Two James Spirits: Doctor Bird Jamaica Rum

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But one nation that bestows physicians with the respect they deserve is Jamaica, where the national bird is a hummingbird known as the “doctor bird” – the Red-billed Streamerbird ( Trochilus polytmus ). Two James Spirits: Doctor Bird Jamaica Rum.

Black-throated Gray Warbler at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Lo-and-behold, Robin Taubman had posted images of a Black-throated Gray Warbler at Jamaica Bay! … The post Black-throated Gray Warbler at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Trips Black-throated Gray Warbler Jamaica Bay Queens Twitching wood-warblers

Another Great Shorebirding Day at Jamaica Bay

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Saturday morning, 30 August 2014, was a perfect time for shorebirding at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond. … Trips Jamaica Bay Queens shorebirds The high tide was set for late morning so I could take my time getting out there, the sun was going to be out providing enough light for some good digiscoping, and we had a three-day weekend so I could spend more time than usual without really shorting my family. And, happily, the shorebirds even remembered to show up!

Tundra Swan at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Late Saturday afternoon a Tundra Swan was reported from the south end of the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. done I headed over to Jamaica Bay. Trips Jamaica Bay Queens swans Tundra Swan TwitchingA regional rarity around New York City, Tundra Swans are only regular at Hook Pond in Suffolk County, way out on the eastern end of Long Island.

Jamaica Birding Trip 2013 Part 1

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Many of the Caribbean islands (except Cuba and Hispaniola) make for ideal, quick birding trips where one can see all the endemics and Caribbean specialties at a leisurely pace — usually, with extra spare time to explore historic cities such as old San Juan in Puerto Rico or lounge on beautiful beaches such as Frenchman’s Cove in Jamaica. To be continued… Trips Jamaica

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What is the National Bird of Jamaica?

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The national bird of Jamaica is the Red-billed Streamertail , known colloquially as the Doctor Bird and scientifically as Trochilus polytmus. It is endemic to the island of Jamaica, which means that Jamaica is the only place in the world where the Red-billed Streamertail can be found. But Jamaica is loaded with nice birds. When Jamaica was preparing for independence from Great Britain back in 1962 they decided to make a big celebration of it, of course.

East Pond Birding at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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That means it is time to look for shorebirds on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay. … Trips Jamaica Bay Queens shorebirdsIt is summer and I live in Queens. And look I did this weekend with visits to the pond on both Saturday and Sunday mornings despite the ferocious mosquitoes that insisted upon a blood donation as the price of admission to the pond.

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American Redstart Nest at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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I’ve lived in Queens for eight years now and have visited Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge over one hundred times while I’ve been here. Every spring American Redstarts get back to Jamaica Bay and set up territories and I’ve never failed to learn exactly where those territories are. female American Redstart working on her nest at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. … Birds American Redstart Jamaica Bay nest wood-warblers

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November Shorebirds at the East Pond of Jamaica Bay

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It is extremely unusual that we birders can still walk the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in November. … Trips Jamaica Bay November shorebirds By now water levels should be high and the pond should be full as ducks, both dabbling and diving, are making their way south from cooler climes.

Fledgling Yellow Warblers at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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But after a long weekend in Niagara Falls and Toronto with my extended family, which featured virtually no birding, I was more than willing to get out at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday morning (the 4th of July) to see what was out and about. Hopefully, the insects will leave me enough blood to make it until then… Birds fledglings Jamaica Bay Queens wood-warblers Yellow Warbler

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Nest at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Fortunately for me, a kind birder pointed out a ruby-throat in the process of building a nest at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last week and the nest is relatively low and unobstructed. Birds hummingbirds Jamaica Bay nest Ruby-throated HummingbirdsIt is not every day that you get the chance to see a hummingbird’s nest. And it is even less frequent in New York City where we only have one species of hummingbird, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird , and they don’t nest very often.

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Shorebirds on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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If I had my druthers I would be birding the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge pretty much every day from July until September. Isn’t Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge a great place to see them? … Trips Jamaica Bay Queens shorebirds But, you know, job, family, and all the other responsibilities of being a social animal means that, at best, I get out onto the East Pond once a week to see what shorebirds are stopping over on their way to their wintering grounds.

Birding Day at Jamaica Bay in May

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Just like last year when I spent a goodly chunk of a Saturday at the end of May at Jamaica Bay I spent this past Saturday birding one of the premiere birding destinations of the northeastern United States, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Birding Jamaica Bay is rarely a total wash and this past Saturday was no exception, especially once the sun came out and burnt off the heavy fog. Trips digiscoping Jamaica Bay may

East Pond Shorebirds at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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When you live in Queens and you only have one morning of an August weekend to go birding there is only one place to go – the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Get out to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond and enjoy those shorebirds. If you need added incentive the 7th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay is on Saturday, August 25. Trips Jamaica Bay Queens shorebirds

Red-necked Stint AND Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Jamaica Bay

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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY, 3 August 2008 It was while watching flocks of shorebirds on Friday on Cape Cod (an adventure I will soon describe) that I first heard of a Red-necked Stint being found at Jamaica Bay. They both breed in Siberia, which is pretty far from Jamaica Bay. herd o’ birders at Jamaica Bay The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was refound on the island in the middle of the pond and then across on the opposite shore.

