JFK tops in nation in serious bird strikes

John F. Kennedy International Airport is the number one airport in the nation for serious bird strikes, according to FAA records released Friday.
JFK has totaled 1,811 strikes since 1990. LaGuardia has experienced about half that number with 954, and Long Island MacArthur Airport has had far fewer incidents at 233.
Bird strike incidents have gone up in recent years, a phenomenon that is partially being attributed to the surge in Canada geese populations. Officials at MacArthur, however, say they are primarily concerned with smaller varieties of birds like sparrows, finches and starlings."Anytime there is something ingested into an aircraft engine, it is a concern," says Eric Hofmeister, MacArthur Airport deputy commissioner.
FAA National Wildlife Strike Database