Monday, February 8, 2016

Fwd: Canvasback Hen Photo

Sundays sighting photo'd by Marc Brawer

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Date:02/07/2016 7:48 PM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Canvasback Hen Photo

Canvasback hen from Prospect Park today

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Bush Terminal /Army Terminal peir posts from Ebird Yahoo

15819Bush Terminal Park and Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier Feb 7

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  • marisawohl
    Feb 7 4:50 PM
    A walk around Bush Terminal Park early this afternoon yielded expected winter waterfowl species: mallard, American wigeon, bufflehead, red breasted merganser, greater scaup, ruddy duck, gadwall, Canada geese, brant, ring billed gull, herring gull.  Other birders reported horned grebe and female goldeneye. I did not see the glaucous or black headed gulls recently spotted along this part of the Brooklyn waterfront.  Landbirds included peregrine falcon, fish crow, song sparrow and starling.

    At Brooklyn Army Terminal I saw the best bird of day: a RED NECKED GREBE off the end of the pier on the south side that swam towards the Owls Head water treatment plant.  The other addition was a house sparrow.


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    • Matthew Wills
      Feb 7 5:06 PM
      Following up on Marisa's post:

      I was at Bush Terminal this afternoon as well. The Common Goldeneye and Glaucous Gull were seen by several of us. The Glaucous was bathing near the off-shore rocks and pilings before it flew off towards the south about 3:30pm. Two Common Ravens were spotted, as well as a dead Common Loon on the rocks.

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    • Matthew Wills
      Feb 7 5:06 PM
      Following up on Marisa's post:

      I was at Bush Terminal this afternoon as well. The Common Goldeneye and Glaucous Gull were seen by several of us. The Glaucous was bathing near the off-shore rocks and pilings before it flew off towards the south about 3:30pm. Two Common Ravens were spotted, as well as a dead Common Loon on the rocks.

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Two Black headed Gulls post

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Subject: Kings County Black-headed Gull +
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 21:19 pm
From: sean AT
I spent two hours gulling in Prospect Park this afternoon. The first-winter

Black-headed Gull showed itself at 2:15pm. Given Rob Bate's recent

discovery of an adult BHGU recently at Bush Terminal and the first-winter

BHGU coming in to the evening roost at Brooklyn Bridge Park we can safely

say there are at least two currently in Brooklyn.

This afternoon's bird lifted off soaring high and drifting SE at 2:47.

There is still a tremendous amount we don't know about the daily movement

of gulls in the NYC area.

Other good species for the date and location viewed from the lakeshore

included a beautiful female Canvasback, a lone Turkey Vulture soaring west

over Lookout Hill and a female American Wigeon.

Ebird checklist with photos can be viewed here;

Good birding,

Sean Sime

Brooklyn, NY
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Just in case we ever get one around here.....

Super sunday

If you are thinking about the big game,yes along that line, but today's Super Sunday goes for birds too of the rare kind in a few of our local places. Here's a brief spell.

Starting with Prospect, a rare duck. Marc Brawer and Chris Laskowski spotted a hen CANVASBACK in the magical western section of Prospect Lake. First seen by the phragmites near Well Drive, it was observed moving along the west shore.When I followed up the tweet / text, I spotted in that general area from the rustic shelter with a few other birders. Getting closer, I didn't see it and I wondered where the heck it went. Moving along the shoreline, a duck flushed from my left and I be darned:  the Canvasback was just mere feet from me! A terrific view of the bird in front of me was super.

Meanwhile at Bush Terminal Park, the rare full continues. GLAUCOUS GULL  decides to stick around offering a number of birders good fortune seeing this very whitish bird.

Farther West at the Army Terminal pier 4 , not a full but a rare grebe. The pier seems to attract annually the RED NECKED GREBE ,with super vantage from the very long and wide pier.Marisa Would ,Kathy Toomey were some of the viewers.

Oh, that BLACK HEADED GULL still hangs around in Prospect Lake ,in magical western section as the Çanvasback.

Super Sunday,yea.

KB note /PS> There is confirmed two BLACK-HEADED GULLs in north Kings. One is our Priospect bird thats assumed visiting Brooklyn Bridge Park, The other is an adult visiting mostly Bush Terminal Park. See Facebook Brooklyn Urnab Birders group for the adult photo.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fwd: Bush Terminal Park

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From: Matthew Wills <>
Date:02/07/2016 4:43 PM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Bush Terminal Park

Hi, Peter,

Spent a little time in BTP this afternoon. Highlights: Glaucous Gull present by off-shore rocks, bathing, then flew south around 3:15pm. Female Common Goldeneye. Pair of Ravens. Dead Common Loon. Female Ruddy Duck wing on rocks IDed by Paul Sweet; possible Peregrine kill. 


