Thursday, January 18, 2018

Keeps getting better with the rare gulls

Continuing on our local shores,Doug Gochfelds found an immature BLACK HEADED GULL at Brooklyn Bridge Park late afternoon.

The adult was reported at Veterans pier earlier.
Here's Doug's post on Whatsapp

Black-headed Gull Brooklyn Bridge Park marina. Immature.

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-alert@cornell.edu>
Date: Jan 18, 2018 3:23 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>
To:
Cc:

*** Species Summary:

- Iceland Gull (1 report)

---------------------------------------------
Thank you for subscribing to the <hourly> Kings County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Kings County.  View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35645
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (1)
- Reported Jan 18, 2018 14:32 by Marc Passmann
- 184 Kent Ave, New York US-NY (40.7191,-73.9652), Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.719117,-73.965241&ll=40.719117,-73.965241
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42048966
- Comments: "Pics"

***********

You received this message because you are subscribed to eBird's Kings County Rare Bird Alert

Manage your eBird alert subscriptions:
http://ebird.org/ebird/alerts

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-alert@cornell.edu>
Date: Jan 18, 2018 11:25 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>
To:
Cc:

*** Species Summary:

- Black-headed Gull (1 report)
- Common Raven (1 report)

---------------------------------------------
Thank you for subscribing to the <hourly> Kings County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Kings County.  View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35645
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 18, 2018 09:43 by Shane Blodgett
- Veterans Memorial Pier, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6391393,-74.0369531&ll=40.6391393,-74.0369531
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42042651
- Comments: "Continuing first winter"

Common Raven (Corvus corax) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 18, 2018 07:20 by Doug Gochfeld
- Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.646519,-74.026074&ll=40.646519,-74.026074
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42042612
- Comments: "Two birds flying over the buildings just off the base of the pier. Now a regular location for this species."

***********

You received this message because you are subscribed to eBird's Kings County Rare Bird Alert

Manage your eBird alert subscriptions:
http://ebird.org/ebird/alerts

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn)

Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) tweeted at 11:30 AM on Thu, Jan 18, 2018:
Black-headed Gull continues at Veterans Memorial Pier #birdbk via @Aplomadokestrel https://t.co/c4qqmSqRXz
(https://twitter.com/BirdBrklyn/status/954028336887599104?s=03)

Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download?s=13

Tweet from Dominic García-Hall (@domhall)

Dominic García-Hall (@domhall) tweeted at 6:19 PM on Wed, Jan 17, 2018:
The raven conversations in this  #Corvid soundscape are incredible

#fieldrecording

At the pools of Bryn-llwyd https://t.co/G5hDz3DJWs
(https://twitter.com/domhall/status/953768747378118656?s=03)

Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download?s=13

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A spate of rare gulls

Two ICELAND GULLS outnumbered a single BLACK HEADED GULL along Brooklyn's north- northwestern shore.

The BLACK HEADED GULL put in its appearance at Gull hotspot pier Veterans pier ( which yesterday was Mew turf). It helps having the Owls Head sewage treatment center there.Zach Weinstein observed the rarity.

Then the double report of ICELAND GULLS to the north. One was found at Brooklyn Army Terminal pier; the second Iceland is in the Williamsburg section ,at the end of North 3rd Street,a continuing bird. See the Ebird trax for the observers.

Addendum:  There was apparently a third ( or maybe the same one) seen at River Ave in the Greenpoint /Williamsburgh area, on the water rocks, a likely 1st year bird , observed by Joe Girgente who posted the photos on the facebook closed group North American Gulls

https://www.facebook.com/groups/nagulls/?ref=bookmarks


Subject: Black-headed Gull, veterans memorial pier, Brooklyn
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:54:45 +0000
X-Message-Number: 3

I observed and photographed a black-headed gull at Veterans Memorial Pier
this afternoon. I’ll upload photos to eBird later. It flew off about 30
minutes ago and has not returned. I haven’t found anything i’d Be
comfortable calling a Mew Gull.

ZSW
Albany (usually)
-- 
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn)

Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) tweeted at 0:12 PM on Wed, Jan 17, 2018:
#birdbk black-headed Gull at veterans memorial pier via @nerdosyndical
(https://twitter.com/BirdBrklyn/status/953676420395528192?s=03)

Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download?s=13

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn)

Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) tweeted at 0:37 PM on Wed, Jan 17, 2018:
Iceland Gull continues at 1 North 3rd Street #birdbk https://t.co/WojJZalCaI
(https://twitter.com/BirdBrklyn/status/953682750426447872?s=03)

Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download?s=13

Tweet from BobbiInBrooklyn (@BobbiInBrooklyn)

BobbiInBrooklyn (@BobbiInBrooklyn) tweeted at 1:32 PM on Wed, Jan 17, 2018:
Adult Iceland 🇮🇸 at Army Term. Grabbed bread and left towards Bush https://t.co/TVuRLLIwBy
(https://twitter.com/BobbiInBrooklyn/status/953696504614662145?s=03)

Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download?s=13

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tweet from Shane Blodgett (@Aplomadokestrel) mew foto

Shane Blodgett (@Aplomadokestrel) tweeted at 0:06 PM on Tue, Jan 16, 2018:
Documentation :) https://t.co/uf8Z0J5az6
(https://twitter.com/Aplomadokestrel/status/953312439172550657?s=03)

Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download?s=13

Tweet from Heather Wolf (@heatherwolf)

Heather Wolf (@heatherwolf) tweeted at 8:44 AM on Tue, Jan 16, 2018:
Excited about my 153rd patch bird! Common Goldeneye (juvenile male), #Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. #birding #nyc https://t.co/KPi88Yztss
(https://twitter.com/heatherwolf/status/953261563359752192?s=03)

Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download?s=13

Mew gull details

Mew Gull (Larus canus) (1)
- Reported Jan 16, 2018 10:55 by Shane Blodgett
- Veterans Memorial Pier, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6391393,-74.0369531&ll=40.6391393,-74.0369531
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41963681
- Comments: "Probably returning Brachrhynchus-smaller and darker backed than RBGU-small bill greenish yellow bill with yellow tip and slight blackish smudging 3/4 toward bill end-huge tertial crescents and mirrors on P9 and P10-photos to follow"

A Mew Gull comes back

Renown Mew Gull "whisperer"  Shane Blodgett has found yet again MEW GULL along the southwestern shores of Brooklyn.The bird ventured to Veterans Pier that this blog covers at its extreme range :)

First spotted 200 yards south of the Bay Ridge gull spot Veterans Pier ( at the terminus of Bay Ridge avenue), the MEW GULL briefly landed on the pier before taking off southwesterly towards Staten Island. Its possible it went towards Caesar's Bay Gravesend area.

Shane believes its the same gull he had a year or two ago ( I forget when) ....the western North American form.

profile https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mew_Gull/id

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 11:23 AM on Tue, Jan 16, 2018:
Shane B repts MEW GULL on veterans pier now. Bay ridge #bkbird
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/953301625485037569?s=03)

Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download?s=13

Upcoming Events – Brooklyn Bird Club tonight at Grand army library

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub)

Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) tweeted at 5:30 PM on Mon, Jan 15, 2018:
Tomorrow 7PM: BBC Evening Presentation Doug Gochfeld and Sean Sime Present: Victory at Sea: Offshore in the Age of Big Data https://t.co/rvBYuBXJXQ
(https://twitter.com/BklynBirdClub/status/953031753140178946?s=03)

Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download?s=13

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hawks atop Lookout

Two different species hawks perched at the perimeter of Butterfly Meadow while we proceeded with our task clearing snow.

The first one, a juvenile likely female COOPERS HAWK stood out prominently by the Maryland Monument top steps. Then a short time later, we found the immature RED TAILED HAWK on the west slope, the bird seeing us and flying right over our work truck, to perch in the big Sweetgum Tree. At least we had some excitement this morning.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The next Prospect Park? Massive 407-acre state park coming to Jamaica Bay in East New York | Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Night Sky This Week: See The Moon, Jupiter, and Mars - Farmers’ Almanac

https://www.farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2018/01/08/moon-jupiter-mars-conjunction/


Tomorrow morn hour before sunrise.look southeast ( or southwest as there's an error.just find the moon. ) Hope for clear sky!

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <ebird-alert@cornell.edu>
Date: Jan 10, 2018 1:56 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>
To:
Cc:

*** Species Summary:

- Black-headed Gull (1 report)

---------------------------------------------
Thank you for subscribing to the <hourly> Kings County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Kings County.  View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35645
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) (1)
- Reported Jan 10, 2018 11:51 by Roberta Manian
- Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.646519,-74.026074&ll=40.646519,-74.026074
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41795127
- Comments: "Pics to follow "

***********

You received this message because you are subscribed to eBird's Kings County Rare Bird Alert

Manage your eBird alert subscriptions:
http://ebird.org/ebird/alerts

Iceland gulls at BBrP

From Doug Gochfelds
There were two very handsome juvenile Iceland Gulls roosting at Brooklyn Bridge Park this evening. On the floating docks viewable from Pier 5, about 45 minutes after sunset. There is enough light there to see gulls reasonably well at night, and there were over 2,000 RBGU. Also 1 COGO there, which strikes me as unusual for the park.

Fwd: BBC Meeting Tuesday, January 16th



Sent from AOL Mobile Mail


-----Original Message-----
From: membership <membership@brooklynbirdclub.org>
To: membership <membership@brooklynbirdclub.org>
Sent: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 10:09 AM
Subject: BBC Meeting Tuesday, January 16th


Doug Gochfeld and Sean Sime Present: Victory at Sea: Offshore in the Age of Big Data

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY, CENTRAL BRANCH AT GRAND ARMY PLAZA
January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join pelagic junkies Doug Gochfeld and Sean Sime as they discuss how Brooklyn became the "go deep or go home" pelagic mecca and how analyzing seabird data Atlantic-wide has paid immediate dividends in NY waters.

