We mainly looked for ducks, geese, grebes, loons, and such, but also kept our eyes peeled for other birds as well. We also made a special trip to Sheepshead Bay to get some nice close looks at a razorbill who has been hanging out.
It was really nice to see a few close and floating on the surface northern gannets.
|Oddly, I felt like there was not too much out in terms of waterfowl. Much of what we counted was through the scope.|
On Coney Island pier we got some closer looks at red breasted mergansers.
|There were a few other females, plus one male off of the pier.|
|We all were hoping to run into this bird, affectionately called "Stubby."|
It is a lesser black-backed gull who lacks both of its feet!
|This bird is alive and has been for some time, so it's feeding and doing what it needs to survive. I can't imagine its a strong swimmer, but who knows some of these animals, even while missing limbs can still do more than we think.|
|Most birds were backlit, so I was really stoked to have picked out an Iceland Gull among ring-billed and others.|
|A few ruddy turnstones also turned up on the rock groins.|
|Pretty cool to see them get right in there and get some mussels without having to dive.|
Surf scoter have an interesting face, it looks like they smile when they open their mouth.
|At Sheepshead Bay, we just followed the bird paparazzi and found the razorbill.|
|Saw a lot of this... also had a lot of photos of this.|
When they dive they open up their wings, and like penguins flap underwater to swim.
|IS THAT A RAZORBILL TONGUE I SPY?!|
We did get to see this bird come up with a fish as well, which the gulls were very keen on. The gulls then pursued it for a while and it dove and ducked out of their way and hopefully got to eat its fish.
|How cute is this little birb?!|
|Also enjoyed this nice close view of a common loon. Sheepshead Bay offers nice close looks, so much comes close to the pedestrian walkways. A bridge also spans the bay, giving you an additional chance to get extra close without disturbing the birds.|
|And holy cow!|
Look what it brought up!
AND THEN IT SWALLOWED IT WHOLE.
|Down the hatch.|
That looks comfortable right?
Hand me a mallet and nutcracker for mine, please!