Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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*** Species Summary:

- Caspian Tern (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) (1)
- Reported Apr 25, 2017 14:01 by Joshua Malbin
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6602841,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36260175
- Comments: "Continuing large tern, dark primaries and heavy red bill."

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Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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*** Species Summary:

- Caspian Tern (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) (1)
- Reported Apr 25, 2017 09:45 by Sean Sime
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6602841,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36256434
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Adult. Photos"

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 8:32 AM on Tue, Apr 25, 2017:
Caspian Tern back on Prospect Lake per Sean sime
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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*** Species Summary:

- Caspian Tern (1 report)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <hourly> Kings County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Kings County.  View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35645
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) (1)
- Reported Apr 24, 2017 08:55 by Linda Ewing
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6602841,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36230436
- Comments: "Seen well over an extended period from the peninsula as it circled the west half of Prospect Lake, occasionally disappearing behind the peninsula thumb. Large tern with black cap and red bill, dark primaries. Was able to show to one other observer (Sheila). Eventually disappeared, not sure in which direction."

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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- Black Vulture (1 report)

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Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) (1)
- Reported Apr 23, 2017 06:31 by Heydi Lopes
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6523083,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36211163
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Pics"

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) (1)
- Reported Apr 22, 2017 09:35 by Alexandra  Ratay
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
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Fwd: [Ridgewood Reservoir 860] NYC PARKS COMPLETES RIDGEWOOD RESERVIOR DAM HAZARD RECLASSIFICATION, PRESERVING THE DAM AS NATURAL OPEN SPACE




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Subject: [Ridgewood Reservoir 860] NYC PARKS COMPLETES RIDGEWOOD RESERVIOR DAM HAZARD RECLASSIFICATION, PRESERVING THE DAM AS NATURAL OPEN SPACE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 20, 2017
www.nyc.gov/parks
 

NYC PARKS COMPLETES RIDGEWOOD RESERVIOR DAM HAZARD RECLASSIFICATION, PRESERVING THE DAM AS NATURAL OPEN SPACE


NYC Parks has successfully completed a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reclassification of the Ridgewood Reservoir, lowering the dam hazard rating from Class C "High Hazard" to Class A "Low Hazard." This new designation eliminates the need to create any breaches in the dam, preserving it as a natural treasure for the local community.
"The Ridgewood Reservoir is home to a number of native flora and fauna, making it one of Queens' most diverse natural areas," said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. "The reclassification of the dam is an important step forward to ensure the preservation of this treasured green space."
"The Ridgewood Reservoir has always been such a unique and beautiful part of our community, and now, thanks to the dam reclassification, it always will be," said Council Member Elizabeth Crowley. "Thank you to the Parks Department for the new designation and ensuring our greenspace is preserved in this bustling city."
NYC Parks is fully committed to preserving the dam as natural open space. In the years since being taken offline as a water supply source, the reservoir has transitioned into a naturalized area that is unique within NYC and serves as an important ecological and public recreation resource.
The Ridgewood Reservoir is a former water supply reservoir located within Highland Park, straddling the Brooklyn-Queens border. The reservoir was constructed in 1858 and served as part of the water supply system for Brooklyn until 1959. The reservoir is divided into three basins separated by embankments and has been substantially drained for many years.

The Ridgewood Reservoir is located within the northeastern portion of Highland Park, and is a component of a larger green corridor formed by the park and several adjoining cemeteries. The site sits atop a ridge formed by the Wisconsin ice sheet's terminal moraine, the Harbor Hill Moraine. Rising more than 100 feet above the surrounding outwash plain, the reservoir affords dramatic views over its surroundings to nearby cemeteries, East New York, Woodhaven, the Rockaways, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Fwd: BBC Walk Today



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From: Tom Stephenson <12toms@gmail.com>
To: ProsBird <ProsBird@aol.com>
Cc: Robert Bate <robsbate@gmail.com>; Dennis Hrehowsik <DeepSeaGangster@gmail.com>; Roberta Manian <Bobbi.Manian@alumni.lafayette.edu>; Janet Schumacher <JanetS33@optonline.net>
Sent: Thu, Apr 20, 2017 01:39 PM
Subject: BBC Walk Today


Hi Peter,

Well, we had a committed group of 9 that waited out the rain until about 8:45 in the gazebo and then headed out. There were tons of Yellow-rumped warblers and we ended up with 52 species all total, however not many warblers other than the plethora of yellow-rumps
.
There were many Eastern Towhee, maybe 15 or more, plus a singing Brown Thrasher, Blue-headed Vireo, Osprey, Spotted Sandpiper, several Blue-gray Gnatcatchers...and did I say lots and lots of Yellow-rumps??

