Friday, November 16, 2018

Nature Walk with Brad Klein: Preparing for Winter - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Quick look at feeders

My quick look to check the feeders to see if they were ok with all the downed tree limbs revealed by my naked eye a few birds.

When I stopped by , I found these feeder birds at Breeze Hill :  Chickadee, FOX SPARROW, Blue Jay, White Breasted Nuthatch, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, & White Throated Sparrow. That's without the Binoculars..

Its going to be a busy birding weekend here as I lead my club on an overnight trip.

Hope for a good one !

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This Could Be the Winter You Get Evening Grosbeaks at Your Feeder | All About Birds

Prospect Bird feeders new season

I'm delighted to announce that the Prospect Bird feeders are now up!

Just a few details and rules to relay.

The feeders are contingent on the generosity of birders and need donations for bird seed  be it black oil sunflower or thistle seed ( and occasional suet packs). I'm gratified that the Brooklyn Bird club has given me $100 to start the season for seed I purchased over the weekend. The rest is up to you ! Seed or cash donations are encouraged!  In addition, seed from outside NYC is generally cheeper than store brands here. For example: at Lowe's in Red Hook, a 40 lb bag cost $18.99. Thistle at 10 lbs is $13.49 but could be cheeper from other rural areas., especially at a warehoused stockhouse or wholesaler.

now a few rules.

Under no condition should anyone go into the feeder area. The feeders and site is maintained and refilled only by an authorized park employee ( namely me). No photographers inside the fence. The feeders are close enough for a zoom photo from the fence. Feeders will be only refilled once a week . This timetable allows for seed to be mostly consumed without wet seed left behind as weather takes its course; furthermore i have a busy work schedule. so please no contacting me when the feeders may be empty quickly. I'll get around to it Fridays .

If you see anything amiss like intrusion, kindly let the person know of the restriction; and email or text me the issue. There may be a other things like damage feeders, damaged fence or blow down limb, etc. Contact me via cell or email asap. If u don't have my info,email the Brooklyn Bird Club.

We should be grateful towards the Prospect Park Alliance for the use of the area and feeders existence every year.

Enjoy the exciting new season. Here's hoping we see rare winter finches this season!

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Monday, November 12, 2018

eBird Checklist – Prospect Park, Kings County, New York, US – Mon Nov 12, 2018 – 45 species

Clay colored sparrow in GWC

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Nov 12, 2018 09:00 by Rafael Campos-Ramírez
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9938211&ll=40.6555736,-73.9938211
- Checklist:
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Feeding along with Juncos, & CHSPs.  Photos taken."

Prospect lake ducks

With the sparrows now gone, birding draws down. Our approaching winter season shifts our attention to other more prominent birds like ducks.

Birding the marsh cove in the Hammerhead peninsula at southwest prospect lake,I only kicked up a Swamp Sparrow,a Song Sparrow and a RUBY CROWNED KINGLET in both the wet and dry grasses. Along the way to the east tip,I spotted 3 RING NECKED DUCKS.

Station at the tip opposite Three Sisters islands where the Ring-neckeds were, I was not expecting to see 6 HOODED MERGANSERS. The MERGANSERS only came out of islands strait momentarily. Both species had a single Drake in the mostly hen flocks. American Black Ducks reached 6 birds; 48 Ruddy and a minimal 70 Northern Shovelers could be seen from my observation post.

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 10:55 AM on Mon, Nov 12, 2018:
6 HOODED MERGANSERS + 3 RING NEVKED DUCKS north side of 3 Sisters Islands prospect lake. 1 Drake each

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert Red Xbill

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- Red Crossbill (1 report)

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Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (1)
- Reported Nov 11, 2018 07:56 by Michael Yuan
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
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- Comments: "While standing at the NW end of the Dell Water, Josh, Rob, and I heard the rapid "kyiup" call, 5-6 hard downward notes. Could not visually locate the culprit."


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Red Crossbill GWC

Per Mike Yuan Red crossbill heard at Dell Water Greenwood cemetery

Saturday, November 10, 2018

eBird Checklist – Prospect Park, Kings County, New York, US – Sat Nov 10, 2018 – 43 species BROOKLYN BIRD CLUB WALK

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Subject: BBC Meeting Tuesday, November 13th

Tuesday November 13th, 7pm


BBC Evening Presentation:

John Connors Presents: Chimney Swifts and People

A Chimney Swift is an enigmatic little bird that spends almost its entire life airborne. When it lands, it can't perch—it clings to vertical walls inside chimneys or in hollow trees or caves. This species has suffered sharp declines as chimneys fall into disuse.

