Sunday, September 26, 2010

Field Notes From JBWR 9-21, 9-22 and 9-25

An uncommon sight - a Baird's Sandpiper in water.
The water level is up at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, but I still continue to survey for shorebirds (thanks to Shai Mitra, for his encouragement). This week, the numbers again reflected the continued decrease, but the diversity, is still holding. Shorebirds seen consistently throughout the week unless otherwise noted are as follows.

Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Stilt Sandpipers
White-rumped Sandpipers
Short-billed Dowitchers
Semipalmated Sandpipers
WESTERN SANDPIPERS (9-21 & 9-22 East Pond)
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (9-21 East Pond)
Pectoral Sandpiper (9-21)
Willet (9-21)
MARBLED GODWIT (9-22 East Pond)

Marbled Godwit at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Waterfowl, continue to increase as the number of American Wigeons were easily over 30 as of 9-22. The number of Blue and Green-winged Teals are also up.  I also had a high count of 7 Pied-billed Grebes and there could have been more that I missed.  The American White-Pelican who has now reached the status of Dopus Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, is still around and seem to be holding court over the hundreds of Double-crested Cormorants.

Lord of the Double-crested Cormorants?
 Northern Pintails are starting to arrive as the numbers went from 1-2 last week to 20 by yesterday 9-25 (conservative count). Other notables, include SWAMP SPARROWS and 1 LINCOLN SPARROW (seen behind the visitor's center).  The birding requires a bit more work this time of the year, but I am loving every bit of it. I hope you are seeing lots of birds as well.

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