Checklist S62312562

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Gateway National Recreation Area - Jamaica Bay, New York US-NY (40.6066,-73.8656)

Owner Louis DeMarco

  • 2
  • 7.14 mi
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Kayak birding the interior of Jamaica Bay for the Christmas Bird Count. Outgoing water following a spring tide for the duration of the outing. A breeze at the finish: otherwise, drizzle, fog, mild temps. Also notable was an inquisitive harbor seal. Oystercatcher photos by Bonnie Aldinger.

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  1. Number observed: 380
  2. Number observed: 226
  3. Number observed: 304

    Details: The larger flocks were along the Ruffle Bar tidal creek. A few flocks of dozens of individuals observed on Yellow Bar Hassock, though most flew off in small groups of 4, 6, or 8 individuals as we approached the sodbanks.

  4. Number observed: 20
  5. Number observed: 24
  6. duck sp.

    Number observed: 4

    Details: I’d like to think they were Common Goldeneye based on extensive white in the body and dark heads, but distant and seen through fogged-up bins.

  7. Number observed: 5

    Details: Seen and heard on the sandbar at Ruffle Bar.

  8. Number observed: 9

    Details: Seen on both Little Egg Marsh, and Yellow Bar Hassock.

  9. shorebird sp.

    Number observed: 3

    Details: Larger than the Dunlin in the same flock; I’d guess Black-bellied Plover. Silent.

  10. Number observed: 42
  11. Number observed: 14
  12. Number observed: 2
  13. Number observed: 2
  14. Number observed: 3

    Details: 2 on Ruffle Bar, later 1 over Yellow Bar Hassock.

  15. hawk sp.

    Number observed: 1
  16. passerine sp.

    Number observed: 12

    Details: A single flock moving just above the treetops on Ruffle Bar.

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