Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Prospect wet cold & Bbbbrrrr

I don't mind snow which is the DRY version of precipitation during workdys, but sleety cold rain ?  fuhgettaboouuit ! (tho , I am proudly Winter birder !)

In this miserable weather ( fortunately no driving for me ), just about the best thing to see in Prospect today were the 7 DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANTS that settled in on the lake. A hen HOODED MERGANSER hung by West Island. The usual are out there , Ruddies and Shovelers....

DECEMBER 9th 7 PM BBC evening Program

From Dennis H,

Please Join the Brooklyn Bird Club Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 P.M. at the Litchfield Villa for:

Cuba is the largest country in the Caribbean and accounts for over half of all the land area in the West Indies. The diversity of Cuban birds is considerable, not only in terms of species richness, but also in terms of the number of endemics. The 372 species recorded in Cuba include 285 species that regularly occur. Living endemics 26 species, among them the charming Cuban Tody, the striking and Elegant Cuban Trogon, and the smallest of all birds in the World, the Bee Hummingbird! At the present talk Arturo will present the best itinerary that include the most important birding sites, with photos of most of the important birds you would love to see. 

Arturo Kirkconnell is the bird curator at the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba. His curriculum vitae includes 77 scientific papers and he is author of two books: A Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba, and A Birdwatchers' Guide to Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Caymans. At present, he is working in another project: The birds of Cuba that will be published by the BOU Checklist Series and A photographic Guide to the Birds of Cuba. Arturo has been leading birding tours in his native Cuba since 1988. To date he has guided more than 200 birding groups. He designed the present birding itinerary and the main birding strategies in Cuba. For any information about birding in Cuba, Cuban birds or to assist you to set up your birding trip, write him at:

Feeder setup pics

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Winter Bird Stroll for the Whole Family - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Todays Prospect hilights

Rob Jett on his birding tour reported two good ones. South of the Nethermead Arches,5 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. Then a visit to Butterfly Meadow got him ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER.

Two ducks remain of note ,GADWALL in Upper Pool and drake HOODED MERGANSER in the Lake

New Prospect Park website

Just rolled out. Check out the birdwatching link

Fwd: today's birds--BBG

From: Orrin Tilevitz 
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Tue, Nov 25, 2014 10:47 am
Subject: Fw: today's birds--BBG

BBG this moring

Ring-billed gull
Red-tailed hawk (picture)
Purple finch (2; pictures)
Fox sparrow
Song sparrow
White-throated sparrow
Tufted titmouse
Northern cardinal
Black-capped chickadee
Red-bellied woodpecker
Mourning dove
European starling
American robin

Prospect feeders

Enjoy the new season.....


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Fwd: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 24, 2014

-----Original Message-----
From: kathleentoomey@
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 1:50 pm
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 24, 2014

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From: <>
Date: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 24, 2014
To: Kathleentoomey@

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Nov 24, 2014 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
37 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  5
Mute Swan  4
Wood Duck  1
Gadwall  2     Back of the Upper Pool, females
American Black Duck  5
Mallard  70
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Northern Shoveler  40
Hooded Merganser  1     by 3 Sisters Islands
Ruddy Duck  40
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  30
gull sp.  150  
Mourning Dove  15
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  8
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  3
European Starling  11
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Fox Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  30
Dark-eyed Junco  20
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Purple Finch  3     by the 3 Arches Bridge, females
Pine Siskin  1
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  14

View this checklist online at

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

Fwd: Peacock, in P Park?

Not countable. ;-)

-----Original Message-----
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 4:01 pm
Subject: Peacock, in P Park?

Seriously. Up a tree along the path behind the zoo at dusk, presumed to be on the lam. (poor light-picture quality) 

Ducks of Prospect

If one looks carefully and is content to just seeing one species , you can find a number of ducks in Prospect different from the usual Mallards.

Casually scanning the waters of Prospect, I was able to find HOODED MERGANSER, AMERICAN WIGEON and GADWALL in the mix with the SHOVELERS and RUDDIES. Three Sisters Islands had the drake HOODED and hen WIGEON in its perimeter; the GADWALL hen  in the Upper Pool with Black Duck

So , counting those, I was content with 7 duck species.

Northern Shoveler 
American Black Duck 
American Wigeon 
Hooded Merganser 
Ruddy Duck 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fwd: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 23, 2014

From: joshuamalbin@
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 1:22 pm
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 23, 2014

I spent about an hour and a half mostly circling the south side of the lake. Highlights were a large mixed flock in a feeding binge on a sweetgum tree, including three female Purple Finches, and a little farther on a flock of six Rusty Blackbirds perched in the reeds. Also a banded Red-tail was hunting from very low perches, but I couldn't ever read the band.
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Date: Nov 23, 2014 6:17 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 23, 2014
To: <>

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Nov 23, 2014 3:16 PM - 4:43 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
26 species

Canada Goose  33
Mute Swan  4
American Black Duck  5
Mallard  125
Northern Shoveler  105
Ruddy Duck  32
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1     Not one of the usual residents. This bird was banded, although someone deliberately scared it off by throwing his keys at it before I could read the band. South side of the lake, seemed to like to perch low if anyone is around and wants to try to read it. I got part of it, what appeared to be 1918.
American Coot  34
Ring-billed Gull  120
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  5
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Hermit Thrush  1
European Starling  X
White-throated Sparrow  16
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Rusty Blackbird  6     South side of the lake near 3 sisters.
Purple Finch  3
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  X

View this checklist online at

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

3 fnches at an urn

A stone urn full of water in Greenwood Cemetery was the scene of three finch species during our short afternoon visit to Dellwater. While watching the American Goldfinch flock actively moving around and to the water edge some clutching to the stone wall,three female PURPLE FINCHES joined in and then two PINE SISKINS fulfilled the trifecta.

