There’s more to NYC birds than pigeons!

Ever since studying birds with my students, I started to notice the influence that this animal has on many things around us. Whether it’s paintings or designs on a cloth, many have hints of birds in it. Some more beautiful than others. I must admit that although I may be able to recognize the different kinds of pigeons with excitement, it’s not too exciting to be actually near them or to be pooped on!

Still, they are a beautiful species to admire, which is probably why there are so many activists that fight to help over 9,000 bird species survive. On the west coast, we have Jamaica Bay right in New York. Jamaica Bay is a wetland estuary surrounded by the Rockaway Peninsula by Queens and Brooklyn. Its wildlife refuge is very famously known for its migration of birds. I recently went with colleagues to visit the bay and had the opportunity to do some birdwatching along the way. To my excitement, I saw ospreys and a snowy egret, birds we would never see on a regular day in the city!

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I took a long walk along the trail until two ospreys suddenly showed up to care for the eggs in the nest. These birds were definitely protective as they circled near the nest a couple of times before they landed and flew off again after several minutes. Coley, the male osprey, came back to Jamaica Bay from his migration journey on March 20th!

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Lastly these little guys known as Tree Swallows flew all around, landing on nest boxes that were placed along the trails. Their feathers were a beautiful shiny blue! image

Unfortunately, Jamaica Bay still faces damages from the hurricane and a lot of help is needed to preserve it. Again, It’s great to see so many people helping out. If you’re interested in helping clean up, join the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers today for Earth Day Clean up!

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