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)

Comments

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

Numerous!

Brant

 One at East Pond

Canada Goose

 

Wood Duck

 

American Black Duck

 

Mallard

 

Northern Shoveler

 

Gadwall

 

Ruddy Duck

 

Osprey

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

 

Brant
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