I did a complete hike of the East Pond this morning just at high tide. Overall, the numbers of shorebirds were low. My survey from the south to the north end of the pond and back recorded the following notables before the birds were scattered by two Peregrine Falcons.
Short-billed Dowitcher (69), Stilt Sandpiper (18), Spotted Sandpiper (two an adult and a juvenile), Greater Yellowlegs (9), Lesser Yellowlegs (14), Killdeer (2), American Oystercatcher (27), Semipalmated Plover (4), Semipalmated Sandpiper (18), Least Sandpiper (7). 1 Black Skimmer put in a brief appearance as well. The duckage on the East Pond did not hold any new surprises. 2 Green-winged Teals continue. On the West Pond, there were some shorebirds feeding in the marshy area just off the south garden. They included Short-billed Dowitchers, Stilt Sandpipers and both Yellowlegs. If Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is in your plans for the near future. Bring mosquito repellent. They were in great numbers today and quite fierce. At Breezy Point on the 22nd. The highlights (some observed with Tom Preston and Joshua Malbin), were 5 Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, 2 Purple Martins, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 White-winged Scoter and 7 Red Knots (1 flagged). Today, Lisa Scheppke found a tired Great Shearwater in the fisherman’s parking lot at Breezy Point. The bird was examined for injuries and released on the bayside. It was last seen heading towards Brooklyn. Cheers, -------- "I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick Douglass 風 Swift as the wind 林 Quiet as the forest 火 Conquer like the fire 山 Steady as the mountain Sun Tzu The Art of War > (\__/) > (= '.'=) > (") _ (") > Sent from somewhere in the field using my mobile device! Andrew Baksh www.birdingdude.blogspot.com -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --