Friday, December 2, 2016

American Tree Sparrow seen Dec 1st

From Kasper Hendriks, visiting from the Netherlands

Today I saw an American tree sparrow at LeFrac rink roof.
Then I noted on your website it was already reported yesterday.
Attached a photo nonetheless.



Yellow Warbler (Prospect )

Bobbi Manian reported a YELLOW WARBLER behind the picnic tables I presume is  the area at Lamppost 249 or Well Drive. An early afternoon sighting.

Prospect Feeders 1st guest

Perhaps its a good omen that the first bird I saw feeding on the new season's Prospect feeders was a male PURPLE FINCH.With the bright morning sun all over it, that finch's raspberry color really shone ! Me and my coworker shared my binoculars and enjoyed the bird for several minutes on the right sunflower feeder before we hit the workday.

I added a Thistle feeder to the array of feeders this morning,

Other birds also joined in. Most notable, an active WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH and a TUFTED TITMOUSE fed along with the Purple Finch.On the nearby Locust tree, a DOWNY WOODPECKER made too much noise , telegraphing it presence.

Here's to the new feeder season; may it be a great one....

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The feeders are up

As the winter tradition continues, The Prospect feeders are now up. The location isn't revealed on this blog..ask around where...

Thanks to Chris Laskowski for the initial $20 donation for the first batch seed.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Yes Virginia there are Bad weather birders....

Excuse my pun regarding the famous story in the NY Sun about whether there is a Santa clause... ( well that's up to you    :)  ).. But I can say there are bad weather birders.I confess I'm one of them. If I wasn't working or too busy , at least I would be out there birding for the good bird.

Bad weather brings down birds.And sometimes you do get a good bird as a reward. Kathy Toomey today had the right idea. This early afternoon, she found an uncommon AMERICAN TREE SPARROW in the rain soaked green roof above the Lefrak (Lakeside) Rink . It's not an ultra rare bird, but this species doesn't always show up in Prospect . So kudos to bad weather birders. ( but they don't wear red).            

Tree sparrow

@KingsKathy: American Tree Sparrow Lefrak roof

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fwd: What's Your Stopover Habitat?

Birdathon theme 2017 announced  " Stopover habitat"

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Subject: What's Your Stopover Habitat?

IMBD 2017 Theme - Stopover Habitats
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What is Stopover Habitat?
Between the high altitude forests and willow thickets of the Rocky Mountains and the tropical forests and shade coffee farms of Nicaragua, the Wilson's Warbler must fly across a vast geography to find the resources it needs to complete its life cycle. Long-distance migrants like this species evolved to take advantage of seasonal food resources, but they face many challenges and perils during their biannual travels between breeding grounds in the United States and Canada and wintering grounds in Latin America and the Caribbean. Some 350 bird species make this daunting trip and need to find places to rest and refuel along the way, just as people do on a long road trip.

These places where birds rest and refuel are known as stopover sites and are as varied as Alaska's Copper River Delta, Venezuela's grasslands, and even the plants, shrubs, and trees you have in your backyard.

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Oh darn it ! Im gonna lose one warbler off my warblerlife list now ??


Monday, November 28, 2016

Ring necked duck

If wondering where it hangs out,i found the Prospect visitor hopefully winter resident within the confines of Three Sister s Islands.
Lots of Northern shovelers on Prospect lake.

Orrin reported the continuing Pied Billed Grebe at Greenwood cemetery Valley Water.

From Matthew Wills window view (sunset park)

This late afternoon, a Peregrine atop St. Michael's cross was harried by what was probably a Kestrel.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fwd: Sunset Park & Green-Wood re-cap

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Date: Nov 27, 2016 4:54 PM
Subject: Sunset Park & Green-Wood re-cap
To: "Peter Dorosh" <>

A Red-shouldered Hawk flew past my apartment window this morning, wheeling around over Sunset Park to give me a good view of telltale tail and wing "windows." 

Cooper's Hawk and Kestrel sightings this a.m. too. Both species also seen in Green-Wood in the afternoon. Cooper's failed to make a meal of female Kingfisher over the Crescent Water.  That persistent Great Blue  Heron not sighted. Pied-billed Grebe on Valley Water among the Canada Geese. Single Common Raven low overhead, softly grumbling. Shovelers who were on Sylvan Water Saturday gone today. Some very agitated White-breasted Nuthatches alerted me to a rather large nocturnal hunter hiding in a conifer... what a great day it was.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Todays quality birds

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) (1)
- Reported Nov 26, 2016 10:59 by Marc Passmann
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Flyover"

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Nov 26, 2016 09:18 by Joshua Malbin
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist:
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Lingering bird behind Kiamie crypt on Battle Hill. Some poor photos obtained before camera battery died. I think there may be 2 in that area, but I'm not sure."


