Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Prospect Oct 2nd : Switchback/lookout Big Sit; Blue Grosbeak

The big news is  the continuing BLUE GROSBEAK spotted by Rob Bate reported at the base of the wood chip trail i assume is lookout hill's switchback trail.

Speaking of the latter, Keir had a Big Sit , more like a stationary birding from 730 to 9am and tallied 47 species in the general area. This is the place to be as it has been all fall migration due to the abundant wildflowers and other flora that offers food and dense cover. See Keir's list below.

From Keir Randall:

hi Peter, all your work on habitat around the Maryland Steps is paying off - incredible activity & many biting insects!!]

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Oct 2, 2012 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

Comments: Very good activity on Lookout Hill in the area around the Maryland Monument steps/switchback trail. The following list is virtually a big sit from the Maryland steps 7.45-9am.

47 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 1

Mute Swan 4

Mallard 1

Osprey 1

gull sp. 2

Rock Pigeon 4

Mourning Dove 2

Chimney Swift 5

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Immature, Maryland Monument steps

Downy Woodpecker 2

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 2

Peregrine Falcon 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 5 multiple birds in view and calling out of sight - Maryland Monument steps & switchback trail

Eastern Phoebe 1

Blue-headed Vireo 2

Red-eyed Vireo 7

Blue Jay 6

American Crow 1

Red-breasted Nuthatch 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

House Wren 1

Carolina Wren 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

American Robin 8

Gray Catbird 5

European Starling 3

Ovenbird 1

Black-and-white Warbler 4

Nashville Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 10

American Redstart 2

Northern Parula 6

Magnolia Warbler 2

Bay-breasted Warbler 1 Maryland Monument steps - well marked male, possibly 2 individuals or same bird seen almost an hour apart

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1

Blackpoll Warbler 7

Black-throated Blue Warbler 4

Palm Warbler 18

Pine Warbler 1 Maryland Monument steps

Yellow-rumped Warbler 7

Black-throated Green Warbler 3

White-throated Sparrow 6

Northern Cardinal 5

Indigo Bunting 2 Maryland Monument steps

Common Grackle 1

American Goldfinch 12

House Sparrow 25