Friday 14 December 2018 50 °F
This morning since all of my finals are over and I’m not flying home until the evening, I went birding in Plumb Beach, Brooklyn, NYC. I was hoping to possibly find my life bird Red-necked Grebe, which I have consistently missed this fall and has become somewhat of a nemesis bird.
A lot of the time was spent scanning the bay and picking through distant waterfowl, such as these BUFFLEHEADS:
LONG-TAILED DUCK, cool to see even though it was incredibly far off:
Then, I birded the marsh where during the migration months sparrows abound — I tried my luck to see if there were any lingering birds. This is an AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
And my surprise of the day came when this LAPLAND LONGSPUR flew up from right in front of me and landed behind some weeds far down the trail. I only managed one crappy photo of it — it was just one of those days — before I lost sight of the bird.
Back to the beach where I had SANDERLING:
RED-THROATED LOON, cool!
SURF & BLACK SCOTERS:
Alas, I never found the Red-necked Grebe, but it was still a fairly good day of sea-scanning with contenders for bird-of-the-day being the Long-tailed Duck, Lapland Longspur, and Red-throated Loon. Stay tuned, tonight I fly back home to Chicago for the holiday and I should be out birding on monday!
World Life List: 958 Species