Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lonely Wood Duck

One poor lonely drake Wood Duck stood alone in Prospect Lake center where the only water was exposed. The other ducks, mostly Shovelers stayed on the opposite side from the Woodie.

Spread out before the tight flock dispersed from early morning, over 360 Canada Geese dominated the ice covered lake. Near the west shore, a pair of American Wigeon waddled between the geese , among them two banded Canada geese, which reminds me to submit the tags.

Plenty of gulls out there most of them distant but with my cheap small binoculars I couldn't see anything rare.During my work hours, carrying a scope is a nono...




Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert



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*** Species Summary:

- Black-headed Gull (1 report)
- Brown Thrasher (1 report)

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Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) (1)
- Reported Jan 21, 2020 16:41 by Phil Ribolow
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6996104,-73.9973745&ll=40.6996104,-73.9973745
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63640395
- Comments: "Continuing. Red legs. Dark spot next to eyes. Smaller than adjacent rbgu."

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) (1)
- Reported Jan 21, 2020 15:47 by Jacob Kramer-Duffield
- Fort Greene Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.691923,-73.9754964&ll=40.691923,-73.9754964
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63638540
- Comments: "With the white patch!"

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The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. 
                                 --John Muir

Feeder invasion

The feeders were invaded by Blackbirds , all Redwingeds.I counted 39. I guess the cold drove them to an urgent need unto Breeze Hill...


Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub). Eve program tonight

Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) tweeted at 10:42 AM on Tue, Jan 21, 2020:
Galapagos Talk Tonight!
At the Library Tuesday Jan 21st 7PM!
Bobbi M and Tom S will present! Be There!
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https://t.co/GfCWfowVRU
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Monday, January 20, 2020

The VATH reappears

In Prospect's Ravine

Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) (1)
- Reported Jan 20, 2020 13:55 by Peter Paul
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6602841,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63607020
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Not seen since January 11th, though I can't say I was hugely surprised to find it continuing. Found skulking in the Ravine about halfway up in fallen trees, branches, litter etc...  it briefly jumped up and posed, very nicely. Thrush with blue-black back and head, orange eyebrow, throat, and chest, cut by black band, and orange wing bars." 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

A few local notables todaya

At 410 this afternoon, the Brooklyn bridge park Black headed Gull put in its usual appearance at Pier 1 pilings.

A Ring necked duck showed up on Prospect Lake though I didn't find it this afternoon..

I did find two neck collared banded Canada geese by Duck Island.ill send the info to bird band patuxent labs.

Tweet from Heidi (@heidicleven) winter birds motley in PP

Heidi (@heidicleven) tweeted at 4:43 PM on Sat, Jan 18, 2020:
Our backyard birds are tough...I was frozen even with layers and handwarmers...I don't know why they don't all go to Florida 🌴 Downy Woodpecker, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinals, Song Sparrow again, and a White-throated Sparrow. Vale of Cashmere, Prospect Park. https://t.co/5KTchxvvx9
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Monday predawn am sky

Just as dawn begins on Monday morning, about 90 minutes before your local sunrise, look low in the southeast for the waning crescent Moon with Mars and Antares hanging below it. Lesser, whiter stars of Scorpius are scattered around them and to their right.

Picture

https://earthsky.org/tonight


Saturday, January 18, 2020

Yesterday's PP Bald Eagle



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (1)
- Reported Jan 17, 2020 11:15 by Robert Bate
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6602841,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63490970
- Comments: "Juvenile overhead"

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert PP East Phoebe

Upper poolol back path

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- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)

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Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Jan 13, 2020 13:05 by Kathleen Toomey
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6602841,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
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- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Dark cap, bobbing tail. On the path behind the Upper Pool"

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Fwd: BBC Meeting Tuesday, January 21st Tonight



If you truly love nature ,you will find beauty everywhere

             --Vincent Van Gogh, 19th C. impressionist artist



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Sent: Tue, Jan 14, 2020 08:38 AM
Subject: BBC Meeting Tuesday, January 21st


The Galapagos: Home of Evolution
Presented by Bobbi Manian and Tom Stephenson

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Note: This meeting will be held at the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch

Six hundred miles off the coast of mainland Ecuador sit a chain of volcanic islands that are home to a range of fascinating and unique animals. Because of its isolation, the Galapagos has served as a workshop in evolution. The slight variation of some of the birds from island to island triggered the imagination of Charles Darwin, which led him to develop his world-changing theory of evolution.

