Thursday, October 18, 2012

Prospect Oct 18th: Clay-colored sparrow , Kinglets not Kingbird today

(My apologies for not tweeting or alerting my bird groupies due to my forgetting my cell phone this morning)

During my lunch hour, behind Field 6's home plate, in the fence below the 6 sign, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen, noted by its buffish breast and absence of eye lores. The bird was hanging with a CHIPPING SPARROW flock including 2 WHITE-CROWNEDS actively moving in that area , venturing over towards field 7 as well.

More details later, as my lunch hour is over........

Evening post:

With WEKI being a "One day wonder", the same term could be applied for the sparrow and hermit thrush numbers of yesterday, numbers dropping dramatically today. So many Hermit Thrushes yesterday, "where they go ?"  today.  Kinglet numbers went up , especially after work, where along the Upper Pool fence, several RUBY-CROWNEDs with a few GOLDEN CROWNEDs were near ground level, in the fences,and a few times I saw them chasing each other. Adam reported a good number of kinglets today in his report.

The Lake isn't in play yet despite a lone AMERICAN WIGEON drake and still small numbers of RUDDY DUCKS and NORTHERN SHOVELERS along with only 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES and AMERICAN COOTS.

A late report from Adam reports the season's first FOX SPARROW.


From Keir Randall:

Oct 18th brief report hilights

Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Tennis House border with Long Meadow

Purple Finch 3 Long Meadow, wildflower meadow

Pine Siskin 1 Path from GAP to Rose Garden, flew to BBG




Peter's report

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Oct 18, 2012 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Protocol: Random

2.5 mile(s)

43 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 15

Mute Swan 7 Lake

Wood Duck 1 Upper Pool

American Wigeon 1 Lake drake

American Black Duck 8- 3 Upper Pool; 5 West Isl

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 9 Lake /Lullwater (4)

Ruddy Duck 9 Lake

Pied-billed Grebe 2 Lake

Great Blue Heron 1 Upper Pool

Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1 Ballfields

American Coot 3

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6

Merlin 1

Eastern Phoebe 1 Peninsula Mead

Blue Jay 4

Black-capped Chickadee 1 Binnen Pool

Tufted Titmouse 2 Binnen Run

Winter Wren 1 Breeze Hill

Golden-crowned Kinglet 5- 3 Upper Pool, 2 Breeze Hill

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8--5 Upper Pool, 3 Breeze Hill

Hermit Thrush 2

American Robin 12 above Boathouse, feeding Hawthorne berrries

Gray Catbird 2 Binnen run

European Starling X

Common Yellowthroat 1 Breeze Hill

Blackpoll Warbler 1 Peninsula mead

Yellow-rumped Warbler 8 Peninsula mead

Chipping Sparrow 45 most at ballfield #6, 5 at Breeze Hill

Clay-colored Sparrow 1  Ballfield #6

Song Sparrow 20

Swamp Sparrow 4

White-throated Sparrow 40

White-crowned Sparrow 3--2 ballfield 6, 1 upper pool wildlfower mead

Dark-eyed Junco 10, mostly breeze hill

American Goldfinch 8 Lily Pool west mead

House Sparrow X

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From Adam

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Oct 18, 2012 10:20 AM - 1:20 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 kilometer(s)

Comments: Breezy day, Surveyed Breeze Hill, Lookout,

Peninsula and nearby lakeshore, part with visiting birder from UK.

Poss Swainson's Thrush. Many common species not seen.

38 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 2

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) X

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2

Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter striatus/cooperii) 1

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 8

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 2

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 3

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) X

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 4

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 10

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 15

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 5

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 5

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 1

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 12

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 10

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 1

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 40

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 1

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 25

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) X

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) X

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

late entry: FOX SPARROW

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