Nickerson Oystercatchers

Second post from our trip to Nickerson Beach, Long Island, NY. They are so cute when they run.

Nickerson Terns

We went to Nickerson Beach on a one of the barrier Islands of Long Island, New York last week to see the nesting shore birds. This post is of the terns and their chicks. More to follow…

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

On a cold and windy day. The number of barn swallows whizzing around was staggering.

Barn Swallows


There is a Native American reservation out at the end of Long Island, New York in Suffolk County. We passed by the controversial billboard tribe put up for profit State Seeks to Stop Work on Second Shinnecock Billboard | The East Hampton Star. We went to Southampton Cemetery to buy grave plots for our green burials. It a good idea to plan ahead. I filled out the book “I’m Dead. So Now What” (catchy tile) so our next of kin or will know what to do when the time comes. Now that is done I can forget about it.

After a lovely seafood lunch at the Canal Cafe ( we went to look for snowy owls. The caretaker, Eric, is a birder too and told us about the owls. I spotted 2 way off in the dunes. There was a women trespassing onto the dunes. Very bad behavior. After that I spotted another one a little closer to us on the crest of a dune along Shore Road.

Cold Spring and Cove Neck

Cold Spring Harbor, Nassau County, Long Island, NY About The Village | Cold Spring, NY was the start of a lovely day. We ate lunch at a lovely restaurant, the Harbor Mist, by Oyster Bay inlet on the Long Island Sound. There is a little park there dedicated to Billy Joel. Cold Spring Harbor was the name of Billy Joel’s first album in November 1, 1971.

Next we drove to Cove Neck on the opposite shore to see Sagamore Hill. Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, from 1885 until his death in 1919. There is lots of history and pictures at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, NPS site. I installed The NPS App – Digital (U.S. National Park Service) app and watched VR tours of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.

Chandler and Calverton LI

Yesterday we went to the Chandler Preserve in Mt Sinai, Long Island, New York with the Linnaean Society of NY. After the main field trip was over a few of us went to a field by the Chandler VOR-DME nearby.