Saturday, April 25, 2015

@deepseagangster: Prothonotary and hooded warbler on duck island

Friday, April 24, 2015

A big chill

A big chill no doubt stalls migration. But don't tell the swallows. Over Prospect Lake ,the population of mostly BARN SWALLOWS mixed in with several TREE SWALLOWS are enjoying their flight, no minding the chill. I'm guessing I saw at least 30 swallows today.Last night there was a single BANK SWALLOW.

I forgot to mention,busy I was yesterday to report it, at the lake, there in late afternoon 32 LAUGHING GULLS the day before , about twenty-ish on the lake,the rest in the air directly above.. A real bonafide comedy show..

A quiet day today,just Joshuas PRAIRIE WARBLER & Will Pollards SPOTTED SANDPIPER tweets. Its cold out,birds sleep in. The weekend will carry over the chill so enjoy the cherry blossoms if birds dip.

I' m off to celebrate my 40 th year walk upstate Saturday  in High Tor State park,where I began my Brooklyn Bird Club affiliation a good 37 years ago.Regardless of what birds I see or quantity, its symbolic and a milestone to reflect upon.
Time flies swiftly as the swallow!

@billmiky: Spotted sandpiper. Crescent water at greenwood

Happy Arbor Day !

Today is Arbor Day..Give trees some notice..

Fwd: Hooded Warbler photo

From Sandy Paci from the Thursday BBC walk

-----Original Message-----
From: sandy <>
To: Dorosh <>
Cc: prosbird <>
Sent: Fri, Apr 24, 2015 10:17 am
Subject: Hooded Warbler photo

Hi Peter,

Here is a shot of the Hooded Warbler seen yesterday on Tom's walk.

Sandy Paci

Ridgewood Reservoir update

from the facebook post

the greenspace is on the Brooklyn Queens border.I will be leading a 3 hr walk there april 26th ( can take three passengers if anyone interested)
 May 3rd the Brooklyn Bird Club leads a walk there led by Steve Nanz

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fwd: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Apr 23, 2015

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thu, Apr 23, 2015 2:32 pm
Subject: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Apr 23, 2015

Despite the arctic weather over the Park, and a slow start, when I arrived at the Lullwater Cove area, the I hit the jackpot.  Seven sps of warblers in this area: Northern Waterthrush, Prairie, Myrtle, Pine, Palm,Yellow & Ovenbird.  Early at the edge of Nelly's lawn, I saw a single individual of Black-and-white.
A large crowd following T.S. on his Thursday walk have also a great time at the cove.
Also seen today some Chimney Swifts, 1 Blue-headed Vireo.  I did not visit the Peninsula, and the Lake.  Too cold!!

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Apr 23, 2015 7:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Observer: Rafael G Campos
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 kilometer(s)
41 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  4
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Common Merganser (North American) (Mergus merganser americanus)  1    Drake. Possibly hurt. Lullwater.
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  22
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  6
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  5
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  7
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  3
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  1
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea)  5
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  11
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  1
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  4
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  31
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  14
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  3
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  5
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  8

Brooklyn is great birding!!!

Fwd: Thursday Walk

-----Original Message-----
To: Peter Dorosh
Cc: Dennis Hrehowsik ; Stanley Greenberg ; Rob Bate
Sent: Thu, Apr 23, 2015 1:47 pm
Subject: Thursday Walk

Hi Peter,

Although it felt like February, we ended up having a very good walk today.
We had about 28 people braving the cold and what at first seemed like a very slow birding day.
However we ended up with 61 species and some good ones.
Highlights included
Raptors: Merlin, Peregrine, Red-shouldered Hawk (beautiful fly-by), Red-tailed, Sharp-shinned)
Warblers: highlights were Prairie Warbler (on peninsula), Hooded Warbler (thanks to Mike Yuan for persisting in the search past the first playgrounds), Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Black-and-white (at least 3), many Pine Warblers (both very drab, inbetween and very bright), many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 5 Common Loon (4 fly-over, one on the lake),
a cooperative Green Heron, Purple Finch and others.

A few shots attached for the FB and blog site.

Best regards,

Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Ruddy Duck
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Hooded Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Worm eating warbler on the peninsula, mid north side.per Maureen Matthews

Brief notes

Today, with a full report later, PRAIRIE WARBLER ( Peninsula), HOODED WARBLER south of Imagination Playground across from Concert Ground/Rink entrance), were top highlights. Also LOUISIANAWATERTHRUSH under Terrace Bridge. all AM.

COMMON LOON in the Prospect Lake

PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, BANK & NORTHERN ROUGH WINGED SWALLOWS, WILSON SNIPE the good birds seen at Sylvan Water of Greenwood Cemetery,


Below is Marc Brawer photo of yesterday PRAIRIE WARBLER

@themeowking: Golden Swamp Warbler Prothonotary continues at south side of Sylvan Water, Greenwood Cemetery #spoiledbyprothonotaries

@themeowking: Hooded warbler singing south of Imagination Playground. 200 yards south of Lincoln Rd entrance.

COMMON LOON in west sector Prospect Lake. Prev found by bbc walk

Prairie warbler Peninsula along east shore trail 150 feet bfore tip shelter