Order of Chaeadriiformes

Gulls are from the order Chaeadriiformes and the family Laridae, as are terns. Gulls, unlike terns, comprise the subfamily Larinae. All gulls are sturdy looking with long pointed wings and an almost square tail. Their feet are webbed and their bills are hooked. When landing in the water to grab food, they alight almost gently […]

Fishing Machine

This flexible-necked, goose-sized bird is a very efficient fishing machine. From the surface, it dives under water and uses its large webbed feet to paddle furiously while it uses its stiff broad tail as a rudder. It snags fish in its long slender hooked bill equipped with sharp serrated mandibles for a hold-fast grip. Because […]

Swallow Mosquito Eaters

Swallows are very popular summer visitors to Long Island. Aside from their beauty and grace they are natural weapons in the battle against the mosquito. From the family of passerine birds, swallows are distinguished by their long pointed wings. They have small legs and feet. And, they have round heads with short bills with wide […]

Storm Drain Dangers

Storm Drains Empty into Our Bay! Nothing Should be Discharged Down a Storm Drain. They are for Storm Rain Waters Only. Storm Drains are Not Part of our Sewer System. Storm Water goes Untreated, Directly into Our Bays! Storm drains are constructed to prevent flooding  by diverting rain waters off streets into local waters. Chemicals […]

Snowy Owl at Oak Beach

“A male snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) was spotted in the dunes of the Sore Thumb Cove near Oak Beach after a snowstorm on January 21, 2014.  Snowy owls are large predatory birds that venture south from the Arctic Circle during winter months.  They can usually be spotted on oceanfront dunes when tundra-like conditions prevail.  Snowy […]