Friday, August 1, 2014

Prospect Lake tonight

1 BLACK SKIMMER at 830.

First Sunday Walk August 3rd

Hi Peter-
 
Returned to the park today after a months hiatus from birding the Park. Saw the ubiquitous  Juvenile Robins, Catbirds, Cardinals and Grackles. But also had an early migrant - Waterthrush (think it was Louisiana but didn't get a good enough look) between the pools and a house wren in the ravine.
 
Michele is on vacation but Vin & I are in town and can lead a walk this Sunday morning if it is not storming. I don't have the emails so it would be great if you can announce the walk on the blog.
Have a great summer.

We'll be at  the Boat House at 8 am

Eni & Vinnine Falci

Fwd: Green-Wood Cemetery


-----Original Message-----
From: Orrin Tilevitz 
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Fri, Aug 1, 2014 10:43 am
Subject: Fw: Green-Wood Cemetery



This morning at Green-Wood, 28 avian species, including several yellow warblers and a spotted sandpiper, and one misplaced turtle (picture):

Northern cardinal
European starling
Monk parula
Rock dove
Mourning doe
Chimney swift
Ring-billed gull
American robin
Eastern kingbird
Song sparrow
Northern mockingbird
Downy woodpecker
Blue jay
Northern flicker (2)
Great egret
House finch (many)
Black-crowned night heron
Gray catbird
Black-capped chickadee
Tufted titmouse
Canada goose
Great blue heron
Spotted sandpiper
Cedar waxwing
House sparrow
Yellow warbler (several)
Chipping sparrow


 



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ridge wood Reservoir petition to change dam classification

http://www.change.org/petitions/new-york-state-department-of-environmental-conservation-change-the-classification-of-historic-ridgewood-reservoir

Fwd: Proposed Stadium's Design Will Kill Migrating Birds-- Help Prevent A Senseless Tragedy

Picture of controversial building --> 

http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/269271151.html

-----Original Message-----
From: eNature <updates@enature.com>
To: Peter <prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Thu, Jul 31, 2014 2:52 pm
Subject: Proposed Stadium's Design Will Kill Migrating Birds-- Help Prevent A Senseless Tragedy

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Dear Friend,
Great news!
More than 41,000 folks have already responded to the National Audubon Society's call to ask the Minnesota Vikings to switch to bird-safe glass in constructing their monumental new stadium in the heart of the Mississippi flyway.
But Audubon needs your help to keep up the pressure. Their goal is to deliver 65,000 (that's one signer for each seat in the new stadium) petitions by the end of this week!
Estimates show that the million-dollar investment in safer glass could reduce bird strike mortality by 75 percent or more. That's a huge conservation return on investment on a stadium expected to cost a billion dollars!
That's why I've forwarded you Audubon's email alert below for you to learn more and, if you like, make your voice heard.
Robin McVey
Public Editor, eNature.com
Audubon logo | ACTION ALERT
URGENT ACTION: CHANGE GLASS, SAVE BIRDS
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Dear Friend,
The Minnesota Vikings' new stadium could kill thousands of migratory birds annually unless the stadium's builders take immediate action to incorporate bird safe measures.
At issue is the type of glass being used in the largely-glass exterior of the massive new stadium. Current plans call for a type of glass that birds are less likely to see, thus inviting deadly collisions.
Last week the Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) rejected Audubon's recommendation to use safer types of glass that could help save thousands of birds from fatally colliding with the stadium's huge windows.
The cost of using bird friendly glass is less than one tenth of one percent of the overall cost of the new billion dollar stadium. The site of the stadium is less than a mile from the Mississippi River, along which tens of millions of birds fly between their breeding and wintering grounds every year.
Unless the Vikings and the MSFA reverse course, the new stadium could become a serious threat to Minnesota's birds.
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Sincerely,
David Yarnold
David Yarnold
President & CEO, National Audubon Society
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fwd: Prospect Park today





-----Original Message-----
From: kathleentoomey@
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Tue, Jul 29, 2014 12:53 pm
Subject: Prospect Park today


Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jul 29, 2014 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Most of the birds were along Wellhouse Drive and on the Peninsula
28 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  5
Mute Swan  13     Six juveniles
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  5     Three young ones
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1     Heard
Downy Woodpecker  1
Empidonax sp.  1     By Lamp post 249
Eastern Kingbird  5
Warbling Vireo  1     Heard
Barn Swallow  6
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  1     Heard
American Robin  41
Gray Catbird  17
European Starling  26
Cedar Waxwing  10
Northern Waterthrush  1     Peninsula
Yellow Warbler  4
Song Sparrow  3     Two heard
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  3
Baltimore Oriole  2
House Sparrow  X
North Waterthrush on Peninsula per Kathy T.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fwd: Lookout Hill 26 July 2014

 

 

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------ Original Message ------
From: William Earp
Date: 7/26/2014 11:55 AM
To: Peter;prosbird@gmail.com;
Subject: Lookout Hill 26 July 2014

 

Hi Pete

My last visit to PP for a bit- I fly back to UK  today.

Scrappy record shots of f or imm Ruby Throated Hummingbird and what I think must be the 2 Orchard Orioles that people have reported recently. They were all in the area of the flower meadow and surrounding trees at the top of Lookout Hill this morning. I have  tried to select a couple to show the relevant field characters of the Orioles, which showed continuous yellow underneath, and two well defined wing bars (though I think Baltimore do as well).They also looked smaller than Baltimore.

The Hummingbird - of course- dodged behind the flower when  I got the camera on it! And didnt stick around.

Also about: Cedar Waxwings, several today and up to a dozen yesterday.
                   Yellow Warblers in several places on  Lookout Hill and the Peninsula.

Thank you very much for your help and encouragement on this visit and always. I will try to send in a comment about Jamaica Bay when I get home, and copy you in.

With best wishes- as one of your regulars posters says 'Prospect is good birding!'

William Earp


Begin forwarded message:

From: Madeline Earp <madelineearp@gmail.com>
Date: 26 July 2014 16:32:00 GMT+01:00
To: William Earp and Martha Street <william@earp.me>
Subject: photos

 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fwd: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 24, 2014





-----Original Message-----
From: ticornis@yahoo.com
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Fri, Jul 25, 2014 2:45 am
Subject: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 24, 2014






Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Jul 24, 2014 9:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Observer: Rafael G Campos R
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 kilometer(s)
27 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  3
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  3
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  5
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1    Flyover Peninsula.
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1    Upper Pool.
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type))  4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  5
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus)  2    Peninsula.
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1    Peninsula.
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  18
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  10
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  5
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  11
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  4    1 Cove. 3 Peninsula.
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  9
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  3
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My brief comment on JBWR refuge

Comments period ends July 30th.  follow the the link below.

http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=60140

My concise commentary on closing the west pond breach


Your comments were successfully submitted. July 23, 2014 03:48 PM Mountain Time

Park: Gateway National Recreation Area Project: SANDY Repair JABA Wildlife Refuge West Pond Trail Breach Document: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Public Scoping West Pond Environmental Assessment

Name: Peter Dorosh Address: 609  City: brooklyn State: NY Postal Code: 112 Email Address: prosbird@aol.com

Organization:Brooklyn Bird Club president emeritus

Comments: JB Refuge offers not only shorebird and waterfowl habitat but a rich birding experience for many miles around. One would have to pay expensive tolls to get to new jersey shorebirds habitats or long island of which does not offer the diversity or habitat JB Refuge has. It is important significant habitat and birding location of which anyone access thru a NY subway fare.

It is a critically vital location especially for shorebirds traveling thousands of miles needing a place to rest and feed on the way to South America ;a sanctuary that offers rich nutrients and safe harbor only enhances the survival rates of these long distance migrants if the refuge was freshwater combined with salt water habitats,at the mercy of the tides .With high tide,where will shorebirds go if the west Pond is also tidal ?

Please consider the urgent need to close the west pond breach,so that natures diversity is enhanced.Over 330 species have visited JBWR because of the freshwater asset that existed before. thank you. peter dorosh

Comment ID: 925041-60140/52
Seen now Peregrine flying low over Ballfields,then towards Bandshell.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lake notables

While on duty, in the zone I inspect, I caught sight of YELLOW WARBLERS. Whether they bred here or passing thru as this species is reputable as a early migrant, I found 4 birds on the south side of the Lake. In addition, over the lake William Earp reported NORTHERN ROUGH WINGED SWALLOWS.

On the mainland across the strait from West Island, two YELLOW WARBLERS moved thru the birch tree. One was definitely a juvenile male, the other likely a female. Later , as I gaze at Three Sisters Island, two more a very short time later, one Yellow was definitely an adult female. A very nice observation in this slow summer. Some reclusive CEDAR WAXWINGS and a female BALTIMORE ORIOLE also appeared.

