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Boats and Birds!

Updated: May 23

Oyster Bay is a haven for bird enthusiasts, home to a diverse array of avian species. On our birding expeditions, veterans can expect to see:

  • Great Blue Herons: Majestic and graceful, these birds are a common sight in the marshes and along the shoreline.

This is a Great Blue Heron. This photo was taken by Sean Duclay while birding in Oyster Bay with the Centre Island Bird Sanctuary
A Great Blue Heron flying close to the water
  • Kingfishers: Known for their distinctive call and striking appearance, these birds are often seen darting over the water.

  • Gulls and Ducks: A variety of gulls and ducks can be spotted, each adding to the lively and vibrant ecosystem.

These gulls were spotted in Oyster Bay during a CI Bird Sanctuary outing
There are many species of gulls, beautiful from afar, and a headache for boatowners!
  • Ospreys: Watch these skilled hunters dive into the water to catch fish, a breathtaking display of nature’s prowess.

  • Bald Eagles: The symbol of American strength and freedom, seeing a bald eagle in the wild is an awe-inspiring experience.

The American Bald Eagle, this picture was taken by Sean Duclay while birding in Oyster Bay with the Centre Island Bird Sanctuary
A Bald Eagle perched on a tree
  • Herons: In addition to the Great Blue Herons, you may spot other heron species adding to the rich diversity of the bay.

  • Cormorants: These fascinating birds are often seen drying their wings on rocks and pilings after diving underwater to catch fish. Their striking silhouette and unique behavior make them a favorite among bird watchers.

This Cormorant was spotted while birding with the Centre Island Bird Sanctuary
A Cormorant dries it's wings

The Therapeutic Benefits of Being on the Water

Being on the water has long been known to have calming and restorative effects on the mind and body. For veterans, this can be particularly beneficial, offering a tranquil environment to reflect, unwind, and connect with nature.

Tartan, classic boat formerly owned by the Rockefeller family
Tartan is the boat we most often use to go birding

Mindfulness and Relaxation Through Bird Watching

Bird watching, or birding, is more than just a hobby; it is an exercise in mindfulness. The act of observing birds in their natural habitat requires patience, focus, and a keen eye, all of which can help to ground individuals in the present moment. This mindful practice can reduce stress, enhance mental clarity, and promote a sense of well-being.

As veterans join our birding expeditions, they are invited to immerse themselves in the natural beauty around them, taking in the sights and sounds of Oyster Bay’s vibrant birdlife. This experience not only provides an opportunity to learn about the diverse species that call the bay home but also fosters a deep connection with nature and a sense of inner peace.

Join Us for a Birding Expedition

We invite veterans to join us on Tartan for a birding expedition like no other. Whether you are an experienced birder or a curious newcomer, our trips offer a unique blend of education, adventure, and therapeutic relaxation. Come experience the healing power of nature, the thrill of spotting a rare bird, and the camaraderie of fellow veterans.

A unique aspect of this opportunity is that we contribute to a national database as "citizen scientists" by reporting the number of birds and species that we encounter while on the water.


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