2013-01-25 / Community

Arctic Birds Visit Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge


A flock of snow geese are spending winter at the Jamaica Bay Refuge. A good place to observe them is at the West Pond. A flock of snow geese are spending winter at the Jamaica Bay Refuge. A good place to observe them is at the West Pond. Winter finally arrived in Jamaica Bay this week as temperatures plummeted into the teens. These conditions felt more like home to some of the birds recently seen at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. A snowy owl was seen last week perched on an osprey platform and a flock of snow geese has been spending winter in the marshes. Other regular winter birds include brant geese, hooded mergansers, bufflehead ducks, horned grebes and Arctic scaup to name a few.

To learn more about winter birds and how they survive the bitter cold conditions join naturalist Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society on a walk on Sunday, February 17th, at 10 a.m. at the refuge visitor center.

The program is co-sponsored by Gateway NRA and NYC Audubon, is free and open to the public.

For reservations call the Littoral Society at 917- 371-8577; e-mail: donriepe@gmail.com. (Photos by Don Riepe.)



A snowy owl lands on an osprey platform in Jamaica Bay. The owl stayed around the bay for a few days and then moved on to another coastal shoreline. A snowy owl lands on an osprey platform in Jamaica Bay. The owl stayed around the bay for a few days and then moved on to another coastal shoreline.

A pair of hooded mergansers seen in the bay waters along the Broad Channel shoreline. The males are more brightly colored with a black and white head. A pair of hooded mergansers seen in the bay waters along the Broad Channel shoreline. The males are more brightly colored with a black and white head.

A snowy owl rests in a marsh at the Jamaica Bay Refuge. These beautiful owls nest in the arctic and occasionally come down to our shorelines in winter. A snowy owl rests in a marsh at the Jamaica Bay Refuge. These beautiful owls nest in the arctic and occasionally come down to our shorelines in winter.

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