For this talk we'll discuss the historical significance of the islands and show lots of photos of the birds, reptiles and mammals that live there including sharks, iguanas that swim, albatross, penguins, tree finches, cactus finches, ground finches and, of course, tortoises.

Come and learn what it's like to visit this unique area.

Bobbi Manian is a retired engineer who took up birding as her second career eight years ago. Her main birding interest is county birding; she enjoys scouring all corners of Brooklyn, finding migrants, rarities and the occasional dead body. Bobbi is an active volunteer with the Brooklyn Bird Club. She leads the Tuesday Migration Walks in Prospect Park during spring and fall migration. She coordinates the BBC's bird-a-thon in May, their yearly fundraiser for conservation causes. She is also the Brooklyn team organizer for the National Audubon's Christmas Bird Count, a bird census dating back 120 years. Bobbi recently tore herself away from Brooklyn to join Tom Stephenson on a Galapagos trip he was leading, enticed by the glamour of life on a yacht and the promise of Swallow-tailed and Lava gulls.

Tom Stephenson's articles and photographs are in museums and many publications including Birding, Birdwatcher's Digest, Handbook of the Birds of the World, Handbook of the Mammals of the World, Birds of Madagascar, and Guide to the Birds of SE Brazil. He holds the US record for a photo big day and is the co-author of The Warbler Guide book and app.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) Tuesday Eve program Grand army plaza

Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) tweeted at 9:19 AM on Mon, Jan 13, 2020:
BBC Evening Presentation: The Galapagos: home of Evolution Presented by Bobbi Manian and Tom Stephenson Tuesday Jan 21st at the Library 7 PM!

https://t.co/oj6agO6EZm
(https://twitter.com/BklynBirdClub/status/1216726399677091840?s=03)

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Tweet from Charles Tang (@charlesbrooklyn) PP EAST PHOEBE (Late/overwintering)

Charles Tang (@charlesbrooklyn) tweeted at 4:13 PM on Sun, Jan 12, 2020:
Friday's late Eastern Phoebe from prospect Park. https://t.co/g5b0KhJ8OE
(https://twitter.com/charlesbrooklyn/status/1216468264202784773?s=03)

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Continuing Wilson's

Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) (1)
- Reported Jan 12, 2020 12:35 by Rafael Campos-RamΓ­rez
- Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6553787,-73.9686421&ll=40.6553787,-73.9686421
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63328506
- Comments: "Same individual continues behind the green containers, near the Well House. Male." 

Tweet from Charles Tang (@charlesbrooklyn) PP Red bat photos

Charles Tang (@charlesbrooklyn) tweeted at 3:36 PM on Sun, Jan 12, 2020:
Yesterday, Red bats near 3 arches bridge. https://t.co/w1wxqIOesd
(https://twitter.com/charlesbrooklyn/status/1216459071496314880?s=03)

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Rarities update

Good news first after several days absence regarding Prospect's VARIED THRUSH: it was reported today with photos confirming it at Falkill Falls. This falls is down the path from the Dog Beach ,or the falls that feeds the Upper Pool.

See the Facebook link https://m.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/361877363824121?view=permalink&id=2957546690923829&refid=28&_ft_=qid.6780858764829898332%3Amf_story_key.357915199276589069%3Agroup_id.361877363824121%3Atop_level_post_id.2957546690923829%3Acontent_owner_id_new.768449520%3Asrc.22%3Aphoto_attachments_list.%5B10157957453909521%2C10157957453924521%2C10157957453974521%5D%3Aphoto_id.10157957453909521%3Astory_location.5%3Astory_attachment_style.album%3Aview_time.1578790039%3Afilter.h_nor&__tn__=%2As%2As-R

The Brooklyn Bridge Park PAINTED BUNTING remains in the picture with mid day sightings at Pier 5 near the restrooms. Generally the upper back grassy area is its abode.

And ICELAND GULL,a number reported in different Kings areas was spotted at the Sunset Park army terminal pier which is by 58th street and 1st Ave I think. Any coastal spot suffices including Bush Terminal Park.