Hen CANVASBACK close to prospect lake west shoree by red rescue ladder


Hen CANVASBACK on Prospect Lake by well drive picnic tables according to Marc Brawer ànd Chris Laskowski. 325 pm

Pere of fdny

2 Peregrine falcons perched top fireman radio tower south end bklyn botanic garden

Good gulls

Subject: Glaucous Gull and Black-headed Gull(s?) - Brooklyn
From: Rob Bate <>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 07:38:55 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1
Yesterday afternoon a Glaucous Gull was seen resting on a piling at Bush
Terminal Park (43rd St & 1st Ave) in Brooklyn.  A Black-headed Gull was
resting with a flock of Ring-bill Gulls on the berm between the two
impoundment ponds there as well.  Bobbie Manian reported a Blackheaded Gull
by Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park at nearly the same time though we
couldn't confirm that these were two different gulls - poor photos are
being examined to see if we can distinguish two different BHGUs.
The Glaucous Gull and Black-headed Gull have been in the area for the last
few days either at BTP, BBP or 58th st (parking pier for the water taxi and
Rob Bate

Peregrine falcon calastrus path GWCemetery per Orrin

Friday, February 5, 2016

Snowy gems

A "invasion" of BLACKHEADED GULL even if only two maybe if not the same bird has been reported at two coastal locations. Meanwhile here at pretty Prospect Park, I didnt see any rarity but for the number of DOWNY WOODPECKERS concentrated in one spot did raise my cold attention.

On the BLACKHEADED GULLS, one each was reported at Bush terminal park and then less an hour later at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The tweets came in order from Rob Bate and Bobbi Manian. It would be interesting to see photos to confirm separate individuals. Perhaps one of the birds might be the long time Prospect visitor.

Also seen is the GLAUCOUS GULL at Bush Terminal Park, continuing this park great winter reputation.RBate again is the lucky observer.

Back here as I was busy clearing snow on my job, the feeders saw something I don't usually see. Although it involved the DOWNY WOODPECKER, how often one sees a lucky seven at one time on the feeders? Makes me wanna go to Atlantic City and roll dice!

Below is the photo of four of the Downys.  (2 suet, 2 bar)

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Brooklyn Bridge Park birding regular Heather Wolf reported  BLACKHEADED GULL at her park at Pier 4 ,wading in the water today.

This is the second rare gull to visit that park the past week or so other being Iceland Gull.

See Facebook group Brooklyn Urban Birders for the photo.

Bush Terminal

Birdtrax reports Sean Sime observing GLAUCOUS GULL  & COMMON RAVEN at Bush Terminal Park today.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Floyd Bennett Jean Bourque memorial dedication ceremony Feb 9 1230pm

Jean was a long time Brooklyn Bird Club member from the 1960's , over 40 years a member. Conservationist for the Floyd Bennett  and environs area, former Clapper Rail editor .



According to ebird birdtrax, the BLACK HEADED GULL continues to be seen at the Prospect Lake western sector... makes winter enjoyable seeing a rare one...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy GroundHog Day!

Greetings from the Groundhog...

This morning's sky

Mission accomplished! 

A successful and happy venture for me hitting the bull eyes with the sighting of the 5 "bare eyed" planets in the city morning sky. Winter skies the best as it is crisper and clearer to sky view . First western most Jupiter which I also saw 4 of its moons clearly, then next to the east Mars, then Saturn which to my great delight in my cheap birders scope i saw the rings.The moon was between Mars and Saturn. However at 520 am from the Prospect Long Meadow lawn I was wondering where the heck Venus was. Of course, it hadn't rose yet. 

IT wasn't until 6:10 am that Venus finally popped above the tree line; quickly I searched for Mercury the elusive tougher to find planet as it doesn't rise too high above the horizon; its at it highest peak now and sure enough I looked to Venus' left and a little lower, barely above the trees, there is Mercury ! I was surprised at how much larger than Mars it is ; of course its closer to planet Earth than the former.Also in view was the stars Antares the red super giant and alpha star of Scorpius constellation ( which I also saw the whole constellation) and Spica..

 A spectacular morning !

Sunday, January 31, 2016

slow times, but things are around

As we enter a period known for slow birding, a few things are around.Today, Prospect Park was the beneficiary of two of three good birds, sandwiching a rarity at Bush Terminal Park.

 Prospect had first call.Bobbi Manian and Dennis Hrehowsik spotted a Drake COMMON MERGANSER on Prospect Lake. It stayed though only briefly.There's bound to be more likely in the coming month. The end of the day bird is the BLACKHEADED GULL found by Klemens Gasser; it appeared also late afternoon yesterday , both sightings at the usual western shoreline of Prospect Lake. Based on latest reports, it appears the gull now comes in late afternoons.

Sandwiched by the two Prospect rarities, a group found GLAUCOUS GULL, a first or second cycle bird at Bush Terminal park south cove, the big gull on the rickety pier. It fled but later refound at the Army terminal pier 4 at 58 th street and 1 st ave ; the lucky obersvers were Karen OHearn, Chris Laskowski and Nina Bai . They also observed hen COMMON GOLDENEYE  and several BONAPARTE'S GULLS sitting on the placid water at Bush Terminal Park.

Glaucous Gull report

Jen Kepler posted a report and pics on  her blog of the army terminal pier 4 bird.

