Saturday, October 27, 2012

Prospect Oct 27th : No Barnacle

No reports of the Barnacle goose ( BAGO ) today, likely the cause from heighten

weekend crowds from the noisy and popular Prospect Park Alliance annual

Halloween walk event on Lookout Hill and the electric boat doing tours

on the lake.

I had a third hand report that the BAGO flew out with "migratory"

Canada Geese heading southwest but I am not sure when if this morn or

late yesterday.Rob Jett was in Greenwood Cemetery this morning and

didn't see geese there. Its possible the flock went to the under

construction Bush Terminal Park where I have seen waterfowl flocks on a

private tour in the past or somewhere else in east river ( Governors

island or Buttermilk channel? ).

Here's hoping we see the goose back again or it might have fled the

coop from the approaching Sandy for safe haven.

Pine Siskins were in Prospect, 11 seen at the upper pool wildflower

meadow ,seen by Keir Randall. NASHVILLE & BLACKPOLL WARBLERS

are nice birds to get now as well as FIELD SPARROWS ( These cool birds I like) ; also FOX

SPARROW adds to coolness....

A note about the Barnacle Goose. Regarding its disappearance, I am sure much to the disappointment to anyone looking for it today, the fact that it took off works in the goose's favor. It's not imprinted by humans if it was a captive bird, since this bird  seems to not favor being around too many people or even the boat ride that was running today...So, maybe this might impress the NYS Avian Records Committee that reads my Ebird Yahoo groups regarding the goose's inner character and behavior..We will write out those reports if you saw the bird and send them to NYSARC  ( see my previous post on how); lets campaign for electing the bird "acceptance" with a "Brooklyn hurrah" ( or cheer?) ...



From Keir :

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Oct 27, 2012 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.5 mile(s)

51 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 18

Mute Swan 4

Mallard 4

Northern Shoveler 9

Ruddy Duck 16

Pied-billed Grebe 3

Osprey 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 3

Ring-billed Gull 6

Herring Gull 7

gull sp. 8

Rock Pigeon 14

Mourning Dove 4

Belted Kingfisher 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 5

Merlin 1

Eastern Phoebe 1

Blue Jay 7

Black-capped Chickadee 4

Tufted Titmouse 3

Red-breasted Nuthatch 4

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Brown Creeper 1

Winter Wren 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 5

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4

Hermit Thrush 25

American Robin 20

Gray Catbird 2

European Starling 11

Cedar Waxwing 7

Nashville Warbler 1 Peninsula Meadow, lake side

Blackpoll Warbler 1 Peninsula Meadow, lake side

Palm Warbler 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler 7

Eastern Towhee 3

Chipping Sparrow 20

Field Sparrow 2 horse path above Boathouse

Fox Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 14

Swamp Sparrow 4

White-throated Sparrow 35

Dark-eyed Junco 25

Northern Cardinal 4

Common Grackle 30

Pine Siskin 11 Long Meadow, wildflower meadow nr dog beach

American Goldfinch 12

House Sparrow 15