John Connors is a naturalist, environmental educator and one of the leaders in Wake Audubon's on-going effort to educate the public about Chimney Swifts. John recently retired from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. In his role as the Coordinator of the Naturalist Center, John lead thousands of programs for tens of thousands of children and visitors over the course of his career.

Also, a reminder that your BBC membership expires December 31st. We will be sending out renewal notices shortly, but why not get a jump on it and renew now? You can renew quickly at our website via this link:

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Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) religious saw whet owl

Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) tweeted at 9:10 AM on Sat, Nov 10, 2018:
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL last night in Carroll Gardens by the church off President Street. Photo relayed to us from another taker by @bentrod. Details to follow as we get them.

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Tweet from Linda Ewing (@lke313)

Linda Ewing (@lke313) tweeted at 8:41 AM on Sat, Nov 10, 2018:
Bluebirds! (Behind Wellhouse cistern, Prospect Park.)

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Events for November 2018 – Brooklyn Bird Club Saturday prospect walk Nov 10

Tweet from will pollard (@billmiky) prospect Pine SISKINS 407 pm

will pollard (@billmiky) tweeted at 4:07 PM on Thu, Nov 08, 2018:
2 pine siskins just flew from dog beach towards ball fields

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Eastern bluebirds

Per Shane B. 28 EABL just flew out of Owls Head park and headed west

Tweet from Heidi (@heidicleven) redtail watching

Heidi (@heidicleven) tweeted at 9:54 PM on Wed, Nov 07, 2018:
Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk watching another RTH with great interest. Sylvan Water at Green-Wood Cemetery today. @GreenWoodHF

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Fwd: GWC

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Sharp-shinned hawk today off Cypress Ave.


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                                 --John Muir

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2018 15:10 by Sarang Gopalakrishnan
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.996266&ll=40.7017015,-73.996266
- Checklist:
- Comments: "pier 6, just east of the meadow; perched briefly on one of the red-leaved trees near the path. vivid deep-yellow breast, white spectacles with the bit of black, gray head and dull back; distinctly white under tail (it leaned over; we had a good, though momentary, view). considerably larger than a warbler, almost seemed chunky. hard to mistake."

Monday, November 5, 2018

Tweet from Linda Ewing (@lke313)

Linda Ewing (@lke313) tweeted at 8:25 AM on Mon, Nov 05, 2018:
Ring necked drake, SW corner of Prospect Lake, chilling w ruddy buddies.

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eBird Checklist – Prospect Park, Kings County, New York, US – Sun Nov 04, 2018 – 42 species

Note red shouldered Hawk on 1st Sunday walk.

Bluebirds Sunday

A couple of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS appeared in the area,  early November omens.

Yesterday in Greenwood Cemetery, three birds at Oak Avenue and Ravine Path, reported by Richard Payne.Ann Murray found one Bluebird at the Sparrowbowl here in Prospect .

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fwd: 2 field sparrows

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Subject: 2 field sparrows
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GWC today--2 field sparrows along Cypress Ave

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 1:34 PM on Thu, Nov 01, 2018:
From Lenny G 122 : Vivid male dickcissel among song and white-throated sparrows at the ballfield berm near the fence ( prospect)


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Tweet from Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy)

Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) tweeted at 0:37 PM on Thu, Nov 01, 2018:
Bluebird at small fenced in area Long Meadow PP across Meadow from Picnic House

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Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn)

Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) tweeted at 10:15 AM on Thu, Nov 01, 2018:
EURASIAN WIGEON and hybrid American Wigeon at Bush Terminal Piers Park Pier via Gus Keri

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From Oct 31

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Subject: today's GWC birds
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The ones that didn't get away.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween birds

Topping the Halloween tweets ( or should it be treats? ) are a few good birds reported in Prospect. In a typical place one certainly want to spend their day is Greenwood Cemetery where a report mentioned good birding activity.

Beginning with Prospect,American Pipits are the top treat. Twitterer chef loughlin found a dozen bird on Prospects ballfields. Adding to the sighting ,a Red shouldered Hawk flew over.  An Eastern Bluebird continued at field 5.

Meanwhile at Greenwood, American Woodcock reign. Orrin teported 5 such birds near Central Ave near Myrtle Path. A report later on Brooklyn Bird Alert says there were lots of sparrows there includingAn amazing morning birding Greenwood Cemetery. Hundreds of sparrows including 4+ White-crowned, Field and Fox. American Woodcock, Blue-headed Vireo, 5 Pine Siskin, 6 Eastern Bluebird, 6 Red-shouldered Hawk, and 3 uAmerican Kestrel. A second report added VESPER SPARROW at Green-Wood Cemetery Dell Water.

I wouldn't be nervous birding Green wood today if I had the day off.

Happy Haunting!