|Hudsonian Godwit with Silt Sandpipers and Short-billed Dowitchers|
Late yesterday afternoon, I had my first Red-Knot (Calidris canutus) of the summer at Jamaica Bay, indicating additional arrivals. Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) numbers continue to build and I expect we will see White-rumped Sandpipers (Calidris fuscicollis) in the mix shortly. Pectoral Sandpipers (Calidris melanotos) are also putting in a good appearance with 4 seen on Monday. Also on Monday, I had my first juvenile Lesser Yellowleg (Tringa flavipes), which unfortunately I missed getting a photograph of because of skittish Canada Geese. Another highlight from Monday was presence of a Western Willet on the shores of the West Pond - we don't get too many around the Jamaica Bay area, so that was neat to see and digiscope. As far as passerine migration, Northern Waterthrushes (Seiurus noveboracensis) are back as I had 1 on Sunday and 2 yesterday, all on the East Pond.
|Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers and Stilt Sandpipers.|
The water level on the North End of the East Pond continues to be dismal, with no shoreline or mudflats in sight. I am hopeful that NPS comes up with some kind of solution to lower the water level faster before it is too late for the 2011 shorebird season.
|Mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers with a few Least Sandpipers in the mix.|
Tags: Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge