Just like last year when I spent a goodly chunk of a Saturday at the end of May at Jamaica Bay I spent this past Saturday birding one of the premiere birding destinations of the northeastern United States, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Though I had hoped for nice variety of passerine migrants I was disappointed by the number and variety of birds that fit that category, but was pleased with some nice shorebirds and with breeding birds on territory. Birding Jamaica Bay is rarely a total wash and this past Saturday was no exception, especially once the sun came out and burnt off the heavy fog.
Rather then give a complete accounting of my four plus hours exploring the environs of one of my favorite birding spots I will just share a few pictures from the day and let you imagine the details. Good spring birding to you before the summer doldrums set in and we’re stuck desperately awaiting the shorebirds coming back south!
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus