Date: 5/14/18 6:36 am
From: Jane Ross <janefross...>
Subject: [nysbirds-l] East End birding over the weekend
even though I missed the Kirtland's in Central Park, the East End provided plenty to make up for it! Especially wonderful were great views of a mature American Bald Eagle who sat cooperatively on a log on a sand spit in Mecox Bay for about 30 minutes before providing exquisite views in flight circling the Bay before heading north.

A pair of red knots were highlights at Sagg Pond (both Sagg and Mecox have substantial mudflats at the moment, although Mecox is already closed to the ocean.) Glossy ibis overhead at Dune Road/Tiana Beach and also flying over downtown East Hampton Village.

Many other shorebirds were present at Sagg and also on mudflats at Acabonac Harbor, including:

black bellied plover (magnificent in full breeding plumage)

dunlin (about 60 at Acabonac)

ruddy turnstones



snowy and great egrets

oyster catchers

black skimmers

least terns (many)

Forster's terns (a few)


semipalmated sandpipers

piping plovers

semi palmated plovers

On the downside: no hummingbirds yet, bluebirds have not shown up to take residence (breaking a 7 year run) and purple martins are absent from their usual gourd colony near Georgica Pond. perhaps all just late arrivals in this cold, late spring?

Jane F. Ross, PhD
International Education Consultant
1112 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10128
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