Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Recent Notables From Jamaica Bay...

Snowy Egret trying to disguise itself among Snow Geese.
Some of these birds are notables due to the dates. Take for example, Snowy Egret, which is not a rarity at Jamaica Bay is now going to be flagged as "rare" because it is getting late for it to still be here when it should have moved on to its wintering grounds. There were 2 still hanging around on the East Pond as of November 5th.

3 Pectoral Sandpipers on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay.
On that same day, I had a nice count of 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, a bird that was rather scarce all summer on the East Pond.  I had to use my Point and Shoot to try for a shot with all 3 in the same frame.

Digiscoped shot of a drake Eurasian Wigeon on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay.
On November 8th, I found a drake Eurasian Wigeon, which I have not seen since so I am not sure if it moved on or is out in the bay when I am looking for it on the pond.  If this bird is no longer around the immediate area, I suspect it will turn up somewhere in Brooklyn.  Perhaps at Floyd Bennett Field near Archery Road where Eurasian Wigeon has been reported in the past.
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