I received a report from visiting British birder William Earp of two NORTHERN ROUGH WINGED SWALLOWS hawking insects over the Lake, a sighting that lasted 10 minutes, A very uncommon sighting , likely rare in the past, its very possible this species bred here given the improved lake habitats and new islands in the lake by the rink. It was bound to happen , joining the resident Barn Swallows.

We are in the very early stages of sporadic fall ( YEP) migration so , those migration anxiety levels are rising...
Yellow warblers: 2at west island mainland,2 on 3 sisters islands.1imm male,1 adult female in mix

Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Jul 21, 2014

 

 

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------ Original Message ------
From: Adam Welz
Date: 7/21/2014 11:07 PM
To: Peter Dorosh;
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Jul 21, 2014

 

today's in-between-feeding-babies list

Adam

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  <do-not-reply@ebird.org>
Date: Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:06 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Jul 21, 2014
To: adamwelz@gmail.com


Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jul 21, 2014 5:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Hot, overcast, Parkside to Pools via Lullwater
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  7
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1     Upper Pool
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type))  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  5
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1     calling, Ravine
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  9
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
thrush sp. (Turdidae sp.)  1     poss Swainson's Thrush judging by back & tail color - seen briefly flying through Ravine - front not seen at all
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19183008

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Jul 21, 2014

 

 

Sent from my MetroPCS 4G Android device

 

 

 

------ Original Message ------
From: Adam Welz
Date: 7/21/2014 11:07 PM
To: Peter Dorosh;
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Jul 21, 2014

 

today's in-between-feeding-babies list

Adam

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  <do-not-reply@ebird.org>
Date: Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:06 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Jul 21, 2014
To: adamwelz@gmail.com


Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jul 21, 2014 5:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Hot, overcast, Parkside to Pools via Lullwater
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  7
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1     Upper Pool
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type))  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  5
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1     calling, Ravine
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  9
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
thrush sp. (Turdidae sp.)  1     poss Swainson's Thrush judging by back & tail color - seen briefly flying through Ravine - front not seen at all
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19183008

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fwd: revised green-wood list


-----Original Message-----
From: Orrin Tilevitz 
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Jul 21, 2014 10:48 am
Subject: revised green-wood list

Green-Wood Cemetery this morning.  29 species in about 1 1/2 hours, including a couple of yellow warblers.  Not bad for mid-July.

Monk parakeet
Rock dove
Song sparrow
Chipping sparrow
Great blue heron
House wren (heard, many)
American robin
Mourning dove
Northern cardinal (heard)
Warbling vireo (heard, at least 3)
Baltimore oriole (heard)
Great egret
Black-crowned night heron
Northern mockingbird
Northern flicker
Common grackle
House finch
Gray catbird
Red-bellied woodpecker (heard)
Red-winged blackbird
Laughing gull (flyover)
White-breasted nuthatch (heard)
European starling
House sparrow
Black-capped chickadee
Tufted titmouse (hard)
Yellow warbler (2 near Sylvan Water)
Eastern kingbird

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cedar Waxwings

Top of Maryland Monument stairs: Seen in the large mulberry fruit laden,or the nearby cherry tree,13 Cedar Waxwings perched together. Seems like a bumper crop of birds . Today 4-5:15
On the lake,14 Laughing Gulls.

Fwd: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Jul 20, 2014





-----Original Message-----
From: adamwelz@
To: Peter Dorosh ; Tom Stephenson <12toms data-blogger-escaped-gmail.com="">
Sent: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 3:06 pm
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Jul 20, 2014


Possibly my lowest Park list total ever...

Misspellings courtesy of my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: do-not-reply@ebird.org
Date: July 20, 2014 at 18:26:02 EDT
To: adamwelz@.com
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Jul 20, 2014

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jul 20, 2014 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Sunny, hot, park busy, Parkside to Lookout Hill and back
18 species

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  4     2 adults, 2 young
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type))  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  5
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  3
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  3     1 fledgeling seen begging from adult - did they breed in Prospect Park?
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19164716

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Fwd: White-eyed vireos

From Marvin Baptiste



-----Original Message-----
From: marvin9876@aim.com
To: prosbird
Sent: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 2:35 pm
Subject: White-eyed vireos

Seen this morning on the lull water  
  
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