I spent a good 8 + hours birding both West and East Ponds at Jamaica Bay 
Wildlife Refuge (JBWR), Queens Co.

I am pleased to report that the area near bench 4 on the West Pond trail was 
mowed this morning. The cut back allows better viewing of the South East corner 
of the West Pond which as of late has attracted a good number of shorebirds. 
For example, I counted 35 Stilt Sandpipers there this AM and I am sure to have 
missed a few.

While the viewing is much better now. It would be nice to have views with the 
rising sun behind you. To that effect, I have begun a conversation with NPS on 
the idea of opening up trails through the Phragmites bordering the South 
Garden. This is not a new ask. Some of you will remember the fanfare around 
“Blue-ribbon” discussions at the Refuge where this was brought up but like many 
ideas, was shelved for more er...pressing matters.  More on that later as I let 
this conversation marinate a bit.

The only other highlight on the West Pond was a Ruddy Duck.

On the East Pond, I did a compete end to end survey (south to north and back). 
A total of 16 species of Shorebirds. The highlights were 2 Whimbrels (flyover 
on the North End), 6 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 Ruddy Turnstone, 27 Stilt 
Sandpipers, 1 Long-billed Dowitcher (different looking than the one I reported 
on July 31st) and 2 Red Knots among the usual suspects.

Non shorebird highlights included: Two Bonaparte’s Gulls continuing on the 
pond. This afternoon they were loafing near “Gull Point.” Also of note, 1 
Green-winged Teal hiding among the duckage.

Overall, the shorebird numbers were decent. Mostly peeps, scattered throughout 
the pond. Among them, I pulled out 2 flagged Semipalmated Sandpipers. A few 
juvenile Least Sandpipers were a first for the season for me, as well as one 
juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs.

No Western or White-rumped Sandpipers today despite sifting through the peeps 
as best as I could.

P.S. Mosquitoes remain hungry and fierce.


“Precisely at the point when you begin to develop a conscience, you must find 
yourself at war with your society.” ~ James Baldwin

"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 

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

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Andrew Baksh

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