Thursday, October 4, 2012

Prospect Oct 4th Butterfly meadow,"switchback" stays hot; reports inc BBC walk

Despite gloomy skies, early reports came that PINE SISKINS continue at Butterfly, BLUE GROSBEAK and BLUE WINGED WARBLER (2 blues related?) are at the switchback trailhead.

Tom Stephenson leading the last BBC thursday fall walk reported PHILADELPHIA VIREO...

more details later when i post the full reports later tonight after the,BBC eve program

warblers in good numbers and showing as well by the way. --kb

Post BBC meeting update. Rafael sent me his report, most notable is 11 PIED BILLED GREBES which is up there with possible records..I'll check tomorrow. Tom Stephenson leading the last autumn 2012 Thursday walk had a great morning inc PHILADELPHIA VIREO and LINCOLN SPARROW to go along with 15 species warblers , great looks at low TENNEESSEEs... Long day, check out the reports below.
Rafael's report
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY

Oct 4, 2012 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling

Observer: Rafael G Campos

3.5 kilometer(s)

Comments: Overcast, with some rain.

48 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2 Upper Pool

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 5

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 1

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 11 This is the biggest number I have ever tallied, all of them at the Lake.

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X

Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 11

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [auratus Group]) 20 All of them counted in the Nethermead while forraging in the ground.

Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 Nelly's lawn

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 1

Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 1

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 5

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 1

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 1

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 2

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 6

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 2

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 3

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 2

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) 2

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 5

Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea) 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 2

Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 2

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 3

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 7

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 1

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 3

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) X

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!

Tom Stephenson's BBC walk report

Hi Peter,

Once again the weather looked threatening but several areas were very birdy. Some of our normal attendees were missing but we had a few new comers, which was great.

Lots of bird activity in pockets, especially at the south end of the vale and lookout. Highlights were Philadelphia Vireo, Lincoln's Sparrow, 15 species of warblers including several Tennessee (two very low), Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Pine, Blackpoll, and others.

Best regards,


Double-crested Cormorant

Canada Goose

Mute Swan


Red-tailed Hawk

Rock Dove

Mourning Dove

Chimney Swift

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Phoebe

Blue-headed Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Carolina Wren

House Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Wood Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Tennessee Warbler

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Pine Warbler

Palm Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart


Common Yellowthroat

Scarlet Tanager

Eastern Towhee

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Common Grackle

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow