Jamaica Bay

A distant shot of the American Avocet on the East Pond Jamaica Bay.

A distant shot of the American Avocet on the East Pond Jamaica Bay.


Following yesterday’s good reports of shorebirds from Jamaica Bay, Lance Verderame and I headed down today to see what we could find. I would like to thank Andrew Baksh for all his efforts in working with the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to ensure that some of this years shorebird season was salvaged. If not for Andrew, I think the entire season would have been lost. In spite of Andrew’s efforts, I found there to be the lowest number of shorebirds present that I can ever remember from my many years of trips to the refuge. We only managed to find ten species of shorebirds. This included the bird of the day, the ongoing AMERICAN AVOCET. We were unable to find Black-bellied Plover or Short-billed Dowitchers which had been reported earlier (later we found 2 SB Dowitchers on the West Pond). We had one Killdeer, 50 Semipalmated Plover, 7 White-rumped Sandpipers, 15 Greater Yellowlegs, 30 Lesser Yellowlegs, 37 American Oystercatchers (WP), 250 Semipalmated Sandpipers and 40 Least Sandpipers. The other good bird today was a beautiful GULL-BILLED TERN. Andrew told us he had two, including a beautiful juvenile, but we were unable to locate that bird. A good day overall, but I hope that more birds will come in for us in the near future.

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2 Responses to Jamaica Bay

  1. Bill says:

    Bingo. Maybe the Avocet will hang about. Glad you had w bonanza!

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