Friday, June 21, 2013

Arctic Terns and Red-necked Phalarope - Cupsogue and Pikes Beach LI...

6+ hours of birding out on Eastern Long Island NY at Pikes Beach and the Cupsogue flats resulted in nice looks at two 1st Summer Arctic Terns and a nice looking breeding plumage Red-necked Phalarope (the latter found by Eileen Schwinn and Mike Higgiston).

There were a few 1st Summer Common Terns in the area as well, so I had to be careful in picking out the Arctic Terns.  In addition to the Arctic Terns, there were 9 Roseate Terns and 1 immature Black Tern in the area.  Certainly more shorebirds present today than last weekend, included Short-billed Dowitchers, Red-Knots and Western Willet.  Here are a few photos that I managed to download.
1st Summer Arctic Tern on front left.

1st Summer Arctic Tern.

1st Summer Arctic Tern.

Red-necked Phalarope (3 bird from R-L)

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