By Mike Busch

I took a boat ride toward Old Inlet on the Eastern Great South Bay last night and ran into a Brown Pelican.

While not as rare on Long Island as they used to be, these big southern birds are still an uncommon surprise.

I checked out the New York Rare Bird Alert and see there have recent sightings in Oak Beach, Jones Beach, Democrat Point, New York Harbor and perhaps the same bird around Old Inlet.

Below is an interactive map going back several years showing other sightings as well so keep your eyes peeled!


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