By Mike Busch

With the help of Jim Botta, we picked out just a few of the images posted this week by the Long Island Wildlife Photography group below.  It is a great time to get out there and look for new Spring arrivals before the leaves and foliage start making it tougher to get clear looks and shots.

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:

Some notable finds below include a Wilson’s Snipe, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Leucastic Robin, American Woodcock and some of the first warblers of the season.  Also check out some video of an incredibly rare all white Striped Skunk captured by Kevin Walsh on a trail camera.  Striped Skunks are protected under the Environmental Protection law since the 1800’s and not common to Long Island.  Nice job!

This week’s cover goes to Brian Doherty with a beautiful Harp Seal.  According to Dr. Artie Kopelman, spreading out the flippers is a way of dumping excess heat.

If you have time check out all 7 pages and have a great weekend!

Horned Lark – Nancy Viscardi-Ricigliano

Harp Seal – Diana Poulos-Lutz

Carolina Wren – Daryl Ramrattan

Osprey – Christopher Carl

Common Loon – Christopher Carl

Cooper’s Hawk – William Walsh

Harbor Seals – Anne Oberland DePietri

Osprey & Trout – Vincenzo Giordano

Northern Pintail – Janis Hurley

More Images on Pages 2,3,4,5,6, and 7