Here's the list.

Best regards,
Tom


Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
Osprey
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tweet from Ed Crowne (@ecrowne)

Ed Crowne (@ecrowne) tweeted at 5:20 AM on Tue, Apr 18, 2017:
Northern waterthrush (singing) Binnen Water
(https://twitter.com/ecrowne/status/854308653851193344?s=03)

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub)

Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) tweeted at 5:16 AM on Mon, Apr 17, 2017:
Don't forget BBC mtg tomorrow night "Birding at the Bridge" with Heather Wolf! @BKLYNlibrary @heatherWolf  7 pm Central Branch https://t.co/4OZq8b34VK
(https://twitter.com/BklynBirdClub/status/853945300226068480?s=03)

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Tweet from Ed Crowne (@ecrowne)

Ed Crowne (@ecrowne) tweeted at 4:32 AM on Mon, Apr 17, 2017:
Brown thrasher Lookout chip path near Maryland Monument
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

going on vacation

Tomorrow i leave for vacation to southern California. Though I will do some birding,my primary reason going is to await the birth of my great niece. And see the toddler nephew and his parents.

So personal posts to blog will cease except for forwarded Ebird reports I get to my emails and any mega rarities . That's if I have WiFi and only in evenings.

If u follow instantaneously, follow my Twitter followers on my BBC Kings boids link on the side menu;Or Subscribe to What app( Google play store) Kings and Quuens bird alerts.

The Bird Trax also helps upper left menu. For prospect birders click on the Recent Prospect lists above left in blue and then click on the date to see that birders list.

Till then enjoy April spring migration !
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lingering Prospect Yellow throated Warbler

Yesterday's YELLOW THROATED WARBLER decided to hang around a while longer. Seen by Lily Pool , it stayed within the Pool environs today.

Ed CROWNE heard the bird by the Lily Pool back wooden overlook platform, the bird seen in a tall blooming Red Maple. It stayed in that general area through the morning ,verified by two other birders. The maple is to the right of the platform.

No other reports received on this warm day except for a PRAIRIE WARBLER.  Anne Murray reported one at the Peninsula, along a wood chip trail half way to the tip. I did see some Palm Warblers but that about it this morning.

Meanwhile a second YELLOW THROATED WARBLER appeared in Greenwood Cemetery. That bird was seen 652 am on Rob Jett walk.It was spotted again by the cypress path.

An interesting note regarding the Pospect Yellow throated.Ed mentioned that the first appearance a week ago that bird bird never sang. Today's bird did. Was the first a female?

Tweet from Ann Murray (@amurraycolo)

Ann Murray (@amurraycolo) tweeted at 10:38 AM on Sun, Apr 16, 2017:
Yellow Throated Warbler back in maple at the back of the lily pond.
(https://twitter.com/amurraycolo/status/853618717233696768?s=03)

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 8:34 AM on Sun, Apr 16, 2017:
YELLOW THROATED WARBLER right of Lily Pool back platform Red maple. No. Of Binnen falls thx Ed
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From Joshua Malbin 652 am ( Rob Jett walk) Yellow-throated warbler in GWC at Central Ave and Bayside Ave, flew up Central ridge

eBird Checklist – Prospect Park, New York – Sat Apr 15, 2017 – 52 species BBC walk

Saturday, April 15, 2017

PROSPEÇT warblers including YTWA

Topping the list of a few warblers reported today was a late afternoon report of YELLOW THROATED WARBLER. Other WARBLER quality species happened in the morning.

Karen O'hearn tweeted out the Yellow throated WARBLER seen by Lily Pool near the Music Pagoda, opposite the green shipping containers.That sighting seen before 430.

In the morning PRAIRIE and OVENBIRD were few of the reported I read on Twitter..The PRAIRIE sang, getting the attention of the Linnanean Society group at the Lullwater Rustic Arbor. Ovenbird appeared in the Rose Garden above the Vale of Cashmere.Both are early birds.

