Black-headed Gull & Tricolored Heron, Accabonac Habor, Springs - 12 April 2009

hilst searching the marshes of Accabonac Harbor, Springs, East Hampton (Suffolk Co.) for the Tricolored and Little Blue Herons found earlier in the week by Karen Rubinstein, I noticed a 1st cy. BLACK-HEADED GULL roosting with some Ring-billed Gulls, Dunlin and Turnstones. Karen and Barbara Rubinstein were able to join me and we got good looks at the gull. Later they resighted one of probably two LITTLE BLUE HERONS on the northside of the harbor off Gerard Drive and later in the afternoon I got good looks at the TRICOLORED HERON (quite scarce out here) from Landing Lane this afternoon.

At Lazy Point, in Napeague Harbor, 'Larry' the LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was still present and is now in essentially full breeding condition with gleaming white head and bright orange-yellow legs. At Hither Hills State Park I saw my first PURPLE MARTIN of the season and a raft of roughly 1,000 Surf Scoter was gathered offshore. There was good flight of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS today in spite the strong and chilly NW winds and it was interesting to see the flocks working east along the ocean and then cutting northeast, either over the narrow neck of land at Napeague or over the Montauk Peninsula itself. Those I could follow seemed to be heading straight for Rhode Island.

AMERICAN ROBINS were also very much in evidence - by far the commonest bird of the day. There were, for example, more than 350 feeding on the pasture on the south side of Rt 27 at Deep Hollow. Two WILSON'S SNIPE were on the pond at Theodore Rooseveldt State Park and another was feeding on a puddle in the middle of the horse pasture along with 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Lastly, the 1st cy. ICELAND GULL continue at Montauk Inlet.

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