Saturday Hunter Island Walk

January 19, 2019 9:00 am

   This was a walk originally planned as a multi-club walk, with the Brooklyn Birding Club. Earlier in the week, the meteorologist predicted possible snow for the afternoon, so there were no drivers willing to make the trip from Brooklyn. However, two members took public transportation to get here. That’s not easily done. As always, we had a very friendly and social group.

   Our hope was to find both the Barred Owl and the Pileated Woodpecker. The owl was easy, but we couldn’t locate the Pileated. We began, as usual, by walking up the hill. Everyone was happy as the owl sat and posed for us. From there, we went to the trail where we had last seen the Pileated on Wednesday. However, he wasn’t to be found. On the way, we observed a nice variety of winter species. In particular, everyone was happy to watch a Hairy Woodpecker chip away ay a tree trunk. For new birders, it was a great opportunity, as the bird stayed at one location for a while. We made our way to the shoreline and began looking for water fowl. There was a nice array of ducks, they were close and easily seen. We did some scoping from the beach and then hiked over to Twin Island. It was windy and uncomfortable there, but had great looks at many Common Goldeneye, a species everyone wanted to see. From that location, as well as Orchard Beach, we located more than one Bald Eagle. On the return trip to our cars we were happy to watch an Eastern Towhee very close. Before we said goodbye, someone noticed a Merlin perched nearby and Fox Sparrows in the bush. By that time it was 12:30 or so and time to call it a day.

Here we are, setting up our scopes. It was quite pleasant here. It was windless and partly sunny. There were lots of Bufflehead, a Common Loon, a Horned Grebe and a few hundred Greater Scaup.

On Twin Island we scoped from a high flat rock. The problem was a steady cold wind that made it uncomfortable. There were lots of Common Goldeneye, some Long-tailed Ducks far out, Gadwall, American Black Ducks.

Note: Not everyone saw all of the birds on the species account.

Species Account:

Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Barred Owl, Dark-eyed Junco, FoxSparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, House Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Hairy Woodpecker,

American Black Duck, Gadwall, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Greater Scaup, Canada Goose, Red breasted Merganser, MourningDove, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Bald Eagle (flying), Belted Kingfisher, Common Loon, American Woodcock (flying), Eastern Towhee,

Merlin.

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