My best birding of the weekend came on Saturday afternoon. I finally went to the Newburgh Waterfront at the most productive time of the day, only to find it completely dead. I looked across the river to Beacon and saw that there were many gulls present there. I headed over, figuring the birds would cross the river to Newburgh while I was driving. Fortunately, they didn’t; as a matter of fact the birds stayed at the Beacon Waterfront until when I left just before sunset. I had a total of (5) gull species for the afternoon; in addition to the expected three species (Ring-billed, Herring, & Great Black-backed), I was able to locate a young Iceland Gull and a young Lesser Black-backed Gull. The LBBG was particularly satisfying for a couple of reasons: 1. It’s a bird I somehow missed in 2022, and 2. the LBBG is not the easiest bird to pick out of the crowd.
Other good birds on Saturday included a pair of Snow Buntings in the black dirt and my first Common Goldeneye (Wickham Lake) and Merlin (BDR) in Orange County 2023.
Sunday was mostly uneventful. First thing, I birded 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary for the first time in ages. It was quite birdy and I was pleased with 27 species in just under an hour of birding. Afterwards, I cruised the black dirt and it was pretty quiet. I found several larger flocks of Canada Geese; I enjoyed sorting through them, but didn’t find any additional species.
4 thoughts on “Sunday Shots, 02/19/23”
These are amazing pictures. Truly impressive. Would you ever be interested giving a presentation on bird photography for the Audubon society? I would love to learn from you.
Either way, great pics.
Thanks for the kind words Walter. I don’t usually do presentations; can you please email me directly at email@example.com with details? I’ll take a look at what you are looking for and let you know. Thanks Matt
Nice!!! As usual, you have awesome photos. I love gulls and sorting through them way more than geese. Not sure I’ve seen horned larks perched before either.
Thanks so much Jodi. I love geese, but I’d certainly choose gulling over any type of birding at this point. I wish there were more spots near us to go for gulls. Matt
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