Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dovekie in Great River, NY

On Monday, local birder Ken Thompson found a Dovekie in a small marina which is part of a country club in Islip.  Dovekies, as you may know, are a normally pelagic species, but a storm with southwest wind gusts of up to 50 mph brought numerous indiviuals onto shore along the Great South Bay.  This is apparently the only one known to birders which has not been sent to rehabbers.  As an added bonus, a nice Tundra Swan showed up on one of the ponds in the golf course.  The Dovekie, which had probably never seen a person before in its life, was so tame it came within 2 feet of us!  All birders present, including Ken agreed that it was the closest ever.

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