Frustrated by my lack of Western Reef-heron, I decided to try for the city’s other newsworthy overseas visitor – the Curlew Sandpiper at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. At the cost of my Vans (I wanted a new pair anyway,) my skin (forgot my sunblock,) and about a quart of my blood (forgot my bug block too,) I got it! And a lot of other stuff as well.

Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Double-crested Cormorant Phalocrocorax auritus
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Great Egret Egretta eulophotes
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Yellow Wabler Dendroica petechia
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes *LL
Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker Colaptes auratus
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla *LL
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Stilt Sandpiper Micropalama himantopus *LL
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea *LL
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica *LL
Forster’s Tern Sterna forsteri
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla*LL
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristic
also many Peeps (sp.) and one Dowitcher (sp.)