Thursday, September 18, 2014

@robsbate: Prothonotary continues just befor thumb on penninsula

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fwd: Prospect Park today, highlight: Prothonotary Warbler

-----Original Message-----
From: kathleentoomey@
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 4:59 pm
Subject: Prospect Park today, highlight: Prothonotary Warbler

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 17, 2014 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Most of the birds viewed were on the Peninsula
30 species

Canada Goose  5
Mute Swan  5
Wood Duck  8
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  5
Northern Shoveler  1
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Common Nighthawk  8
Chimney Swift  15
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Blue Jay  4
Swainson's Thrush  1
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Waterthrush  2
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Prothonotary Warbler  1     Seen well, on the Thumb of the Peninsula, bright yellow bird with blue gray wings, white undertail coverts, white undertail with black along the underside tip.  Another birder was present who took photos
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  4
Northern Parula  2
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Palm Warbler  4
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Common Grackle  1
House Sparrow  15

Prospect Prothonotary

At 5:54 this afternoon, Kathy Toomey reported a rare fall PROTHONOTARY WARBLER seen on the Peninsula "Thumb" ,the small peninsula that sticks out into Prospect Lake.

( I dozed off hence unable to tweet out the sighting at that time)

Early report Cold Front

A cold front is passing thru tomorrow evening. This bodes well for a Friday /weekend birdy days or if you head out to a hawkwatch , Broadwing hawk fever .

The Brooklyn Bird Club trip Sunday focuses on hawks , marked by the debut of Mike Shanley of Staten Island.

Fwd: Prospect birds 9/17/14

From Linda Ewing

-----Original Message-----
From: lkewing313 <>
To: prosbird <>
Sent: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 4:44 pm
Subject: Prospect birds 9/17/14

Hi, Peter.  I did a solo circuit of the park this morning that covered the lake, peninsula, Lullwater, Lookout (quickly), ravine and pools.  The peninsula was definitely the hotspot, but I also got some bonus sightings as I was leaving the park through the woods that run between Litchfield Villa and the maintenance yard: 2 male black throated blues (which had eluded me in the rest of the park), an ovenbird and a female rose-breasted grosbeak.
I saw two sandpipers perched on a rock across from Lakeside (by the new islands) that were definitely not spotted . . . I think solitary, but am not 100% sure.  Hoping others saw as well.
Got a very nice look at a wood thrush in the ravine.
Full list follows:
Mute swan
Canada goose
Northern shoveler (2)
Wood duck (6-7 on/around fallen tree in Upper Pool)
Green heron (1 by Duck Island)
Spotted sandpiper (1 Lullwater, seen from Peninsula)
Solitary sandpiper (2 likely - seen from Lakeside)
Rock dove/feral pigeon
Mourning dove
Chimney swift
Ruby-throated hummingbird (2 in ravine, by stand of cardinal flowers)
Red-bellied woodpecker
Northern flicker
Empidonax flycatcher (Peninsula)
Blue jay
House wren (1 - ravine)
Wood thrush (1 - Ravine)
Warbling vireo (heard only)
Red-eyed vireo (Peninsula and Lullwater)
Northern waterthrush (2 - south side of Lake and on Peninsula)
Palm warbler (abundant on Peninsula)
Yellow warbler (2 Peninsula)
Black and white warbler (throughout park)
American redstart (throughout park, esp. Peninsula)
Common yellowthroat (2 - south side of Lake and on Peninsula)
Ovenbird (1 by Litchfield)
Northern parula warbler (three separate pairs: Peninsula, Lullwater, Ravine.  There may have been more than 1 pair on Peninsula)
Blackpoll (several on Peninsula)
Black-throated blue warbler (2 males by Litchfield)
House sparrow
Red-winged blackbird (1 female by lake)
Common grackle (3)
Rose-breasted grosbeak (1 female)
American goldfinch (Butterfly Meadow)
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Fwd: [Ridgewood Reservoir 851] 2014 NYS Open Space Conservation Plan

