Date: 11/8/17 1:05 am From: Fred Vir <avtrader...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Corn Crake Fire Island NY OT
My arrival was timely for this rare bird on the north, grass border of west bound Ocean Parkway. It was last sighted at 444 PM during fading light. For me it was in view from 425 PM to 444 PM. Another viewer saw it catch and eat a worm; the bird appeared healthy, alert and skittish (but not of cars wizzing by at 65 mph 15 feet away).
I continued to watch the area until 510 to see if there was any nocturnal activity but the showers got worse; the bird did not show again.
I placed a 5 foot long twisting log/branch on the south grass border pointing N to where the bird was seen last. Note that the bird was mainly foraging eastward over the last hour it was seen, covering a distance of ~ 80 yards; it may continue this eastward movement.
At 5 PM winds were from the NNE at about 12 mph or more, showers increasing.