Sandhill Crane, Little Blue Heron, Red-necked Grebe - 27 Mar 2010

The 2 SANDHILL CRANES (seemingly a male and female pair) were in the cornfield off Daniel's Lane in Sagapoback, just SE of Bridgehampton. This field is between Fairfield Pond Ln and Gibson Ln.

I took a quick look at a few East Hampton (Suffolk Co.) spots this chilly afternoon. Highlights were a splendid adult LITTLE BLUE HERON on the marsh at Landing Lane in Accabonac Harbor (could this be Vicki Bustamante's Montauk bird?) plus a Great Egret and a Greater Yellowlegs. A male PIPING PLOVER was hunkered down on the outer beach at Gerard Point. The wintering shorebird flock around the inlet included 8 Black-bellied Plover, 45+ Ruddy Turnstone, 20+ Dunlin and a few Sanderlings. A good number of oystercatcher (16+) and Osprey (7+) seem settled into the harbor area.

A quick seawatch from Atlantic Ave in Amagansett produced a RED-NECKED GREBE, growing numbers of Red-throated Loons (76++) and small numbers of the usual winter stuff.

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