Trip Reports
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens — July 18, 2015

Note: We are especially grateful to Tait Johansson of the Bedford Audubon Society for leading this walk!

Osprey family on nest, photo by Andrew Marden
Osprey family on nest, photo by Andrew Marden

Tait had offered to meet the earliest birders before the official field trip, in order to look for the beautiful breeding-plumaged Red Phalarope that had been at Jones Beach for a few days. Only one young birder was able to do that, but he was rewarded with great looks at his new life bird. The bird was not added to the club's trip list or life list, because it was not part of the official trip.

At Jamaica Bay, the weather did not cooperate for the first couple of hours. It started out cloudy and then turned very dark and rainy. We spent an hour and a half inside the Visitor Center and found much to occupy our time (see photo gallery). But we where happy when the skies brightened and we could go back outside and BIRD!

We racked up a nice list of 64 species in spite of the reduced amount of time we were able to spend birding, and in spite of the fact that the East Pond, which is usually teeming with shorebirds at this time of year, had not been properly drained to expose the mud flats that the birds need. It was a good field trip all the same, and several young birders happily added new lifers to their own lists.

Carena Pooth

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         List of Birds Seen on this Trip  by Andrew Marden, age 17

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Clapper Rail
American Oystercatcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher

Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Peregrine Falcon
Willow Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
House Wren
Marsh Wren

Carolina Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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