Hempstead Lake and LI Shore

On Saturday April 17th we went on a birding trip with the Linnaean Society of NY to Hempstead Lake SP, Point Lookout and Nickerson Beach in Nassau County, Long Island. It was a lovely group of people and a lovely day. I enjoyed the new Spring growth. It wasn’t a good bird shooting day for me. A highlight was a black-capped Chickadee collecting nesting material a couple of feet away from me. Another was the Harlequins.

Jones Beach

It’s been a long time since I went to Jones Beach on a Linnaean Society of NY field trip. I enjoyed the trip. It was nice seeing old friends. I was unable to photograph the snowy owl because of a couple of unethical photographers who went closer than 100 feet and spooked the owl. We went in search of the vagrant Spotted Towhee at Baldwin Park but we didn’t find it. Because I was with a group of birders rather than photographers I didn’t get many photos.

The Common Eiders were diving for mussels at the Coast Guard Station. Monk Parakeets are colonizing New York. They are originally form Argentina.

Bayard Cutting and

Last week Paula, Marc and I drove to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum. We had dinner after in at the Flounder Inn in Oakdale, Long Island. It took me a while to process these because I have been busy house hunting, etc.

Butterflies and Skippers

We I stopped for a bite at the Hidden Oak Cafe in the Manor House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. The surrounding gardens were full of butterflies and skippers (labeled to the best of my ability – corrections appreciated):

Arboretum and More

In Bayard Cutting Arboretum, LI, NY, we walked by the shore and visited the farm. We we bought some of their fresh eggs.

A short drive away is Heckscher State Park. We didn’t stay long there.

To cap off the day, we ate dinner at the Snapper Inn. It was very grand and lovely to eating out by the water.