Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fwd: RE: Blue-headed vireo in Greenwood Cemetary

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To: prosbird
Sent: Sat, Oct 25, 2014 4:25 pm
Subject: RE: Blue-headed vireo in Greenwood Cemetary

Peter, I saw a Blue-headed Vireo on the low bent over tree (sorry don't remember the name of the tree) on Sylvan lake about 4:30 today. It flew across the lake after this.
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Fwd: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Oct 25, 2014

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Sent: Sat, Oct 25, 2014 1:19 pm
Subject: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Oct 25, 2014

Sparrows, sparrows!!, everywhere I walked, the White-throated Sparrows were the most conspicous, followed by Hermit Thrushes.
But to see 6 sps of warblers was a big bonus. They were: Northern Waterthrush, Tennesee, Black-throated Blue, Palm, Myrtle, & Palm.
Other sps of sparrows seen were: Junco, Song, Savannah, Swamp, Towhee,Chipping.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Oct 25, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
Observer: Rafael G Campos R
3.5 kilometer(s)
44 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  12
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  8
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  14
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  5
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  37
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  20
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  16
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  5
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  1
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1    Rick's Place.
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  8
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  17
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  12
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  1
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1    along the water's edge, Peninsula.
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1    Seen along the Lullwater path.  Vent white, breast greenish, supercilium withish.
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  1    female, Midwood.
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea)  1    Nelly's lawn.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  3    Peninsula.
Wilson's Warbler (Eastern) (Cardellina pusilla pusilla)  1    Male, with a well marked black crown.  Lullwater Cove (11:23 am)

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  4
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  1    Nelly's lawn.
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  6
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  21
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  25
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1    Female.
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  4

Brooklyn is great birding!!!

Prospect's 'lark

Greetings again from Rhode Island

A note on my email from Donna Evans reports an EASTERN MEADOWLARK  seen on the Peninsula meadow  hence meadow Lark before it was flushed by a passerby at 1 pm. So it didn't stay long. but it encourages us to observe the meadows especially the ballfields for such species.

Fwd: Prospect Park 10/24



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------ Original Message ------
From: Kathleen Toomey
Date: 10/25/2014 9:16 AM
To: Peter Dorosh;
Subject: Prospect Park 10/24


Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Oct 24, 2014 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     The Lake, the Peninsula and the Lullwater only
51 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  46
Mute Swan  5
Wood Duck  13     Lullwater
Mallard  40
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Northern Shoveler  30
Green-winged Teal  1     Lullwater
Hooded Merganser  1     Lower Lullwater, female
Ruddy Duck  70
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  15
Spotted Sandpiper  1     On black plastic at southern edge of Lake near West Island, seen with Karen O'Hearn, brown above, white below with white scallop at shoulder, teetering
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  15
Hermit Thrush  6
American Robin  3
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  6
Black-and-white Warbler  1     Possibly two, seen on the Peninsula by three of us, then later seen by me in phrags at edge of lake near West Island
Common Yellowthroat  1
Palm Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  1     Peninsula tip, thanks to Torin
Yellow-rumped Warbler  10
Wilson's Warbler  1     Possibly the same one seen on 10/21.  Female first year type, yellow below, black underside of tail, yellow-olive above extending onto the top of the head where the cap would be
Eastern Towhee  1     Heard
Chipping Sparrow  20
Song Sparrow  10
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  30
Dark-eyed Junco  20
Northern Cardinal  2
Rusty Blackbird  1     On the black plastic, south side of Lake, thanks to Karen
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  40

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fwd: Green-wood Dickcissel

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To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Fri, Oct 24, 2014 3:23 pm
Subject: Green-wood Dickcissel

Hi Peter,

I went looking for the Nelson's Sparrow at Green-wood this afternoon. Couldn't find it but found a Dickcissel instead! It was south of Sylvan Water between Spruce and Maple Ave with a mixed flock of sparrows (Juncos, Chipping, and Song). Photos attached.


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From Will Pollard ,Dickcissel in GWCemetery

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will pollard (@billmiky) tweeted at 5:12pm - 24 Oct 14:

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Details on Nelsons Sparrow

Greetings from Rhode Island for some leaf peeping

On my off day ,a lucky one. Mary Eyster and I went to Greenwood Cemetery and wandered about.Hawks flew about ,seen from the Kiamie Cypyt near Battle Hill ,then we ventured to the Hill of Graves where we  discovered a great bird: NELSONS SPARROW.

Seen at the edge of the lawn under a mature cedar tree,the rare sparrow looked quite obvious in the sunlight where we were able to discern the field marks : blurry breast streaks on faded orange grey nape , no streaking in the wide orange supercilium,etc.