Searching for Shorebirds on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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That place is the fabled home of shorebirds, both common and rare, the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. American Avocet on Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond. One of these days this will be a picture of a much more rare species… … Trips Jamaica Bay Queens shorebirdsIt being mid-August in New York City there is one place where I have to be as often as I can.

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Red-necked Phalarope on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Late morning this past Thursday, 27 August, I was on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay. … Birds Jamaica Bay phalaropes Red-necked Phalarope shorebirdsI was only there because I had worked an overnight and therefore had the day free from work and Desi was busy at a day camp.

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750+ Geese Rounded Up For Slaughter at Jamaica Bay

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New York City’s premiere wildlife refuge proved to be no refuge for Canada Geese on Monday morning as federal agents rounded up 711 geese – including goslings – and packed them up for a trip to upstate New York where they will be gassed and their meat will be provided to food banks. Forty more geese were captured at a nearby landfill earlier. Asides

A Sora Saw I

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Last weekend a Sora was spotted at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and I had no time to go see it. Amazingly, the bird stuck, and after birding Fort Tilden early in the AM with Seth and Mary we three headed to Jamaica Bay’s East Pond to try to track down either of what had become two Soras being seen in the refuge. Trips Jamaica Bay rails Sora

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Great Images of Fish-Eating Birds

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Check out these shots of fish-eating birds at Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge! Asides Jamaica BayDo you know what is really annoying? When someone regularly birds the same spots that you do but manages to get much, much, much, better images.

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Restore the West Pond!

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You are also probably aware that Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, one of the best urban birding sites in the world, is on my regular list of spots that I like to stop by and visit. I have seen some absolutely amazing birds at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. I have taken friends birding there, I have taken my family birding there, I have met total strangers at Jamaica Bay and birded with them. I can’t abide the thought of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge without a West Pond.

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Hidden in Plain Sight

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On a recent walk around Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge I took the following picture. Here, let me zoom in for you… It’s a Gray Tree Frog , Hyla versicolor , a common species at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Amphibians frogs Jamaica Bay tree frogsWhy is it interesting? Give up? What if I give you a clue? Do you see it now? And do you know what it is?

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Finally!

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So we tend to only get a couple of sightings a year, usually out at Fort Tilden where there are some wide open athletic fields or on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, especially when water levels are very low, which leaves enough shoreline for plants to grow. Now if only someone would find me a Whimbrel … Trips Buff-breasted Sandpiper county listing Jamaica Bay Queens shorebirds I’ve lived in Queens since March of 2008.

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Twenty-Four Hours of Awesome Part Three: Sweet, Sweet Sage

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Finding more birds won out and I took the short ride to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where I enjoyed a Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the feeders, the singing Yellow Warblers , and the generally expected birds at Jamaica Bay in May. That individual was also at Jamaica Bay.) Trips Jamaica Bay mimids New York Queens Rarity Sage Thrasher

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Peep Show on the East Pond!

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Sunday morning was a perfect morning to get out on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. ” At Jamaica Bay in August the standard peep is the Semipalmated Sandpiper , which is present in the hundreds or even thousands. … Trips Jamaica Bay peeps shorebirds

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The Whistle Blowers

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They are found in the Bahamas, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos, Antigua, Barbuda and Jamaica. West Indian Whistling Ducks in Jamaica The decline of the West Indian Whistling Duck has been a steady but gradual one. Known breeding localities are now limited to only a few of the islands in the Caribbean including the Bahamas, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, the Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Antigua/Barbuda.

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Shorebird Season is Over…

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…at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge anyway. Yesterday’s eight plus inches of rain (as measured at JFK Airport)* have probably brought this year’s shorebird season at Jamaica Bay to an unfortunate and early end. Asides Jamaica BayThe famed East Pond, where so many wonderful shorebirds have shown , had issues with its draining system this summer and was well above the level it needed to be at to expose mud for the birds.

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Which Juvenile Shorebird is Better? Least Sandpiper or Short-billed Dowitcher?

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Every single summer when I am out experiencing the mud and heat and shorebirds on the the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge I find myself getting into the same silent argument with myself. … Birds Jamaica Bay shorebirds Which of the two most beautiful juvenile shorebirds do I think is better. Typically, I end up deciding that it is the one that is standing in front of me, too naive to realize that staying close to people is probably not a good idea.

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Eurasian Wigeon In Queens

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It took long enough but I have finally seen an Eurasian Wigeon in my home borough, at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond to be exact. Birds ducks Jamaica Bay listing Queens wigeonsFinally! It was nice to add bird number 284 to my Queens life list , though it seems kind of absurd that it has taken so long to see one of the most common of the uncommon ducks in Queens.

