Monday, September 1, 2014

100 years ago today, a sad end

Martha,the last Passenger Pigeon of her species died in a Cincinnati zoo.

From a species peaked at 5 billion birds in the mid 19th century to absolute unchecked slaughter,it was the greatest and senseless human caused extinction of any species on earth.

Hence the question.What have we learned ?  Support conservation,support bird and wildlife conservancies for one.

Links to read about today's sad anniversary

Sunday, August 31, 2014

This eve 730 ish,Dennis H reported 1st yr MOURNING WARBLER along southwest stairs of Lookout Hill,steps close to picnic tables

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fwd: Saturday Park Walk

-----Original Message-----
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Sat, Aug 30, 2014 1:33 pm
Subject: Saturday Park Walk

Hi, Peter.

After an unhurried tour of only about half the park, we recorded 47 species overall, including 14 warbler species (highlights: Tennessee, Blue-winged and Worm-eating).

Regards, Ed

eBirds NYC - bird sightings around NYC - Yahoo Groups

See chat reptYellow breasted Chat reported at Sylvan Water in Greenwood Cemetery.near joe borker

Sent from my MetroPCS 4G Android device
Philadelphia vireo abve dirt track bet butter fly mead to uppr mead.elm grv to virg creeper tree base path

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Aug 29, 2014

A good flight of birds following on the tail of the north wind bought out the birders.Though not epic, good birds and warbler sightings with some flycatchers made a day an enjoyable one in Prospect

The hi lights of the good morning were a sitting COMMON NIGHTHAWK in a tall cherry tree in the northern Lookout Hill section, BLACK BILLED CUCKOO,PHILADELPHIA VIREO, Hummingbirds, and at least 15 species warblers.Flycatchers include GREAT CRESTED,EASTERN WOOD PEWEE,OLIVE SIDED ( on Lookout hill,Dennis H,Mike Y,also Joshua ),LEAST and YELLOW BELLIED ( Dennis and Mike Yuan).

I had my best shot in free time available during a work day.Most impressionable was two RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS feeding on Cardinal Flowers in the Ambergill ,a treat watching a tandem of hummers chase each other and perching ,but more " illuminating" the gorgeous backlight hi lighting the very rapid wingbeats.

The following credits for the sightings: NIGHTHAWK spotted by Dennis Hrehowsik with Mike Yuan; BLACK BILLED Cuckoo spotted by Wada at Breeze Hill,PHILADELPHIA VIREO at Binnen Bridge by Chris Elliot.Joshua ( see his list prev post) seeing TENNESSEE & WORMEATING WARBLERS as well as RED BREASTED NUTHATCH.

It should continue decent birding tomorrow especially if winds shift a bit,halting migration for restful night in the park


My list

-----Original Message-----
To: prosbird
Sent: Fri, Aug 29, 2014 3:13 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Aug 29, 2014

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY  Aug 29, 2014  Protocol: Incidental  42 species (+1 other taxa)    Canada Goose  27  Wood Duck  4     upper pool  Mallard  X  Red-tailed Hawk  1  Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X  Mourning Dove  X  Common Nighthawk  1     perched.Lookout Hill north  Chimney Swift  X  Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4     2 feeding on Cardinal Flowers Ambergill  Downy Woodpecker  2  Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1  Eastern Wood-Pewee  2  Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  2  Least Flycatcher  2     distinctive eye ring, tal down, grayish overtones  Great Crested Flycatcher  1     Butterfly Meadow  White-eyed Vireo  2     Lookout Hill upper south slope  Warbling Vireo  1     Terrace Br  Red-eyed Vireo  3  Blue Jay  2  Black-capped Chickadee  1  House Wren  1  Veery  1  American Robin  X  Gray Catbird  X  European Starling  X  Cedar Waxwing  6     along Peninsula east shore  Ovenbird  2  Northern Waterthrush  1     Peninsula  Blue-winged Warbler  1     Butterfly Mead  Black-and-white Warbler  3  Common Yellowthroat  4  American Redstart  14  Northern Parula  1     Peninsula thumb, female  Magnolia Warbler  2  Chestnut-sided Warbler  2  Black-throated Blue Warbler  5  Scarlet Tanager  1     female, Terrace Br  Northern Cardinal  4  Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2     Lookout Hill south, Binnen Pool , juv male  Common Grackle  3  Baltimore Oriole  2  American Goldfinch  5  House Sparrow  X    View this checklist online at    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (  

