Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fwd: Black-Bill Cuckoo

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Tang <charles.tang@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, May 22, 2018 2:55 pm
Subject: Black-Bill Cuckoo

I found the Black-Billed Cuckoo at Look Out Hill yesterday at around 2pm.

Fwd: Morning Warbler

From Charles Tang 
From Sunday

Theres still a chance of seeing this species which typically is a late month warbler

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Tang <charles.tang@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, May 22, 2018 2:46 pm
Subject: Morning Warbler

This was on Sunday. 

Tick warnings

For all you outdoor enthusiasts, follow protocols and use good tick repeleent ( like Permethrin, follow the label on use of the chemical used on pants before wearing)


Monday, May 21, 2018

Very brief notes

--Ed Crowne reported YELLOW BILLED CUCKOO at the Peninsula Pink Beach

--Tom Kozak alerted me to a termite hatch out  ( one of a number reported today ) at the Peninsula road Y fork that attracted a few BAY BREASTED WARBLERS plus BLACKBURNIAN

--A termite hatchout on the west slope of the Vale Cashmere near the north stairs attracted a horde of 30+ CEDAR WAXWINGS, always a cool species to enjoy watching.

-- Sean Sime heard singing ACADIAN FLYCATCHER above the Ambergill Falls area.

Tweet from Ed Crowne (@ecrowne)

Ed Crowne (@ecrowne) tweeted at 8:49 AM on Mon, May 21, 2018:
Termite hatch out in Vale. 30+ Cedar Waxwings feasting

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Tweet from Ed Crowne (@ecrowne)

Ed Crowne (@ecrowne) tweeted at 6:55 AM on Mon, May 21, 2018:
Yellow billed cuckoo calling on peninsula near pink beach Prospect Park

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Lucky Chuck coincidence

In a very lucky coincidence, a CHUCK WILLS WIDOW decided to sit right outside two long time birders' apartment along Prospect Park Southwest Ave last night.

At around 930 pm, Alan walked into his front room and heard a very loud odd call of a will widow species. After calling his wife Janet, they both were able to identify the species that also woke up and intrigued their neighbors!

The bird I found out did not call from the Park. Rather, it was sitting in a street tree right below their apartment ! (By the way, at the Bus stop.. Must be Coney Island bound!)  Talk about a lucky spot.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Prospect Chuck will widows recs

Tonight is the 5th

2014-05-052Doug GochfeldChecklistN
2014-05-051Heydi LopesChecklistP
2014-05-051Sean SimeChecklistA
2011-04-301Corey FingerChecklist
2011-04-301Heydi LopesChecklistN
1995-05-061Robert GochfeldChecklistN
1995-05-061Doug GochfeldChecklistN
1995-05-061NYC Bird Report DataChecklistN
1961-04-021NYC Bird Report 

Chuck-wills-widow - Clyp

Tonight's recording of Chuck Will's widow tecorded by Janet Zinn


Watch "Chuck-will's-widow Song" on YouTube (heard now along prospect southwest ave at Seeley street

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 9:07 PM on Sun, May 20, 2018:
Prospect park southwest ave bet Seeley and Windsor place avenues https://t.co/Sr6qkMxBnR

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Tweet from Janet Zinn (@bkbirdr)

Janet Zinn (@bkbirdr) tweeted at 9:03 PM on Sun, May 20, 2018:
Chuck-wills-widow calling outside my window across from Prospect Park. Have recording.

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Fwd: Mourning Warbler

Lower pool

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-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Tang <charles.tang@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Sun, May 20, 2018 08:37 PM
Subject: Mourning Warbler

Early this morning. 

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn)

Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) tweeted at 2:30 PM on Sun, May 20, 2018:
Prospect Park this morning: Bank Swallow, Mourning Warbler back of Lower Pool, Tennessee singing at Lower Ravine #birdbk https://t.co/piusgZEEdN

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Fwd: Photos from Michele's Big Sit

Report from Heidi , event organizer for Michele's retirement bird sit at the Boulder Bridge yesterday. A fun day with good people all around.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Heidi Steiner <heidi.steiner.bklyn@gmail.com>
To: Dennis Hrehowsik
Sent: Sun, May 20, 2018 02:25 PM
Subject: Photos from Michele's Big Sit

In spite of the dreary weather a good time was had by all at Michele's Big Sit Retirement Party. 
We huddled under a tarp that Steve strung over the path and we did more standing that sitting but it is a testament to Michele's spirit that
over the course of the day about 30 people stopped by to wish her well and to thank her for her inspiration and encouragement.
Dennis said a few words on behalf of the club and Paul presented her with a lovely watercolor of a Scarlett Tanager. The club also gave her
a tote bag with the BBC logo, ordered from the website. We ended the day earlier than expected but many in the group did some serious birding and 
I am going to guess that we saw or heard nearly 40 species. Michele has the final tally.