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Soul-Satisfying Scarlet

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So it was with a superlative, breeding-plumaged, male Scarlet Tanager today at Jamaica Bay. The particular Scarlet Tanager that caused my jaw to hit the ground today was found foraging in small trees on the west side of the West Pond at Jamaica Bay. Birds digiscoping Jamaica Bay Scarlet Tanager tanagersSometimes a species just stops you in your tracks.

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Greater Scaup in Flight

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I have said it before and I will say it again – I love getting to Jamaica Bay at the end of a day and photographing waterfowl flying in and out of the West Pond. Birds diving ducks ducks flight Greater Scaup Jamaica BayThe bird that is flies in and out in the greatest numbers of late is Greater Scaup Aythya marila , sometimes known as Bluebills , for obvious reasons.

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Northern Potoo

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A Northern Potoo by Nick Athanas Northern Potoos are found from Mexico to Costa Rica and on the islands of Jamaica and Hispaniola. And it was this call that alerted us to its presence on a recent trip to Jamaica. Birding Jamaica northern potoo potoos Worldwide Birding AdventuresBesides the avian attributes of flight, feathers and laying eggs, potoos are quite possibly the most unbird-like birds in the world.

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Hunting the Mountain Witch

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That is until a recent Nikon’s BATV film trip to Jamaica revealed a unique avian femme fatale, the Crested Quail-dove -- also known colloquially as the mountain witch. A Crested Quail-dove by Biswarup Satpati Crested Quail-doves are found in limited habitat in the Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains of eastern Jamaica. They can also be found in the Cockpit Country of north-western Jamaica. Birding Birds crested quail-dove doves jamaica Worldwide Birding Adventures

A European Flavor to Queens Birding

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The first of the European trio was at the south end of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond. Now if only I could find a few more that are countable… … Trips escaped birds Jamaica Bay Kissena Corridor Park Kissena Park Queens Though seeing birds that belong in the range they are in when you see them is nice, it is often even more exciting to see birds that are out of place. Especially if they are really out of place, like from another continent.

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Leucistic Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Leucistic Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis Leucistic Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis By Corey • March 9, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share A recent visit to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond was rewarding in both number and variety of waterfowl, but none drew my attention like one particular Ruddy Duck.

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I’ll Find My Own Godwit, Thanks.

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Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis Park both had some birds but nothing spectacular so I moved on to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, hoping that the recent rains hadn’t filled up the East Pond to the point where it was unwalkable. … Birds godwits Hudsonian Godwit Jamaica Bay Queens shorebirdsI had all morning this past Saturday to look for birds.

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Jamaican Owls

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“Jah Man (pronounced Jamon )&# is something you will hear often when visiting Jamaica. When our local driver asked me in Patois, an English-lexified creole language unique to Jamaica, if we would like to go and see Jamaican Owl , I had no idea what he was talking about. It was a good thing because our driver set off to Hotel MockingbirdHill on the stunning northeast coast of Jamaica, one of the easiest places to see Jamaican Owl.

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A Hunting Snowy Egret

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In my recent post about birding Jamaica Bay’s East Pond I mentioned a very successful Snowy Egret. Birds herons and egrets Jamaica Bay Snowy EgretIt caught fish after fish after fish in the vicinity of the Raunt, which is the birders’ name for the old tumbled-down docks whose pilings stick out of the mud of the East Pond. The egret used two different hunting strategies.

Snow Birds

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Then Seth and I grew tired of Nassau County and decided to wind up our day back in Queens, at Jamaica Bay. Snow Geese at Jamaica Bay earlier this year Snowy Egrets a little over a year ago at Jamaica Bay Seth and I now lay claim to the title of the first birders in the world to see four species with “snow” in their name in one day. Trips Jamaica Bay Jones Beach snow Suffolk CountyIn December in the northeastern United States you expect snow.

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Free Housing in New York City

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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY, April 2010 Everyone knows that New York City is an extremely expensive place to live. Fortunately, I am talking about Tree Swallows battling for nest boxes at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge: if this post were about people I probably would have taken a stray bullet trying to report the story, at least, I would have if people fought over housing like Tree Swallows do! Birds Jamaica Bay New York City Queens swallows Tree Swallows

Watching a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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On a recent visit to Jamaica Bay I took my time with each species that I found that was being remotely cooperative and also burned a bunch of time hoping that some fickle feathered freaks would become cooperative. Birds Blue-gray Gnatcatcher features gnatcatchers Jamaica Bay

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Birding the Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Over President’s Day weekend my family and I took a much-needed break in Jamaica. You didn’t expect me to go to Jamaica and not see an endemic bird, did you? … The post Birding the Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Real Time Tracking of Rarities

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Early this morning I was out on the south end of the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge looking at common shorebirds and hoping for rare shorebirds. Birding avocets Jamaica Bay shorebirds technologyThe best birds that I had managed were a couple of Pectoral Sandpipers , a Western Sandpiper , and the Peregrine Falcon that has been keeping the shorebirds stirred up and the birders frustrated almost since shorebird season started.

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