Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dune Road - Quality over Quantity

This afternoon I was off from work and was able to take advantage of the clear blue skies and go to Dune Road with my wife to see if any good birds were around.  While the road was clear and free of snow - there was a massive puddle just east of Tiana which prevented us from going further to check on the inlet (though the ocean was quite rough) and other areas east.  It didn't matter though - everything I wanted to see (except a Snipe perhaps) was adjacent to the road in a narrow strip.  An American Bittern openly fishing, a Black-Crowned Night Heron looking, well, cold, and a Northern Harrier actively hunting, taking advantage of the blustery winds.

Additionally, a Sharp-shinned hawk was spotted near the Quogue bridge but I couldn't catch up to it as it flew north in lazy pursuit of some pigeons.  Lastly, there was a semi-palmated plover feeding on some mud flats - but otherwise it was very quite (save for standard ducks/GBH's/gulls).

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