Very low tide this morning - just the usual shorebirds: Semi-Palmated Plovers and Sandpipers, a few Black Skimmers - a lot of juvenile terns on the sandbar. Highlights were a juvenile Night Heron, Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper, and a dozen Great Egrets that flew in as a group. Found some tracks by the grass which I assume are from the elusive but present Clapper Rails.
I returned shortly before sunset to look for shorebirds especially the Baird's Sandpiper in the dried up ponds at the West End - saw mostly Least Sandpipers, Semi-Palmated Plovers, a few Killdeer, and I was able to locate the Baird's again. I took a brief walk around Short Beach where it was low tide again - not many shorebirds in numbers and variety - highlights were juvenile Night Herons, some Black Skimmers, Willetts, Yellowlegs and I believe a single Short Billed Dowitcher. (low light) I think a trip to Jamaica Bay East Pond might be in order soon : )