Thanks for helping to show our appreciation for all that Michele has done for the birding community 
and to wish her well on her future adventures.

My best, Heidi

Michelle Dregers Farewell ( from her Facebook page) : Yesterday, was my last bird tour at Prospect Park. I have lead a weekly walk for 16 years. I have met many amazing people. I have made many endearing friends. I’ve lead about 1000 tours. I’ve seen 240 different kind of birds in the park. I participated in 48 citizen science projects. I have introduced thousands of people to the bird life in the park. I am thankful to have been tutored by many astute members of the Brooklyn Bird Club, the NYC Audubon, and Cornell Labs online courses. I have had teams of regulars over the years that have inspired me to get up and get out to bird. I will miss birding with you every week. Thank you for all your well wishes.

MOURNING warbler

Per Joshua early this morn Mourning warbler back of Lower Pool at Prospect. Spotted by Angie Co.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Michelle's bird sit party

On the Boulder Bridge,in soggy weather. It was worth it saying farewell to a long time bird walk leader.

Fwd: A message from the BKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN President

Not good at all especially if they are all glass..


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From: Brooklyn Botanic Garden <Membership@bbg.org>
Date: Fri, May 18, 2018, 5:07 PM
Subject: A message from the President

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Dear Members,

I am writing today to inform you that very tall buildings are being proposed for several locations on Franklin Avenue near Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Garden takes very seriously any potential development that could threaten BBG's living collections and the many educational programs that depend upon them. We want to update our loyal members on BBG's position with respect to potential high-rise development projects near the Garden.

A possible development by Continuum Company could include a complex of four buildings reaching as high as 40 stories on the site of the former spice factory on Franklin Avenue and Montgomery Street. Buildings of this scale in such close proximity have raised serious concerns about shadow impacts on the Garden and its priceless plant collections and public programs.

In order for buildings of this scale to be approved, the City must allow a substantial rezoning of the property. BBG is strongly advocating to maintain the site's current zoning—which now caps building height at six to seven stories—which was put in place, in part, to protect the Garden's conservatories from building shadows. Redevelopment of the spice factory site is still in an early pre-application stage, and we have been keeping the City of New York—owner of the land upon which BBG is located—apprised of our concerns about shadow impacts.

We are also tracking another development, from Cornell Realty, which includes plans for several buildings as tall as 17 stories on Franklin Avenue between Carroll and Montgomery Streets.

The Garden is not affiliated with any other groups fundraising to oppose these developments.

As we monitor these developments, we plan to update the Garden's members and our broader community. BBG may ask for your assistance with this issue in due course, and we hope we can count on your support. If you have any questions, please reach out to membership@bbg.org.

We appreciate your dedication to Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

A matter of timing

When I passed through the Lower Ravine around 430,I detected nary a warbler. But that changed an hour 20 minutes later. But that's the breaks

Here's Trippers report at 549:

Lower ravine (just before Neathermead arches) very busy. 15 Warbler species between one or two trees including: Prothonotary, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Cape May, Tennessee.

Tough luck for me...not my Prospect lucky charm. 😐


Two reported today is Acadian FLYCATCHER.

This morning Tripper Paul mentioned one singing in the Midwood.

This late afternoon, Joshua Malbin tweeted out a calling bird in Greenwood cemetery ,at the intersection of Grape and Cypress avenues.

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) BIG Birdathon number

Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) tweeted at 4:20 PM on Fri, May 18, 2018:
A cumulative total of 154 species were seen in Brooklyn by all teams participating in #WorldMigratoryBirdDay this past Saturday!  If you pledge based on the grand total this is the number you've been waiting for! https://t.co/rwLTipxOXG

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Out of town event Catskills

Birders fyi


Prospect Park getting two new entrances

On Flatbush Avenue, for birders information


BBC event : tomorrows BBC Bird sit by Michele

Happy Retirement !

Michele Dreger decided to go forward with her Bird Sit at Boulder Bridge despite threat of rain. Its her last walk for the Park. Swing by and bird with her group or say good bye. More details possibly on the BBC Facebook page


From the NY Times archives (including photo of Michele ):


Fwd: List from today

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir

-----Original Message-----
From: Ryan Goldberg <ryan.goldberg@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Fri, May 18, 2018 12:19 pm
Subject: List from today


Here's my list from today. There was a nice mix of warblers across from West Island early morning but the rest of the park was a little quiet. Northwest winds were keeping them hunkered down. Good numbers for bay-breasted and Canada warblers today and this migration.

