Records show that more than 1,600 protected birds such as snowy egrets, red-winged blackbirds and American kestrels were shot over the past five years at JFK airport in Queens, New York. The creatures were killed by contractors hired by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to take out birds threatening the safety of passengers, but were of species that were on a specific no-kill list. The contractors’ “shoot first, identify later” protocol has sparked a public outcry among area animal lovers.