The spot was the first hill to the west of the Prospect Park West avenue cemetery entrance.Look for the 4 set of steps straight ahead take the path to the right.on the  left is the. Public lot where two large cedar trees stand,the right one the Nelsons fed under.

of other good sparrows,we sspotted LINCOLNS and FIELD with SWAMP by Sylvan Waters northwest shore.

Raptors flew well overhead with a pair of REDTAILED HAWKS taking to the sky. A great show by a MERLIN added suspense, two COOPERS HAWKS and a few TURKEY VULTURES fulfilled our raptor watch.

That's for now.I'm beat from the long drive "Escape from NY!"
@robsbate: Green-winged teal male opp rustic arbor on lull with wood ducks
Red Breasted Merg female on Lower Lullwater.
Lincoln,Field.Sparrows bhind Smallman crpyt.northwest side Sylvan water.GWCemetry
NELSONS SPARROW GWCemetety.hill graves lot8918 near 9th st Mcdonald entr.mature cedars

Thursday, October 23, 2014

After 2 days rain

"The happy camper sees the blue skies beyond the gray clouds"  _ Anon


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FW: Archives Prospect Park Photo of the Week

How excellent birding spot “Ricks Place” got its name?   Read on….

From: Amy Peck
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:10 AM
To: All Staff
Subject: Archives Photo of the Week

By popular demand, the Headless Horseman and the story of Ranger Rick.

Haunted Walk, 1992                                                                                                                                                                              Enrique Garcia, aka Ranger Rick, in 1989

In the early 1980s an urban park ranger named Enrique Garcia originated the Headless Horseman costume for the Halloween Haunted Walk
and even, according to former PPA president Tupper Thomas, persuaded a local mortician to loan a coffin.  Ranger Rick, as he was known, was an avid birder and also
kept bees on the roof of the old Elephant House, a former zoo building located in the upper Midwood.  The Elephant House was demolished
in the 1990s, but the area is known as Rick’s Place and is marked with a Parks Department sign.  

 courtesy of 

Amy Peck l Archivist l Historian

KB note: sign was vandalized,no longer there

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

very wet day

 About the only interesting thing today on this wet day occurred at the "Sparrowbowl", the vale north of the Tennis House where a sizable flock of CHIPPING SPARROWS moved around.Among them a single FIELD SPARROW, several Juncos filled out the rest of the wet parade. . Otherwise, a good day to stay indoors unless one has to work outdoors planting... ( yes oh I say the Chippy flock numbered up to 200 birds.

Ridgewood Reservoir bird walk Sunday

Led by Steve and Heidi Nanz

see the details for the short Sunday walk

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fwd: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Oct 21, 2014

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Sent: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 1:33 pm
Subject: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Oct 21, 2014

Sparrow's day!!! With great hopes to find the Grasshopper Sparrow seen yesterday at the Peninsula, I left around 8:30 am to the Park.  My first group of sparrows was around the North Woods, large numbers of White-throated were seen forraging.  This sps was very abundant, almost everywhere I went.  At the Peninsula, I joined forces with K. Tommey, and together we saw the Lincoln's Sparrow  (see pictures). Other sparrows seen in the same area were Swamp, White-crowned, Song, Junco, Chipping, House, White-throated.  And warblers, too.  The most unusual was a female look-alike of Wilson's.  Also we saw Myrtle, Palm, & Yellowthroat.
No luck with the Grasshopper.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Oct 21, 2014 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Observer: Rafael G Campos R
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 kilometer(s)
47 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  8
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  6
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  6
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  1    Upper Pool.
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  7
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  5
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  1
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  6
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  10
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  2
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  15
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  10
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2    Peninsula.
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea)  2    Peninsula.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1    Peninsula.
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1    Lullwater Cove.
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1    female look-alike.  Undertail coverts dark; the crown was barely seen, kind of green-olive color. Peninsula. Observer by 2 other birders.

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  8
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  1    Peninsula.
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern) (Zonotrichia leucophrys leucophrys)  2    Peninsula.

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  5
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!!

Fwd: Red-tail Hawk means business ?

Today's photo .At West Woods Restoration site.

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From: Rob Bate 
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 2:55 pm
Subject: Red-tail

I posted this to BBC Facebook too.

photo by Rob Bate

Heads up Oporornis species

Rob Bate reported an Oporornis warbler species yesterday afternoon next to the path from the Concert Music Grove just before reaching Breeze Hill.  

The specific species is pending but only brief looks were given.. If u happen to be in the area, let me know

more detail : the path is thru the south slope of Breeze Hill , one that rises from the hairpin turn.

so far no luck relocating the bird today.  No luck also with the Grasshopper Sparrow, a one day wonder.