Monday, June 1, 2020

GWC Acadian alley

Two reports from Rob Jett reported Acadian Flycatchers plus a Summer Tanager. All are potential breeders locally.

The first Acadian came from above the Heath Path in the southwest section of Greenwood Cemetery. Later the second Acadian appeared at Dellwater. Most times you hear these birds usually up high in beneath the canopy. ( A third report came from Prospect per Rafael)

Last a Summer Tanager showed up in the Dellwater.


eBird Checklist - 1 Jun 2020 - Prospect Park--Prospect Lake - 36 species

https://ebird.org/checklist/S69941050 

Note Acadian flycatcher

Saturday, May 30, 2020

What Birds Do for Us and What We Can Do for Them

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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- Bald Eagle (1 report)

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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (1)
- Reported May 30, 2020 10:40 by Michael Wilson
- Green-Wood Cemetery, New York US-NY (40.6546,-73.9978), Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.654592,-73.997787&ll=40.654592,-73.997787
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69849992
- Comments: "Immature. Perched in tree north of Sylvan Water."

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

PP Acadian flycatcher west Lookout Hill

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- Acadian Flycatcher (1 report)

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Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens) (1)
- Reported May 29, 2020 08:51 by Ryan Mandelbaum
- 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/checklist/S69796139
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Lifer!! treetop empid with a peaked head making a sharp two-part song from the treetops west of lookout. photo and audio documentation. Added "singing bird" breeding code since Shane said that this species has bred in the park before."

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Fort Greene olivesided flycatcher

Peak time for flycatchers

Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi) (1)
- Reported May 29, 2020 08:06 by Isaac Glovinsky
- 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/checklist/S69788526
- Comments: "Top of dead branch on the top of a tree, stocky, just looking around for about 10 minutes. Can see front-side white stripe. Then grabbed an insect in the air, flycatcher style." 

Bald eagle nest eggs spotted on Cape Cod for the first time in 115 years - CBS News

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Fwd: Green-Wood Cemetery





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Subject: Green-Wood Cemetery

While catching some rays a Black-throated Green Warbler's face lights up the dense foliage  on a quiet day above Crescent Water.

‘The little things that run the world’: Why we should be concerned about the worldwide decline of insects | The Independent

Lawns are buzzkill,help wildlife! PLANT NATIVE!

https://www.motherjones.com/food/2020/05/your-perfect-green-lawn-is-a-buzz-kill/?fbclid=IwAR37MVGqwI2sf1g2IAtFw7-chbz0ynIibtpwzBScGLaDSLwmxHLaqG-ONG4

and

https://www.yesmagazine.org/environment/2020/02/07/yard-sustainability-native-plants/?fbclid=IwAR0AKrgxTlkFSd5pobd1B3I5e1Lkcm80i_PEE8fytxS_cSLIebnuukj2W2A


Tweet from Richard Payne (@ricardocpayne)




Occasionally I will plug here mega rarities just to show how great Brooklyn can be if you are in the right place at the right time.  Case in point: Richard Payne fantastic sighting at Plumb beach yesterday of a breeding RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. Congrats to Richard! ( Who lives by south Prospect Park)

Photo included.



Richard Payne (@ricardocpayne) tweeted at 8:10 PM on Tue, May 26, 2020:
Red-necked Phalarope at Plumb Beach today - first Brooklyn record in eBird since 2011! https://t.co/Vsr8wGYDou
(https://twitter.com/ricardocpayne/status/1265435106065485826?s=03)

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eBird Checklist - 26 May 2020 - Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn - 36 species (+1 other taxa)

https://ebird.org/checklist/S69684499


Sample list from Tuesday including Summer Tanager.


Migration is winding down,far past peak,still some stragglers.

Virginia Rail reported tuesday

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported May 26, 2020 20:39 by Amy W
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6629397,-73.9718626&ll=40.6629397,-73.9718626
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69693317
- Comments: "In underbrush by side of pond then wading in water. Distinctive bright orange-red beak." 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

I don't post Ravens much as they are reported so much. But a good number -4- at GWC might mean a family hanging out here... Pretty good esp ten years ago,Ravens were unheard of established in Kings. Hoped they continued to thrive..

P

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- Common Raven (1 report)

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Common Raven (Corvus corax) (4)
- Reported May 25, 2020 07:59 by null
- Green-Wood Cemetery, New York US-NY 40.65850, -73.99495, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.658502,-73.994954&ll=40.658502,-73.994954
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69616584
- Comments: "A group flew over the Sylvan Water.  Large corvids croaking."

