Our mission is: to promote, protect and preserve the environment and the birds that inhabit it through education, advocacy and leadership.





      F I E L D   N O T E S

    Abbreviations for common locations:
    CC=Captain's Cove, CIB=Centre Island Beach, CITP=Centre Island Town Park, DP=Dosoris Pond, FFS Flora & Fauna Survey FPM=Fox Point Marsh,
    GPP=Garvies Point Preserve, HC=Hoffman Center, HH=Hempstead Harbor, LB=Lattingtown Beach, MNC=Mill Neck Creek, MPB=Morgan’s Park Beach,
    MP= Muttontown Preserve, MPP=Massapequa Park Preserve, PB=Pryibil Beach, PFA=Planting Fields Arboretum, PRCC=Piping Rock Country Club,
    RB=Ransom Beach, SB=Stehli Beach, SJM=St. Josaphat's Monestary, SPP=Sands Point Preserve, SSP=Shu Swamp Preserve, WP=Welwyn Preserve,

    fr.= first of season, + = many, F.=female, M.=male, A.=adult, imm.=immature, J.=juvenile, Co.=Common E.=Eastern, No.=Northern, Am.=American





    6/10 Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, House Wren, Am. Robin, Gray Catbird, No. Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwings, Song Sparrow, No. Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Co. Grackle, Am. Goldfinch Clark Botanic Gardens Lindy Nielsen, NSAS walk




    M. & F. Com. Yellowthroats


    Lindy Nielsen


    2 Co. Loons


    Jim Madden


    Piping Plover (in nesting area cage)

    SB, Center Island Beach

    Jim Madden

    6/5 Yellow Warbler yard

    Jim Madden

    6/12 2 E. Kingbirds, Warbling Vireo Fox Point Jim Madden
    6/12 3 Carolina Wrens, (family) yard Lindy Nielsen
    6/18, 6/19 2 E. Kingbirds at nest, (top of Pine tree) Fox Point

    Jim Madden

    6/19 2 A. + 3 young Piping Plovers SB

    Jim Madden


    2 A. Piping Plovers


    Jim Madden

    7/7 Flock of 26 Barn Swallows SB Jim and Mickey Madden
    7/25 Am. Robin with 4 young yard Lindy Nielsen
    8/1+ M. & F. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds yard feeder Jim Madden
    6/20 Turkey Vulture Chicken Valley Road Barbara Conolly
    East Norwich      
    5/23 Mallard, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, No. Flicker, White & Red-eyed Vireos, Blue Jay, Am. Crow, Tree & Barn Swallows, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, House Wren, Wood Thrush, Am. Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Blue-winged & Yellow Warbler, Am. Redstart, E. Towhee, Song Sparrow, No. Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Co. Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, No. Cardinal, Am. Goldfinch MP Equestrian Center Lindy Nielsen, NSAS walk

    Glen Cove





    2 Am Robin fletchlings


    Ralph Cioffi

    5/27 Blackpoll Warbler, vocalizing yard Mary Normandia


    6 Chimney Swifts


    Ralph Cioffi


    Baltimore Oriole (nest near museum building)


    John Carbone

    6/7 A. M. Am. Robin feeding fledgling yard Ralph Cioffi
    6/13 A. M. Baltimore Oriole at nearby nest GPP Parking Lot 's Sycamore tree Veronica Natale
    6/27 8 Laughing Gulls, 2 Co. Terns MPB Ralph Cioffi
    7/8 Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night-Haron, Osprey, Herring Gull, Co. Tern, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, E. Kingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, No. Flicker, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed vireo, Blue Jay, Fish Crow, Bank & Barn Swallows, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina & House Wren, Veery, Am. Robin, Gray Catbird, No. Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Co. Yellowthroat, Chipping & Song Sparrow, No. Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, Am. Goldfinch WP Lindy Nielsen, NSAS walk
    7/28 Co. Nighthawk, fr., yard Ralph Cioffi
    5/21 5 Yellow Warblers on territory East Beach Drive

    Ralph Cioffi

    5/22 2 Scarlet Tanagers SJM

    Ralph Cioffi

    5/27 Great Horned Owl (in flight), E.Kingbird, Chipping Sparrow, 2 Am. Lady butterflies courting SJM Ralph Cioffi
    5/28 Great Horned Owl flying over garden, 2 Co. Terns perched SJM Ralph Cioffi
    5/29 2 Turkey Vultures, Co. Tern, Red-bellied Woodpecker


    Ralph Cioffi
    6/10 E. Kingbird SJM Ralph Cioffi
    6/14 3 White-breasted Nuthatches (one parent, 2 young) SJM Ralph Cioffi
    6/15, 6/16 M. Summer Tanager SJM Ralph Cioffi
    6/19 Black-billed Cuckoo SJM Telo Choma
    7/1 Osprey, E. Wood Pewee, E. Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Summer Tanager SJM Ralph Cioffi, Mary Normandia
    7/5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher SJM Ralph Cioffi
    7/29 25+ Co. Terns SJM Ralph Cioffi
    Locust Valley      
    5/30 Osprey, imm. Great Blue Heron, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Am. Robin, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, Co. Grackle, Chipping & Song Sparrow, Am. Goldfinch

