Monday, October 20, 2014

Abundant is the word-Prospect

No doubt the most abundant bird today in Prospect were WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS,  about any weedy place you stumbled upon  .Loads of them . As I mentioned this morning's post, as I entered the park around 6:55 am  heading for work , about 300 White-throated Sparrows moved thru the breaking dawn lit lawn areas into the woods near the 16th Street entrance. Then there were HERMIT THRUSHES  popping up everywhere, in brush, in woods even lawns. Why even as I birded the West Woods restoration site on my lunch hour, even a HERMIT THRUSH on my Toro vehicle cargo wall as I looked from within the enclosure... ( nothing in my cargo hold fella.)

WINTER WREN took advantage of the brush piles of weeds that were pulled out from past weeks inside the West Woods, about 5-6 birds I observed.

A report from Karen O'Hearn alerted me via Tweet message a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO seen above the shipping containers at Vanderbilt Playground ( by the Vanderbilt Street park entrance)

Along the lake west shore, I found a SPOTTED SANDPIPER on the black plastic covering phragmites while kinglets, EASTERN PHOEBES, CHIPPING SPARROWS flew around  in the trees along the shoreline..

At Lamppost 249 at Well Drive picnic tables, single LINCOLN SPARROW and WHITE CROWNED SPARROWS with the sparrow assortment; also LINCOLNS at West Woods, and WHITE-CROWNED in "Sparrowbowl ", the vale north of the Tennis House with the assortment there as well.

Prospect Lake   most interesting species were two GREEN WINGED TEAL , hens or immatures from a short distance while I was cleaning up the south shoreline. Over 50 RUDDY DUCKS seen.

Its a great day if you like fall migration in dynamic waves..( but its a Monday, alas work no full day birding.)


From Sean Zimmer

Hi Peter,

West Woodland Restoration area very active this morning; I was there from about 7:45 to 8:15. 
The leaf litter and weeds were alive with White Throated Sparrows in large numbers.
Also seen:
- Eastern Towhee
- Golden Crowned Kinglet
- Yellowthroat
- Goldfinch
- Tufted Titmouse
- Blue-headed Vireo
- Hermit Thrush
- Flicker
- Chipping Sparrow
- Song Sparrow
- Juncos
- Phoebe

All the best on this birdy Monday!



From Orrin Tilevitz birding GW Cemetery

White crowned Sparrow Juvenile

Green-Wood Cemetery this morning.  Flickers were partying on the Central Ridge--dozens if not more, and sparrows were partying by the Sylvan Water; I picked out  white-crowned and field sparrows, but I didn't have time to look at all of them.  Here is what I saw in an hour or so:

Ruby-crowned kinglet
Downy woodpecker
Blue jay
White-throated sparrow
Hermit thrush
Wood duck (5 on Valley Water)
Canada goose
Northern flicker
Eastern phoebe
Song sparrow
White-breasted nuthatch
Red-bellied woodpecker
White-crowned sparrow
Palm warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler
Common yellowthroat
Chipping sparrow
Swamp sparrow
Winter wren
Mallard duck
Field sparrow
Northern mockingbird
American crow
Dark-eyed junco

Linc & White crwnd sparrows @ lamppost 249 well dr picnc tables

Cold snap equals bird movement

Last night's cold snap obviously moved birds. This morning where I entered Prospect park at 16th street and PPSouthwest, a large flock of WHITE THROATED SPARROWS in jittery action moved quickly along the lawn towards the hill. On the ball fields in the vicinity of field 7  a much smaller flock comprised of CHIPPING SPARROWS.

Unfortunately its a Monday workday....(DRAT!)


Excerpt from Sunday post to NYS Birds Listserve posted by Doug Gochfeld

Red-shouldered Hawk
Juvenile flyover Maryland Monument. Photos. Then another one westbound over Sumac Meadow a minute later, fairly backlit.

Orange-crowned Warbler
3-4 in one spot on Lookout, south of Butterfly Meadow, 1 at Butterfly Meadow
A complete list from Prospect Park can be found here:

Good Birding!
-Doug Gochfeld. Brooklyn, NY.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fwd: Fwd: eBird Report - Green-Wood Cemetery, Oct 19, 2014

-----Original Message-----
From: joshuamalbin
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Sun, Oct 19, 2014 1:57 pm
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Green-Wood Cemetery, Oct 19, 2014

Was able to fit in a couple of hours in the late afternoon in Green-Wood. Mostly I focused on the sky, because raptors seemed to be moving.

