pictures by Marty Dellwo

The pictures below are by Connie Goldman


Win, Marty, Bob K., Deidre


Happy Birders


In Central Park


Vincent sees a Varied Thrush


We saw the thrush!


Intrepid DVOC birders


Birding on the rocks


Looking at the spectacle


Win takes the higher ground