Saturday, November 28, 2015

Bush Terminal park ,rept from Matthew Wills

Yesterday we watched a pair of ravens chase a pigeon around the soccer field at Bush Terminal Park. First one bird chased the pigeon, then the other joined the hunt. (It was spectacular enough to halt the soccer game as the players watched the aerial acrobatics.) The pigeon and both ravens disappeared into the open stairwell shaft of the old warehouse next to the field. The ravens emerged less than five minutes later. Had they had squab for Thanksgiving? (Hardly seemed like enough time to chow down; no flurry of feathers seen as you might if a raptor was plucking prey.)

This was the first time I've seen ravens hunt. The big corvids are regularly seen at Bush Terminal and nearby Green-Wood, and ever since I saw a pair grooming each other at the harbor end of 39th St. on January 1 of this year, I've been wondering what they scavenge here in the city. It looks like they may supplement their diet with fresh bird.


raw day, a woodpecker shines

A day without sun doesn't hold much hope for birding.Low numbers as sprinkles of rain fell on my birding day ;after a coastal birding trek , Mary E and I stopped at Greenwood Cemetery in the hope of getting the resident Red Headed Woodpecker.

We stopped at the rare woodpecker's usual haunt at Cornus and Sycamore Avenues.The last reliable post was along Berry Path. About five minutes on the path,Mary spotted her bird, first this year for her, the RED HEADED WOODPECKER spotted in an oak tree. It flew over us thru the sweet gum tree and landed  in the Norway Maple by Cornus. We thought it flew out immediately,at least we thought so. But it perched behind the big limb and stayed there until I spotted it from Highland Ave the continuation of Cornus. A sneaky patient bird that stuck there after we left. With heavy overcast, the color on the bird except for the white wing panels was muted.

While I searched from Highland,up slope a raptor caught my eye.Its a top perched MERLIN with a RED BELLIED WOODPECKER slightly below. On the ground near me ,DARK EYED JUNCOS and above in a small tree, a WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH.

 Yes a raw day but some good birds salvaged our venture outdoors.

Greenwood Cemetery red headed woodpecker along berry Path and cornus Avenue

Friday, November 27, 2015

Fwd: Green-Wood red headed woodpecker

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From: Tinsley Perky <>
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Fri, Nov 27, 2015 2:17 am
Subject: Green-Wood red headed woodpecker

Caught a look this afternoon, here is a photo. ( my first, yea!)

A big thanks to the P Park feeder people, so glad the feeders are back up!

Fwd: GWC this morning

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Date: Thu, Nov 26, 2015 at 4:55 PM
Subject: GWC this morning
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Highlights in Green-Wood this morning were the juvenile red-headed woodpecker in its usual tree (the aggressive bird chased away a flock of mourning doves, I guess with the idea of protecting his food supply), and a flock of red-winged blackbirds eating sweet-gum seeds above the Crescent Water.  Also, a hairy woodpecker adjacent to Fort Hamilton Parkway, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, and the usual juncos, goldfinches, blue jays and starlings.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving birds ( not the turkey)

While the turkey was roasting in my sister' s over,it seem the right time to venture out to Prospect on this gorgeous day. For an hour holiday trot, not boring at all.

First stop at the lake edge was quite productive. The continuing juvenile GREAT CORMORANT perched on a different water snag at Three Sisters eastern island. Just mere feet away, three BUFFLEHEADS & 2 Drake RINGNECKED DUCKS waded about.NORTHERN SHOVELERS is abundant at minimum 175 birds dispersed with far lesser numbers of RUDDY DUCKS.

During this scan of the lake, a soaring raptor caught my eye. Circling high above the northwestern section is a PEREGRINE FALCON,looking for its own feast I bet.

Hurrying along before I get the call for my own thanksgiving feast, I head for the Prospect feeders. But first a stop at Well drive green shipping containers for the past week' s quality warblers. Yesterday the Nashville  warbler was spotted, after my Monday sighting. I pished a few times and got a prize : ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER. My fall season' s second ORANGE CROWNED was the better sighting as this bird stayed out in the open for 40 seconds at least. The spot is behind lamppost j250,left of the rich black dirt pile.

A Thanksgiving treat,much to be thankful for the birds that give us joy.

Well Dr.bhind lamppost J250 left of black dirt pile adj green ship containers ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER weedy spot Prospark

Prospect juv Great cormorant eastern 3Sisters isl.nearby 2 Ringneck ducks2,3Buffleheads

Juv redhead wp cont. same spot n maple Berry path in grnwood cemetery per Orrin

Thanksgiving greetings

Happy and blessed Thanksgiving to my readers. Much to appreciate nature and birds along with the community enjoying them.

