Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fwd: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Apr 17, 2014

Too fast,Rear views
Top two pics Worm eating Warbler

Rafael Campos report & photos

-----Original Message-----
From: ticornis@
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Thu, Apr 17, 2014 2:35 pm
Subject: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Apr 17, 2014

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Apr 17, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Observer: Rafael G Campos R
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 kilometer(s)
33 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  4
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type))  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  5
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  5
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  4
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  14
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum)  1    Seen near the Upper Pool.  Photos taken.  Also observed by at least 6 other birders
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  2    1 Lower Pool; 1 Vale
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  2    1 terrace bridge, 1 edge of upper pool
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  4    Mostly around Terrace Bridge
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  1    Seen by the Upper Pool

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  9
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  9
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  9
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  3
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  4
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!

From the BBC Facebook

CUNY-TV will be airing a segment - "Animals and the Environment" - on Earth Day, April 22nd at 7:30AM, 1:30PM and 7:30PM and rebroadcast on Saturday the 26th at 4PM. Included will be footage of Prospect Park as well as interview footage with Brooklyn Bird Club members, Peter Dorosh, Bobbi Manian, Tom Stephenson and Rob Bate.
CUNY-TV can be viewed on digital channel 25.3 (broadcast not cable) and will be available for streaming later on their website,
Take an in-depth look at our changing world and the place animals have in helping us survive. From the oceans to our backyards, we’ll take an up...

Operation Milkweed

From the Jamaica Bay Baykeeper and American Littoral Society NYC Chapter head , Don Riepe

( As you know, Monarch Butterflies are now in danger)

Operation Milkweed 
FromDon Riepe
Hi Butterfly Lovers,

I've started a small movement called " Operation Milkweed: Save the Monarch Butterfly" and am working with local schools to plant milkweeds in open areas around Broad Channel and the Rockaway Beach area.  I'm using IOBY to raise some funds and the National Parks and Conservation Association will match any funds up to $50 that individuals send by next Monday. I know it's a bigger issue tan just planting mikweeds but you have to start (plant a seed) somewhere to raise awareness. Who knows, maybe it will catch on.

Therefore, if you want to donate, please go to the attached link:

Thanks for your support.

Prospect; BBC Thursday walk

WORM-EATING WARBLER still reported today, seen from the Upper Pool area, I presumed the hillside section by the Brooklyn Bird Club trip participants.Trip led by Ed Crowne subbing in for Tom Stephenson

A cool day in the park. Regards, Ed

date = 2014/04/17
site = Prospect Park
observers = BBC Thursday Walk
Great Egret
Snow Goose
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Mute Swan
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Downy Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Prairie Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Palm Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

House Sparrow 


Seperate list Adam Welz

List from this morning. Nothing too exciting. Lots of gnatcatchers and Pine Warbs. No Yellow-rumps. Got the tweet about the Worm-eating just as I left the park...


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:57 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Apr 17, 2014

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Apr 17, 2014 6:45 AM - 8:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Cool, clear sky, occasionally windy. Parkside to Lookout to Pools to Midwood, down through Lullwater and out. Did not survey Lake in any meaningful way.
37 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  2     overflying Midwood
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  2
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type))  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  7
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  7
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  3
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1     my f o s. Switchback trail.
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  16     Counted carefully. Seen mostly in Midwood and along Lullwater.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  5
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  1     Pools. Singing.
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  2
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  14
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

View this checklist online at

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

@themeowking: Worm-eating warbler behind Upper pool. Seen on Ed C's BBC walk

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BBC Evening Program reminder

THURSDAY April 17th

Thursday, April 17th, 6:30 P.M.
Birds of Central America

Presenter: Dale Dyer

Brooklyn birder Dale Dyer is a gifted artist and a scientific illustrator specializing in birds. Over the last 20 years he has produced illustrations for books on birds of Peru, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, North America, and New York State. He is currently painting all of the illustrations for a book on the birds of Central America, a massive undertaking projected to take 8 years. 

At our April program, Dale will give a preview of the book, bringing along original paintings. He'll talk about the process involved in researching and executing the work, as well as about the birding experiences that inspire and inform it. Come join Dale in a conversation with birders about bird books.

A Nemesis warbler, but two thumbs up !

My nemesis bird was elusive PRAIRIE WARBLER. After pursuing this warbler since it first appeared last Sunday at Falkill path, I finally succeeded on my 6th attempt, with a "throw in " WORM EATING WARBLER for a bonus during my search.

Bobbi Manian's report of the Prairie at the south Ambergill bought my presence there on my lunch hour.Then I didn't succeed.But retreating back up the path from the Rock Arch, a buffish plumage bird flew from the shore across the creek to below a Holly tree. After a 15 second delay for it to revealed itself, it turns out to be the WORM-EATING WARBLER.This bird cooperated well,working upstream towards Esdale Bridge. So well behaved, even after it went up slope, it came back down to the stream for Bobbi and Kathy Toomey, the bird sitting motionless at one point near the wooden bridge. A gorgeous looking bird.

At the sixth attempt for Prairie Warbler, after tweets from Rob Bate (Lower Pool), then Kathy's text now placing the bird at the Upper Pool, I got to the spot after work.No luck again ! But running into Kathy, she bought me to the spot, the giant fallen oak in the water where the bird hung around for a good half hour earlier. I'll come back to look elsewhere.

