Today we went birding with Paul, branching out from the park. Our plan was to go to Breezy Point first, then Jamaica Bay. But the traffic dictated that we do that in reverse order.
We also saw a willow flycatcher (???) briefly, I hoped it was hunting and would come back, but it moved on.
Once we could see the water, the shorebird bonanza started. It was quite something! Ibis in the grass, ibis flying, a song sparrow in the grass nearby serenading us, egrets seemingly all around. A heron flying over that we decided was probably a little blue heron.
There was one area on the shoreline where the birds seemed to congregate. There were loads of geese, a bunch of cormorants, a black-crowned night heron, a few oystercatchers, a couple of great white egrets, and a few miscellaneous gulls and ducks. Amazing!
On the way back, Paul found a white-eyed vireo and an american redstart, but they declined the photo op. Oh well, maybe someday.
It was a great time, we're so glad we went!