Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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From: "Peter Colen" <peter.colen@gmail.com>
Date: Mar 31, 2015 4:54 PM
Subject: I have the same haircut.
To: "Peter Dorosh" <prosbird@gmail.com>
Cc:

http://www.petercolenphotography.com/Prospect-Park-March-31-2015/i-555Dwsc

Hello Peter,

Here are some photos from today. The Pine Warblers were in the Ravine and I saw at least 2. I got the tip through social media. 

I saw the Osprey swooping around from Dog Beach. It  was performing some fancy flying. My shoulder is preventing me from shooting at that angle very well. Then Osprey tilted and I knew that I was going to lose focus. I focused on the water and almost guessed right. It was in and out very quickly with a fish. It looked at me and decided to eat the fish elsewhere.

Peter 


           




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yesterday at Bush Terminal park


Common Raven
Roberta Manian
Bush Terminal Piers Park
Kings county (map)
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1Iceland Gull
Roberta Manian
Bush Terminal Piers Park
Kings county (map)

Fwd: Banded Canada Geese at Prospect Park, NYC: The story behind the bands.


-----Original Message-----
From: Rafael Guillermo Campos-Ramírez 
Sent: Tue, Mar 31, 2015 7:54 am
Subject: Banded Canada Geese at Prospect Park, NYC: The story behind the bands.

This year I have encountered 2 Canada Geese with neck bands.

The first one was seen on the ballfields, and neck band is orange with white letters & numbers. It read Y3T4. The bird is a male.  It was banded at Varennes, Quebec; Canada.  The bird was too young to fly when banded in 2013.  First time seen by myself in the Park was 22 January 2015.  Last time seen was 30 March 2015.

The second one was first seen around Prospect Lake.  The neck band is yellow with black letters & numbers.  It read NA08. The bird is a female. She hatched in 2005 or earlier. She was banded at Coney Island, NY.  First time seen was on 13 March 2015.  Last time seen was 30 March 2015.

By the way, both birds were seen forraging together at the ballfields with a large flock of geese.

See pictures attached.
 


More firsts GREG and EABL

More first arrivals this morning, one by land and one by sea ( well...water) with appearance of  EASTERN BLUEBIRD and GREAT EGRET.

The EASTERN BLUEBIRD reported by Sean Zimmer, that I reacted by his report at lunchtime, was seen in the trees between the east slope of the Tennis House and the Upper Pool elm grove. I spotted the bluebird in trees on the north side of the cross path thru Long Meadow by the wood bench that overlooks the Sparrow Bowl not far from the Tennis house. It was a single male bird.Thanks to Sean for the heads up.

Around the lake as I passed by in my work vehicle, I spotted a GREAT EGRET perched on Duck Island facing the Gazebo.A lone GREAT BLUE HERON was in the same area on Duck Island. But more Great Blues more closely perched on Three Sisters Islands adds more beauty...

Keep them coming ,O chilly spring  ....

EAST BLUEBIRD trees along long mead north of Tennis house path, by wood bench b4 Sparrowbowl.found by Seamn Zimmer
 

Fwd: Eastern Bluebird by Tennis House




-----Original Message-----
From: Sean Zimmer 
To: prosbird <prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, Mar 31, 2015 8:58 am
Subject: Eastern Bluebird by Tennis House

Hi Peter,    Eastern Bluebird in the large trees between Tennis House and Upper  Pool.     -Sean         

Fos Great egret back shore Duck Island
 

Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 30, 2015




-----Original Message-----
From: Kathleen Toomey 
To: Peter <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Mar 30, 2015 9:29 pm
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 30, 2015



From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
Date: March 30, 2015 at 9:03:51 PM EDT
To: Kathleentoomey
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 30, 2015

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Mar 30, 2015 2:15 PM - 5:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
41 species

Canada Goose  76
Mute Swan  11
Wood Duck  5
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  60
Bufflehead  2     Lake
Common Merganser  4     Continuing, three males, one female on the Lake
Ruddy Duck  26
Common Loon  1     Lake
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  5
American Coot  14
Ring-billed Gull  120
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  18
Blue Jay  2
Black-capped Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1     Heard
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  50
European Starling  30
Fox Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  6
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  12
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  10

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Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 30, 2015




-----Original Message-----
From: Kathleen Toomey
To: Peter <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Mar 30, 2015 9:29 pm
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 30, 2015



From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
Date: March 30, 2015 at 9:03:51 PM EDT
To: Kathleentoomey
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 30, 2015

