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Plumb Beach

Brooklyn, NYC

overcast 50 °F

This morning since all of my finals are over and Iā€™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:
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COMMON LOON:
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BLACK SCOTERS:
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LONG-TAILED DUCK, cool to see even though it was incredibly far off:
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Then, I birded the marsh where during the migration months sparrows abound ā€” I tried my luck to see if there were any lingering birds. This is an AMERICAN GOLDFINCH:
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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 ā€” it was just one of those days ā€” before I lost sight of the bird.
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Back to the beach where I had SANDERLING:
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RED-THROATED LOON, cool!
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MUTE SWANS:
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HORNED GREBE:
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SURF & BLACK SCOTERS:
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TREE SWALLOWS:
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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!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 958 Species

Posted by skwclar 11:33 Archived in USA

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