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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society - Birding Reports/Counts
Number of species seen during 2011 on HOBAS trips is: 165

June - Sunday, June 5. Peter Martin and Stella Miller led a group throughout Caumsett Park observing various facets of wildlife in the different ecological regions in the Park. Bank Swallows were the best birds observed that day, while a pair of Eastern Meadowlarks were observed displaying possible courtship behavior.

Sunday, June 12. A small group of botany enthusiasts led by Betsy Gulotta and Blair Broughton explored the small parcel of land that is a remnant of the Hempstead Plains. Many interesting plants and flowers were observed, but it wasn't a good day for birds.

May - Sunday, May 1. Stella Miller and Jacob Drucker led 23 birders to Central Park where they saw 77 species including 21 warblers. Some of the more exciting birds were Black-crowned Night Heron, Green Heron, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-headed Woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Kingbird, Veery, 5 species of Sparrows, and 3 species of Vireos. Warblers included Canada, Blue-winged, Worm-eating, Nashville, and Blackburnian. Best bird of the day was the Summer Tanager.

Sunday, May 8. Blair Broughton and 15 others enjoyed wonderful spring birding at Jamaica Bay. Sightings included Little Blue Heron, Yellow-crowned and Black–crowned Night Heron, American Coot, Glossy Ibis, American Oystercatcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Peregrine Falcon, Laughing Gull, Forster’s Tern, Eastern Kingbird, and White-crowned Sparrow. Warblers included Black & White, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat, and American Redstart.

Sunday, May 22. Birdathon. A total of 103 species were heard or seen. Sightings included Clapper Rail, Semi-palmated Plover, Red Knot, Solitary Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Willow Flycatcher, Purple Martin, Fish Crow, Cedar Waxwing, Red-eyed Vireo, Ovenbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Orchard Oriole, and Seaside Sparrow.

April - Sunday, April 10. Sharon Brody led 15 participants on a walk at Jones Beach where they saw 38 species. Highlights were Northern Gannet, Black-bellied Plover, Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Forster's Tern, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Horned Lark, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Field Sparrow.

Sunday April 17. Eight birders led by Blair Broughton enjoyed the wonderful landscape and history of the Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Everyone got to see the target bird - the Monk Parakeet. Other notable sightings included Palm and Pine Warbler, Barn Swallow, Eastern Phoebe, Chipping Sparrow, Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Snowy Egret, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, and the Eastern Towhee.

Sunday, April 24. Blair Broughton and 2 others travelled to the Great Swamp in NJ. Not only were good birds seen, but 2 species of snakes, 3 of turtles, and 2 of frogs. Birds included both Vultures, Wood Duck, Eastern Bluebird, Catbird, Pileated Woodpecker (3), Swamp Sparrow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, and Black & White Warblers.

Saturday, April 30. Mike Bottini and 7 others explored the Walking Dunes near Hither Hills SP. Birds seen were Double-crested Cormorant, Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Eastern Kingbird, Rufous-sided Towhee, and the highlight of the trip – a Chuck Wills Widow.

March - Sunday, March 6. Blair Broughton led a trip to Massapequa Preserve and Twin Ponds in Wantagh. 4 participants braved the rainy day. Best birds of the short day were a female Goldeneye, Northern Shoveler, American Coot, Hooded Merganser, and Ring-necked Duck.

Saturday, March 19. As Sharon Brody as their leader 13 people went to Jamaica Bay. Sharon found some gems including Horned grebe, Snow Goose, Ruddy Duck and a rare LI sighting of a Turkey Vulture. They also had Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, Tree Swallows, White- breasted Nuthatch and the Common Grackle to list a few of their sightings.

Sunday, March 27. We had 18 people come and go as we visited Shuswamp and Sagamore Hill. At Shu Swamp we saw Wood Ducks, 3 Osprey, Grackles, White-throated Sparrows, and uncovered a few salamanders. At Sagamore Hill, seen were a pair of Eastern Bluebirds, Turkey Vulture, Horned Grebes, Red-breasted Mergansers, Long-tail Duck, and Bufflehead.

February - Sunday, February 13. Blair Broughton led a trip to Pt. Lookout and Jones Beach. Fourteen hardy souls ventured out on a pleasant but windy winter day. They were rewarded with great sightings of Harlequin Ducks, a raft of Common Eiders, and close to 1,000 Brandt. Also seen were Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Loons, Horned Grebe, Great Cormorant, Northern Harrier, and a flock of Snow Buntings.

Sunday, February 27. Six participants braved early morning rain and saw a total of 50 species on the Montauk trip with leader Sharon Brody. Highlights were the 3 scoters, the 3 mergansers, Pied-billed and Horned Grebes, Common Eider, Great and Double-crested Cormorants, American Coot, Iceland Gull, and Boat-tailed Grackle.

January - Saturday, January 8. Brendan Fogerty, and Stella Miller lead off 2011 spotting 35 species at Pelham Bay Park. The only owl was the Great Horned. Waterfowl included Brandt, Canada Geese, American Wigeon, Greater Scaup, American Black Duck, Mallard and Bufflehead. Some other notable species sighted were Fox Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Killdeer, Brown headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Red-tailed Hawk, Herring Gull, Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Sunday, January 9. Blair Broughton led a trip to various ponds and bays on the North Shore area in Huntington. Spotted were Wood Duck, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Gadwall, Long-tailed Duck, Great Blue Heron, Ring-billed and Greater Black-backed Gull, and American Crow.