Tours & Destinations New York
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. . . . . 2013 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
Long Island, Montauk Point & Jamaica Bay, New York
Seabirds, Songbird Migrants & Quiet Parts of Long Island2 May 2013 - 6 May 2013, 5 days & 4 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 Sagaponnick Pond. Here we may add some leftover ducks, American Bittern, and Clapper Rail. We anticipate many habitat changes from Hurricane Sandy, so we will explore as we go. We stay in Montauk for three nights, with great dinners at the Shagwong and O'Murphy's Pub. Our final night is on the west end of the island, near Jamaica Bay. Bob Schutsky is the scheduled leader.
LONG ISLAND, MONTAUK POINT & JAMAICA BAY, NY
Seabirds & Vagrants4 November 2013 - 8 November 2013, 5 days & 4 nights
Lots of birding at Montauk Point will produce eiders, all three scoters, gannets, loons, and grebes, plus give us excellent opportunities for alcids, kittiwakes, jaegers, phalaropes, and shearwaters. Hope for an east wind! On a past tour we had FOUR Parasitic Jaegers in less than an hour. There are usually some unusual gulls in the area, and vagrant sparrows, warblers, and flycatchers often occur. 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 Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Harlequin Duck, Tufted Duck, American Bittern, Snowy Owl, and Northern Shrike. Rarities from past tours have included Northern Lapwing, Yellow-billed Loon, Sandhill Crane, Varied Thrush, Lark Sparrow, and Tufted Duck. We stay in Montauk, with great dinners at the Shagwong and O'Murphy's Pub. Bob Schutsky is the scheduled leader.