2013-06-28 / Community

Littoral Society Sunset Cruise Discovers Bald Eagle

Those on board the “Golden Sunshine” for the American Littoral Society's Jamaica Bay sunset ecology cruise got a special treat as they spotted a bald eagle perched high in a tree near Bayswater State Park, in Far Rockaway.

"Although bald eagles are occasionally seen flying over Jamaica Bay during spring and fall migration as well as winter, it is rare seeing one -especially an adult -in late June during the nesting season", said Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian. "This makes me think that it may be a precursor to a possible nesting pair in the future, which would be a new record for the bay.”

While the bald eagle was the main highlight of the cruise, guests also got to see osprey, oystercatcher, egrets, terns, skimmers and a pair of peregrine falcons that put on an aerial display over the Marine Park Bridge. The cruise was capped off by a glorious sunset as the boat headed back to Sheepshead Bay.

For those who missed it, the next sunset cruises will take place in September/ October. For more information about cruises and other nature tours of Jamaica Bay contact the Littoral Society at 917-371-8577; e-mail: donriepe@gmail.com

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