Since the 1970's New York based pelagics have evolved from "Let's go offshore" trips to nowhere to targeted strikes overlaying sea surface temperature, wind, and chlorophyll charts in concert with our ever increasing knowledge of seasonal bird movements. With each new trip unknowns are becoming knowns.

http://brooklynbirdclub.org/event/doug-gochfeld-and-sean-sime-present-victory-at-sea-offshore-in-the-age-of-big-data/

Dennis W Hrehowsik
President, Brooklyn Bird Club

Fwd: Fw: today in Green-wood

Hilight coops
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Orrin Tilevitz" <tilevitzo@yahoo.com>
Date: Jan 10, 2018 11:49 AM
Subject: Fw: today in Green-wood
To: "Peter Dorosh" <prosbird@gmail.com>
Cc:



This morning in Green-Wood Cemetery, adult Cooper's Hawk (picture).  Also, a couple of small flocks of juncos, along with a few red-bellied woodpeckers and many blue jays.

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Orrin Tilevitz <otilevitz@junoinvestments.com>
To: Orrin Tilevitz <tilevitzo@yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 11:37 AM
Subject:



Tweet from BobbiInBrooklyn (@BobbiInBrooklyn)

BobbiInBrooklyn (@BobbiInBrooklyn) tweeted at 0:16 PM on Wed, Jan 10, 2018:
Black-headed gull Army Terminal https://t.co/49yGe07UUR
(https://twitter.com/BobbiInBrooklyn/status/951140596084813829?s=03)

Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download?s=13

Dark-eyed Junco "Junco hyemalis" | Boreal Songbird Initiative

https://www.borealbirds.org/bird/dark-eyed-junco

I haven't seen much of this species around and it's a shame as its old name "Snowbird" should be synonymous with our snow ground cover. The current absence of Prospect Chickadees, titmice and juncos- common winter species - makes our winter birding boring.

Ask yourself this: what would life be without these creatures,when the forest goes quiet?  Support your conservation goals to increase and preserve habitats, critical stopover sites, and resolve unchecked development.

Here are some organizations to keep in mind

American Bird Conservancy

Boreal Birds Initiative https://www.borealbirds.org

National Audubon Society

Nature Conservancy

And various land trusts

Remember:   National Geographic this year call it "The Year of The Bird" , on the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
( More on this on another post)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Ep. 142 - The Hemlock Restoration Initiative — In Defense of Plants

http://www.indefenseofplants.com/podcast/2018/1/7/ep-142-the-hemlock-restoration-initiative

I remembered getting my first Northern sawwhet owl in a Prospect hemlock around 20 +years ago.unfortunately those hemlocks fell victim to the adelgid fungus
Too bad...

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Snowy Owl Wars? | Donna L. Cole

http://www.annapoliscreative.com/snowy-owl-wars/

An excellent article in the above link  as there has been unethical misbehaving by a number of folks. Chasing (oftentimes flushing them when depleted of energy leading to  starvation ) these owls or any owl and revealing roosting owls trees,etc is detrimental and impacts the owls life and death status during hungry and harsh winters. Telling the world of an owl location oftentimes invites bad influences. Be smart and care about the owls health,don't go public.

Do follow the ABA code of ethics!! ( Link on my side bar <<=====)
  I SERIOUSLY DO.


also good read :  http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-reporting-sensitive-species

The Kingsboider

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The poor coots

Sitting on the path along West Prospect lake during the blizzard this eve.

Fwd: Dove loving the snow. Or not.

Poor mourning dove..besieged by the snow... Photo by mark Anthony
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Mark Ant" <m1971ant@gmail.com>
Date: Jan 4, 2018 12:18 PM
Subject: Dove loving the snow. Of not.
To: <prosbird@gmail.com>
Cc:


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Fwd: Today's bird report (late)



Sent from AOL Mobile Mail


-----Original Message-----
From: gregory beltre <gregorybeltre@yahoo.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@gmail.com>; Prospect Park Bird Reporting <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Jan 3, 2018 10:59 PM
Subject: Today's bird report (late)


Hi Peter,
Happy New Year!

Today, there were lots of ducks in the air, but very few were coming down to the open hole that's left. Perhaps, they were looking for a less crowded water hole.
In addition, I noticed a hight flying great blue heron, it head South. There were very few hawks around. I only saw what looked like a Merlin for a brief second.
The feeders had very little action.

While seated waiting for some action by the water hole I noticed a seagull with what appeared to be a fishing lure. Once the bird came back around I was able to take this shot. I was amazed this is my very first tagged seagull, ever.
Later, these two Canada geese came down to the water hole also. They were here last winter. I reported them last year.




Best regards,
Gregory Beltre

Cuomo proposes 407-acre state park near Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn - Curbed NY