By Mike Busch

After a very warm February, most of us felt like an early Spring would be around the corner.

March has destroyed that idea and below you will still see snow as a backdrop to many of the photos submitted by members of the Long Island Wildlife Photography group.

The official start of spring happens next week but according to the forecast we can expect more of the same.  Regardless, the Spring Migration is well underway with new arrivals almost daily.  The Eastern Long Island Audubon Society has posted a helpful Spring Migration Calendar on their website that can be helpful:

You will also see below a few nice shots of Harbor Seals.  If you have never seen these for yourself you still have a chance the rest of March and most of April and several ways to do it.

Dr. Artie Kopelman of CRESLI still has openings this Sunday and every weekend through the end of April for his organized walks at Cupsogue Beach County Park.  You can get more info and register here.

CRESLI is also running Seal Cruises with the Viking Fleet out of Montauk with the next trip this Sunday at 1:00 P.M.  Besides the Seals you will get a great look at Plum Island, Great Gull Island, and Little Gull Island.   Click here for more information.

For those you that live closer to New York City, our friends at Gotham Whale and American Princess Cruises start their Seal tours every Saturday starting March 24th.  There is nothing like seeing amazing wildlife with New York City in the background.  For more information click here.

Back to this week’s photos, despite the weather members submitted some amazing photos below with the cover going to Christopher Carl with a beautiful Male Northern Harrier (Grey Ghost) enjoying a meal.

Check out all 5 pages and have a great weekend!

Vicki Jauron | Peregrine Falcon

Carole Ryder | Horned Grebe

Jimmy Johnny | Great Blue Heron

Joyce Book-Saliani | Northern Flicker

Kirk Hatzmann | American Kestrel with catch

Nancy Viscardi-Ricigliano | Red Heads

Natalie Ann | Female Cardinal

Vicki Jauron | Harlequins

More photos on pages 2,3,4 and 5