Rob Jett Tweeted: Spotted Sandpiper at Bush Terminal Park. Getting kind of late for this guy!

Friday, November 25, 2016

better in the park

ON  this Black Friday when shoppers go really crazy, its far better birding in the park.Eni and Vinnie Falci had the right idea.

First item midmorning was an ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER they saw very well in the mugwort adjacent to the Peninsula point rustic shelter. I got there too late after I was alerted. What I did find later was a NORTHERN Mockingbird in that spot, plucking multi flora rose berries ( hence why we have them invasive  rose bushes all over the place.) Eni noted this WARBLER was quite yellowish, different from another ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER seen yesterday also on the Peninsula near the meadow.

Besides the warbler, HOODED MERGANSERS grace Prospect Lake. Eni and Vinnie reported them to me, as I found later to be a small flock of two hen and two Drake ,out in the center. The number and gender changed from  yesterday' s sighting of seven hen. So obviously the holiday travelers is in flux.

With not much around, these two highlights of today is the antidote of holiday shopping frenzy rush.


Orange crowned warbler at Peninsula rustic shelter mugwort 15 mins ago ,eni & Vinnie reptd
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving greetings

The Kingsboider wishes all a Happy Thanksgiving, very much  gratitude for the good things in life and good health to be thankful for.

Enjoy your holiday with family, friends and good company...even birds

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

No BBC walk

Just in case anybody wondering, there is NO BBC WALK in prospect tomorrow. Weather is iffy and a hard physical work week ,iffy back are my reasons.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Fwd: Migratory Bird Traffic Alert! Please Help.

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Sent: Wed, Nov 23, 2016 11:36 am
Subject: Migratory Bird Traffic Alert! Please Help.


Dear Peter,
Twice a year, billions of American birds lift up and migrate to and from their breeding and wintering homes. But these days, they find fewer rest stops and places to catch a bite along the way. Falling numbers of birds tell the story: Migratory birds are in trouble. Make a donation to ABC today to help birds lift off and travel safely.
We aim to make this year the beginning of safer travel for migratory birds. We are already working to secure safe habitats for forest, grassland, and coastal birds. But given the volume of birds on the move, the great distances to cover, and the growing number of real-time threats, we must greatly accelerate our on-the-ground actions if we are going to save the greatest animal migration on Earth.
We need to raise $1 million for migratory birds by the end of the year. All donations made by December 31 will be matched! We need your help as never before. Please donate today.
Travel is challenging whether you are a bird or a person. Wishing you safe travels this Thanksgiving, and our sincere thanks for giving a lift to birds and to American Bird Conservancy.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Duck weather at Prospect Lake

These cold brisk northwesterly winds at our discomfort for cold fingers do bring good things: ducks! This afternoon , a nice variety to see on Prospect Lake had newcomers besides the usual quack suspects.

In the center of the lake, there is a handsome species, a favorite of mine. Five HOODED MERGANSERS of two Drake and three hen are close knit in the biting winds. Then to the southwestern area ,among the abundance of NORTHERN SHOVELERS, two drake GADWALL stood out. After tweeting both species ,I ran into Karen and Kathy. They mentioned to me that the lingering RING NECKED DUCK was in the West cove. I soon sauntered over there but I was unable to relocate the bird.

To add to the newcomer list, there is the PIED BILLED GREBE, Thanks to Karen and Kathy for the tip off, I did find this GREBE, near the Hoodies.

Yep it's duck weather and because it's the favorite season for winter birders, there's  this DUCK tally: HOODED MERGANSER, GADWALL,RING NECKED, RUDDY ,BLACK,MALLARD, and NORTHERN SHOVELER on Prospect Lake,a lucky seven.

Five Hooded mergansers prospect lake center.also two drake Gadwal west section

News about Bushwick inlet park

Yes,  the lot parcel where Ash throated was reported.NYC purchased more land there .  see the post from Twitter

🚨 Great news! NYC has acquired the last parcel of land needed to complete Bushwick Inlet Park.


