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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

Connnetquot River State Park Preserve Breakfast and Birding Recap

Saturday, January 19, 2013 - Breakfast & Birding

Recap by Judy Davis

Saturday, January 19, 2013, dawned clear and bright as 46 people gathered at Connetquot River State Park Preserve (CRSPP) for the winter Breakfast & Birding. This event is sponsored by CRSPP, Friends of Connetquot (FOC), and the Great South Bay Audubon Society (GSBAS).

The group enjoyed a marvelous continental breakfast, provided by the FOC and volunteer bakers, while Pam Hunter (CRSPP) gave an overview of some of the woodland birds and ducks we might observe. For the first time, mounted specimens were used during the overview.

With full stomachs, the large group was broken down into three smaller groups lead by GSBAS volunteers, Helga & Larry Merryman, Edith and Bob Wilson, and Ken Thompson. Each group went to a different part of the park in search of birds.

The group I was in, led by Pam Hunter and the Merrymans, headed west. On the pond we viewed Mallards, Gadwalls, American Wigeons, and a beautiful Great Blue Heron. Walking a bit into the west line trail, where the GSBAS has a portion of their Bluebird nest box trail, the group was treated to the sight of at least 10 Bluebirds feeding. Three were perched on top of two nest boxes, their blue feathers glistening brilliantly in the sun.

Other species observed by the groups were: Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Ring-necked duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ruddy duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, and House Sparrow.

It was a wonderful day spent enjoying nature with old and new friends alike. Did you miss this Breakfast & Birding? Our next event is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2013. We hope you’ll join us!

All photos were taken by Warren Davis - Click the photos to enlarge

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