Jamaica Bay

Bill photographs a flock of peeps on the east shore of the East Pond.

Bill photographs a flock of peeps on the east shore of the East Pond.


Bill Fiero and I headed to Jamaica Bay on Long Island this morning. It had been hard to choose a good time this year due to fluctuating water levels and numbers of birds. Following this weekends good reports, we headed down. It was hot, a high of 91. The water levels were actually very good and we didn’t have to muck it at all. We started at the south end. We immediately found two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS among the many Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. As we moved up the east side, we found a large flock of peeps. As we scanned the birds, Bill asked, what is this right next to me, looks like a WESTERN SANDPIPER! Sure enough the bird closest to Bill (less than twenty feet) was indeed a Western Sandpiper. As we scanned a bit further, we found a second one. We continued up the east side, seeing many Short-billed Dowitchers and Semipalmated Plovers. Waders included many Snowy Egrets and a couple of Great Egrets as well as one Little Blue Heron. Waterfowl included Mute Swans, Mallards, Black Ducks, Green-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers. We had now made it well north, almost to the island. As we scanned the far side, we spotted two HUDSONIAN GODWITS that we had heard were present. We spent quite some time trying to gets some shots, but they are distant. We scanned a large flock of larids. Herring, Ring-billed, Great Black-backed and Laughing Gulls were all present. Among them were two Forster’s Terns, the only terns of the day. By now it was well after noon and quite hot. We decided to head back. We came upon two more White-rumped Sandpipers near the island. We later found out we missed a few birds by not going all the way to the north end, but we were quite happy with what we did find. We had 11 species of shorebirds. The number was down from the weekend, but I managed to get three of my four target birds. A total of 40 species were seen. Great day!
One of two Western Sandpipers we found today.

One of two Western Sandpipers we found today.


One of four White-rumped Sandpipers we saw, with a few Semipalmated Sandpipers.

One of four White-rumped Sandpipers we saw, with a few Semipalmated Sandpipers.


A distant shot of the two Hudsonian Godwits on the west shore of East Pond.

A distant shot of the two Hudsonian Godwits on the west shore of East Pond.

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10 Responses to Jamaica Bay

  1. Nellie Larsen says:

    Nice pictures and an interesting report.

    Nellie Larsen

  2. bill fiero says:

    Enjoyed the whole gig! Great company, great birds, great photo-ops.

  3. Wilma Amthor says:

    You had a great day! I like the shots you we able to get!

    Wilma

  4. Wilma Amthor says:

    Does Bill post his shots? I’d love to see them

    Wilma

  5. bill fiero says:

    Hi, guys; I have a lot of pics posted on my Flickr account
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/avicentric/

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