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Mar 30, 2015 2:15 PM - 5:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
41 species

Canada Goose  76
Mute Swan  11
Wood Duck  5
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  60
Bufflehead  2     Lake
Common Merganser  4     Continuing, three males, one female on the Lake
Ruddy Duck  26
Common Loon  1     Lake
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  5
American Coot  14
Ring-billed Gull  120
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  18
Blue Jay  2
Black-capped Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1     Heard
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  50
European Starling  30
Fox Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  6
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  12
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22602676

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Fwd: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Mar 30, 2015




-----Original Message-----
From: Rafael Guillermo Campos-Ramírez 
Sent: Mon, Mar 30, 2015 7:36 pm
Subject: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Mar 30, 2015

After the early morning rains, I ventured into the Park, with the hope to see some new Spring migrants.  But no luck.  Only 1 sps of warbler, Pine.
Nothing spectacular in the Lake, except for 5 Great Blue Herons. The Common Merganser are stil there, and so the Ring-necked Ducks. At the Vale, a large flock od Cedar Waxwings.

Surprise from the ballfields!!  From a large feeding flock of Canada Geese, 2 of them had neck bands.  Both of them I have already reported to the BBL.  An history of these geese later.

Brooklyn is great birding!!!

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Mar 30, 2015 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Observer: Rafael G Campos 
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 kilometer(s)
Comments:    Overcast, cold.
40 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X    On a large forraging flock at the ballfields, I noticed 2 of them with neck bands. Orange Y3T4, & Yellow NA08. I reported them to BBL before.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  11
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  9    2 at the lake, 7 at the Upper Pool.
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  1    Hen, by the Audubon House.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  6
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  2
Common Merganser (North American) (Mergus merganser americanus)  4    Same individuals reported many times in previous reports.
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  5
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  6
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  8
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  14
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  12
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  7
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  38
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  5
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  10
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  2    1 Ravine; 1 near Audubon House near the bridge.
Fox Sparrow (Red) (Passerella iliaca iliaca/zaboria)  4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  16
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  6
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  6
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  11
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  15
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  3
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  3

For photos go to: ticornis.tumblr.com

Brooklyn is great birding!!!



Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 30, 2015




-----Original Message-----
From: Gus Keri 
To: prosbird <prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Mar 30, 2015 7:23 pm
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 30, 2015

Hi Peter,
 
It was nice seeing you today in the park. It was a very good day for birding. The high-light was a Common Loon (thanks to Linda) which was a lifer for me. I have been dreaming about seeing this bird since I first heard its haunting call (or song). Also I saw few birds for the first time this spring including: a Pine Warbler, An Osprey, a Laughing Gull and Green Winged Teal (thanks to you). and for the first time since I started birding two years ago, I saw the five species of Woodpeckers on the same day. They were all between the Ravine and the Music Pagoda.  
 
Gus
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist <ebird-checklist@cornell.edu>
To: guskeri
Sent: Mon, Mar 30, 2015 7:07 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 30, 2015

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY  Mar 30, 2015 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM  Protocol:  Traveling  3.0 mile(s)  39 species    Canada Goose  100     A large V-shaped  flock over the park in addition to the ones in the lake.  Mute Swan  6  Wood  Duck  3  Gadwall  1  Mallard  X  Northern Shoveler  8  Green-winged Teal   2  Bufflehead  2  Common Merganser  3     on the Lake  Ruddy Duck  20  Common  Loon  1  Great Blue Heron  6     Were perching on the Three Sisters Islands on  the Lake  Osprey  1  American Coot  10  Laughing Gull  1  Ring-billed Gull   X  Herring Gull  X  Great Black-backed Gull  1  Mourning Dove  3  Red-bellied  Woodpecker  1  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1  Downy Woodpecker  5  Hairy  Woodpecker  2  Northern Flicker  2  Eastern Phoebe  30  Blue Jay  6  American  Crow  4  Black-capped Chickadee  5  American Robin  X  European Starling   X  Pine Warbler  1  Fox Sparrow  2  Song Sparrow  10  White-throated Sparrow   2  Dark-eyed Junco  6  Northern Cardinal  10  Red-winged Blackbird  5  Common  Grackle  X  House Sparrow  X    View this checklist online at  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22600357    This report was  generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)  

Monday, March 30, 2015

the walk home

A deviation from my usual walk home from the Tennis House proved productive. And for the purpose as well to re find the Common Loon also succeeded.

