Shinnecock Dunes Nature Walk Recap
A rainy forecast on September 13th did not prevent seven hardy birders from making the trip out east to Shinnecock Inlet this morning. Between the rain and the high tide we had some flooded road conditions to deal with as we made our way down Dune Rd.
The bird of the day was Egrets. we had over forty egrets, a mix of Greater and Snowy. There were a couple of Great Blue Herons just to be different. The high tide kept us from seeing the usual number of shorebirds we see on this trip. We only saw a few Black-bellied Plovers and a small flock of Sanderlings plus on Greater Yellowlegs.
While viewing from the Tiana Beach Pavilion we did see some dolphins and one whale breach.
We mad the best of a challenging morning.
I am a backyard birder. When I joined Audubon, I envisioned that I would soon be running through bushes all over the place, my little safari hat in place, identifying birds and their calls. I thought that ornithology would become as second nature as horticulture is to me.
Writing this in the beginning of October, I was going to comment on the dry summer we just experienced, but Mother Nature did a turn around and we are now experiencing the dregs of Hurricane Ian, the final consequences of which are yet to be seen.
It was a cold, overcast, blustery day out in Montauk for the chapter’s field trip on January 7th. But there was a good turnout of participants willing to brave the elements and see some birds that are most easily seen at ‘The End’.