Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Jamaica Bay and Nickerson Beach, August 4th

Arrived at Jamaica Bay to find that in my comatose state that morning I'd left the mud gear at home, so I took a walk along the West Pond before heading further east. There were several Common Yellowthroats as well as single Yellow Warblers and American Redstart. The shorebirds on the West Pond were limited but the usual suspects, lacking some of those that might be considered regular on the East Pond (i.e. no Lesser Yellowlegs or Semipalmated Plover).

After Jamaica Bay I went to Nickerson Beach to check out the Black Skimmer and Common Tern beach colony for the first time. In retrospect I narrowly managed to avoid paying a fairly stiff beach toll by arriving before 8am. At the beach there were a few shorebirds including Semipalmated Plover and Sandpiper, several American Oystercatchers including full-grown juveniles. The colony had many Common Terns (some independent juveniles) and Black Skimmers in a modest-sized roped off area.

Jamaica Bay list:
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Peregrine Falcon
Greater Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Yellow Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Baltimore Oriole

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