Black headed gull prospect lake west shore by gazebo,but moving along shore

Glgu at pier 4 ,58th st

@KarenOhearn: Glaucous gull now at pier 4 army terminal. Assuming it's the same one from bush. In water Southside of pier

Gllaucous bush term pk

@KarenOhearn: Glaucous Gull has returned to bush . Terminal park. Next to rickety pier at middle cove


@BobbiInBrooklyn: Common merganser drake prospect lake

Winter wren

Uncommon winter  wren Prospect Ravine path 200 feet south of Esdale Br

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Subject: "Kumlien's" Iceland Gull at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Date: Jan 29 2016 18:42 pm
From: sean AT

To follow up on Doug Gochfeld's earlier post, the adult "Kumlien's" Iceland
Gull (ICGU) was present this evening at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The bird was initially spotted today by Karen Ohearn. It is important when
scanning the pilings to occasionally change vantage points as the gull was
hidden from view initially.
The large gulls were coming in to roost at 4:15 and the ICGU was seen soon
after. This seems to be the daily routine, although yesterday the large
gulls began to come to roost much later and majority of birds actually came
in after 5pm as light was fading and viewing conditions were less than
optimal. The ICGU was not seen yesterday despite multiple observers
looking. For comparison, today there were over 300 Herring Gulls on the
pilings by 4:30 and yesterday at 4:30 there were approximately 75.

A few images are imbedded in the following checklist.

Good birding,

Sean Sime
Brooklyn, NY

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Photo Glaucous gull

 Karen O'Hearn at Army Terminal Pier 4 in her note below to Facebook Brooklyn Urban Birders:

Josh Malbin found this Glaucous Gull at 58th street pier today.  And what do you know - it happened to be hanging with my old friend C47, who I saw last year on Feb. 20th in this exact spot.   I'm almost as excited about that as I am about the Glaucous.  Herring Gull C47 is 11+ year's old!

photo by Karen

Update: Im passing along a note from Joshua Malbin regarding the Herring Gull band C47, one next to the Glaucous Gull

Joshua Malbin Passing along a comment about C47 from the North American Gulls group, from Julie Ellis, who banded it on Appledore Island in Maine: "This one has been seen many times both on and off the island. After being banded as a chick in 2005, it was first observed again on Appledore in summer 2008 roosting on a building. Every year from 2009-2013, it was seen on Appledore and in coastal NH. In Jan 2014, it was seen near a sewage treatment facility in NY and in Feb/March 2015, was seen in Brooklyn then near Inwood. So, it seems to visit NY in winter!"

ArmyTerminal Pier 4 Glaucous Gull

Karen O'hearn reports the GLAUCOUS GULL at Army Terminal Pier 4 in Sunset Park nabe
; relevant is this post from Joshua Malbin to NYS Birds listserve..Nearest train is R line to 59th St, walk west several blocks. Look for Sea ( something ) ferry sign.Entrance is to the right and before the Army Terminal complex checkpoint.

Bird was first found by Joshua 
Subject: Glaucous Gull in Brooklyn
Date: Fri Jan 29 2016 11:19 am
From: joshuamalbin AT
Earlier there was a first- or second-year Glaucous Gull at Brooklyn Army

Terminal Pier 4. It was there around 10:30 and hung around for 45 minutes.

We lost track of it then, but I think it is likely to still be in the

general area.

a good start to the morning

A great day's start when you see a COOPER'S HAWK fly down Prospect Park Southwest Avenue.At about 6:50 am,as I crossed over to the park for the Windsor Ave/16th St entrance, the COOPERS appeared out of the park at that area, and the accipiter cruised quickly down the street a mere 50 feet above. It continued all the way to Vanderbilt Street where I presumed it flew over the tenements. What birder couldnt ask for more than that experience?


from Kathy Toomey

From: Date: January 28, 2016 at 9:17:59 PM EST To: Kathleentoomey Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Jan 28, 2016

Prospect Park, Kings, New York, US Jan 28, 2016 2:50 PM - 4:40 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) 26 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 3 Mute Swan 5 American Wigeon 1 American Black Duck 4 Mallard 96 American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1 Northern Shoveler 41 Ruddy Duck 9 American Coot 37 Ring-billed Gull 200 Herring Gull 3 Mourning Dove 10 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 5 Blue Jay 8 Black-capped Chickadee 1 Tufted Titmouse 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Winter Wren 1 American Robin 6 European Starling 8 White-throated Sparrow 6 Northern Cardinal 6 Red-winged Blackbird 25 House Finch 1 American Goldfinch 1 House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Ice at BBpark

From Joshua Malbins post to Brooklyn Urban Birder Facebook group

Adult Iceland Gull was there today at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1. The gulls start coming in to roost after about 4:15 p.m.


9:30.donna evans reports an immature BALD EAGLE over Greenwood ave & E 7TH St,flying east to prospect Lake.

Monday, January 25, 2016

tree sparrow movement,bbpark rarities

Yesterday's AMERICAN TREE SPARROW has moved on to the feeders as I expected it would with food scarce in this snow covered ground period. The news I read on Facebook , by Rafael Campos

Will Pollard found the continuing ICELAND GULL along with CANVASBACKS ,unspecified numbers that appear down there at Brooklyn Bridge Park irregularly.

The coastal park is sure making a name for itself.