To you and yours, a delightful and relaxing holiday.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The start of a whole new Feeder season

The annual winter tradition continues....

The feeders season for winter 2015-2016 has commenced. Giving thanks during this Thanksgiving week for the birds and the delights they bring.


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Location : in Prospect Park. ( ask around any birder)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Where's the White? A Simple Question can be the Key in Waterfowl ID | All About Birds

Well drive good spot

Yesterday's Orange crowned warblers were absent today but a NASHVILLE WARBLER instead took their place. Anything yellowy  or colorful plumage this time of year takes alot of notice.

I spotted movement in the weedy brush behind and left of the black dirt pile adjacent to the green shipping containers. The bright warbler initially led me to believing it was one of the Orange crowneds. Instead as I patiently waited till it did showed, I noted the eye ring: NASHVILLE WARBLER. I'll take it.Its a gorgeous looking , beautiful looking warbler . As I watched it, a few HOUSE FINCHES and a lone SONG SPARROW hung around. Then a smallish raptor flew overhead and perched in the sycamore maple, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. Guess the birding was done thereafter.

Some interest on the Lake. Among abundant SHOVELERS, a single drake HOODED MERGANSER at Three Sisters, and hen BUFFLEHEAD nearer Duck Island were noted.PIED BILLED GREBE lingers in the Lullwater between the pink concrete beaches.

Nashville warbler Well House Dr left of black dirt pile.prospect prk

Sunday, November 22, 2015

overcast skies,few tweets

On this windy chilly overcast day, a few notable reports to note..

First ,a double dose of ORANGE CROWNED WARBLERS on Lookout Hill south base slope , by the green shipping containers, observed by Sean Sime in Prospect Park.

Then my quack report of 8 LESSER SCAUP - 6 Drake, 2 hen- within a large BUFFLEHEAD contigent of 175 birds .this flock in the western cove of Bush Terminal Park, past the mound. I had visited this park for a small event that included park awareness, weeding invasives, and birding promotion. A sunnier day no doubt would have bought out the crowds ! It's early yet for winter birds to peak at Bush.

Also noted is the regular COMMON RAVEN ( chased by crows) at Bush Terminal Park.Observers were Karen Ohearn and Rob Bate manning the birding promotional location.

Tweet from Sean Sime (@seansime)

Sean Sime (@seansime) tweeted at 2:07pm - 22 Nov 15:

Two Orange-crowned Warblers at green containers on Wellhouse Drive in Prospect. (

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8 Lesser Scaup w.175 Bufflehead Bush Term pier park westmost cove

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 20, 2015

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From: Kathleen Toomey <>
Date:11/20/2015 11:29 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: prosbird <>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 20, 2015

Date: November 20, 2015 at 11:28:40 PM EST
To: Kathleentoomey
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 20, 2015

Prospect Park, Kings, New York, US
Nov 20, 2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
28 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  35
Mute Swan  10
Wood Duck  7
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  5
Mallard  80
American Black Duck/Mallard  3
Northern Shoveler  100
Ring-necked Duck  2
Bufflehead  1
Ruddy Duck  30
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
American Coot  35
Ring-billed Gull  30
Herring Gull  3
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  4
Dark-eyed Junco  30
White-throated Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Rusty Blackbird  1
House Sparrow  10

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Nov 19, 2015

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Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, New York, US
Nov 19, 2015 3:35 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
8 species

Canada Goose  X
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  200
Ring-necked Duck  2
Bufflehead  1
Ruddy Duck  25
American Coot  1

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Fwd: We did it - One Million Trees for New York City!

In case anyone wonders why the Empire state building shines green.. A great conservation project for NYC.

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Sent: Thu, Nov 19, 2015 1:04 am
Subject: We did it - One Million Trees for New York City!

Thanks for your support!
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I'm writing to thank you for your tremendous support in helping the New York Restoration Project reach our goal of planting ONE Million Trees for the City of New York. We accomplished this two years ahead of schedule working with our partner in MillionTreesNYC, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. WE DID IT! 

On Friday November 20, 2015 the ceremonial one millionth tree will be planted at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx. No other city has reached this goal. On behalf of the Board of New York Restoration Project, the staff, and countless volunteers, thank you. Your generous contribution helped us achieve this record breaking endeavor.

In your honor, and to celebrate this milestone, the Empire State Building will be bathed in forest green to celebrate your generosity and commitment to ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to beautiful, open green space wherever in the city they live. This Friday night, be sure to snap a photo, send to your friends, and share it with us on social media as we celebrate YOU and your kind support.

Thank you,
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Bette Midler

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