[CT Birds] Gray-hooded Gull continues at Coney Island NYC on Aug 2nd

Mardi Dickinson mardi1d at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 01:40:41 EDT 2011

Thanks Tom for these direction from CT. Great detail!

Mardi W. Dickinson
Norwalk, CT

On Aug 3, 2011, at 1:25 AM, Thomas Robben <robben99 at gmail.com> wrote:

> For anybody interested in seeing the mega-rare Gray-hooded Gull in New York
> City, here is some practical info on driving and parking....as requested by
> several birders today....
> On Tuesday August 2nd this gull flew in from the east at exactly 730am
> (3minutes after Keith Mueller and I arrived on the Coney Island boardwalk),
> and it apparently continued in the area until about 6pm, after which time it
> could not be found, although we believe it will most likely be back
> tomorrow. This 730am arrival proved that the gull can be found in the early
> morning hours, not just the afternoon.  It hung out on the sandy beach,
> mostly waking around in the beach area between the boardwalk and the ocean,
> at the south end of west 12th street, Brooklyn, NY  11224.  The gull appears
> attracted to this area, and reluctant to leave, probably because of food
> scattered around the trash cans on the beach, and an occasional fresh water
> sprayed from a "plastic palm tree" shower on the beach.  The gull is about
> as tame as the other gulls in the area, and seems likely to stay around for
> a while. It would sometimes walk toward birders, approaching within 20 feet,
> perhaps hoping for food.
> Depart CT at 5am or 530am to beat the traffic, which can be extremely heavy
> and slow along this route during workday rush hours.
> Follow your GPS to   2802 W 12th St, New York, NY 11224   and park in the
> open parking lot at that address (pay the attendant $10 for the day). Then
> walk south on W 12th street for 1/4mile to the beach....the neighborhood
> seems relatively safe. Arrive at the boardwalk and scan all the dozens of
> gulls sitting on the sandy beach. The light gray hood is pretty striking.
> Good luck!
> Keith Mueller and I departed Meriden CT around 520am and arrived at the
> Coney Island boardwalk around 725am, and experienced no delays at all from
> the light traffic at that early hour. We drove down the Merritt Pkwy, the
> Hutchinson Pkwy, the Bronx/Whitestone bridge, VanWyck Expwy toward JFK
> airport, then west on the Belt Pkwy to exit 7b and then turned left/south
> onto Ocean Parkway. Then turned right onto Neptune Ave, and then left onto
> West 12th Street.  The open parking lot is on the right side of West 12th
> Street.
> ON THE WAY HOME:  You might want to stop at nearby Jamaica Bay Wildlife
> Refuge on Cross Bay Blvd (about 20minutes driving from the gull). Today
> there was a Hudsonian Godwit at the East Pond, directly east of the refuge's
> main building.
> http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/NYSB.html
> FOR WIKIPEDIA'S ENTRY:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey-headed_Gull
> http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/NAB/v053n03/p00337-p00339.pdf
> FOR AUGUST 2ND PHOTOS OF THIS INDIVIDUAL:  post will be available in a few
> days at this blog... http://coastalbirds2.blogspot.com/
> Tom Robben
> Glastonbury CT
> robben99 at gmail.com
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