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Andrew Baksh Ebird Yahoo report from Friday BBRP

eBirds NYC - bird sightings around NYC Group
2 MessagesDigest #5075
1Brooklyn Gulling: BHGU and ICGUs by "Andrew Baksh" birdingdude
2NYC Area RBA: 10 January 2020 by "Gail Benson"
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1Brooklyn Gulling: BHGU and ICGUs
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:43 pm (PST) . Posted by:"Andrew Baksh" birdingdude
This morning I took a crack at seeing what might be different with the Gull flock at Brooklyn Bridge Park in the early AM hours.

Just after light, I picked out the continuing adult Black-headed Gull (BHGU). Additionally, while sorting through the rest of the Gulls, I found 3 Iceland Gulls (ICGU). One 1CY bird which is likely the one from the other day and two adults. One of them was quite intriguing.

The interesting ICGU, had some black in the primaries and the cowl was somewhat dark giving me a Thayerish vibe. I was able to get some poor digiscope shots but the light was low and they are not of good quality. That gull was eventually pushed off but I missed it as I had turned to sorting out the rest of the flock. It is one to keep an eye out for.

While the morning sorting of the Gull roost was an interesting experiment; for me, the afternoon into evening offered better lighting conditions for those of you wondering.

Good Gulling 

Prospect Red Bats

Charles Tang reports 2 red bats at Center drive near the 3 Arches Bridge.

Nice  furry creatures come out when it's warm,a false spring day.

Friday, January 10, 2020

BBP gull haven

An urban gull haven at Brooklyn Bridge Park continues to be productive.

This afternoon at the pier one pilings,two ICELAND GULLS were spotted by Sean Sime. This was daylight hours .

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Tweet from Debby Van Enkenvoort (@DKV1958) PP MERLIN


We don't hear about Roosevelt Hill that much,a geological drumlin that slipts north Long Meadow. ( There's a boulder plaque there mentioning Teddy Roosevelt

Debby Van Enkenvoort (@DKV1958) tweeted at 11:52 AM on Tue, Jan 07, 2020:
Merlin next to Roosevelt Hill in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Yesterday around 2 pm https://t.co/ts97WYvIAQ
(https://twitter.com/DKV1958/status/1214590675280388107?s=03)

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Fwd: Varied Thrush with food

What the heck is this Varied Thrush eating?  Seen yesterday , a photo taken by Charles, I'm curious about the Prospect's VATH diet , how its surviving the winter.  Based on the photo the best I can make out is an insect gall of some kind....

I looked up the birds profile and a summary says :

Like other species of thrushes, Varied Thrushes eat a combination of insects and berries, shifting seasonally. In winter, they feed on berries, seeds, and acorns, in trees or shrubs or on the ground. In summer, they prey on insects and other invertebrates."

If you can see clearly what you think it is, send me word....

--KB


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Sent: Wed, Jan 8, 2020 7:37 am
Subject: Varied Thrush with food


Tweet from Charles Tang (@charlesbrooklyn). VATH Video

Charles Tang (@charlesbrooklyn) tweeted at 7:54 AM on Wed, Jan 08, 2020:
Varied Thrush, Prospect Park, Brooklyn. https://t.co/DW70ncab4J
(https://twitter.com/charlesbrooklyn/status/1214893132111851525?s=03)

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Fwd: Black-headed Gull

From Charles at Brooklyn Bridge park PIER 1 pilings (west shore)


"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it; the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show."
- Andrew Wyeth, American painter


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To: Peter Dorosh <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Jan 8, 2020 6:34 am
Subject: Black-headed Gull


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Brooklyn bridge park rarities

Rarities reported today continue to be Painted Bunting and Black headed Gull with the latter bringing  " friends".

First on the Painted Bunting staying true to the grasses back of Pier 5. It did ventured towards the restroom or visitors center neat Pier 4. Accompanying it are
Field and Song Sparrows and Yellow rump in a mixed flock.

It's a bonanza with the gulls though at Pier One Pilings in late afternoon. First the Blackheaded gull came in with a Bonarpartes Gull. Then about 20 minutes later about 445, the Iceland Gull shows up. This piling section is gull heaven with Manhattans backdrop adding some iconic flavor.

Afternoon VATH Update

Charles Tang reported the Varied Thrush was seen on the ground at Nethermead Arches adjoining southwest wooded  corner ( a pine tree is there) early afternoon.

