Saturday, June 25 - Jamaica Bay
Flew back from Paris this week and started getting back into New York mode. I hadn't missed a lot of birds but there were a few year birds on offer down at Jamaica Bay. Decided to do a leisurely morning visit and wandered down to the preserve by about 8:45am. The main target was a White-faced Ibis, a bird that had been found two weeks ago and seen on and off since then, but not for a few days.
Settling in at a nice shady patch in the phragmites at the South end of the East Pond I decided to just wait it out and see what came along. There were a few Ibis around but all seemed to be Glossy Ibis. I could tell though that there was turnover, with a Ibis or two leaving every 10 minutes or so, and a few new ones dropping in for a freshwater drink after feeding in the salt marsh.
|Black Skimmer and Gull-billed Tern seen later from the "Raunt"|
|Crappy record shot - digiscoped at 70x on the scope (and extra zoom from the iPhone)|
|Barn Owls in Boxes ... pretty much how I see all my Barn Owls these days ...|
|The U.S. has good turtles ... Eastern Painted Turtle ....|
|The 'Other' Night-Heron .... Black-crowned ....|
So after checking the West Pond, and toying briefly with the idea of going back to the East Pond, I headed back to the City. When I got out of my car, I checked emails and saw that Ken and Suzy Feustel had just reported a Ruff from the East Pond. Hmmmm ... I'd had such a good morning, seen all my target birds, I guess I should have expected a karmic rebound like this. Still, there's always tomorrow .....