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The Giant Ducks of Kaler’s Pond

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Across the highway from the Terrell River County Park, there is Kaler’s Pond (AKA Mill Pond), a beautiful little park in its own right. (It’s host to a playground and the Audubon Center.)

These giants of ducks were spotted along the shore, sitting amidst seagulls and Canada geese. I suspect they are hybrids of two different species, as they were the size of the geese, but (mostly) the coloring of mallards (there were others not pictured here).

The Giant Ducks of Kaler’s Pond
Kahler’s Pond, East Moriches, NY

The Terrell River “Monster”

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D accompanied me recently to Terrell River County Park (previously mentioned here), where we spent a few pleasurable hours wandering the trails.

Along the way, though, something caught my eye — a small, dessicated thing, a Dead Thing, that was not immediately identifiable. Fortunately D likes to poke at things with a stick, and he turned it over to its less rotted away side.

Although I had hoped it would prove an unidentifiable mystery, like the Montauk Monster (or whatever it was that washed up in Southold), upon closer inspection this appears to be simply a dead bird’s head. It keeps going around in my mind that this is a cormorant’s head, but I am not entirely sure.

Another view here and here

The Terrell River “Monster”
26 May 2009
Terrell River County Park, Center Moriches, NY

The Sanderlings in the Tide (Part III)

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The Sanderlings in the Tide (Part III)
13 April 2009
Cupsogue, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Sanderlings in the Tide (Part II)

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Part I

The Sanderlings in the Tide (Part II)
13 April 2009
Cupsogue Beach, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Sanderlings in the Tide

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These guys were great fun to watch, running back and forth against the tide. It brought back fond memories of doing the same thing as a child, although not quite for the same reasons.

These sanderlings were digging up their meals, insects that can be found by poking at the sand.

Fun fact: the sanderling has a large winter territory, covering coastlines from South America to the northern United States. In the summer, they return to the Arctic to breed.

The Sanderlings in the Tide
13 April 2009
Cupsogue Beach, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Flight of the Sanderlings

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I at first mistook these birds for plovers, being roughly the same size and shape. Further examination of common shorebirds and id tips from LI Birding revealed these to be sanderlings. There were dozens, maybe 50 or 60 in total, bunched in groups along the shore where the tide was coming in. Every now and then a group would pick up and fly east, towards the next bunch, who would then fly eastward themselves.

The Flight of the Sanderlings
13 April 2009
Cupsogue Beach, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Seagull at Sunset

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A common sight on the boardwalks around here.

The Seagull at Sunset
03 September 2007
Cupsogue Beach, Westhampton Beach, NY