Sunday, September 30, 2012

Reports while I was away the weekend

Coming back after spending the weekend in upstate Harriman SP, these reports received :

Hilights were BLUE GROSBEAK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK,YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, late RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRD and decent variety of warblers. Some initial appearances of Blue Headed Vireo,GC kinglet

Received via 131 pm text meassage :  Dennis Hreshowsik reported RED-SHOULDERED HAWK in Greenwood Cemetery ,fly over "Hill of Graves"

From Keir:
Via text message continuing BLUE GROSBEAK above the Maryland Monument late this morning

From Raphael:

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY

Sep 30, 2012 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

Observer: Rafael G Campos R

3.0 kilometer(s)

44 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 1 Lower pool

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X

Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1 Upper pool

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1 Flyover Vale of Cashmere

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1 flyover Lookout Hill

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X

Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 1

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1 Feeding on Jewel Weed flowers, Switchback trail

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [auratus Group]) 3

Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 1 Vale of Cashmere

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1 Lookout Hill

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 4

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 1

Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 1

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) X

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 1

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 1

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 7

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 2

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 8

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 1

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) 3

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 3

Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 1

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 8

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 4

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 1

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!!


From Adam:
Hi Peter

Birded Prospect this morning with Jean Altomare. It started off real dead around the Lullwater, but Lookout Hill and the Peninsula -- where we bumped into Dale and birded with him for quite a while -- were hopping with birds all morning. Got 15 spp. warbler, with really long, nice looks at Blackpoll in close proximity to Bay-breasted and then later to Pine being really useful to suss out the finer points of these sometimes difficult separations.

Most notable birds were Lincoln's Sparrow, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Bay-breasted Warbler on Lookout. Had an entertaining 15 minutes or so watching a small, presumably male, imm. Cooper's Hawk chasing Jays on the Peninsula -- he seemed to really want to kill them, but they were always just too agile for him to get hold of. I usually see Cooper's ignoring Blue Jays or trying to get away from them. I feel I could have easily hit 60 species with a little bit of effort and a little less focus on the warblers. There were huge numbers of Parula around & sorting through them for the other species took time!

The Peninsula and Lookout seemed not to get less birdy as the day went on, presumably because it was overcast. Anyone heading in to that area this afternoon will probably still have it very good.



From: ebird
Date: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Sep 29, 2012

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Sep 29, 2012 8:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments: Overcast, still, birded in group of 2 or 3. Surveyed Lullwater, Lookout Hill, north shore of Lake and the Peninsula.

53 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 5

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 1

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X

American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) (Anas rubripes x platyrhynchos) 1

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 2

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 4

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 2

gull sp. (Larinae sp.) 1

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) 1 bottom of Switchback Trail, Lookout Hill. Dull undertail - imm.?

Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 3

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 2

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 20 approx count. Many moving through Park.

Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 2

Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.) 2

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1

White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 1

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 2

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 12

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 5

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 3

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 5

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 1

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 3

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 4

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 6

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 2

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 30 approx number, low end estimate. Abundant on Lookout Hill and Peninsula.

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 10

Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea) 1 One nonbreeding male seen clearly (brick red smudges on flanks, etc.) at less than 10 yards by multiple observers at base of Switchback Trail, Lookout Hill. Feeding alongside Blackpoll Warbler, making for easy comparison.

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) 8

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 3

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) 3

Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2

Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 4

Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 1

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 1

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 8

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 2

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 6

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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Seen today by Bobbi Manian , in Greenwood Cemetery :

Chukar ( escape)