This morning I just had to get out and do something different. Last night I had read Andrew Baksh’s report from Jamaica Bay. I thought I might be able to pick up a couple of new year birds there, so I headed down in spite of a forecast of rain. The rain didn’t happen and I had a great day! There was an abundance of bird life there today. Huge numbers of ducks, waders and cormorants! I started at the south end of the east pond. I immediately came upon a few groups of shorebirds among huge flocks of ducks. Semipalmated and Black-bellied Plovers, Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers and Dunlin were all seen. As I made my way up the west side of the pond, I came upon a juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPER! I was able to get a few shots of the bird and then moved on. I was searching the many ducks for a drake Eurasian Wigeon that had been reported. Moving further along, more Dunlin were foraging when I noticed a different bird among them. It was a gorgeous juvenile WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER! This was one of my main target birds! Fortunately, it was cooperative for photos. Moving farther up the pond, I scanned countless ducks. Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, Mallards and Black Ducks all numbered in the hundreds! Blue-winged Teal were seen, about 20 of them. Ruddy Ducks and American Coot had been reported in very high numbers yesterday, but on 23 and 11 respectively were there today. I saw 6 Great Blue Herons, 20 Great Egrets and over 100 Snowy Egrets! A lone Merlin kept things jumping from time to time. I never found the Eurasian Wigeon, so I don’t think it was there today as I really scanned everything well. I only had a dozen American Wigeon, so perhaps wigeon in general had moved out. Other good finds included a Pectoral Sandpiper and two Caspian Terns! Great Day of Birding!