Jamaica Bay Birds in March

Sunday’s excursion to Jamaica Bay, Gateway NWR.

Jamaica Bay is an estuary on the southern portion of the western tip of Long Island, in the U.S. state of New York. The estuary is partially man-made, and partially natural. The bay connects with Lower New York Bay to the west, through Rockaway Inlet, and is the westernmost of the coastal lagoons on the south shore of Long Island. Politically, it is primarily divided between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City, with a small part touching Nassau County.

The bay contains numerous marshy islands. It was known as Grassy Bay as late as the 1940s. Jamaica Bay is located adjacent to the confluence of the New York Bight and New York Bay, and is at the turning point of the primarily east-west oriented coastline of southern New England and Long Island and the north-south oriented coastline of the mid-Atlantic coast. (Jamaica Bay – Wikipedia)

The Ospreys are back and competing for nesting spots.

6 thoughts on “Jamaica Bay Birds in March

  1. shoreacres 2023-03-28 / 9:42 pm

    I saw both Coots and Ospreys at work this afternoon — do I have a great “office,” or what? The Ospreys perch atop the sailboat masts, and sometimes dine there, but I think there’s a nesting area away from the water, since I sometimes see them flying inland with fish in their talons.


    • Sherry Felix 2023-03-29 / 8:33 am

      Lucky you. I worked at One World Finacial center. I had a view of the New York City harbor from my desk. I did GIS and graphics. I was replaced by someone younger and cheaper just before retirement age.

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  2. Dan Antion 2023-03-28 / 7:46 pm

    Lovely photos, Sherry. I love the in flight photos of the osprey.


  3. Eunice 2023-03-28 / 5:10 pm

    The Eastern Phoebe picture is very pretty, the pink blossom against the pinky-grey sky background is lovely 🙂


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