Sunday, July 08, 2007

July 8 - Jones Beach and Jamaica Bay Refuge

I made a quick, and early, trip to the West End of Jones Beach this morning to view the previously reported Yellow-Headed Blackbird.
This bird is typical of the Central and Western US where the bird breeds.

Annually one or two individuals make it to the east coast, yet typically these birds are found in the late summer/early fall. This bird was a female yet she still showed the traits for which it was named.
The bird was feeding among some other Blackbirds, mostly Starling. The Yellow-Headed was slightly larger than the rest, and was actively feeding. The bird would pick the insects off the small flowers growing out of the grass found in the median strip on one of the roads leading to the beach.

After 30 minutes or so of watching this bird I then took some time to watch birds from the beach itself. Here I saw the breeding Piping Plovers, the terns of Common & Least, a lone Least Sandpiper and a juvenile Northern Gannet.