Monday, October 22, 2012

Prospect epilogue Oct 22nd; Fall's sparrows

Today's VESPER SPARROW is abit overdue but nevertheless welcomed. This species marks the 14th sparrow species to appear this fall, which in our circles acclaim  it a very good season, given a few rarities despite the absence of the usual ball field fence enclosure. I provided a listing below  the season's tally, still in progress and plenty of good birding to follow. So keep on birding.  So Thanks to Matthew Wills in sending me word that several of us were able to view this rarity.By the way, the Vesper appears to be a juvenile, by the absence of reddish feathering on its upper wing tertials...

It was a good day. Along with Vesper, a few WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, one in the Upper Pool wildflower Meadow, and another seen in the brush just south of the "Golden Stairs"  no longer its pristine state but a dilapidated one.Throw in 2 PURPLE FINCHES as well.

The Sparrowbowl finally live up to its iconic reputation as a sparrow haven, with besides the Vesper, numerous CHIPPING, some WHITE-THROATED and JUNCOS. I believe there was a SWAMP as well.I did not spent too much time here so I am sure there were other possibilities.

Rafael reported a good one today,an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.This rarity  hung out with nine Kinglets, foraging in the phragmites inside the Vale Cashmere pool. Some late warblers also came though,a MAGNOLIA ( 16th street entrance brush) , and BLACK-THROATED BLUE  ( Matthew Wills)
This morning , first bird that caught my eye, ( hoping I am not being eyed), a perched MERLIN in the reliable snag on the south side of the Tennis House.

And...It looks like the Lake is getting full of COOT....


site = Prospect ParkSparrows Fall 2012

observers = Multiple observers

Swamp Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Clay-colored Sparrow

Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Eastern Towhee

total species sparrows so far:  14

Peter's list:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Oct 22, 2012

Protocol: Incidental

37 species

Canada Goose 44

Mute Swan 7

American Black Duck 3

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 22

Ruddy Duck 37

Pied-billed Grebe 1

Double-crested Cormorant 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Coot 16

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 5

Merlin 1

Eastern Phoebe 1

Blue Jay X

Black-capped Chickadee 1

Tufted Titmouse 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2

Hermit Thrush 4

American Robin X

Gray Catbird 1

European Starling X

Common Yellowthroat 3

Magnolia Warbler 1 tennis house

Yellow-rumped Warbler 9

Chipping Sparrow 20

Vesper Sparrow 1 SPARROWBOWL

Savannah Sparrow 3

Song Sparrow X

Swamp Sparrow 2

White-throated Sparrow 15

White-crowned Sparrow 2

Dark-eyed Junco 8

Northern Cardinal 1

American Goldfinch 4

House Sparrow X

Purple Finch-2 females; 16th street, Sparrowbowl

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From Rafael:

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY

Oct 21, 2012 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Observer: Rafael Campos R

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 kilometer(s)

44 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) X

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1

American Coot (Fulica americana) X

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [auratus Group]) 4

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1

Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) 2

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 6

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 2

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X

Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1 In the Vale Cashmere, foraging among the phragmites, together with Kinglets. ±9 am

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 2

Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea) 1

Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 3

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) X

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 1

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 1

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 1

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) 3

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) X

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) X

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

Brooklyn is great birding!!