WHITE EYED VIREO came in today.That species surfaced in the Vale in the large Willow Oak according to Ed Crowne.

Tweet from ko (@KarenOhearn)

ko (@KarenOhearn) tweeted at 4:29 PM on Sat, Apr 15, 2017:
Yellow/throated warbler at path that runs along side the Lily Pond and the music pagoda. Opposite row of green shipping containers
(https://twitter.com/KarenOhearn/status/853344466341691392?s=03)

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fwd: BBC Walk today



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Sent: Thu, Apr 13, 2017 05:28 PM
Subject: BBC Walk today


Hi Peter,

We have a great walk today in the Park. There was a large group of birders (40??) and even more birds.
Highlights included Osprey, American Kestrel, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, lots of Pine and Palm Warblers, a cooperative Louisiana Waterthrush, 8 species of Sparrows including Field and Savannah (and Towhee and Junco), and 2 Rusty Blackbirds.

Here's the list and a few photos in case we can post those on our FB site.
(Let me know if that's something I can/should do.

Best regards,
Tom


Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
Osprey
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Laughing Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Rusty Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Brief notes

A more quiet day except for scanty reports in  Prospect and the Yellow Throated Warbler reported yesterday.

Upper Pool was the site of GREEN HERON this morning with scattered warblers reported lately. The LOUISIANA WATERTHUSH visited the Lower Pool observed by the first BBC thursday walk. Their report is pending.

NORTHERN PARULA WARBLER came quite close at the Terrace Bridge , sharing the moment with BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER and BLACK CAPPED CHICKADEE. ( Mike Yuan)

RUSTY BLACKBIRD continues at Lower Pool  reported by Paige Linden.

And an interesting report about the Yellow Throated Warble;Joshua Malbin mentioned that Wendy Lotus spotted the bird at the Brooklyn Botanic garden yesterday. She took a picture of the bird on the lawn.No further details given.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Apr 11, 2017

From yesterday," comedy show" on lake but the two snow weren't laughing.
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Date: Apr 12, 2017 6:13 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Apr 11, 2017
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Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, New York, US
Apr 11, 2017
Protocol: Incidental
2 species

Snow Goose  2
Laughing Gull  9

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35906307

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Noon time report

Hilights of this morning's birding is BROWN THRASHER and BLACK THROATED GREEN WARBLER.

The Thrasher was singing away , getting Ed Crowne's attention at the path along middle Lookout Hill south slope. The path runs above the Well house.

The other bird, Black throated Green Warbler comes in as a first of season, seen and heard at the Lower Pool. According to Linda in her report, the bird was viewed by Ed , Rafael and Linda.  About 20 minutes later, another sighting possibly the same bird moved into the Ravine above Ambergill Falls.

RUSTY BLACKBIRD continues at Ambergill Pool.


KB note Northern Parula Warbler reported as well.

Linda's report http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35896426

BBC evening talk next Tuesday

Brooklyn Bird Club Facebook post

Heather Wolf will talk about her book “Birding at the Bridge: In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront” and her urban quest to document and photograph the birds of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Heather is a birder and photographer and is a web developer at theCornell Lab of Ornithology. She leads bird walks, teaches birding classes and documents the birds of Brooklyn Bridge Park on herblog, brooklynbridgebirds.com.
Heather’s photos are currently featured in the Museum of the City of New York’s “New York at its Core” Exhibit and Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Environmental Education Center.
APR18
Tue 7 PMCentral Library (Brooklyn Public Library)Brooklyn, New York
8 people interested · 2 people going

Tweet from Ed Crowne (@ecrowne)

Ed Crowne (@ecrowne) tweeted at 7:10 AM on Wed, Apr 12, 2017:
Brown thrasher singing path above wellhouse on Lookout
(https://twitter.com/ecrowne/status/852116606452891648?s=03)

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Apr 11, 2017

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From: "Roberta Manian" <roberta.manian@gmail.com>
Date: Apr 11, 2017 3:59 PM
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Apr 11, 2017
To: "Peter Dorosh" <prosbird@gmail.com>, "Kathleen Toomey" <kathleentoomey@gmail.com>, "Rob Bate" <robsbate@gmail.com>
Cc:

Hi Peter,

we had 22 people at the start of today's walk!  It was a beautiful day, you couldn't ask for nicer weather.  Unfortunately the birds were not out celebrating.  We dipped on both the Yellow-throated Warbler and the Solitary Sandpiper, but did manage to find the LOWA which was a life birds for 4 people!  We tallied a respectable 50 species,but we had to work for them.

