By Ian Resnick
On November 7th four QCBC members went out on a beautiful day for our annual trip, meeting at Loft Pond on Merrick Rd. in Baldwin. This trip is mostly spent checking out the various ponds along Merrick and the parkland around them, with the only exception being Cow Meadow Park in Freeport.
We started out slowly. Loft Pond had few birds. There were Hooded Mergansers and a few Mallards and Black Ducks as well.
Next was Milburn Pond, where we mostly added land birds on the stretch south of Merrick Rd. One of the first we spotted was a Black-throated Green Warbler feeding on the ground just past the park building. We had a very active Osprey flying up and down the creek, seemingly upset with us and also attempting to obtain a late breakfast. We also had both Kinglets, a Catbird, and a few Hermit Thrushes. On the pond, north of Merrick Rd. we had a few more ducks, including 7 male Hooded Mergs wooing a single female.
There were also American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal and Ruddy Ducks.
Cow Meadow in Freeport was next on the list, and we had only Black-crowned Night-Heron here, missing the Yellow-crowneds we usually have seen. For some reason, even more of the vegetation around the pond had been removed, and many of the ducks we normally have had here were absent, and the remaining ones were quite skittish. Among the highlights on this stop were Great Blue Heron and Great Egret, Northern Shoveler, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Yellow-rumped Warblers were found here, giving us two warbler species for the trip.
From Cow Meadow we continued east to Carmann's Pond. Mostly Brant inhabited the pond and we had a number of Black-crowned Night-Herons, probably over 20, on the island in the pond.
The last stop, usually the best for ducks and other waterfowl, was Mill Pond near the Wantagh State Pkwy. This large pond (lake?) was full of birds. We added American Coot and Pied-billed Grebe. Altogether, we had 46 species for the morning.
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