The Pools was my first objective in an attempt to see if Green winged Teal was still around.Finding WOOD DUCKS on both Pools, I did find the teals, stuck in the east corner of the Upper pool; the pair was working the muddy shoreline ,feeding vigorously.

Continuing on through the Nethermead, as a few EASTERN PHOEBES popped up here and there,I noted two raptor flyovers: an OSPREY over the Binnen Pool, then a fast moving AMERICAN KESTREL over west Nethermead.

Arriving at Prospect Lake, for my hope for Loon, that waited a moment.But first a scan of the lake bought forth the season's first LAUGHING GULL in the midst of the gull flock.Gus Keri then came with news he found the Loon, diving by Music Island ,then lost sight of it. I did much better , a resting COMMON LOON ,in spectacular plumage, just off the Peninsula thumb.it eventually glided past the thumb toward an area east of Three Sisters Islands,within a cove with a red buoy. A great looking bird, sometimes depending on who you ask a bird for the year given the circumstances; the COMMON MERGANSERS were nearby. As I headed home,from the west shore I saw a flying DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANT fly out of West Island ,just above the settled in loon.

And last, there's now 6 GREAT BLUE HERONs resting on Three Sisters Islands,the hottest area on the lake.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22599613

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22600173

Common loon in lull water near music island per gus keri.Laughing gull n lake
 

Pair GREENWINGED TEAL east shore corner Upper Pool Prospect
 

COMMON LOON in Prospect Lake

A great ending to my work day. Stopping at the lake to show some good ducks to my coworker Steven, namely the BUFFLEHEAD, Ring Necks and Common Mergansers, my coworker pointed to a bird swimming towards us at south lake shore just east of Three Sisters Islands and to my surprise, I exclaimed "why its a COMMON LOON ! "

Not only that ,a full breeding plumage COMMON LOON with its classic throat ring and checkered back, a true rarity for us here at Prospect to get such a bird we typically see as flyovers.

The diving loon went under for quite a time, and reemerged at areas between the Three Sisters Islands and Duck Island , also in the Peninsula Cove. We lost sight of the bird near the rink shoreline.

Two terrific birds today , Black Vulture and Common Loon.

Also seen were the 4 COMMON MERGANSERS, 9 RING NECKED DUCKS ( 3 at Three Sisters, 6 at Duck Island)







Breeding plumage COMMON LOON Prospect lake between three sisters n Duck islands
 

Vulture recs

A check of Cornell ebird recs says the first ever seen in Prospect was May 22nd....

Date and Effort
Sun May 22, 1938
Protocol:
Incidental
Party Size:
N/A
Observers:
NYC Bird Report Data


So...my sighting this morning is now the earliest?? ( by two months? )   :)

Black Vulture Prospect

I looked up and saw a very flappy, short winged vulture, raising my suspicions that it was a Black Vulture.On my work site at the Prospect Park entrance at PPSW Ave and 16th Street/Windsor Place, I hurried and grabbed my bins from the vehicle and looked at it quickly.

Yep, a BLACK VULTURE flying west towards Greenwood Cemetery. Always nice to get the first bird of its kind for "Prospark"





A nice observation this morning was at Three Sistsers Islands with 5 GREAT BLUE HERONS together on the water snag facing the lake.

Father away , near Duck Island, the 3 COMMON MERGANSERS are well seen and I beleive the Ring Neck Ducks as well ....

Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 29, 2015





-----Original Message-----
From: Kathleen Toomey 
To: Peter <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Sun, Mar 29, 2015 11:14 pm
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 29, 2015



From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
Date: March 29, 2015 at 11:11:48 PM EDT
To: Kathleentoomey
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 29, 2015

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Mar 29, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
37 species

Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  5
Wood Duck  8
American Wigeon  3     Female in water by the Boathouse, pair on Lake
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  40
Northern Shoveler  7
Green-winged Teal  2     Upper Pool, pair
Ring-necked Duck  5
Common Merganser  4     Continuing on Lake, two males and two females
Ruddy Duck  40
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  8
Ring-billed Gull  60
Herring Gull  3
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1     Male in the Ravine
Eastern Phoebe  16
Blue Jay  3
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  35
European Starling  4
Palm Warbler  1     Music pagoda
Pine Warbler  2     Ravine and across the water from the Boathouse
American Tree Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  15
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Common Grackle  15
House Sparrow  12

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Fwd: Prospect Park Sunday

Fox Sparrow, taken by Neal


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-------- Original message --------
From: neal frumkin
Date:03/30/2015 11:34 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: ProsBird@aol.com
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Subject: Prospect Park Sunday