Outdoors


If not unprecedented, the vast numbers of striped bass that visited the waters around Montauk Point for the past week have not been seen for many years. Atilla Ozturk

Grackles and red-winged blackbirds
Grackles and red-winged blackbirds, above, are beginning to fly around in mixed flocks. Durell Godfrey


Surfcasters
Surfcasters discussed equipment during a break in the action at Montauk Point on Sunday. Russell Drumm

dazzling yellows of the seaside goldenrod
Go to any shore, ocean or bay, or even upper salt marshes for that matter, and you can’t miss the dazzling yellows of the seaside goldenrod. Durell Godfrey

Bing Johnson displayes the snapper bluefish
Bing Johnson displayed the snapper bluefish he caught to finish second in the 9-to-12-year-old division of the Harbor Marina snapper derby on Saturday. Eric Johnson

A brown pelican, visiting from the south, has set down on the jetties at the north end of Lake Montauk and has been entertaining the folks eating at Gosman’s famous restaurant
A brown pelican, visiting from the south, has set down on the jetties at the north end of Lake Montauk and has been entertaining the folks eating at Gosman’s famous restaurant. Heiko Roloff

Monarch feeds on nectar
During their long migration, Monarchs feed on nectar, including that of the seaside goldenrod, Solidago sempervirens. Durell Godfrey

John Mahr introduced the false albacore
John Mahr introduced the false albacore he caught on Labor Day off Outer Shagwong Reef in Montauk. Ken Rafferty