Getting back to the fallen oak later on my own, in a matter of a few minutes, my PRAIRIE WARBLER has finally arrived !  It stayed a good  10 minutes , working the saplings around the oak's large base, at one point perching only a few feet above me.. Good things come to those who wait...( and worth seeing a great looking specimen ,a male bird)

In other news, a few migrants of note to report. Monica Berger reported WHITE EYED VIREO in the Vale of Cashmere. Rob Bate saw FIELD SPARROW at the back of the Upper Pool where the Prairie was. I saw a NORTHERN ROUGH WINGED SWALLOW among several swallows at the Lake; but at one point,out of the blue,swarm of swallows came in about 100 feet above surface then dispersed higher.LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was spotted by Kathy ,seen from the Lower Pool back gate.Then there are BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHERS, about 7 I saw on my own,mostly in the Ravine /Pools region. Some of the males look quite striking, a thumbs up for this species today.

But a highlight today obviously involved Ospreys. Most of the day, two OSPREYS patrolled the sky above the pools.Staying religiously in this area, they flew back and forth,intense gaze upon the Upper and Lower Pools waters for their target,sometimes  their flight carrying them over the Ravine woods.The same could be said at the lake,likely a third Osprey ,sharing space at the end of the day with a RED-TAILED HAWK.The species presence dominated the sky above Prospect waters today.

A cold day, but very rewarding for me. Getting Worm eating and Prairie Warblers gets me motivated for my 30 species warbler year list, my only limited genera big year incentive.



Karen O'Hearn photo

hey Peter,

finally, I located it too. It was singing it's little heart out. quite amazing. best, karen o
Prairie Warbler


Kathy Toomeys list
Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Apr 16, 2014 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
35 species

Canada Goose  4
Mute Swan  4
Mallard  8
Ruddy Duck  51
Osprey  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  3
Laughing Gull  3
Herring Gull  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1     Heard
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
Brown Creeper  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  7
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
Worm-eating Warbler  1     In the Ambergill, nondescript bird with dark stripes on its head, very buffy in the sunlight
Louisiana Waterthrush  1     Lower Pool
Palm Warbler  2
Pine Warbler  4
Prairie Warbler  1     In the vicinity of the Upper and Lower Pools
Chipping Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1     Heard
White-throated Sparrow  20
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  6
House Sparrow  X
Louisiana waterthrush back gate Lower Pool
Prairie warbler at fallen giant oak water Upper pool back shore By base of tree favoring it
Very generous view s Worm eat warb next to esdale bridge
@BobbiInBrooklyn: Prairie warbler. Amber Gill between esdel bridge and falls
Worm.eating warbler ambergill pool headwater jus south esdale br. By small holly

brief notes

from Klemens this morn

House Wren singing at switchback trail lookout



Wow - cold out there this morn! Some warblers & gnatcatchers along the Lullwater w 2 Rough-wings. Otherwise not much of huge interest.
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: <> Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 9:09 AM Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Apr 16, 2014 To: adamwelz@ Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY Apr 16, 2014 7:05 AM - 8:50 AM Protocol: Traveling 3.0 kilometer(s) Comments:     Cold, windy, clear sky. 1/2 inch frozen snow on ground. Parkside to Lullwater to Lookout to Peninsula then round southern shore of Lake. 36 species Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  6     All males. Together at Duck Island. American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  2 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  67     in tight group southern Lake Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  3 Great Egret (Ardea alba)  2     Duck Is. Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1 American Coot (Fulica americana)  14     10 near Ruddy Duck group along southern shore of Lake, another 4 in western Lake w Mallard. Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  5 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type))  X Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  8 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  4 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  5 Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  2 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  2 Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  6 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  2 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  5 American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  2 Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  3 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  6 Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  7 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X View this checklist online at This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fwd: Red-shouldered Hawk

-----Original Message-----
From: klemens
To: prosbird
Sent: Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:55 am
Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk

Dear Peter, Here is a link to my flickr account with 2 photos of the migrating Red-shouldered Hawk that was passing over Lookout Hill in North-East direction early afternoon yesterday:

Warm regards,


Wet Prospect

Whenever spring rains come, a good spot to check out is the Lake. Here, swallows happily fly about, without a care about raindrops hitting them.

TREE and BARN SWALLOWS took the air over the Lake, about 12 this morning. While they actively moved about, they passed an overcrowded snag on Three Sisters. With three WOOD DUCK on the branches, so was present  a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON with a GREAT EGRET.There was an OSPREY overhead, searching for the right fish below. ( definitely not a keeper)

Reports are negative, as likely in this weather for Yellow-throated Warbler.The only thing special , as I spoke with a visitor from Germany looking for the rare bird, was a PRAIRIE WARBLER he saw at the back shore of the Lower Pool , along the Ambergill. No success finding this bird for me; another time, when it's drier.


(13490) Prospect Park before the rain/Yellow-throated Warbler-NO

Sean Sime

Rode through the park this morning. The YTWA was a no show behind the pools. Many Barn and Tree Swallows over the lake with a single Northern Rough-winged Swallow. Two Green Herons were present in the Lullwater and Ravine, respectively.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (5 in view at once) Pine Warbler (many) ,Palm Warbler Northern Parula ,Prairie (behind pools) ,Blue-headed Vireo

Good birding,

Sean Sime Brooklyn, NY
@robsbate: BBC bird walk from Baryell-Prichard this morning cancelled due to rain