-----Original Message-----
From: Christina Wilkinson 
To: ridgewoodreservoir <>
Sent: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 3:32 pm
Subject: [Ridgewood Reservoir 851] 2014 NYS Open Space Conservation Plan

From: Panzone, Thomas V (DEC) [] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 2:20 PM
Subject: 2014 NYS Open Space Conservation Plan
Dear Colleagues:
For Release:  IMMEDIATE                                                                                                                                            Contact:  Jomo Miller
Wednesday, September 17, 2014                                                                                                                                               (518) 402-8000
Public Comments Accepted Through December 17; Public Hearings to be Held Statewide
                Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) Commissioner Rose Harvey today released the 2014 State Open Space Conservation Plan for public comment.  The plan guides State Environmental Protection Fund investments in open space protection.  Public comments on the draft plan will be accepted from September 17 until December 17 and a series of public hearings will be held across the state from October 21 to October 23.
                The Draft Plan makes recommendations on how open space conservation will help accomplish Governor Cuomo's goals, which include: ensuring clean water, air and land for a healthy public and vibrant economy; greening New York's economy; protecting natural resources and promoting outdoor recreation; increasing and improving the visitor experience; creating a 21st century parks system that is aesthetically compelling, energy and operationally efficient, and built to last; and working to address climate change.
                Building upon the recommendations of Regional Advisory Committees, the Commissioners now ask the public to make recommendations on how open space conservation programs can make the state better prepared and more resilient in preparation of future storms and climate change.  Governor Cuomo created the NYS 2100 commission in response to Superstorm Sandy to generate recommendations to improve resilience and strengthen the state's infrastructure in the face of natural disasters and other emergencies. Many of the open space recommendations included in the 2100 Commission report are integrated into the draft plan.
                "By increasing funding for the Environmental Protection Fund and incorporating resiliency principles in Sandy recovery and NYWorks, Governor Cuomo has demonstrated his commitment to protecting New York's open spaces," DEC Commissioner Martens said.  "New Yorkers and visitors to the state love open spaces and the plan will ensure New York's natural resources are protected and preserved for future generations. Specifically, the draft plan makes a series of common sense policy recommendations that will protect wildlife habitat, protect water quality, provide opportunities for public recreation, protect working farms and forests, and build resiliency and protect property from the effects of storm surges and flooding.  The 137 priority projects identified by Regional Advisory Committees will extend New York's proud tradition of open space protection."
                State Parks Commissioner Harvey said, "New York State parks and public lands remain essential pieces in the building of communities.  These lands offer visitors peaceful or fun-filled getaways, promote healthier lifestyles and serve as important economic drivers for the State and local communities.  New York's abundance of parks and open spaces are reason enough alone for families and business to relocate to New York. We look forward to hearing from the public on the draft plan."
                The draft plan was created through the work of nine Regional Advisory Committees composed of representatives of county governments and people knowledgeable in open space conservation selected by DEC and State Parks.  The nine committees correspond to DEC's nine administrative regions.  Each committee was asked by the Commissioners to review the existing 2009 plan, including the list of priority open space conservation projects, as well as policy recommendations, to make New York's comprehensive open space conservation program stronger in the future.
                The Commissioners invite the public to comment in writing and at the public hearings. Specifically, comments could offer suggestions on:
