After the Earth Day project on Saturday, April 25th I did some birding at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with friends, Joan Quinlan, Gerta Fritz and Pat Lindsay. During our hike around the West Pond Trail, we talked about keeping an eye out for a possible White-faced Ibis that could show up anytime. We did not find any that day.
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)at the Refuge. Unfortunately, I could not get out right then to get the bird and so I waited until yesterday, Wednesday April 28th. It took some amount of searching, but I finally found the bird way out in the Marsh. I patiently observed the bird for well over an hour and was rewarded with one decent photograph as the White-faced Ibis came in on the West Pond mudflats after it was flushed out of the marsh by a Northern Harrier.
NYSARC records, this would make the 8th record in Queens if it is accepted.
Tags: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, White-faced Ibis, Bird Watching at Jamaica Bay