Generally the VATH doesn't venture far from the Nethermead arches,  showing lots of loyalty....

Got that Vath!

Image result for clip art varied thrushAfter several attempts for the elusive VARIED THRUSH (VATH) , thanks to Charles Tang, I finally saw the VATH.

A stop atop the Nethermead Arches Bridge only because I saw two birders, one Caesar Castillo said he had the bird. But his sighting occurred at the Oak tree next to the Osage Orange Tree in the northeast corner of the Nethermead. I took a few minutes looking with Charles Tang pitching in to help.I then decided to try again on my lunch hour. Starting my Gator vehicle and stopping at the trash containers on the east end of the bridge, i just finished discarding some trash bags when a sudden hard tap on my shoulder from Charles got me really moving! Grabbing my bins , I ran over to the west end of the Nethermead Arches and following Charles instructions found the bird way up in the Oak tree alongside the closed path at the northwest end of the bridge. The Varied Thrush stayed up there for at least 5 minutes, my bins glued to it despite tiring arms until it moves. Finally it did, flying down to the slope towards the ascending Falkill Fall path.

Now, with the jinx bird out of the way, maybe now the floodgates will open for me with the Wilson's Warbler, Painted Bunting.....   :)

The Varied Thrush I personally saw today is not a lifer as this is my fourth intra-city sighting, the others : a  Midwood apartment parking lot; Central Park; and the last in 2013 at the same Nethermead Bridge.

In other news, the PAINTED BUNTING continues at Pier 5 although with a disconcerting warning: a lurking cat was reported nearby .. ( not good news for me!)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) (1)
- Reported Jan 07, 2020 07:44 by Heather Wolf
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.7017015,-73.996266&ll=40.7017015,-73.996266
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63124124
- Comments: "Patch rock star continues. Greenish back, yellow front. Foraging near Field Sparrows again."






Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) PP VATH 1024 AM

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 10:33 AM on Tue, Jan 07, 2020:
I just saw the VATH high up in Oak at closed path NW corner Nethermead Arches. Flew down towards slope Falkill falls path. Thx Charles Tang!
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1214570646103109632?s=03)

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Monday, January 6, 2020

VATH ,BHGU ,ICGU & PABU update;

VATH:
Reported today but ELUSIVE! ( I was looking for it lunch hour)

Apparently the early morning best time


Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) (1)
- Reported Jan 06, 2020 10:25 by Ian Resnick
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6602841,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63088742
- Comments: "Photographed, near Nethermead Arches"

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BLACK HEADED GULL ( BHGU) reported in afternoon roost at Brooklyn bridge park pier one west pilings 430 pm

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At Bush Terminal Park

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (1)
- Reported Jan 06, 2020 10:20 by Jason  Bailey
- Bush Terminal Piers Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6541609,-74.0204451&ll=40.6541609,-74.0204451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63102687
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "1st Winter.  Nearly all white gull including wingtips, dark bill, pink legs.  Photo attached."

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Brooklyn bridge park PAINTED BUNTING continues at Pier 5 " across from the blue umbrellas" from latest tweet as of 4:58 pm

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) PP EASTERN TOWHEE

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 9:35 AM on Mon, Jan 06, 2020:
Male EASTERN TOWHEE Prospect feeders
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1214193679998619661?s=03)

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shout out!

A note of thanks to Steve and Heidi Nanz as well as Chris Meyer over the weekend for seed/suet and cash donation for the Prospect feeders.

Steve and Heidi donated 50 lb bag sunflower and a box of Suet. Chris donated $20.00

-KB

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Rarity update today

Of three local rarities reported:

  1. Varied Thrush seen this morning atop the Nethermead bridge but also Stream below.But as far I know hadn't surfaced since.
  2. Painted Bunting reported late afternoon at usual location in Brooklyn bridge park pier 5 after laying low all day due to high wind
  3. Black headed gull back on Brooklyn bridge park pier one pilings also in afternoon 4 pm

BkBrPk black headed gull details

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) (1)
- Reported Jan 04, 2020 06:48 by Michael Yuan

- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.7017015,-73.996266&ll=40.7017015,-73.996266
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63023300
- Comments: "Adult roosting on pilings. Dark spot behind ear, red bill and legs. Called "keeyaar" twice and took off to the south."