Best,
Bobbi, Kathy, Rob 
(Tues co-leaders)


Prospect Park, Kings, New York, US
Apr 11, 2017 7:30 AM - 12:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     BBC Tues walk series.
50 species

Snow Goose  2
Canada Goose  6
Mute Swan  3
Wood Duck  4
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  6
Ruddy Duck  27
Red-throated Loon  1     Seen by Ryan and Angie before walk
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  29
Great Blue Heron  2
Osprey  1
American Coot  11
Laughing Gull  2
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  12
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  21
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  3
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Palm Warbler  5
Pine Warbler  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Chipping Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  3
White-throated Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  42
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
American Goldfinch  1
European Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35875538

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

Warm day feels like Lousiana

A warm day that reached the upper 70's made it feel like Louisiana. Only that it's the bird not the state I'm thinking about.

I finally got to see the bird, a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH found wandering in the Ravine creek. Mostly kept to the lower Ravine in mid morning where I saw it, thanks to an alert from ED Crowne; it was elusive, then cooperative for a short bit in the midsection just before the Ravine Pool. Later in the early afternoon, it moved upstream , found by Vinny Falci, just south of the Little Rock Arch bridge, before it wandered farther up closer to the Esdale Bridge in the Ambergill. Regardless where, just about many observers saw the bird.

In the same general vicinity, other warblers were spotted. PINE, PALM , YELLOW RUMPED joined a few BLACK & WHITE.

The Ravine continuing its hot roll, recording WINTER WREN and a pair of WOOD DUCKS as well in the stream. Vinny and Eni saw BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER over the Esdale.

No reports of the Yellow -throated Warbler today despite the bird club valiant search on their first spring '17 walk.



West coast Brooklyn

From NYSBirds listserve

Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:49 am (PDT) . Posted by:

"Andrew Baksh" birdingdude

This morning, a 1Cy (calendar year) ICELAND GULL (Kumlieni) was observed at Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4. At some point it flew north, and I relocated it at Bush Terminal Piers Park.

While looking for the Iceland Gull I found a drake EURASIAN WIGEON. Which was in the company of a hen and drake American Wigeon. The other highlight from there was a Raven, a bird that I am seeing with some regularity in that location.

In further evidence that Spring has Sprung, I observed multiple Cabbage Whites feeding and fluttering about the vegetation plus several migrating Red Admirals.

Monday, April 10, 2017

post work walk, other day reports

My walk on a then quite warm day turned up welcomed sightings.As my goal was to to find a waterthrush, which I almost saw, single WARBLER species came in

At the back view of the Upper Pool, three WARBLER species got on my list.Thanks to a new birder Justin,a PINE,PALM & YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER  flew close in ,with the Pine picking off insects or gnats hovering off the big tree next to the fence.Linda spotted a waterthrush but it disappeared quickly and I missed by seconds.Its identity uncertain, we blew it off trying to wait for it to come back

Later I found Kathy, Linda and another birder looking at a RUSTY BLACKBIRD on the opposite shore of the Ambergill pool.It took me time to find the dark bird among the wet leaves.

I went off to look for the Solitary sandpiper.I had no luck; Kathy said one had to have patience for the bird to show itself.

Kathy mentioned that she saw the seasons first BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER at Terrace Bridge.Another birder I ran into said he found one at Music Pagoda.Also new was BLUE HEADED VIREO in the Ravine reported by Tripper Paul around 1:57. Tripper witnessed a Cooper's hawk battling a Kestrel as an Osprey flew by above the Nethermead.

Sean Sime meanwhile held a personal hawk watch at Greenwsood Cemetery. Slow and steady he says seeing NORTHERN HARRIER,COOPERS HAWK,SHARPSHINNED HAWK,RED SHOULDERED HAWK,AMERICAN KESTREL ,RED TAILED HAWK ,MERLIN & even BALD EAGLE.Oh a bunch of double created cormorants too.

