Thursday, September 6, 2012

Prospect September 6th..few birds lull us to sleep...

A really slow day , obviously weather the cause the past two days of overcast clouds and rain disrupting  or stopping migration in its tracks. Birds need to orient themselves as the sun sets before taking off . That hasn't been the case , hence the dearth of birds today as I led the BBC Fall walk in Tom's stead.

So quiet and so bored until we hit the Ricks place area. In the trees above a few warblers bravely and wisely showed up for us with teasing looks under foliage cover, best among them BLUE-WINGED WARBLER ,NORTHERN PARULA and WILSONS WARBLER. Moments later, at the bridle trail puddle, again we were treated like last weekend a winners circle of warbler "buddies" , BLUE-WINGED, REDSTART(m), NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, OVENBIRD ,and BLACK&WHITE.Worth a moment to relish for this s-l-o-o-o-w day...

Later , on my lunch hour, a flurry of warblers at the north path from Butterfly Meadow, CHESTNUT-SIDED, REDSTART, and PARULA with RED EYED VIREOS. A full crop of pine cones in a mature Pine tree at the north section enticed a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH , hovering at times picking at the cones..

But it was Mike Yuan and Dennis H on their own  early in the morning who salvaged the day's best birds, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO above the switchback trail, which has been one of the best 3 fall spots this season, WORM-EATING WARBLER along the west perimeter of Butterfly Meadow. PALM WARBLER was reported , meaning fall warblers reaching a peak (typically i don't see this species till later)

All we can offer from the BBC walk is a MONK PARAKEET .....( and even that we didn't see just squawk !)

A hint of northwest wind the next eve? I have to check the weather forecast and pray for all of us for fall fallouts....

Addenum:  Bobbi Manian and Ann Murray continued to bird afte the BBC walk. 53 species, 14 Northern Waterthrushes reportd among their 13 warbler species seen for a a very credible day for the long haul.  See their list

From Mike:
From:Michael Yuan
Subject:prospect 9/6
Date:Thu, Sep 6, 2012 10:19 am

w/ Dennis H:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 6, 2012 6:22 AM - 8:47 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.4.8
37 species (+2 other taxa)

American Wigeon 1 Female, on lake near Peninsula rustic shelter.
Mallard 15
Ring-billed Gull 2
Rock Pigeon 4
Mourning Dove 6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Lookout switchback trail
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1
Empidonax sp. 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Veery 2
American Robin 14
Gray Catbird 4
European Starling 3
Worm-eating Warbler 1 Trail west of Lookout butterfly meadow
Black-and-white Warbler 6
Common Yellowthroat 3
American Redstart 20
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 18

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Results of BBC Fall Thursday walk:
Leading :Peter D.

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 6, 2012 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments:     field walk
30 species

Mourning Dove  X
Chimney Swift  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  X
Merlin  X
Monk Parakeet  X-Lookout Hill
Eastern Wood-Pewee  X
Red-eyed Vireo  X
Blue Jay  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
Red-breasted Nuthatch  X
House Wren  X
Veery  X
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  X
Northern Waterthrush  X
Blue-winged Warbler  X
Black-and-white Warbler  X
Common Yellowthroat  X
American Redstart  X
Northern Parula  X
Yellow Warbler  X
Chestnut-sided Warbler  X
Black-throated Blue Warbler  X
Wilson's Warbler  X
Northern Cardinal  X
American Goldfinch  X

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From Bobbi Manian:

Hi Peter and Rob,

Thanks for leading the walk today, as always it was tons of fun.

Ann and I were the last ones standing at 3:00 today, reenergized when Eni joined us in the afternoon.   53 species not bad for a 'slow' migration day.  By the afternoon it felt like they were giving away Northern Waterthrushes (14)!

In addition, i believe Ann had a Tufted Titmouse (heard)


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Sent: Thursday, September 6, 2012 3:53 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Sep 6, 2012

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 6, 2012 7:00 AM - 3:14 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:      <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.4.4
53 species

Canada Goose  5
Mute Swan  8
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  X
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Osprey  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  X
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Monk Parakeet  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  15
Blue Jay  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Veery  4
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  10
Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  14
Blue-winged Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  21
Common Yellowthroat  8
American Redstart  25
Northern Parula  12
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  12
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
Wilson's Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  1
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  X

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Peters list  Post BBC walk

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 6, 2012
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     Post field BBC walk
21 species

Wood Duck  5     Upper Pool
Chimney Swift  X
Northern Flicker  2
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  X
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1
Veery  1
Swainson's Thrush  1     9th street nursery
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
Black-and-white Warbler  7
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  X
Northern Parula  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1     Butterfly Meadow
Northern Cardinal  3
Common Grackle  1
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X

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