·         how the state and its partners can promote and enhance existing and new state lands as tourism destinations as part of a comprehensive open space conservation program;
·         how the state can make public lands attractive to a diversity of New Yorkers; 
·         how DEC and State Parks can offer better access for sportsmen and women;
·         how DEC and State Parks can work to provide outdoor recreation opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors of all abilities through Universal Access; 
·         where DEC and State Parks can further develop Universal Access;  and
·         what the state can do to acquire and make more accessible lands near and in urban centers.
                "The draft plan covers a lot of ground," Commissioner Martens added.  "We urge the public to review the draft plan and give us comments that can strengthen the State's Open Space Conservation program in the future."
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "Open space and agriculture are inherently connected.  Farms not only provide an opportunity to grow local products, but a habitat for wildlife and scenic vistas that are a draw for tourists across the state.  Many of the goals of the open space plan such as maintaining critical natural resources and enhancing scenic, cultural and historic resources are made possible in large part due to the existence of working farms and woodlands.  Updating the state's Open Space Plan every three years is a good way to ensure that our existing open space resources are inventoried and enables the state to better plan for future open space protection efforts."
           Public comments can be submitted by email to or mailed to DEC by December 17 to:
                Open Space Conservation Plan
                625 Broadway
                Albany, NY 12233
An electronic version of the draft plan is available at
A SERIES OF PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE HELD from October 21 to October 23 throughout the state.   There will be a workshop before each hearing and the public will have an opportunity to attend either an afternoon or evening session.  Please note that hearing times are different for Region 9.
Workshop: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Afternoon Hearing: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Evening Hearing: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Region 1
October 22, 2014
NYS DEC Region 1 Headquarters
SUNY at Stony Brook
Room B-02
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790
Region 2
October 22, 2014
NYS DEC Region 2 Office - Long Island City
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Region 3
October 21, 2014
Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain Inn
Bear Mountain, NY
Region 4
October 21, 2014
New York State DEC Region 4 Office
1130 North Westcott Road
Schenectady, NY 12306
Region 5
October 23, 2014
NYS Region 5 Headquarters
Main Conference Room
Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
October 21, 2014
OPRHP Saratoga Regional Office
Gideon Putnam Room
19 Roosevelt Drive
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Region 6
October 21, 2014
Utica State Office Building
Conference Room A
207 Genesee Street
Utica, NY
Use front door and sign in at the guard desk.
October 22, 2014
NYS Region 6 Headquarters
Dulles State Office Building
First Floor Conference Room
317 Washington Street
Watertown, NY
Region 7
October 23, 2014
State Fair Grounds
The Martha Eddy Room
581 State Fair Boulevard
Syracuse, NY
Region 8
October 22, 2014
NYS DEC Region 8 Headquarters
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, NY 14414
Region 9
Hearings 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; and 7 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
October 22, 2014
Concord Town Hall
86 Franklin Street
Springville, NY
                Since 1992, the Open Space Conservation Plan has served as the blueprint for the State's Open Space Program, guiding the investment of land protection funds from the Environmental Protection Fund.  As required by law, the Plan is updated periodically, relying heavily on the work of the nine Regional Advisory Committees, which have worked with staff from both agencies and the public to produce a draft for public hearings and comments in 2014.  Following the public comment period the Plan will be finalized and submitted to Governor Cuomo for approval in 2015.

