A short day at Jamaica Bay

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, part of the larger Gateway National Recreation Area, is a pretty famous birding hot spot in the southern part of Long Island. A couple weeks ago, on August 2nd, I went down there to see if I could find anything of interest. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the best photos of many of the birds I saw (including several species of Warbler) but here are some photos anyway. There are at least a couple of strange and interesting Geese for anybody interested in hybrids:

Unfortunately, this is as close as I could get to this goose, which I suspect is a Canada Goose x Snow Goose hybrid, but from this distance it would be impossible to be certain.
Here is the first of several species of Tern. The shape of the eye patch and the presence of that cinnamon wash indicate a young Forster's Tern.
Black Skimmer skimming...
Another Tern, this time retaining breeding plumage which shows it to be a Common Tern.
Another view of the Common Tern
Another juvenile Tern, this time the facial mask has a different shape and the wings have dark leading edges making it a juvenile Common Tern.
The extent of brown coloration on this individual indicates juvenile Forster's Tern.

A small handful of Semi-palmated Sandpipers in flight

A lone Brant was an unexpected surprise at this time of year. A healthy Brant should be up in the Arctic, not on Long Island, and so it is possible that this bird is not in the best of health. Plumage mostly suggests that this bird is part of the Atlantic Brant subspecies, branta bernicla hrota, but the overall brown wash is quite unusual and suggests that there may be something strange going on, perhaps this bird is an interesting hybrid... As always, I appreciate any thoughts on the matter.
This Eastern Wood-Pewee perched on a nearby branch momentarily before flying off and hunting for insects.
This was as close as I could get to a surprisingly visible Northern Waterthrush.
Another view of the Northern Waterthrush

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