Jamaica Bay

A short trip to Jamaica bay netted these. It was great to see that the East Pond is once more accessible. This is thanks to the efforts of dedicated birders like Andrew Baksh, who worked with Gateway National Recreation Area to see to it the the pumps were repaired. The water levels are now maintained at a lower levels so that both shorebirds and birders may use the shores of the pond.

Scherman Hoffman and Great Swamp

Our small group of Linnaean NY birders led by Richard Z tried to stay cool by hugging the shade on Sunday, July 3. The highlight was a Ruby-throated Hummingbird sitting on its tiny golf ball sized nest at Great Swamp in Morris County, New Jersey. The rest of these photographs were made at the New Jersey Audubon Sherman Hoffman Sanctuary.

Willowwood Details

More images from Willowwood Arboretum.

Sandy Hook

We went on a botanical walk during the annual Littoral​ Society (littoralsociety.org) picnic at Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area.

I learned how a little window on the seed pod opens on the Clasping Venus’ Looking-glass (Triodanis perfoliata) and the seeds tumble out.

Nickerson and Jones

After Nickerson Beach we drove to Jones Beach. I only saw one Piping plover at Nickerson. And no Skimmer chicks yet.

Nickerson Oystercatchers

Second post from our trip to Nickerson Beach, Long Island, NY. They are so cute when they run.

Nickerson Terns

We went to Nickerson Beach on a one of the barrier Islands of Long Island, New York last week to see the nesting shore birds. This post is of the terns and their chicks. More to follow…

Ward Pound Ridge

Second post for June 4 trip covering other flora and fauna.