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GWC Bald Eagle sheltered in

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (1)
- Reported May 25, 2020 10:00 by Jason  Bailey
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6523083,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69626492
- Comments: "Pretty sure the same 3rd-ish year immature that has been around for awhile.  Perched on the same branch above Sylvan that I've seen previously." 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

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Early Sunday morning  imm male Summer Tanager near Sylvan Water at Green-Wood Cemetery.
What a little beauty.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Home : BirdCast

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Might be some good land birding - stragglers and sort. Shorebirds are peak now ( esp at plumb beach) so perhaps a few interior wet spots might see single or multiple shorebirds

Tweet from Mike Elfassy (@mikelfassy) photo VIRA

Mike Elfassy (@mikelfassy) tweeted at 8:18 PM on Fri, May 22, 2020:
Prospect Park's Virginia Rail. Welcome to PP dude. #birdbk https://t.co/FKr58k9ZUo
(https://twitter.com/mikelfassy/status/1263987748806983681?s=03)

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Tweet from Mimi Hue (@Mimihue). From Friday VIRA Video

Virginia Rail was seen briefly this morning from a text I read. Somewhere around the lower upper pool strip boundary I presume West shore

Mimi Hue (@Mimihue) tweeted at 10:36 PM on Fri, May 22, 2020:
Virginia rail from this evening at prospect park left of dog beach. https://t.co/5z9ntxK5RU
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Fwd: Green-Wood Cemetery



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Hello Peter,

A pair of European Goldfinches were finding seeds near Sylvan Water today.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert PP VIRA

Lower pool continuing rail
 See Ryan's description below

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- Virginia Rail (1 report)

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Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported May 22, 2020 08:02 by Ryan Mandelbaum
- 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/checklist/S69460614
- Comments: "continuing blue jay-sized rail skulking in vegetation on west side of lower pool. gray cheek, orange bill. diagnostic photo. thanks britt for refinding!"

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Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported May 22, 2020 12:42 by Casey Michel
- 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/checklist/S69464316
- Comments: "Walking near a clump of reeds on the western side of the Lower Pool — unmistakeable bird."

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported May 22, 2020 10:45 by Mike Wilper
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6649101,-73.9754889&ll=40.6649101,-73.9754889
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69465150
- Comments: "Next to the upper pool near dog Beach in Prospect Park."
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)- Reported May 22, 2020 12:16 by Emily Edmonds-Langham
- Prospect Park--Upper Pool, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6635228,-73.9709206&ll=40.6635228,-73.9709206
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69466184
- Comments: "Working the shoreline of the Upper Pool, north of the dog beach. Got a clean look at it."


Floyd Bennett Field STILL Closed

https://rockawaytimes.com/index.php/columns/6459-floyd-bennett-field-closed

Guess the field is still closed just to store NYC buses THAT COULD BEEN stored at the airport.. meanwhile big open space a wasted opportunity for birders and outdoor socially distanced minded folks.  🤔🙄

Update: my inquiry on FB got a friend who tells me Floyd is still closed..  it's just for 100 city buses...


Thursday, May 21, 2020

More details on VIRA

A late report says the Virginia Rail was seen on the next opening left of the Upper Pool Dog Beach. I presumed it's the middle land strip ( isthmus) in front of the little island.. Lily pads there.

I saw the photo. A beauty!  ( Can't post photo here unless I'm get permission )

VIRA also seen on Lower Pool .see observers description s

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported May 21, 2020 18:02 by Paul Merle
- 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/checklist/S69437097
- Comments: "West side of lower pool. Move out to lily pads to avoid the black cat"

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (1)
- Reported May 21, 2020 16:57 by Mike Elfassy
- 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/checklist/S69438959
- Comments: "By Lower Pool. About twice the size of a Robin, long orange beak, gray head, brownish body feathers. Will add photo." 

Mercury with Venus this eve

I was lucky tonight! My friend Donna lives down the block from me by the prospect expressway texts me and asks if that was Venus low over the horizon . Unknown to me she's on her roof. I have a problem with tall homes and trees blocking the view where tonight Crescent Venus is in conjunction with Mercury which is hard to get cause of its innermost orbit never rises high enough. Anyway after getting Donna s text I rushed out to look. And sonagun a sliver of sky between a house and tree there's Venus ! And initially I couldn't find mercury but I was looking too near Venus and thus exxpanding my search I find pale white Mercury!  Just below at 7  am direction Just awesome!   Thanks to Donna. Here's my lucky view. 1 pm from the street lamp is Venus bright spot next to the tree.

Why Venus is crescent?

https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/tracking-venus-in-late-2019-and-early-20


Tweet from Hugh Sansom (@hughsansom) LEAST BITTERN perched

Hugh Sansom (@hughsansom) tweeted at 4:29 PM on Thu, May 21, 2020:
Least Bittern at the Lower Pool in Prospect Park today. Thanks to all the birdwatchers with better eyes than mine!
@BirdBrklyn @BklynBirdClub @prospect_park https://t.co/9qK2xBmfBW
(https://twitter.com/hughsansom/status/1263567670043123712?s=03)

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