Today, Lance Verderame had to take his daughter-in-law and Granddaughter to the airport. Since they were flying out of Kennedy, he asked if I’d like to come along and bird Jamaica Bay. Of course I would! We birded both the east and west ponds, and a bit of Big Egg Marsh. We had a total of 50 species. Highlights included: Forster’s and Least Terns, Glossy Ibis, Snowy and Great Egreat, American Oystercatchers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers, STILT SANDPIPERS, Least Sandpipers, Semi-palmated Plover. Also seen were Black-crowned Night-heron and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON! It was a very hot day, made somewhat better by a good stiff wind. Thanks for asking me along Lance!
Though tough to pick out, there are four or five Stilt Sandpipers in this shot. The easiest to identify being the bird kind of all by itself in the exact middle of the shot.