Trip Report, Rockland Audubon Society


August 16, 2009  Birds and Cameras at Jamaica Bay


Leader:  Della and Alan Wells


Participants: Dan Albantides, Ron Conzo, Karen D’Alessandri, Peter Johnson, Jane Lampkin, John Lampkin, Paul Oehrlein, Bob Robbins, Colin Robbins, Betty Seaman, Carol Weiss, Estelle, and over a dozen people from Saw Mill River Audubon!


Weather: Hazy, hot (~93 degrees), and humid...ugh.


Highlights: Oystercatcher chicks on island at north end of East Pond. Air conditioned visitor center.


Note: Next year we need to check the tides before scheduling this trip…. it was low tide and there were few shorebirds in the East Pond or on the beaches adjacent to the West Pond trail.



Common Name

(same order as Birds of Jamaica Bay Checklist)


Pied-billed Grebe


Double-crested Cormorant


Great Blue Heron


Great Egret


Snowy Egret


Little Blue Heron


Green Heron


Black-crowned Night Heron

Adults and juveniles

Yellow-crowned Night Heron


Glossy Ibis


Mute Swan



 One at East Pond

Canada Goose


Wood Duck


American Black Duck




Northern Shoveler




Ruddy Duck



Flyover carrying a fish

Red-tailed Hawk

On lamppost over Exit 17S

Black-bellied Plover


Semipalmated Plover


American Oystercatcher

Adults and two chicks!!

Greater Yellowlegs


Lesser Yellowlegs


Least Sandpiper

 Unusually few

Stilt Sandpiper

 1 seen

Short-billed Dowitcher


Laughing Gull


Ring-billed Gull


Herring Gull


Great Black-backed Gull


Common Tern


Forster’s Tern


Rock Dove


Mourning Dove


Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Tree Swallow


Barn Swallow


Blue Jay


American Crow


Fish Crow


Carolina Wren


American Robin


Gray Catbird


Northern Mockingbird


Cedar Waxwing


European Starling


Northern Waterthrush


Northern Cardinal


Red-winged Blackbird


Song Sparrow



Click to Enlarge Photos


Lone Brant at Jamaica Bay NWR.  Photo: Alan W. Wells


Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs.  Photo: Alan W. Wells


Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper.  Photo: Alan W. Wells


Common Tern 
Common Tern.  Photo: Alan W. Wells


Little Blue Heron 
Immature Little Blue Heron.  Photo: Alan W. Wells