July 9th AM HT @ Gilgo

Hight Tide at Babylon Town Gilgo Beach on July 9th.

Walked the beach on the incoming am tide which was 8:10am.
Ocean calm with light off shore wind and a little 2′ wave.

Edge of the Coast Guard Station looking west.

Looks like a little more sand came back, but can still see the high tide erosion on many of the dunes between the public Gilgo Beach and Hemlock Cove, about a 3 mile stretch.

East end of Gilgo Beach looking west, only place to sit is at the bottom of the dunes
Fence on the west side of Coast Guard 7/9

Lost a couple more posts on the west side dune of Coast Guard.

The South Shore Barrier Beaches at Gilgo need sand, call your Congressman today.

East side of Gilgo Town Beach looking west, not may places to sit.

Beach Update 6/26 – Looks can be Deceiving

Walked today at low tide, looks like some sand came back, but not enough to add to the high tide beach, but look better than the 6/17 low tide pictures. Better later than never, think this is the first plus sign of sand to occur this year.

Even with the positive development, more erosion to the base and depth of the sand dunes has occurred since the last report on 6/19.

Couple more of the remaining fence posts toppled over the weekend, just west of Coast Guard
Coast Guard Station substructure on June 26th, 2017, notice the loss of sand under the old foundation
Beach sand returning looking east towards Hemlock Cove from Coast Guard at Gilgo State Park

Looks can be deceiving, wishing it was beach back, look at the high water debris line, still getting to the dune base in many locations.

The South Shore Barrier Beaches need sand, call your Congressman today.


Not Good – High Tide Dune Lapping at Gilgo Beach

Babylon Barrier Beach erosion is reaching a critical point. Started walking and documenting the condition of the south shore beach in the Gilgo Beach area on June 18th.

This post documents the same walk as low tide on June 18th. These photo’s taken during the afternoon high tide on June 20th, 2017, just 2 days later!

The wind was on shore at less than 15 mph with the ocean a little bumpy, maybe a little 2′-3′ wave rolling in. Just image what a storm surge would do…

The route is as follows; crossed over the parkway at the east end of Cottage Walk, then walked east to the Coast Guard Station, then turned around and headed back west back to main Gilgo Beach entrance.

Could not get to the Coast Guard station today as too much water.  I watched the ocean eating out the dunes in more than one spot, the situation is precarious.

The South Shore Barrier Beaches need sand, call your Congressman today.

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 rather than dive.

Generally their flight is strong with deliberate wing-beats but some gulls also soar. Opportunists, gulls are mostly scavengers and are at home around human gatherings where they can expect to seize the garbage and refuse left behind by people.

Most adult gulls are some combination of white, grey and black. The markings of gulls are the same in the female and male. Immature gulls have different markings and some gulls may not have their adult plumage for several years. Gulls nest in colonies and generally produce 2 to 5 eggs each year.

The Herring Gull, Larus argentatus, is the most common species found in the United States. Early European colonists on our shores found the herring and great black backed gulls so common and people friendly that they could be easily killed for food.


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 it doesn’t have water-repellent feathers it must air dry its feathers by spreading its wings while standing upright on a perch. This activity is frequently observed at docks and piers along Long Island’s bays.

The Atlantic coast cormorants include the great cormorant and the double-crested cormorant.
Long Island is the southern-most winter range of the great cormorant. Some double-crested cormorants can be found in our area year-round as their northern-most winter range is Long Island and during the other seasons they are fairly common.

The double-crested cormorant adult, Phalacrocorax auritus, is about 30 inches in length and has a wing span almost double that length. It is black except for an orange throat pouch above its long flexible neck. Its two curly plumed crests, as per its name, are not often visible. The immature double-crested has a white breast.

All cormorants hold their bills in an upward slant while swimming on the surface of the water.
Their only voice is a guttural grunt. Cormorants are social birds and generally nest in communities. Sometimes they fish in groups using a herding technique to move a school of fish to shallow water where snagging the fish becomes simplified.

To take flight, they must paddle across the water’s surface to gain enough momentum. When migrating, cormorants utilize a V-formation like geese, but unlike geese they remain silent.

The increased presence of cormorants in our area is a good news/bad news issue. The good news is that any increase in their population generally indicates that the water quality has improved. Cormorant reproductive capabilities are severely impaired by the presence of pollutants in the water. More cormorants usually means cleaner water.

However, the down side of an increased cormorant population is that they are such voracious feeders and efficient anglers that the bait fishing and sport fishing people are concerned.

Studies do show that the cormorant diet is mostly small non-commercial fish, with sport fish representing only two percent. But, they do compete with larger sport fish for food and they definitely will take large quantities of small bait fish. Further, cormorants also damage vegetation and can cause bank erosion along the bay side.