Date: 9/27/19 3:48 pm
From: Steve Walter <swalter15...>
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Jones Beach: Marbled Godwits, Gull-billed Tern, Empi
There are now 4 Marbled Godwits in the Jones Beach area. They were embedded
in the large Oystercatcher roost, which this morning was on the outer part
of the sand spit near the Coast Guard station. All left about half way down
on the falling tide.

One reason for going there today was to hopefully catch up with the
lingering Gull-billed Tern. As late is it now is for one to be around, I
suspected (and actually had seen a distant photo of it) that it would be in
a plumage that I didn't have. After a previous trip in which I only saw it
as a fly by, I succeeded in getting pictures today. It looks to me to be a
molting adult, not all the way into winter plumage. If I'm wrong, my tern
guru will let me know. I posted a picture at my web site
( ).

I also posted pictures of an Empidonax flycatcher (one of the very few
migrants that I came across). Sadly, after many years of birding, I can't
say that I've mastered expertise in these guys (and I don't have an Empi
guru). When I looked at the pictures, I got the impression of a buffy wash
on the belly. But surely, that must be yellow? As in Yellow-bellied
Flycatcher? But it doesn't strike me as that, and it is kind of late.
Acadian? Gotta study up on primary projections.

Steve Walter

Bayside, NY


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