Friday, October 5, 2012

Prospect October 5th, Good October days

A very cooperative BLUE GROSBEAK is still hanging about , offering tame views to birders today and opportunities for anyone venturing to see this rare bird in our region. Also treasured is a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT in the same area at Switchback Trail . Warblers are still kicking up the dust, last opportunities to see this genus before cold snaps will deplete their presence till next spring.

Also of note GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, INDIGO BUNTING, PURPLE FINCH & LINCOLN SPARROW to add good variety for the park visitor.

During my lunch hour, a juvenile WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen feeding on dried aster seeds on the ground in the wildflower meadow to the west of Three Arches /Nethermead Bridge, this site dominated by a giant cut timber.Perhaps after Sunday's rain when temperatures will plummet to the 50's and cold air (my term "freeze front") indulge sparrows to get their tails southward, as many of us experienced birders  are asking : where the heck are they ?

October is good birding......

From Keir

hi Peter

I think Bobbi will have got better photos today of the Grosbeak as it is still very confiding - I walked away from it twice! Also a YB Chat in the same area on the switchback but much skulkier. Very good activity today on switchback, Breeze Hill & Sparrowbowl early.

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Oct 5, 2012 7:10 AM - 9:20 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

48 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck 1

Mallard 8

Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk 1

Herring Gull 1

Rock Pigeon 4

Mourning Dove 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 25 Sparrowbowl, Nethermead, Lookout

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1

Eastern Phoebe 2

Blue-headed Vireo 1

Red-eyed Vireo 3

Blue Jay 12

Black-capped Chickadee 4

Red-breasted Nuthatch 2

House Wren 3

Swainson's Thrush 12 Including 8+ at Sparrowbowl

American Robin 10

Gray Catbird 4

European Starling 15

Cedar Waxwing 1

Black-and-white Warbler 2

Nashville Warbler 1 Maryland Monument

Common Yellowthroat 7

American Redstart 2

Northern Parula 5

Magnolia Warbler 2

Blackpoll Warbler 4

Black-throated Blue Warbler 4

Palm Warbler 10

Pine Warbler 1 Breeze Hill pines with a Blackpoll

Yellow-rumped Warbler 10

Black-throated Green Warbler 2

Yellow-breasted Chat 1 Lookout switchback trail

Eastern Towhee 1

Chipping Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 5

Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Wildflower Meadow, Long Meadow

Swamp Sparrow 3 Breeze Hill, Maryland Mon. steps, Sparrowbowl

White-throated Sparrow 12

Dark-eyed Junco 2

Scarlet Tanager 1 Sparrowbowl

Northern Cardinal 4

Blue Grosbeak 1 Continues on Lookout switchback trail calling (8.15am) & feeding later Maryland Monument steps (9am). Immature female I think.

Indigo Bunting 1 Wildflower Meadow, Long Meadow

Red-winged Blackbird 1

Baltimore Oriole 1

American Goldfinch 1

House Sparrow 30

from Rafael Campos:

05 October 2012

Nice day than yesterday, and went a little late (±10:30 am) to have a second chance for the Blue Grosbeak that have been reported around Maryland's Monument & the switchback trail, Lookout Hill.

I was surprise by the number of species of warblers seen today. The rare one was 1 juvenal Chestnut-sided. Others seen were: Blackpoll, Yellowthroat, Black-and-white, Magnolia, Palm, Yellow-rumped (Myrtle), Ovenbird, Yellowthroat, BT Blue, BT Green.

And, finally, the Blue Grosbeak seen briefly when perched, and gone in seconds when flew into dense vegetation.

A great day.

Brooklyn is great birding: Rafael Campos R.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY

Oct 5, 2012 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

Observer: Rafael G Campos

3.5 kilometer(s)

50 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 7 Upper pool

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 10 Lake

Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) 1 Flyover Lookout Hill

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X

Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 6

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [auratus Group]) 12 Nethermead, forraging on the ground.

Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 Flyover peninsula

Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 1 Lookout Hill

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1 Nelly's lawn

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 2

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 2

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 3

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 3

Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus) 1 Between Rick's place & the broken steps.

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 7

Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 1

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) X

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 1

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 2

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 3

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 3

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 6

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) 1 juvenal, Vale of Cashmere

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) 1

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 5

Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea) 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 1

Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 2

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 8

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 1

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) X

Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) 1 female, switchback trail, Lookout Hill

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) X

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 1 Female, Lookout Hill

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) X

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!


Note PPS  The PB grebe record for a single day i 13 in Jan 13,2000.There are at least 7 records  for 12