Thomas V. Panzone, MPA
Regional Citizen Participation Specialist
Office of Communications Services
NYSDEC - Region 2 Office
Hunters Point Plaza
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Tel: (718) 482-4953
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Fwd: BBG

-----Original Message-----
From: Orrin Tilevitz 
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 2:11 pm
Subject: Fw: BBG

BBG this morning

Chestnut-sided warbler (juv)
Black & white warbler
Yellow warbler (juv)
Common yellowthroat
Northern waterthrush
Red-eyed vireo
Carolina wren
House wren
Northern flicker
House sparrow
American robin
House sparrow
Red-bellied woodpecker

Another birder reported a fallout of parulas, redstarts, and a veery just across from the side gate to the native plant garden, but the birds had flown when I got there

Attached picture is, I presume, an immature mourning dove.

@themeowking: Philadelphia Vireo continues (?) at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, path west of Main lawn #bkbirding

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

World Shorebirds voting

just opened

Fwd: Tuesday walk

Rob Bate

-----Original Message-----
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Tue, Sep 16, 2014 12:12 pm
Subject: Tuesday walk

Hi Peter,

Five of us started out at 7:30 this morning only to be washed out by heavier than expected rainfall.  We called it at 8:30, there wasn't much to be seen anyway.

Downey Woodpecker
flyover Goldfinches
Black and White Warbler

Rob Bate

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Monday, September 15, 2014


This book looks like an interesting read by the foremost biologist on animal behavior .
( I have the book Winter world)

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Fwd: Escaped cagebird

Another reply to escape bird identity per Eusebio with thanks

-----Original Message-----
From: eorta10@
To: Prosbird
Sent: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 7:26 pm
Subject: Escaped cagebird

It's a black siskin. Cacique are much larger. Black siskins are native to south america.



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Sunday, September 14, 2014

13 nighthawks over pp lake, headed for lookout & ballfields per Donna Evans

In Bombay Hook BBC Weekend



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Escape exotic bird possible identity

Thanks to James Merwin,Mark Veaters observation might be this species James researched.

Regardig exotic bird in lower picture contained in 13 September blog posting from Mark Veater: I didn't see the bird in the park; haven't seen it in the wild or in captivity; and I'm not making an ID. Nonetheless, the best match that I found on the internet when I googled "cacique birds" is a picture of what I believe is a Yellow Winged Cacique, although the bill is proportionately different than in Mark's photo. I've attached a link the picture below; but in way of a caveat, other pictures of Yellow Winged Caciques, as well as Yellow Rumped Caciques, show different proportions to head, body, and bill. Please let Mark know what I found as I hope that the picture may be of value to him. Feel free to post on your blog if you feel that it is of general interest. Jim

KB note , Links to come..unable to post right now.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fwd: Escaped cagebird?

Send me an email if someone finds out.. I'm currently in Delaware leading the BBC weekend

-----Original Message-----
To: Prosbird
Sent: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 3:22 pm
Subject: Escaped cagebird?

Hi Kingsboider

I was holidaying in NYC (from the UK) this July and spent a few hours in Prospect Park early morning on 25th.
I found this bird in the Lakeside area. Any ideas on what it might be, and where it's escaped from? I haven't been able to find a match for it. Presumably one or more of the regular birders saw it, but I didn't see any reports on your newsboard.

Best wishes

Mark Veater

Fwd: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Sep 13, 2014

-----Original Message-----
From: ticornis@
To: undisclosed recipients: ;
Sent: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 9:07 am
Subject: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Sep 13, 2014

Despite the strong winds, overcast skies, and little rain; my visit this morning to PP was a complety surprise.
10 sps of warblers, 6 out of them seen in ±5 minutes in the Peninsula (between the "pink beach" & lampost J127).
Other notables were Great Crested Flycatcher, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, Chimney Swift, Northern Shoveler.
I spent 4 hrs, but the "hot spot" was the Peninsula.  The rest of the areas visited were so lacking of bird activity. 
Also saw 2 raccoons in the Peninsula, sleeping.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Sep 13, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Observer: Rafael G. Campos R.
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 kilometer(s)
37 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  4
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  2
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1    Upper pool, mobbed by jays.
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2    Flying above Lookout Hill.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1    Flying over Lullwater, towards Terrace Bridge.
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  1    Lullwater cove.
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  1    Peninsula
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1    Peninsula
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1    Peninsula.
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  9
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  12
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  6
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  1    near Lullwater cove.
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  2    edge of Upper Pool, near the waterfall.
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1    Peninsula (bet. pink beach & lampost J127).
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1    Near Endale Arch.
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1    Peninsula (Bet. pink beach & lampost J127).
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  2    Peninsula (bet. pink beach & lampost J127).

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1    Peninsula (bet pink beach & lampost J127).
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  1    Male. Vale of Cashmere.
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  1    Peninsula (bet. pink beach & lampost J127).
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1    Peninsula (Bet. pink beach & lampost J127

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1    Peninsula.
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  5
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  4
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  2    Peninsula.
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  3
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!