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Also noted; ACADIAN FLYCATCHER singing in the MIdwood  per Tripper Paul

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fwd:Thurs BBC Walking in the Rain

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-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Stephenson <12toms@gmail.com>
To: ProsBird <ProsBird@aol.com>
Cc: Robert Bate <robsbate@gmail.com>; Dennis Hrehowsik <DeepSeaGangster@gmail.com>; Roberta Manian <roberta.manian@gmail.com>; Ryan Goldberg <ryan.goldberg@gmail.com>; Angie Co <angela@studio-co.com>
Sent: Thu, May 17, 2018 06:50 PM
Subject: BBC Walking in the Rain

Hi Peter,

Well, I wasn't even sure the walk was going to happen, as it was raining fairly hard when I got to the GAP arch. But there were people there (2) and one was from CA so I thought we needed to show him how we do birds in Brooklyn. We later added a couple more people to total 6 overall.

In spite of the rain, it was incredibly birdy in the park; one of the birdiest days I've seen in a long time. Since I've been away, maybe you've had these numbers during the week, but it was really great and we ended up with 80 species.

There were lots of numbers of just about each species. We had at least 7 Wilson's Warblers, 10+ Magnolia, a Prairie, a couple of Bay-breasted, several Blackpoll and so on.
We also had 6 species of flycatchers including at least 3 Leasts...
There were lots of swallows on the lake including 4+ bank and at least one cliff. 
Add to all of that 2 Lincoln's Sparrows, many singing Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 2 Indigo Buntings, Orchard Oriole....
And, thanks to Sean Sime's tweet, we went up to Lookout and got some looks at the Mourning Warbler up there.

All in all quite a day.

Here's the list.

Best regards,

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Green Heron
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
European Goldfinch

Thursday briefs

This morning Tom Stephenson led his usual walk fr the BBC. On a brief note , he reported a variety of warblers despite the rain, a good sign if you can hack the raindrops.  Variety included PRAIRIE,BLACKBURNIAN, BLACKPOLL,WILSONS & CHESTNUT SIDED.

Swallows and flycatchers were also noted. NORTHERN ROUGH WINGED, BARN and a good bird CLIFF. For flycatchers, ACADIAN,LEAST & YELLOW BELLIED tweeted their song..

Then a report from Sean Sime at  Lookout Hill's summit noted MOURNING WARBLER just past noon.

Two notable late afternoon flyovers occurred 21 minutes apart. At 422 Sean Sime watched an immature BALD EAGLE over Long Meadow.Then at 443 pm , Tripper Paul obsetvob a COMMON NIGHTHAWK above the Nethermead.

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 2:17 PM on Thu, May 17, 2018:
Sean S reports Mourning Warbler on top of Lookout

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Fwd: BBC Meeting Tuesday, May 22

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir

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Sent: Thu, May 17, 2018 9:53 am
Subject: BBC Meeting Tuesday, May 22

Tuesday May 22nd @7PM

BBC Evening Presentation:

Climate, human effects, and the collapse of Caribbean bat biodiversity


Presenter: Angelo Soto-Centeno, professor of Evolutionary Biology at Rutgers University – Newark and most recently a postdoctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural History.

Angelo was born in Puerto Rico, and since early childhood he experienced island biodiversity first hand. His fascination with animals that can fly led him on a path to study bats, a group of one the most misunderstood mammals worldwide. Today, he travels the Caribbean islands searching and documenting living and fossil species of bats to understand the causes that led to changes in the biodiversity of these imperiled mammals.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fwd: Canada and Wilson's Warblers Prospect

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To: Peter Dorosh <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, May 16, 2018 03:49 PM
Subject: Canada and Wilson's Warblers

Flycatching before the rain

Today in Prospect before it started raining was more of a flycatcher morning.Reports of ACADIAN, ALDER and OLIVE SIDED dominated the few reports I read .

Starting off with the best flycatcher, two ACADIANS were noted. One singing bird sang on Lookout Hill's lower west slope opposite the Quaker Cemetery according to Joshua M./ Then by the same observer, another Acadian was found in the Midwood.

Then there  was the continuing OLIVE SIDED FLYCATCHER. Again like the Acadian two birds reported. Joshua had one high up in a snag at the first Acadian spot, west slope Lookout Hill, Then Linda found one at Terrace Bridge .

Regarding warblers, not much to report here. Linda E had two BAY BREASTED WARBLERS down low at Terrace Bridge. Matt Beck happened on a lode at the Peninsula tip around 1030 . Those birds included BLACKBURNIAN, WILSON'S. BLACK THROATED GREEN YELLOW, BLACKPOLL  and MAGNOLIA among his sightings.