To make our visit even better as temperatures started to drop,all three species though not the same time visited the water urn along the Primrose Path ,in front of the Simpson crypt on the south side of the pond. At one point the three Purples were present and we watched one snapped aggressively at a goldfinch. Winter drama at its best with these winter finches.

Fwd: GWC

-----Original Message-----
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 8:55 am
Subject: GWC

Green-Wood Cemetery.  It took me almost 3 hours, but I saw over 23 species, pine siskins (in three places) and a wood duck.  Here is the list:

Red-bellied woodpecker
White-breasted nuthatch
Blue jay
Dark-eyed junco
Black-capped chickadee
Northern cardiinal
Red-tailed hawk
American goldfinch (flocks in sweet gums and at Crescent Water)
Pine siskin (end of Heath Path in sweet gum, at Crescent Water, and on Landscape Avenue above the Sylvan Water)
Fox sparrow
Wood duck (on Dell Water)
Red-winged blackbird
Chipping sparrow
song sparrow
Hooded merganser (3 hens on Sylvan Water)
Canada goose
Northern mockingbird
Ruddy duck
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
Tufted titmouse
Monk parakeet
White-throated sparrow  (total of 3)

Plus the species I just emailed you.

No American robins, feral pigeons, or house sparrows

Fwd: Prospect Park 11/23



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------ Original Message ------
From: Sean Zimmer
Date: 11/23/2014 11:32 AM
Subject: Prospect Park 11/23


Hi Peter,    A belated report from my early afternoon walk in Prospect Park yesterday. The highlights:  -3 Fox Sparrows and a Tree Sparrow along the Ambergill Stream, among a mixed flock of WT sparrows, juncos, chickadees, GC kinglets and nuthatches.   -A Merlin dove at a flock of sparrows on the peninsula meadow   -2 Cooper's Hawks above the lake    A beautiful day in the park overall.    -Sean       

Saturday, November 22, 2014

EUWI at Bush terminal

As of yesterday, EURASIAN WIGEON was reported at Bush Terminal park by Bobbi Manian

Friday, November 21, 2014

FW: December 11th Prospect Park Alliance Event with Artist Rebecca Jewell; 6-8 pm

From: Eve Schwartz
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:27 AM
To: Milena Popov;; Rosie Teverow;; alexandra buffet; Kerstin; Deborah Wooten; Ava Hamilton; Ajamu Brown; All Staff
Subject: December 11th Prospect Park Alliance Event with Artist Rebecca Jewell; 6-8 pm

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Please Join us on December 11th for a Conversation with Artist Rebecca Jewell and AMNH Curator Jenny Newell

Above Image: Cape of No Hope, 2014.  Copyright Rebecca Jewell, courtesy of Rebecca Hossack Gallery.  
Thursday, December 11th  |  6-8pm

Artist Rebecca Jewell will be speaking about her unique work inspired by historical references and anthropology of birds.  She is the first artist to print images onto feathers.  Joining her will be Jennifer Newell, Curator of Pacific Ethnography at the American Museum of Natural History.

This is a free event open to those 21 and over.
Wine and light refreshments will be served. 

The event will be held at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at the Boathouse, located inside the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance.

For reservations, please contact Eve Schwartz at

To see more of Rebecca Jewell's work,
visit her exhibition From Nests to Nets from December 10, 2014-January 6, 2015
at Rebecca Hossack Gallery, 262 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012. 
Visit for more information.
For directions and more information on the Prospect Park Audubon Center at the Boathouse, go to

Goldfinch puddle party

Today's guest of the Propsite work area puddle frequented by a flock of American Goldfinches are three , including one bright male PURPLE FINCHES.Yesterdays Siskin wasnt around but might be. At least 20 goldfinches were seen , acting skittish and nervous as they came to the shrinking water puddle now supplied  by rain water as our pipes been shut off for the winter.

Later as i made my rounds, I counted 8 more goldfinches in the sweet gum grove at West Island shelter.So...bottom line?  Check those sweet gum trees as the spiny seeds have now ripened for edibles....

The lake is about the same , shovelers, ruddies, 3 cormorant and the hen BUFFLEHEAD. Lots of gulls but nothing different but continuing checking might be a lucky moment for the observer

Fwd: Cedar Waxwing

-----Original Message-----
From: Orrin Tilevitz 
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 10:49 am
Subject: Fw: Cedar Waxwing

BBG this morning.  Surprisingly productive in 45 minutes.

Coopers Hawk
Fox sparrow
song sparrow
white-throated sparrow
swamp sparrow (several)
Black-capped chickadee
Cedar waxwing (small flock)--picture
Blue jay
American robin
Tufted titmouse

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pine Siskin

In the restricted Propagation area ( "Propsite) , a group of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES kept coming to a water puddle when I went to pick up work materials. Among them , I could see a single PINE SISKIN.

Keep your eyes open I always tell folks....