Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday's Foto

It's shorebird season and around NYC there is no better place to observe this diverse group of birds than Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Currently, the most common species feeding in the shallow waters of the East Pond is the Short-billed Dowitcher. Nesting in bogs and wet meadows of the boreal forests of northern Canada and Alaska, this large shorebird winters along the coasts of California and Virginia, southward along the Gulf Coast and as far south as Brazil. Their characteristic up-down jabbing motion while feeding is commonly referred to as the "sewing machine" behavior.

1 comment:

Rick Wright said...

Nice! I haven't seen a juvenile short-bill yet this fall, so you've inspired me to get out this afternoon.

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