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7 pm

Monday, November 21, 2016


- Turkey Vulture (1 report)

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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2016 10:54 by Roberta Manian
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Yellow face. White trailing edge to wings. Wobbly flight even in high winds"


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Urgent call to protect JBWR

From Jamaica Bay keeper Don Riepe

Action Alert! Please all who appreciate #JamaicaBay call the Governors office and urge him to sign this legislation which is the only way to protect Jamaica Bay from the plans to bring in contaminated material and dump it in the bay. Call the governors office at this number: 518-474-8390 and hit 3 to speak with a person. Tell them you want the governor to sign this bill which will stop contaminants from being dumped in Jamaica Bay. Bill # S8043/A10560.
Time is of the essence, please help support our efforts to protect Jamaica Bay!
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Wishing Happy Holidays to all our Brooklyn Friends!

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Word of cauition Bushwick Inlet park

Doubtful the bird is still there, those pursuing the Ash -Throated Flycatcher in this park  be forewarned that police have caught trepassers going thru the fence hole and summoned them ( Ticket fines). This info was posted on the listserves...

Sunday, November 20, 2016

This Tuesday BBC eve program

A GOOD ONE!  Please attend...

Tuesday, November 22nd, 7:00 P.M.
Better Birding, Tips, Tools and Concepts for the Field
Presenter: George L. Armistead
Better BirdingGeorge L. Armistead will present identification strategies from his new book, co-written with Brian Sullivan. Armistead is an expert birder, tour leader, and an events coordinator with the American Birding Association and Associate Professor of Ornithology at Drexel University.
To whet your appetite, read Queens birder Donna Shulman’s review of this comprehensive text.
Where : Grand Army Plaza Great Public Library 7 pm

Tweet from Paul Sweet (@pablo_dulce) ash throated FC pics

Paul Sweet (@pablo_dulce) tweeted at 4:35 PM on Sat, Nov 19, 2016:
More of Dave Nyzio's Ash-throated

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Tweet from Paul Sweet (@pablo_dulce) bushwick inlet park ash throated flycatcher

Paul Sweet (@pablo_dulce) tweeted at 6:49 PM on Sat, Nov 19, 2016:
@BBCKingsbirds correction the access is at Franklin and N 15th. See pic
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From yesterday details

Subject: Brooklyn Ash-throated Flycatcher
From: Rob Jett <>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:17:02 -0500
X-Message-Number: 13

Sorry for the late posting, it didn't go through to the list the first time:

As reported by Paul Sweet, found by Dave Nyzio ... just relocated at Bushwick Inlet Park. Must access through hole in fence at north side of creek. Bird is hawking near fence adjacent to brick building.

Good birding,


Fwd: Coopers Hawk juvenile from yesterday above Maryland Monument

"flying cross"

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Date: Nov 20, 2016 8:44 AM
Subject: Coopers Hawk? - From this morning
To: "Peter Dorosh" <>

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Fwd: PS-Bat!

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From: "Matthew Wills" <>
Date: Nov 19, 2016 7:11 PM
Subject: PS-Bat!
To: "Peter Dorosh" <>

In the mammal category, we watched a bat, I think a Red, flying along the 5th Avenue side of Green-Wood about 31st St for several minutes just after sunset, swooping and looping over and over. One of the best views we've ever had because it was kept going back and forth in front of us. There were definitely gnats in the air, so it was getting something to eat.

What a treat!

Re: Fwd: Bush Terminal, G-W

On Nov 19, 2016 7:45 PM, "Peter Dorosh" <> wrote:
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From: "Matthew Wills" <>
Date: Nov 19, 2016 7:05 PM
Subject: Bush Terminal, G-W
To: "Peter Dorosh" <>

Hey, Peter

There were five Killdeer parked on the high tide rocks at Bush Terminal this morning along with the expected winter crew of Gadwall, Wigeon, RB Merganser, and lots of Buffleheads. We also heard and than saw a Kingfisher working the bays to the north itself. Later in the afternoon Green-Wood, four Shovelers were turning circles in the Sylvan Water as two Ravens went overhead, heading S-S-W, one of them softly croaking. I love that sound!


Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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- Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 report)

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Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
- Reported Nov 19, 2016 14:45 by Joshua Malbin
- Bushwick Inlet Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9615115&ll=40.7223057,-73.9615115
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Previously reported, refound by Rob Jett and seen with half a dozen others, some of whom have pictures. Myiarchus flycatcher with very pale yellow belly and rusty tail, wing edges. Restricted access, difficult to see from the road, scope necessary. From the point to be added, bird was visible along the fence by the red brick building near the shipping container."


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