    Bailey Arboretum

    Lindy Nielsen, NSAS walk
    6/11 2 House Wrens, in hanging gourd, second nesting yard Helen & Bob McClure
    Mill Neck      
    5/7 E. Kingbird yard Barbara Conolly
    5/22 Osprey egg hatch, parents attentive Beaver Lake

    Barbara Conolly

    5/24 Am. Redstart SSP Jim Madden
    5/30 Mute Swan family, (7 sygnets), Osprey, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Am. Robin, Gray Catbird, No. Mockingbird, Yellow Warbler, No. Cardinal, Com. Grackle, (2 Muskrats) Upper Francis Pond Lindy Nielsen, NSAS walk
    6/3 Purple Martin flyover, fr. SSP Rich Kellly
    6/4 Willow Flycatcher, Shu Swamp SSP Barbara Conolly
    6/15 2 nestng E. Kingbirds yard Barbara Conolly
    6/20 Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeder on porch Barbara Conolly
    7/8 Mute Swan sygnet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 3 Yellow Warblers, Co. Yellowthroat, 2 pair House Wrens' 3d nesting yard Barbara Conolly
    7/14 osprey, young fletched Beaver Lake

    Barbara Conolly


    Canada Geese with goslings, Mallard, Red-tailed Hawk, Herring Gull, Turkey Vulture, Chimney Swifts, Red-bellied Woodpecker, No. Flicker, E. Wood-Peewe. fr., Willow Flycatcher, E. Kingbird, White-eyed & Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, Am. Crow, Tree & Barn Swallows, Tufted Titmouse, Veery, Am. Robin, Gray Catbird, No. Mockingbird, Yellow & Blackpoll Warbler, Am. Redstart, Ovenbird, Co. Yellowthroat, E. Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, No. Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, fr., Red-winged Blackbird, Com. Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, Am. Goldfinch


    Hoffman Center Barbara Garriel
    Oyster Bay



    7/5 2 E. Towhees, 4 Baltimore Orioles (family) PFA Jim & Mickey Madden
    Port Washington/
    Sands Point
    late Jun/July Co. Tern (6 nesting pairs, 2 chicks) Work raft of Manorhaven Park Jennifer Wilson-Pines
    late Jun/July 12 Cedar Waxwings, (post breeding) yard Jennifer Wilson-Pines
    July to Aug Double-crested Cormorant (5 nesting pairs) Morgan Park Dock Jennifer Wilson-Pines
    7/5 Piping Plover (4 eggs hatched, fledgling seen) Prospect Point Peggy Maslow
    8/2 Piping Plover (4 fledglings from 4 eggs) Half Moon Beach Peggy Maslow
    8/9 Green Heron, fr. Prospect Point, creek area Peggy Maslow
    5/27 Canada Goose + goslings, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, No. Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, E. Wood-Pewee, Barn Swallow, Chimney Swift, Am. Crow, Co. Raven, Blue Jay, Carolina Wren (breeding, carrying food), Gray Catbird, No. Mockingbird, Am. Robin, Cedar Waxwings, fr., Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, Orchard & Baltimore Oriole, No. Cardinal, Co.Grackle,Chipping & Song Sparrow Nassau County Fine Arts Museum Joyce Bryk, Ralph Matragrano, NSAS walk
    7/1 Co. Raven, calling Roslyn Water Tower Mary Normandia


    South Shore      
    7/1 Canada Goose, Mallard, Double-crested Cormorant, Great & Snowy Egret Black-crowned &Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Glossy Ibis, Osprey, Peragrine Falcon (at nest box), Willet, Spotted Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Mourning Dove, Co., Foster's & Least Tern, Mourning Dove, Tree & Barn Swallows, Black-backed Chickadee, Am. Robin, Gray Catbird, Song Sparrow, No. Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Am. Goldfinch Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

    Lindy Nielsen, NSAS walk

    8/5 Canada Geese, Am. Black Ducks, Mallards, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Laughing Gulls, 3 Green-winged Teal, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swifts, Red-bellied Woodpecker, E. Wood Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, E. Kingbird, Blue Jay, Barn Swallows, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Am. Robins, Gray Catbird, No. Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwings, Yellow & Black-and-white Warblers, Am. Redstart, No. Waterthrushes, No. Cardinals, Red-winged Blackbirds, Co. Grackles, Am. Goldfinch Hempstead Lake State Park

    Joyce Bryk, NSAS walk

    Suffolk County      
    7/8 Osprey, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied & Downy Woodpeckers, No. Flicker, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, Tree & Barn Swallows, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, E. Bluebird, Am. Robin, Gray Catbird, No. Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler,

    near mansion, Caumsett State Park

    Virginia Dankel



    These are the best birding spots within easy reach of our members:

    * Alley Pond Park - excellent during spring migration
    * Caumsett State Park - access to Long Island sound
    * Forest Park - excellent during spring migration
    * Garvies Point Preserve - good during fall migration
    * Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge - excellent all year long
    * Jones Beach - Atlantic Ocean view; great all year
    * Muttontown Preserve - best May and June
    * Shu Swamp - unique area; best in spring
    * Stehli & Ransom Beach - view of Long Island Sound; productive in winter
    * Stillwell Woods - open habitat; best in June
    * Welwyn Preserve - view of Long Island Sound; best in spring
    * Sands Point Preserve - scenic preserve at the LI Sound shore

    To learn how to reach these birding spots, go to the SITEFINDER page.