A Travellerspoint blog

October 2018

Jamaica Bay After School!

Queens, NY

rain 72 °F

Today after school I took the train and the bus to Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Queens in search of shorebirds, and particularly one would-be life bird: the Stilt Sandpiper.

I arrived around 5:30pm and birded for a bit over an hour in off-and-on rain showers, which was annoying — there were birds around though, such as these expansive flocks of BRANT geese as well as DOUBLE-CRESTED & GREAT CORMORANT & GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL:
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BRANT again, this time with GREAT EGRET and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER:
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GREATER YELLOWLEGS flyover:
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At one point, I played the Clapper Rail call in a good-looking section of the salt marsh, and lo and behold, my life bird CLAPPER RAIL called back to me! Score! Its elusive reputation preceded itself as I was never able to see it, though.

SNOWY EGRET, nice:
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AMERICAN BLACK DUCK:
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Some sort of Turtle poking its head out of the water. Any ideas as to the species?
Edit: I figured out this is a Diamondback Terrapin, a “life turtle” for me — how cool!
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MUTE SWAN:
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GREEN-WINGED TEAL:
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COOPER’S HAWK:
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A better look at the BRANT geese:
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PEREGRINE FALCON, cool!
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And one last bird, an immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON:
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Alas, I never found the Stilt Sandpiper, so maybe next time! Bird-of-the-day to the Peregrine Falcon and Clapper Rail gets bumped to runner-up because it didn’t allow for views.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 954 Species (1 life bird today: Clapper Rail)

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