Green-Wood Cemetery, Kings, US-NY
Oct 19, 2014 3:25 PM - 5:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
33 species

Canada Goose  78
Wood Duck  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  36     large flock exact count in view at once overflight heading southeast
Sharp-shinned Hawk  4     seen at intervals 1, 1, 2. possible one was a repeat because the last two were circling and hunting but I think 4 is the more likely count.
Red-shouldered Hawk  1     Not a long look but translucent crescents on wing tips were clearly visible
Broad-winged Hawk  1     dark border to light wings, overall stubby squat look but flying very high so hard to be 100 percent sure. seems late for this species.
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  9
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  15     exact count by ones largest group 7 feeding on the ground
Merlin  2
Monk Parakeet  20
Blue Jay  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  3
Black-and-white Warbler  2
American Redstart  1     adult male.
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  21
Yellow-rumped Warbler  11
Chipping Sparrow  X
Savannah Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  5

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Fwd: Morning birds



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------ Original Message ------
From: Sean Zimmer
Date: 10/19/2014 9:45 AM
To: Peter Dorosh;
Subject: Morning birds


Hi Peter,

Good birds in Prospect Park this morning:

- Lots of sparrow activity at the ballfields (field #7 and along construction fence), including the famed Vesper Sparrow and some Chipping Sparrows. 
- Raptors very active above the ballfields/Quaker cemetery. Merlin and Kestrel, plus a sharp-shinned. The merlin/kestrel duo were chasing each other.
- The west woodland restoration near the picnic house grilling area was very productive. Large mixed flock of White-Throated Sparrows, Juncos, Palm Warblers, Yellowthroat, Yellow-Rumps, Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush and 1 Veery.
- Wood ducks on the upper pool.

All the best,

Fwd: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Oct 18, 2014


-----Original Message-----
From: ticornis@
Sent: Sat, Oct 18, 2014 11:09 am
Subject: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Oct 18, 2014

Prospect Park is something very special.  Today I saw 7 sps of warblers: Yellowthroat, Parula, Myrtle, Magnolia, BT-Blue, Black-and-white, & Blackpoll.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Oct 18, 2014 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 kilometer(s)
41 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  6
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  4
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  4
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  6
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  15
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  11
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  2
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  2    Peninsula.
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  13
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  3
Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis)  1    Rick's Place.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  8
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  12
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1    Peninsula.
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1    Vale.

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1    Peninsula.
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1    Vale.
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  1    Peninsula.
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  1    male: Vale.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  5

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1    male: Rick's Place.
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  15
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  10
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fwd: Fwd: eBird Report - Green-Wood Cemetery, Oct 18, 2014

Brooklyn Bird Club Walk led by Tom Preston (his list as well)

-----Original Message-----
From: tompr9@
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Sat, Oct 18,:05 am
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Green-Wood Cemetery, Oct 18, 2014

Green-Wood Cemetery, Kings, US-NY
Oct 18, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     I led a walk for the Brooklyn Bird Club
54 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  3
Mallard  4
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Accipiter sp.  1     Others saw 5 more.
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Herring Gull  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  20
Chimney Swift  45     Large flock above Heath Path, spotted by John Gaglione. 45 was my best guess. John reported a similar number, 6 more seen about 15 minutes earlier were likely part of the same group.
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  18     Most (12+) were along Cypress Avenue
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  2
Monk Parakeet  8
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  75
Tufted Titmouse  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  15
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  20
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  10
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  10
Northern Parula  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  30
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  100
Song Sparrow  6
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  25
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  9
House Finch  5
Purple Finch  2
Pine Siskin  10
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  X

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Prospect orange morning

A flash of gray and green flew across my intended path along the south fence of Butterfly Meadow atop Lookout Hill. Having lost sight of the little blob that landed atop the fence -initially obscured-before descending into the wild meadow,it reappeared moments later not one but two ORANGE CROWNED WARBLERS.

Seen feeding very close in tall or common Goldenrod,one of the rare warblers cooperated fully giving me at least a minute views atop the goldenrod.The second Orange crowned appeared below the first one,however more furtively.Nevertheless its the first time in my long birding career I've seen two together in the same spot or maybe my memory is going .

Also present on this cooler day at least 4 woodpeckers around Butterfly Meadow.They were Flicker,RED BELLIED,YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER and HAIRY.I tried sticking around long enough for a fifth species.

Prospect Lake now has an increasing Ruddy Duck population,47 by today's count,no doubt more in coming days. A short morning for me,but satisfactory given the gift of a favorite warbler in Orange Crowned.

Lastly,old friend VESPER SPARROW must like it here ! Staying true to the overlap zone of fields 1&7outfield ,it was spotted along the constructio fence by visitor John Zucker.

