Monday, January 25, 2021

Fw: pretty picture of a fox sparrow

But frost, like the crystallized dreams of autumn, began to coat the clearing with its sugar glaze.     
---Victoria Steele Logue, author

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Fox sparrow at the Dell Water feeders

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Nashville Warbler at Red Hook

Pier 44 Waterfront Garden, Kings, New York
- Map:,-74.018366&ll=40.6757764,-74.018366
- Checklist:
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "A sad, cold, and lonely warbler with yellow throat, chest and undertail coverts, gray hood, eyering and tiny sharp bill. I'm trying to come up with something this could more plausibly be than a Nashville for the weather and season but without luck. I was heading for the Conover St. entrance to the Waterfront Garden Park, across from the Food Bazaar exit, when a thin "seep" call note caught my attention. Just above in the small oak tree on the edge of the street I immediately saw this warbler. I only had it in my binoculars for a few seconds before it moved within the tree and I decided photos might be more fruitful. To my eye you can see in all of these photographs a hint of the russet/red crown patch of a Nashville. However you can also see what looks like a hint of wingbars, which is less expected. The bird then dropped down amongst the construction materials that are now collected in the parking, lot on the other side of the fence, and I was unable to refind !

Continuing red hook Sunday glaucous gull

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 24, 2021 08:19 by MI YU
- Pier 44 Waterfront Garden, Kings, New York
- Map:,-74.018366&ll=40.6757764,-74.018366
- Checklist:
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile, off-white overall. Long pink bill, black on the tip. Beady-eyed." 

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Glaucous Gul photos in checklist

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2021 10:15 by E R

- Pier 44 Waterfront Garden, Kings, New York
- Map:,-74.018366&ll=40.6757764,-74.018366
- Checklist:
- Media: 6 Photos 

eBird Checklist - 23 Jan 2021 - Prospect Park--Prospect Lake - 8 species 

Note Drake Hooded Mergansers ,seen wading along the lake southwest shoreline,towards West Island


Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2021 10:35 by Patrick Shure
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Female in Sweetgum at Oakwood and Southwood ave. Feeding with group of AMGO. Red crown, black face and short bill.  Clean white front/sides with strong black streaks" 

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Baldie at food Bazaar..

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2021 08:04 by Richard Fleming
- Pier 44 Waterfront Garden, Kings, New York
- Map:,-74.018366&ll=40.6757764,-74.018366
- Checklist:
- Comments: "A nice consolation prize at the end of a fruitless efforts to see the Glaucous Gull on the rocks at the Waterfront garden. This adult, with white head and tail, was riding the stiff breeze coming in off the harbor, moving northwest. I first saw a dark, giant raptor emerge above the Fairway/Food Bazaar building, perhaps only fifty to seventy five yards high. In the glasses immediately obvious as an adult baldie." 

GLAUCOUS at Food Bazaar supermarket jetty red hook

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2021 08:23 by Tom Preston
- Pier 44 Waterfront Garden, Kings, New York
- Map:,-74.018366&ll=40.6757764,-74.018366
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Continuing, photos"

Friday, January 22, 2021

eBird Checklist - 22 Jan 2021 - Prospect Park--Feeders - 12 species

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Continuing GLAUCOUS gull at IKEA

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 22, 2021 10:44 by Jeff Gramm
- Erie Basin Park, IKEA (Brooklyn), Kings, New York
- Map:,-74.0129375&ll=40.6711639,-74.0129375
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Large white gull sitting on the pier behind the IKEA. Will upload picture tonight." 

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 22, 2021 13:50 by Junko Suzuki
- Erie Basin Park, IKEA (Brooklyn), Kings, New York
- Map:,-74.0129375&ll=40.6711639,-74.0129375
- Checklist:
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing rarity, on the pier behind IKEA parking lot. After scanned unsuccessfully from the base of the pier, I later spotted the bird from the side of red brick building, W of the pier by scanning through scope across the water. All whitish large gull with light pink bill with black tip, light pink feet. Photos (just for ID purpose) will be attached. Seen with Charles T."

