We started with a Great Horned Owl, well before first light. Then we joined some other birders at a diner for breakfast. They would cover the southern portion of the Five Towns section, while we covered the northern portion. Sun-up found us in Hewlett Harbor checking a pond for waterfowl and the night-heron roost there. Along with hundreds of Canada Geese, there were American Black Ducks, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, and a surprising five Northern Pintails with a few other species.
|Canada Geese 01/02/2016 Willow Pond|
|part of the night-heron roost at Willow Pond 01/02/2016|
Continuing down the road, Sean spotted a distant flying flock of nineteen Snow Geese, not a species we regularly get in our section. What we do see, and saw lots of today, were thousands of Brant.
|flying Brant 01/02/2016|
|Horned Lark 01/02/2016 Bay County Park|
|Baltimore Oriole 01/02/2016 Grant Park|
|Hermit Thrush 01/02/2016 Grant Park|
|Monk Parakeets 01/02/2016 North Woodmere Park|
|Ring-billed Gull 01/02/2016 North Woodmere Park|
Afterwards we went to the compilation dinner. The So. Nassau count as a whole totaled 131 species - we believe the highest of any count in New York State this year.