Vesper sparrow stays

Got the vesper around 11 along
ballfield 7 fence moving between
right and center field areas.
Thanks for your advice!


Per John Zucker


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Post later on details..  For now ..
TWO ORANGE CROWNED WARBLERS in south side Butterfly Meadow near fence opening.feed on goldrods

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fwd: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Oct 17, 2014

-----Original Message-----
To: undisclosed recipients: ;
Sent: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 1:36 pm
Subject: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Oct 17, 2014

Finally, I got the great luck to see the Vesper Sparrow.  I found it with a large flock of House Sparrows.  I had the chance to take some pxls.
Beside this, I saw 2 Northern Parula + 3 more sps of warblers: Palm, Myrtle, & Yellowthroat. 
In the Upper Pool, 1 American Wigeon swimming along with a pair of Wood Ducks.
Around the Nethermead Arches Bridge, I saw 1 Brown Thrasher.
Another great late walk in the Park.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Oct 17, 2014 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
28 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  4
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  1    Upper Pool.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  2
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  7
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  1    edge of the Nethermead.
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1    Vale.
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  2    Lower Pool.
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea)  1    Ballfield 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1    Nethermead.

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)  1    Ballfield 1. Photos taken.
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  6
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  3    Nellie's lawn
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!

Photos: Vesper Sparrow -2-; Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warbler; Brown Thrasher. Location: PP, Brooklyn; NY.

Update on West Pond JBWR
Rafael repts continuing Vesper Sparrow along Field 1 outfield construction fence Ballfields west

Also American Wigeon on Upper Pool

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fwd: Rusty Blackbird

-----Original Message-----
From: Karenohearn
To: prosbird
Sent: Wed, Oct 15, 2014 1:42 pm
Subject: Rusty Blackbird

Hey Peter,
I had a late afternoon walk around the lake. It was very quiet - highlight was Rusty Blackbird at Lakeside opposite Three Islands.
Canada Goose  55
Mute Swan  2
Mallard   40
Northern Shoveler   15
Ruddy Duck   11
Double-crested Cormorant  2
American Coot  13
Herring Gull  6
Rock Pigeon  1
Mourning Dove   1
Red-bellied Woodpecker   1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker   1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet   4
Gray Catbird   1
European Starling 7
Black-throated Blue 1
Palm Warbler   7
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Rusty Blackbird  1    
House Sparrow  2
VESPER SPARROW continues Field 7 third base dugout fountain & lawn in front

Fwd: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Oct 14, 2014

-----Original Message-----
From: Rafael Guillermo Camp
To: undisclosed recipients: ;
Sent: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 11:40 pm
Subject: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Oct 14, 2014

The Blue Grosbeak (probably a female) spotted around ±11:30 am, was the best bird.  The number of warblers were down to 3 sps: Yellowthroat, Palm, & Myrtle.
Other surprises were 3 Peregrines Falcons, 1 Merlin.  And one of the highest counts for Wood Ducks, I counted 19 at the Upper Pool, 2 at the Cove/Lullwater.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Oct 14, 2014 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 kilometer(s)
37 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  9
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  4
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  21
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  2
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  4
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  2    Flyover Nethermead.
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  X
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  3    1 seen flying over the ballfields, missing some feathers on its right wing.  Around noon, another individual flew over the ballfields, and around 1:15 pm, another one flew over the Long Meadow.
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  7
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  5
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1    Vale.
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea)  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2    pair, along the Lullwater path.
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  1    Upper Pool meadow.
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  1    Upper pool meadow.
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  7
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)  1    Probably a female, heard first.  The bird was brownish with prominent wing bars, and in one ocassion I saw it raising its crest.  Also noticed the "grosbeak" type beak.  I tried to take some pictures, but no luck. Upper Pool Meadow.
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  20
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sparrows phhffft,Vesper stays true " Blue"

Devoid of sparrows today, two outstanding species assuaged the boredom .

The VESPER SPARROW continues its stay,sticking to the same spot birders have observed it,in Field 7 at the southwest corner of the Ballfields. It kept feeding along the grass edge with the dirt behind the right handed batting box at home plate. Must be a full plate of good seed there.

Then towards the other end of the ballfield southeast corner,in the Upper Pool Wildflower meadow,Rafael Campos sighted a female BLUE GROSBEAK, among a horde of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES feeding on dried sunflower seeds.

If WOOD DUCK fancies your interest,there are up to twenty on the Upper Pool or on the large oak snag in the water at the back shore,quite handsome birds now in great plumage.

Vesper sparrow continues field 7 home plate Ballfields