Fish Crow, Corvus ossifragus.
Posts Tagged 'Jamaica Bay'
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Here’s a variation on a common sight: a young Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura). Note how much darker it is than an adult. You might almost want to make it another species, although there aren’t really any other options on this end of the country.
We’ve been lucky enough to catch the changing of the guard at this Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) nest a couple of times. Parent flies to hole, perching outside. Other parent bird flies out. First parent scoots in hole.That black mark, the malar, on the cheek means this is the male. He spends a minute looking out before tucking deeper inside. Soon there should be some frantic shuttling of food to the nest by both adult birds.
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge bakes in the summer sun, with only a few shady areas in the north and south “gardens” along the eastern edge of the West Pond trail, but there is so much wildlife activity out there right now it’s worth putting on a big hat and lots of sun-screen. I’ve been blogging recently about the things seen on trips out there. Some sights I didn’t get worthwhile pictures of: a fledgling Waxwing begging for food; a Great Egret snagging and swallowing some kind of snaky creature out of the bay; a Tricolored Heron waving its wings as it hunted; Glossy Ibises gliding into the grasses; Black Skimmers cutting through the water with their longer lower bills. Crows and raptors crossing the marsh lands are frequently intercepted by territorial Red-winged Blackbirds. This one in the distance was irritating an Osprey, which was right next to its own nest. There are four Osprey nests visible from the West Pond trail, two at the limits of one’s optics, but one with very good views of three youngsters. Only one has its head up at the moment.There’s lots of nesting and post-nesting activity going on.This nest box has a House Wren going in — but not via the front door; note the cut-out in the corner on the side.Here’s another House Wren on another box. That stick will not fit into the hole. And so many herons: Black-Crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Snowy and Great Egrets; Little Blue and Tricolored Herons. Haven’t see a Great Blue on recent trips… but one flew by the apartment recently.
Spotting an American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) male at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge recently was a surprise. There was actually another nearby, too. The bird-list put out by the NPS says they are “probable nesters” there; the state breeding survey, more recent, has them confirmed. This was news to me. Nice to see a “revival” of migration’s wonderful colors.Another warbler breeding all over the place at the Refuge is the Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia). This I knew about: it’s hard to miss them, both visually and aurally. You can also find Common Yellowthroats at JBWR now, but these three species seem to be the extent of it, warbler-breeding-wise.
An adult American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) sticks out of the landscape like a sore bill.
Sand-colored young American Oystercatchers, however, are not so easy to see or photograph. But they, or their parents, or all of them combined, sure do make a lot of noise.