Monday, February 06, 2006

Montauk Point - February 5, 2006

Today was a long trip, but the result was very close looks at a great number of birds. Most ocean birding trips do not provide fora great number of species, but you do get great quantities of fewer species. And that is the case with Montauk Point & Barneget Light.

I saw the most White-Winged Scoters I've ever seen in one place. and the birds were actively flying about providing for great looks. In addition to all 3 Scoter species the other species seen were Great Cormorant, Common & Red-Throated Loons, numerous Common & a pair of (female) King Eiders, Oldsquaw, Razorbill, Red-Breasted Mergansers, Brant, Purple Sandpipers and Horned Grebe. Unfortunately specialties like Murre, Kittiwake or Guillemot were not seen today.

Some local ponds on the way back home had Redhead, Canvasback, Northen Shovelers etc.