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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

On Saturday, I took a NYC Audbon trip to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.  The trip was led by Don Riepe, who did a wonderful job.  Audubon provided a bus, so the trip was easy.  After leaving the Manhattan Audubon office, our first stop was the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's West Pond, followed by the East Pond and then a visit to Fort Tilden before returning to Manhattan.

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An easy walk from the visitor's center is an Osprey nest on the West Pond.  The 2007 kids had already left.  These are the adults.

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This is a second nest on the other side of the West Pond.

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A tree filled with both Snowy and Great Egrets.

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Great Egret

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Northern Mockingbird

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Glossy Ibis.

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Glossy Ibis.

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An assortment of Sandpipers.

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Immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

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We then visited the East Pond, stopping first at a blind.  There we saw a Black-crowned Night-Heron and...

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... a Little Blue Heron

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Then it was off to the East Pond.  Here's a Gull.  (Still learning how to I.D. them.)

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Great Blue Heron (left) and Black-crowned Night-Heron (right)

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Immature Peregrine Falcon.  This is the first time I've seen one on the ground!

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A bridge near Fort Tilden, where the center gun turret was converted into a Peregrine Falcon nest site.  It might have been the birthplace of the Peregrine Falcon seen on the East Pond.

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Barn Swallows at Fort Tilden.

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Sanderlings on the right.

It was a fun day.  The trip had a full range of birders, from the beginner to the advanced.  Don Riepe, did a great job of keeping everyone interested and kept us out of the Poison Ivy too!  NYC Audubon has a full calender of events throughout the year.  The current schedule can be found on their website, www.nycaudubon.org.