Not so loyal to the usual location of past days with the Ravine, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS opted out for Falkill Falls but still loyal to the species tree this Xbill species have been targeting while here : a sweetgum , what else ?
Prospect Lake, meanwhile is coming alive with ducks. Just short a decade , 9 species ducks was reported by Alex Wilson, with most attention focused on a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER putting in a rare appearance for the park; we usually get this species one or two times yearly. Two Merganser species today makes it cool to count, the other duck being HOODED. A lone RING-NECKED DUCK has been here for a couple of days, the hope we get more at the Xmas count approaches, usually the only Brooklyn spot that gets this species. But we wont have a problem with NORTHERN SHOVELER, 200 too many to count...
From Rob Jett~FWD: Chat still at Breeze Hill path to Lullwater
From Alex Wilson