Monday, November 26, 2012

Prospect Nov 26th Chat upstaging those Xbills

YELLOW BREASTED CHAT upstages today's WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS , sort of the second consecutive day a warbler (after yesterday's Nashville ) gets first mention here ( what can I say ?  warblers are my kind of birds) over Xbills, the Chat I finally can call my first of year for 2012 , hitting my 35th or 36th ( I forget ) warbler species for this year.Coming close many times trying to get this species, I lucked in , with help from Mike Elliot.

After a sidetracked stop for 8 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS feeding high in a Sweetgum overlooking the Ambergill Falls, I made 'casual' haste towards the Breeze Hill Chat spot, reported in an earlier text from Rob Bate. Taking the sinking road that bisects Breeze Hill's southern slope, I ran into Mike Ellliot, who mentioned he was surprised to see this very bright yellow bird popping out as he rounded the hairpin path turn going up the road. It was the Chat.   After several moments conversation, we parted and not 10 seconds later, I looked down the left slope what I thought was a very yellow "leaf"; Instead , after looking at this leaf, lo and behold on a multiflora  rosebush,  the CHAT! I called back Mike but we didn't see it again.  Below is a link to a google map I created if it helps since this YBChat seems to be sticking around in the heavy cold affected brush for a week now...My advice : Any bright yellow, look for a moving "leaf " ( wink)

Click on the below link.,-73.966269&spn=0.002625,0.004136

Getting to the White-winged Crossbills, they were originally spotted just before 3 pm by Heidi Clevens,the Xbills in a Sweetgum tree closer to the Esdale Bridge; and some came down to the creek for drink offering fantastic views for Heidi. For a species that thrives on conifers pine cone seeds, in Prospect , WWXbills have adapted and pursued Sweetgum seeds ( must be hard for them ) . Nature knows best especially with Prospect's dearth of pine cones , many pine trees with cones having come down from very strong storms of the past five years ( and that includes the Sandy one).


Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Nov 26, 2012 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
21 species

Mute Swan  X
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  175
Ring-necked Duck  1     drake
Ruddy Duck  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1     Nethermead
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1     Breeze Hill
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  X
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  5     Nethermead
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1     3 arches
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
Yellow-breasted Chat  1     full view Breeze Hill south slope
Fox Sparrow  1     Ravine
Song Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  X
White-winged Crossbill  8     feeding on sweetgum seeds, Ravine; present all 
American Goldfinch  X

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