Fwd: BirdsEye-Prospect Park-2014-8-29

Good flight per Joshua

-----Original Message-----
From: Joshua Malbin 
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:05 am
Subject: Fwd: BirdsEye-Prospect Park-2014-8-29

Hi Peter. Good morning today. 15 warblers including Worm-eating and Tennessee, plus Olive-sided, Red-breasted Nuthatch, female Scarlet Tanager, and a perched Nighthawk found by Dennis.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Observer: joshuamalbin
> 2014-08-29 06:00
> Prospect Park
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 Miles
> 220 Minutes
> Observers: 2
> All birds reported? Yes
>     6    Mute Swan       
>     X    Mallard       
>     X    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)       
>     X    Mourning Dove       
>     1    Common Nighthawk    sleeping. dennis tweeted.   
>     5    Chimney Swift       
>     2    Ruby-throated Hummingbird   
>     3    Red-bellied Woodpecker       
>     2    Downy Woodpecker       
>     3    Northern Flicker       
>     2    Monk Parakeet       
>     1    Olive-sided Flycatcher       
>     2    Eastern Wood-Pewee       
>     1    Least Flycatcher       
>     1    Empidonax sp.       
>     1    Great Crested Flycatcher       
>     1    Eastern Kingbird       
>     3    Warbling Vireo       
>     11    Red-eyed Vireo       
>     X    Blue Jay 
>     1    Red-breasted Nuthatch       
>     1    White-breasted Nuthatch       
>     2    House Wren       
>     X    American Robin       
>     X    Gray Catbird       
>     X    European Starling       
>     X    Cedar Waxwing       
>     3    Ovenbird       
>     1    Worm-eating Warbler       
>     2    Northern Waterthrush       
>     1    Blue-winged Warbler       
>     4    Black-and-white Warbler       
>     1    Tennessee Warbler    path behind wellhouse.   
>     1    Nashville Warbler       
>     8    Common Yellowthroat       
>     29    American Redstart       
>     7    Magnolia Warbler       
>     3    Chestnut-sided Warbler       
>     2    Black-throated Blue Warbler   
>     3    Prairie Warbler       
>     2    Black-throated Green Warbler 
>     3    Canada Warbler       
>     1    White-throated Sparrow    midwood.   
>     1    Scarlet Tanager       
>     X    Northern Cardinal       
>     5    Baltimore Oriole       
>     X    American Goldfinch       
>     X    House Sparrow       

@deepseagangster: Perched nighthawk chip trail between butterfly and md steps.look for cherry tree with virginia creeper vine left of.mulch trail

@chebirds: Philadelphia Vireo from Binnen Bridge looking north towards Pagoda. Lost it around the corner.

Early observation Prospect

Better numbers of birds seen , only observed atop Lookout Hill meadows, compared to warmer previous days. A number of warblers were seen in the elm grove between the meadows,flycatchers evidently seen.

Only an hour to spare before checking in for work at 7, I made the most of it. Its early yet so birding should be better after the sunrise spell. Of the warblers I saw in the elm grove to Butterfly Meadow's pin oak at the northwest corner, my fall season first BLUE-WINGED WARBLER tops my personal list. There were CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, REDSTARTS, COMMON YELLOW THROAT , RED EYED VIREOS to add.Two EASTERN WOOD PEWEES in an upper Meadow snag , the flycatchers chasing each other was interesting. Wished I had more time but I cant show up at the office on a sick day  ;) ( though we get to leave by 130 for the holiday weekend. )

best of luck to birders today.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Common Nighthawk festival

In a good sign for tomorrow's birding, COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were on the move tonight as northwest winds prevailed.