Gull birder humor


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Greenpoint LBBG

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1)
- Reported Jan 21, 2021 14:30 by Alan V. Bacchiochi
- Austin Nichols House, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9652481&ll=40.7191302,-73.9652481
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Looks like same 3rd Winter as on Jan. 18th.  Black bill, yellow tip, dark brown and slate back. Between RBGU and HEGU in size. Blackened eye area.  Flew off south at 1447. Photos to come."

GLAUCOUS continues at Red Hook

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 21, 2021 11:42 by Richard Fleming
- Erie Basin Park, IKEA (Brooklyn), Kings, New York
- Map:,-74.0129375&ll=40.6711639,-74.0129375
- Checklist:
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird reported yesterday by Roberta Manian. Either missed or overlooked when I walked east through the park; on my return through about half an hour later found standing in front of the large guano-stained bollard at the far end of the westernmost derelict pier (this is the pier which invariably has the largest collection of sitting gulls). The bird promptly sat or lay down on its belly and was more or less obscured by other standing gulls, but it is clearly larger than Herring and smaller than Greater Black-backed, both of which were present (Herring is visible beyond, in one of these poor photos). Bill bicolored, wingtips white." 


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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Red Hook Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 20, 2021 13:20 by Roberta Manian πŸ₯
- Erie Basin Park, IKEA (Brooklyn), Kings, New York
- Map:,-74.0129375&ll=40.6711639,-74.0129375
- Checklist:
- Comments: "1st or 2nd winter.  All white. Small mean eye. Bicolor Bill. Pics to follow." 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Bald Eagle prospect

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (1)
- Reported Jan 17, 2021 11:42 by Dana Haile
- Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9686421&ll=40.6553787,-73.9686421
- Checklist:
- Comments: "On the island closest to Parkside entrance, sitting on a log close to water line. Visible from gazebo." 

Iceland at Red Hook

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (1)
- Reported Jan 17, 2021 08:38 by Richard Fleming
- Erie Basin Park, IKEA (Brooklyn), Kings, New York
- Map:,-74.0129375&ll=40.6711639,-74.0129375
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Presumptive, as only seen some 100 yards overhead above the Ikea parking lot. White-winged gull overall sandy/ivory colored, palest at the flight feathers. Tips of wings without markings. Impression of size smaller than Herring Gull and more round-bodied, broad-winged and chunky than much more angular and buoyant Ring-billed. Particularly noted impression that wings seemed short and bird rather barrel chested; possibly the former simply an observational effect of the lack of any markings at the wingtips. Only plausible confusion would be with Glaucous Gull, but this bird did not seem in any way sufficiently massive. Nonetheless this identification is based largely on impression of size, which can certainly be difficult to judge on a solitary flying individual."

Friday, January 15, 2021

Fw: BBC Virtual Presentation, Tuesday January 19

But frost, like the crystallized dreams of autumn, began to coat the clearing with its sugar glaze.     
---Victoria Steele Logue, author

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Thanks to bird seed donors

Today to Daisy and Tripper Paul for $50 variety of seed for the Prospect feeders. 

Previously and current seed being consumed Steve and Heidi Nanz for 50 lbs .

Birds eating them fast!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub). Eve BBC presentation Jan19th

Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) tweeted at 9:23 PM on Thu, Jan 14, 2021:
Via Zoom Tuesday January 19th @ 7PM

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Sunday, January 10, 2021


Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (1)
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 13:15 by karen o'hearn

- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist:
- Comments: "probably Rover pics  seen in flight above new mausoleum and found perched in tall pine near cresent water. pic" 

Saturday, January 9, 2021

GWC Common Redpolls today

Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) (1)
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 12:01 by Anonymous eBirder
- Green-Wood Cemetery, New York US-NY 40.65273, -73.98981, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.989809&ll=40.652727,-73.989809
- Checklist:
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen with Karen and edith at Dell Ave in the flock with American goldfinches and pine siskins. Have video and pics" 


Iceland Gull (kumlieni) (Larus glaucoides kumlieni) (1)
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 16:38 by Doug Gochfeld
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9973745&ll=40.6996104,-73.9973745
- Checklist:
- Comments: "*Uncommon, but likely annual at this location in winter. TBJ drew our attention to an adult with gray outer primaries floating on the water after sunset." 


Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (1)
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 09:22 by Daniel Maseda
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Seen soaring high over Sylvan Water. Big bird, dark wings and underside with bright white head and tail." 

This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 8 – 16 - Sky & Telescope - Sky & Telescope 

Note conjunction Jupiter,Saturn and Mercury 1/2 hour after sunset SW horizon

Hooded mergansers prospect lake

 Photographed by Radka Osickova

Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn Meet Up in the Evening Sky | Star Walk.

If it's clear tonight. Look above the Southwest horizon at dusk (sunset) 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Prospect sightings

 The little moments matter in winter birding. When it's slower pace,you appreciate beauty wherever it's found.

Dan Smith gave me a heads up on Mergansers found by Radka. Told that Duck Island was the spot,I went over there. And it wasn't long before I found two Drake HOODED MERGANSERS hiding under a snag limbs spread out over the water like a canopy. They are such handsome ducks.

Add a BUFFLEHEAD as well. With a similar white head spot,I was surprised to see a Drake on Upper Pool during my lunch stop. It was nice to see rare timing for this duck at this pond; it's been a long while since my last Upper Pool Buffie observation.

At the feeders,the GRAY CATBIRD didn't want to leave the suet feeder. It must be hungry like heck.

I read an alert of BLACK VULTURE mid-afternoon. The report mention a flyover over Lookout Hill; another birder saw it over the Nethermead,heading west.

Outside Prospect, the ICELAND GULL reappeared at Bush Terminal Pier Park middle jetty cove.

And last COMMON REDPOLLs stay true to Greenwood Cemetery Dell Ave.

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Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (1)
- Reported Jan 07, 2021 12:00 by Kathleen Toomey
- Bush Terminal Piers Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-74.0204451&ll=40.6541609,-74.0204451
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Hanging out with Ring-billed Gulls, in the same place as yesterday (close to the Osprey nest platform).   A juvenile, creamy white with pale tan spotting and an all dark bill.  Larger than the nearby Ring-bills, about the same as a nearby Herring Gull. Photo"

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) (1)
- Reported Jan 07, 2021 13:43 by Tina Alleva
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
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- Comments: "Saw twice. Once briefly from below lookout and later circling high above breeze hill heading towards lake. Stocky vulture with short tail. Non-teetering flight and white patch only at end of the wings."


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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) upper pool buffie

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 0:09 PM on Thu, Jan 07, 2021:
Something I haven't seen in awhile on Prospect Upper pool: Drake Bufflehead

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The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 10:56 AM on Thu, Jan 07, 2021:
Two Drake Hooded Mergansers south shore Duck Island ,under water snag, Prospect

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

happenings around the nabe

 The GLAUCOUS GULL was seen again at the Bush terminal Pier Park south cove , on the pier and in the water. Later it was photographed high above the Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4

In Greenwood Cemetery, COMMON REDPOLLS still seen on Dell Ave; two BLACK VULTURES flew over at that spot; a BALD EAGLE seen flying low in the cemetery as well.

At Prospect feeders ,the GRAY CATBIRD reappeared. WINTER WREN and HERMIT THRUSH and some EUROPEAN GOLDFINCHES were reported along the Quaker cemetery/Center Drive stretch.

prospect list

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Western brooklyn piers gull hotspots

 Brooklyn's western piers are the goto gull hotspots evident today by two white winged gull rarities.

At the Valentino pier (65th st) a GLAUCOUS gull landed there for a short time. It soon took off. However not long after it was found sitting on the south cove pier at Bush Terminal Pier Park. Glaucous Gulls are large and bulky birds.

Bush Terminal offered a bonus though simultaneously with Glaucous.An ICELAND GULL immature floated in  the water presumably in the same cove.

REDPOLLS continue as usual at the western end of Dell Avenue in Greenwood Cemetery