The morning I got back from Syracuse, my dad went looking for the male Barrow's Goldeneye at Crab Meadow Beach, which after a few minutes of scanning, we eventually got after scanning for a brief period of time.
I spent the rest of the day planning my future adventures as well as catching up on schoolwork before heading to Montauk
I met August and Clay Davidson-Onsgard at Deep Hollow Ranch early to look for the Pink-footed and Snow Geese before everyone else. After we had gotten the bird as well as pics to support it, it turned out we didn't need to go erly, as the rest of the club was also going to search for the bird, which we all got.
Shortly after we birded at the north seawatch of Montauk State Park, where we saw large numbers of Common Eiders, all 3 scoters (of which our leader referred to "Black" as "Common" to my annoyance), Long-tailed Ducks, loons, Horned Grebe, gulls, and cormorants. While birding along the shore, the head piece for my scope came loose and fell into the rocks. I scrambled away unscathed to keep up with the rest of the group to find a Great Cormorant, which Ryan and I made a reference to the "And you loved her?" meme and commented "Sad reacts only." Fortunately I got the headpiece back and it still works. The next stop we birded was Camp Hero Bluffs, where we got many of the same species as before in addition to a large alcid we were unable to identify. It's also worth noting that Aidan Perkins had a flyby Razorbill which we missed.
After those two spots, we moved on to Ditch Plains Beach in search of Purple Sandpiper, which we did not get. Instead, we had a much better bird: Aidan had found a Little Gull amongst the Bonaparte's Gulls. Despite our best efforts, we could not get everyone on the bird, it may be in the photo attached below
As we were leaving Ditch Plains, Susan asked if we wanted to go to two more spots; which I wanted to do despite having to leave. I went with them only to say goodbye, then ran back to the car not without tripping in the sand. While I was sad to leave, I was relieved to hear I didn't miss anything of importance.
To be continued...
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