Sunday, June 17, 2012
Long Beach, Long Island
Not to close yet not too far, Long Beach has a great blend of convenience and wildness. Coming in on the train, I spotted 3 glossy ibis in the marshes and an adult peregrine with a juvenile atop the Long Beach water tower. By the time I got there, they had flown off, but I did find Rescue Ink. On the bay side was an american oyster catcher, a lone fish crow, a kingfisher and this gull billed tern. Across the bay, on the small islands, I spotted juvenile osprey. One of the parents showed up with food and then appeared 3 youngsters. Back out to feed the hungry brood. Walking inland, there was a green heron flyby, waxwings and this juvenile mockingbird. Doing the mockingbird dance. I found these barn swallows gathering nest materials. Sunning on a dock. Finally, near sunset, this group of about 12 egrets and 5 blue herons gathered in the marshes.