a committee of the New York State Ornithological Association
of New York Rarities Black-necked
and Photographs by Angus Wilson
Two adult Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus
mexicanus) were found on the West Pond of Jamaica Bay NWR
during the first week of June 1999. A fairly rare species in
New York, with the majority of records from the southern part
of the State in the spring and summer. Famous as a 'one-day-wonder'
species, Andy Guthrie and I rushed down to 'the bay' after work
on the evening of Thursday 3rd June 1999 and found the birds
feeding quietly along the south shore of the West Pond. True
to form, the birds had vanished by the next morning.