Date: 7/4/18 7:31 pm From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude...> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Jamaica Bay East Pond Trail Maintenance and Pond water level update.
I spent most of the afternoon on the East Pond doing some trail maintenance. My focus was on tweaking some areas already worked on and the area known as “Calidrid Crossing.” This section is usually overgrown with Poison Ivy and it was again - requiring careful cut back. It is now cleared and open for business. For those of you not familiar with the nomenclature for various areas of the East Pond, here is a map edited post Hurricane Sandy. https://birdingdude.blogspot.com/2016/06/jamaica-bay-wildlife-refuge-east-pond.html?m=1
The pond water level is right on target and I schelped up to the north end with no issues. However, please note, there are the usual soft spots and you must take note of the Muskrat Channels as they are deeper and softer in those locations. Remember, knee high boots and caution always!
As far as birds. 7 species of shorebirds - all the expected species. 2 Bonaparte Gulls continue (observed on June 20th) and I had one drake Green-winged Teal among the duckage.
22 American Oystercatchers seemed a bit high with 2 of them banded. 1 banded Glossy Ibis, which I believe I also saw on the 20th of June.
Lastly, I have asked NPS to setup the boot washing station so that should be online soon. When you visit the refuge. Please take a moment to thank the staff. I have not been this pleased with the efforts at the refuge in a very long time.
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