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. . . . . 2017 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
Montauk Point & Jamaica Bay, Long Island, New York
Seabirds, Shorebirds, Songbird Migrants & Quiet Parts of Long Island8 May 2017 - 13 May 2017, 6 days & 5 nights
The South Shore of Long Island, from Jamaica Bay to Montauk, is rich in bird life and scenic habitat. Lots of scanning and scoping at Montauk Point and other coastal areas may produce all three scoters, Northern Gannets, Common and Red-throated Loons, plus give us excellent opportunities for additional seabirds. There may be a few unusual gulls and terns in the area. Shorebirds will be present in good numbers. There is a good chance of finding either a Ruff or Curlew Sandpiper, and hopefully Piping Plovers. Migrant and breeding songbirds will be common in the woodlands, hedgerows, and marshes. On our way to and from Montauk we will visit many additional locations such as Jamaica Bay, Shinnecock Inlet, Point Lookout, Jones Beach, and Sagaponack Pond. Here we may add some leftover ducks, the elusive marshland sparrows, and Clapper Rail. Our first and last nights are on the west end of the island, near Jamaica Bay. We stay in Montauk for three nights, with great dinners at the Shagwong and O'Murphy's Pub. Bob Schutsky is the scheduled leader. We will take a maximum of seven participants. On rare occasion we may extend the maximum to ten participants.
LONG ISLAND, MONTAUK POINT & JAMAICA BAY, NY
SEABIRDS, SONGBIRDS & VAGRANTS2 November 2017 - 7 November 2017, 6 days & 5 nights
Lots of good birding at Montauk Point will produce eiders, all three scoters, gannets, loons, and grebes, plus give us excellent opportunities for alcids, kittiwakes, jaegers, and even a few shearwaters. On a past tour we had FOUR Parasitic Jaegers in less than an hour. Hope for an east wind! There are typically some unusual gulls in the area, and vagrant sparrows, warblers, and flycatchers can sometimes be found. On our way to and from Montauk we will visit many additional Long Island locations such as Jamaica Bay, Shinnecock Inlet, Point Lookout, Jones Beach, and Sagaponack Pond. Here we may add Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Harlequin Duck, American Bittern, Snowy Owl, and Northern Shrike. Rarities from past tours have included Northern Lapwing, Yellow-billed Loon, Sandhill Crane, Varied Thrush, Dickcissel, Lark Sparrow, Pink-footed Goose, and Tufted Duck. We stay in Montauk for three of our five nights, with great dinners at the Shagwong Inn and O'Murphy's Pub. We will take a maximum of seven participants. On rare occasion we may extend the maximum to ten participants. Bob Schutsky is the scheduled leader.