Details this morn YTWA

Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2017 08:35 by Paige Linden-Brams
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35854383
- Comments: "Continuing bird located by the boathouse bridge. Very active. Later related further down the lullwater actively feeding from both sides. Bright yellow throat, black cheek, long sharp bill. Pics to follow. "

YTWA

According to Birdtrax  YELLOW THROATED WARBLER continues,In Lullwater cove (north or west side)

SOLITARY SANDPIPER stays put and BANK SWALLOW reported

see Ryan's list  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35851016


Prospect Walks start tomorrow

BBC Facebook posting

Don't forget that tomorrow (Tuesday April 11) is the first of the season Prospect Park migration walk! Meet Rob, Bobbi, and Kathy at the Vanderbilt Playground entrance to Prospect Park at 7:30 a.m. The weather looks great (and maybe that Yellow-throated Warbler will stick around.)

Details  http://www.brooklynbirdclub.org/trips.htm





Fwd: Participate in this year's Birdathon!


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Subject: Participate in this year's Birdathon!

Hey Members & Friends!

May 13th, Birdathon Saturday, is fast approaching. This year's designated beneficiary of our annual Birdathon is the heroic Wild Bird Fund https://www.wildbirdfund.org/about-us/ who just rescued 100 or more American Woodcocks during this year's snowstorm that coincided with the woodcock's peak migration.  The WBF is the "go to" organization in the metro area for rescuing, rehabbing and releasing any wild birds that have suffered an injury or are in need of medical care.

The idea of the Birdathon is to form or join a team and go out and count bird species.  Typically participants hit up friends and family for donations, usually a set amount per bird species counted during the course of the day.

Bobbi Manian roberta.manian@gmail.com has graciously agreed to organize teams for us again this year so, if you have a team or would like to join a team, please let her know.  (Also, she could use a co-director if anyone would be willing to giver her a hand and lessen her burden.)

Please feel free to participate at any level you wish.  Some of us like to have a leisurely cup of coffee before setting out for the day and other teams (you know - fanatics) get up before dawn to try and bag an owl or two before the sun comes up - it's your call.  
 
For those not up for a full day of birding, Michele Dreger's Introduction to Birdwatching group will meet at the Boathouse in Prospect Park at noon, and bird for a few hours - all are welcome here without reservation - bring binoculars!

The idea is to have fun and raise some money for a worthy cause on International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) - http://www.birdday.org. This year's official theme is "Stopover Sites: Helping Birds Along the Way" and Prospect Park and Greenwood Cemetery are world class migrant traps, providing food and cover for our migrating songbirds flying over our vast metro area.  Let's go out and have some fun now that spring is finally here!

Yours,
Rob Bate
President - Brooklyn Bird Club

Sunday, April 9, 2017

YTWA lingers; raptors are good

They are low and they are high. Birders today had both directions to look ,down and up for good birds in a few spread out locations on this very sunny day.

First and foremost, the YELLOW THROATED WARBLER YTWA importantly lingers on. It stayed put to yesterday's original location, the English ivy trail by Binnen falls. One report noted the YTWA actually inside the overlook below the falls. It eventually ventured to the other side of the fallsbut later in the day became adventurous, wandering down the West Lullwater towards Terrace Bridge and back again 60 yards according to one observer. The rare WARBLER even visited the Rustic Arbor on the south shore.

On the ground as well is LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.spotted in three different places, two in Prospect,one in Greenwood Cemetery. The first report placed a bird in the lower Ravine below the Nethermead Bridge; the second bird if not the same had a bird on Upper Pool island with the wood duck box.The third bird ,in the cemetery appeared in the Dellwater i pursued after Palm Sunday services; but that was a dry run for me . despite looking at Crescent water,Sylvan water and Valley Water,no waterthrush.Only two GREAT EGRETS at Valley compensated my luckless try.

A SOLITARY SANDPIPER appeared as a bonus for the YTWA chasers.This shorebird appeared in the Lily Pool by the overlook there in the back.Lily Pool empties into Binnen Falls.

On this day though ,birders were also busy looking up. BLACK VULTURE flew over Prospects Nethermead, a high  bird but its telltale diagnostic wingtip field marks identified it.Kristin Costello spotted the vulture.Over at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, an adult BROADWING HAWK flying northeast was spotted by Sean Sime