7 friends joined me tonight at the southwest corner of the Nethermead and we were not disappointed. A total of 14 Nighthawks entertained us ,some  right over us in good views and as the sun set, reflective light  made the drab birds light up .At one point as the nighthawks chose the hunting fields over the Lullwater,8 birds congregated in a single flock, insects mad birds happy tonight.

Be certain- if you are off- to bird tomorrow for a migration event. Depends on how good it will be.I'm sure my phone will be buzzing.

8 Common Nighthawks now over southwest Nethermead
1st Common nighthawk ovet Nethermead

Fwd: GWC

From Orrin

Note FOS Red breasted Nuthatch

-----Original Message-----
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:41 pm
Subject: GWC

Green-Wood Cemetery this morning

Brown-headed catbird
Mourning dove
Monk parakeet
Blue jay
American robin
European starling
Ovenbird (a few)
Northern cardinal
House sparrow
Common yellothroat
American redstart (males and females)
Downy woodpecker
Yellow warbler
Black and white warbler
Red-breasted nuthatch
Red-bellied woodpecker
Eastern kingbird
Magnolia warbler
Gray catbird
Solitary Sandpiper atop plastic covering phragmites west cove by West Island.pools of freshwater

Results of first Fall walk Thursday series

Leader : Tom Stephenson

Hi Peter,

Hope you're having a great summer.
We had exceptional weather and a great group of maybe around 35-40 people including an attendee from Germany, San Diego, Denver, Syria, and even the Bronx.

We were also honored to have in the group Susan Bonfield, Director of Environment for the Americas, the organization that runs the International Migratory Bird Day.

It was fairly quiet, but we still had some good birds including 15 species of warblers.
Highlights were Prairie, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, good looks at Worm-eating thanks to Janet S's very sharp eyes, several Canada Warblers, a fly-by calling Red-shouldered Hawk, and more.

Here's the list. Let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Worm-eating Warbler horse trail near cemetery
Northern Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler  horse trail near cemetery; chip call only heard
Common Yellowthroat
Canada Warbler
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Wind is now...

From Accuweather, the wind  is now NORTHWEST into the evening

( might be a hot old time with the Nighthawks)

Intend to bring my chair and sit in the Nethermead lawn triangle this evening...


Fwd: prospect 8/28

from Mike Yuan:

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Yuan 
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Thu, Aug 28, 2014 10:16 am
Subject: prospect 8/28

Hi Peter-
List from Lookout and the Quaker Cemetery this morning.  The changing winds brought...redstarts mostly.  Had a nice Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher with Dennis H near the MD monument. 
Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Aug 28, 2014 6:40 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6
32 species (+1 other taxa)

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
Mourning Dove 9
Chimney Swift 8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Singing
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1 Feeding around a pine near Md monument. Yellow underparts. Distinct complete white eyering. Lower mandible yellow from base to tip.
Empidonax sp. 2 One LEFL type, large rounded head and complete solid eyering.
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Robin 35
Gray Catbird 6
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 2
Cedar Waxwing 25
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 12
Magnolia Warbler 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 1
Orchard Oriole 1 Female type. Yellow-green all over, including belly. White wing bars. Fed at eye level on berries.
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 3

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fwd: Nighthawks over Nethermead

From Sean

-----Original Message-----
From: Sean Zimmer 
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Wed, Aug 27, 2014 7:28 pm
Subject: Nighthawks over Nethermead

Hi Peter,

4 Common Nighthawks over the Nethermead this evening.


wind predictions ( friday is good )

There is mentioned on Accuweather a west wind in the early evening hours tonight becoming south/southeast. So its anybody's guess tomorrow's bird numbers will be. Maybe some birds will try their luck and come thru anyway. But my guess the same today.

But then Thursday the winds shift full its looking like Friday prospectively is the good day for bird numbers ..

last note: late Thursday afternoon into evening might be productive  if north wind prevails then..nighthawks might take off in decent numbers among late day short migrants

Its all  timing.. you know the saying : ( especially for anyone off Friday )  " Thank God its Friday"