Thursday, November 29, 2012

Prospect Nov 29th The other gender , EVGR male

An early message from Tom Stephenson reports WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS , along with PINE SISKINs  and BROWN CREEPER in the Vale of Cashmere area.

 After all the time the female Evening Grosbeak spent at the feeders last week, we were wondering if a male would show up .  Well, scratch that bird off our wish list and now we have something to look forward to if the male EVENING GROSBEAK  finds the feeder. This afternoon at 3 pm, Rob Jett and Peter Colen found a male EVENING GROSBEAK in the Ravine, feeding up in a Tulip tree which has flowering petals still attached. Its likely from Rob's report the EVGR was along the creek where conifers are nearby. Also reported were WWXbills and the still continuing YBChat, the latter moving in a circuit . Not so nice to hear about-- but meat is meat-- a MERLIN snatched an Eastern Bluebird near the Tennis House. See Rob's report below from the NYS Birds listserve:

Subject: Prospect Park birds
Date: Thu Nov 29 2012 15:01 pm
From: citybirder 
At around 3pm today Peter Colen and I spotted a male EVENING GROSBEAK in Prospect Park. The bird was feeding on the seeds in a large tuliptree in the Ravine adjacent two large conifers. While watching the grosbeak we also had a flyover of a small flock of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS. One other highlight from the park this afternoon was a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT continuing in the area around Breeze Hill. Peter and I first spotted it on the path that leads from Breeze Hill down to the Lullwater. The bird then flew across the hill towards the bird feeders where it briefly fed on multiflora rose hips (must know the health benefits of vitamin C). It eventually headed in the direction of the Terrace Bridge. There is a lot of shrubby underbrush in that general area and I suspect that the bird is working a circuit from the feeders to the bridge to the south-facing ridge along the Lullwater and back.

Good birding,



Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Nov 29, 2012 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

7.0 mile(s)

49 species

Canada Goose

Mute Swan (10.)

American Black Duck


Northern Shoveler

Bufflehead (1.)

Hooded Merganser (4.)

Ruddy Duck

Pied-billed Grebe (5.)

Double-crested Cormorant (2.)

Red-tailed Hawk (2.)

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher (1.)

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2.)

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker (1.)

Northern Flicker (1.)

Merlin (1, Grabbed an Eastern Bluebird from the ground near the Tennis House.)

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch (3.)

White-breasted Nuthatch (4.)

Brown Creeper (1.)

Winter Wren (1.)

Carolina Wren (2.)

Golden-crowned Kinglet (4.)

Eastern Bluebird (4; Actually 3, after one was snatched by a Merlin.)

Hermit Thrush (1.)

American Robin

Gray Catbird (1, Vale of Cashmere.)

Northern Mockingbird (1.)

European Starling

Yellow-breasted Chat (1, Path that descends from Breeze Hill to Lullwater.)

Fox Sparrow (4.)

Song Sparrow (2.)

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

House Finch

White-winged Crossbill (6, Flying from Ravine to Midwood.)

Pine Siskin

Evening Grosbeak (1, Feeding on tuliptree seeds in the Ravine near two large conifers.)

House Sparrow