Jamaica Bay NWR

Gull-billed Tern at Jamaica Bay.

Gull-billed Tern at Jamaica Bay.

I have been so busy lately that I have failed to make some posts which may be of interest to some. I will try to catch up with some of the info in the next couple of days. In the mean time, I will pick up with my trip today. Bill and Jayne Fiero and I traveled to Jamaica Bay to try for some target year birds. While we missed some birds, we had a good day overall. I was able to add 14 year birds. The best bird of the day for me was a cooperative GULL-BILLED TERN that fed and roosted on a sand flat on the bay side of the West Pond. The bird remained throughout our stay and we viewed it a number of times. We ended the day with about 50 species. Highlights included: Glossy Ibis, Yellow-crowned Night-heron, White-eyed Vireo, Forster’s Tern, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron, Short-billed Dowitcher, Semipalmated Sandpiper, American Oystercatcher and Willet. It was great getting down to Jamaica Bay and getting out to bird with Bill and Jayne. Another great day!
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern

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2 Responses to Jamaica Bay NWR

  1. Gordon says:

    Hi John,

    Funny that Lori and I miss you by a day here and there! We were at Jamaica Bay on Saturday, May 31. We didn’t see your gull billed but we had some lovely looks at scores of shorebirds, and quite a few wood warblers, include my best ever look at a blackpoll from 2 feet away.

  2. Glad you guys are getting out so much this spring!

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