Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Prospect Nov 14th Finchy and blue

EASTERN BLUEBIRD and PINE SISKIN continue their impressive display here in Prospect, in field and feeders with the latter species in two locations. The feeder continues being a finch festival , with some bad bird behavior in action..

A flock of 14 EASTERN BLUEBIRD  ( EABL)  was reported seen by Rob Jett at the Tennis House, along the lawn when I finally saw 2. During work progress chipping storm damaged wood, a female EABL was spotted on the ground after tree limbs were dragged towards the chipper; then later the bird  landed on the edge of the Pagoda stage, the bluebird actually landing on the stage front wall; an interesting approach there, perhaps a stage fright insect became a meal.

PINE SISKINs are no doubt a vibrant presence in Prospect now, 9 birds I saw feeding in the sweetgums overlooking the Lily Pool. At the feeders where finches control the action, 5 SISKINS were on one of the thistle tube feeders, combating with AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. At one point , with a siskin already on a perch, when a goldfinch landed on the same perch, the siskin pecked at it. Bad bird behavior seems the norm, something  birders should watch and enjoy while watching the feeders. But the siskins are outnumbered, with American Goldfinches showing might with their numbers. But the 4 PURPLE FINCHES paid no mind to the those other finches, continually to feed on and MTOB. As snows comes eventually, it will be mayhem: Good, let it come !

Prospect Park--Feeders, Kings, US-NY

Nov 14, 2012 12:30 PM - 12:40 PM

Protocol: Stationary

11 species

Downy Woodpecker 2

Blue Jay 1

Black-capped Chickadee 7

Tufted Titmouse 1

White-throated Sparrow 5

Dark-eyed Junco 6

Northern Cardinal 3

Purple Finch 4

House Finch 8

Pine Siskin 5

American Goldfinch 23

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Nov 14, 2012

Protocol: Incidental

17 species

Great Blue Heron 1 Upper Pool

Mourning Dove X

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 Pagoda grove

Downy Woodpecker 1 Pagoda grove

Blue Jay X

Black-capped Chickadee X

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Breeze Hill

White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Pagoda grove

Winter Wren 1 Boathouse slope

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Breeze Hill

Eastern Bluebird 2 Pagoda grove; Tennis house

Hermit Thrush 3

American Robin X

Song Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow X

Dark-eyed Junco X

Pine Siskin 9 Lily Pool sweetgums

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From Orrin , birding Greenwood Cemetery

Green-wood Cemetery for about an hour this morning in the north end. Many more trees and branches down courtesy of the nor'easter. In the short-term, before they clean it up, that means more habitat for ground birds. Highlights today wee a fox sparrow and some leftover kinglets and yellow-rumped warblers. The complete list:

Chipping sparrow

White-breasted nuthatch

Black-capped chickadee

Ruby-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned kinglet

Tufted titmouse

Red-bellied woodpecker

American robin

Dark-eyed junco

Common grackle

Northern flicker

Northern cardinal

Blue jay

Downy woodpecker

Song sparrow

Canada goose

Fox sparrow

Mallard duck

Belted kingfisher

American goldfinch

Yellow-rumped warbler

Swamp sparrow

Cedar waxwing

Northern shoveler

Ruddy duck

Also, near the Dell Water, a large, dark raptor, mid-story.