Saturday, November 3, 2012

Prospect Nov 3rd : A "field" day for rarities (one on cement) excellent flight

[ Blogger's note: this a late post given the great  reports for today.  I was simply too tired and dozed off after an exhausting day chipping Sandy's left behind mess on the Nethermead which chipping dead trees will continue for at least a month to come]

Against the din-- at times loud --of the heavy chipper mulching tree debris on the Nethermead , Prospect's most memorable fall continues to exemplify itself as a premier NYC location despite being severly weather impacted last week, two unexpected and very rare species topped the sightings today, either seen on the Nethermead or nearby at Lily Pool; those fantastic opportunities did not end there, at the sky today gave up spectacles of its own.

This morning, as my crew and I prepared for the day's work,  the sky filled with blackbirds, hordes of them, COMMON GRACKLES and accompanying RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDs in 7 separate flocks over the garage near the 9th Street park entrance, numbering  at least 4000 birds. I knew this was a special day to be birding for friends and peers.

And the first of these special birds came in a report from Kier.That was a report of  WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL spotted from the Binnen Bridge (or Lily Pool). There was also a report of COMMON REDPOLLs which was reported by Rusty Harold, 5-6 birds at the same spot.

Lunchtime beckon for me and upon my return to my vehicle with my Chinese takeout, a message came through from Mike Yuan , birding with Chris Elliot. They have a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (GRSP) out in the open ! Of course, I rushed thru in my electric cart from Bartel Pritchard, trying to dodge bike riders en route. On Center Drive , opposite the cemetery, first seen on the bridle trail, the gorgeous GRSP was seen well despite several passerby too close for comfort, yet the bird didn't flushed . It did after 5 minutes after my arrival, after viewing through Chris' borrowed binoculars (I didn't have mine...shocking), I thought this was the tamest GRSP I've heard about in Prospect. It moved to the sidewalk just west of the fire hydrant, which GRSP stayed for hours at the same spot , giving closed in multiple birders a fantastic opportunity for a life bird and spectacular looks for veterans  .  Photos were taken by  several birders, which I will post  soon in a seperate post for a gallery shots. ( and thanks to Mike and Chris for their terrific find, whose bins were a valuable help for this birder blogger; at times though I would hand back Chris' bins to Mike who lent Chris his , twice that happened....very funny)

Overhead, later in the day,a raptor spectacle . While chipping tree debris again in the early afternoon, I looked up and spotted a kettle of vultures. 12 TURKEY VULTURES rode the Quaker ridge, then drifted over us, where also very low, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK flew over; several of the latter species were seen by other birders previously today. Later, after leaving work, over the elm hill by Upper Pool, a spectacle of 8 RED-TAILED HAWKS under observation, gliding and soaring in differing routes. Also seen were SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and other raptors. Check the posts below for more details.

I also received reports of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on the switchback trail ( RBate), WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW ( AMurray) in text reprts. Sparrows were numerous in some locations , particularly in the garage area. PINE SISKINS also seen. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in the Vale Cashmere pool ( please access from Nellys Lawn as tree damage is extensive there ;obs Rob Bate ) There may be other reports I missed so check below what I posted.

It's been a long day for me, achy and beat like heck after 4  straight days chipping. Good fall birding.


11/3 reports unless noted otherwise

From Mike Yuan , birding with Chris Elliot

Revised list for today. Chris can send photos.

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Nov 3, 2012 7:55 AM - 1:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.1

63 species

Canada Goose 12

Mute Swan 4

Gadwall 1

American Wigeon 1

Mallard 12

Northern Shoveler 18

Bufflehead 2

Ruddy Duck 50

Pied-billed Grebe 8

Double-crested Cormorant 6

Great Blue Heron 1

Black-crowned Night-Heron 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk 3

Red-tailed Hawk 10

American Coot 2

Ring-billed Gull 10

Herring Gull (American) 35

Rock Pigeon 16

Mourning Dove 20

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2

Downy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2

Merlin 1

Eastern Phoebe 5

Blue-headed Vireo 2 One at Sparrowbowl. Low. Olive/yellow back. Yellow Flanks. White Spectacles and lores. 2nd at Center Drive and West loop.

Blue Jay 15

American Crow 2

Black-capped Chickadee 14

Tufted Titmouse 4

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Brown Creeper 3

Carolina Wren 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 9

Eastern Bluebird 5 Peninsula meadow and Nethermead

Hermit Thrush 18

American Robin 45

Gray Catbird 3

European Starling 25

Nashville Warbler 1 Sparrowbowl. Complete white entering. Gray hood. Yellow underparts.

Northern Parula 1 At Sparrowbowl. Viewed In close proximity. Fed in small tree directly above us. Poked into dead leaves, often feeding upside down. Two short, thick wingbars. Yellowish lower bill. Yellow throat and breast going to white vents and undertail. White eye arcs.

Magnolia Warbler 1 Lullwater. Black undertail tip. Dark coarse streaks on yellow flanks. Eyering.

Blackpoll Warbler 1 Streaky upper back, breast. Light legs. 2 white wingbars. Dark line through eye. Fed on ground.

Palm Warbler (Yellow) 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 4

Eastern Towhee 1

Chipping Sparrow 12

Field Sparrow 1 Vale

Grasshopper Sparrow 1 On Center Drive sidewalk path adjacent to Nethermead, across from Quaker Cemetery. Buffy clean breast and flanks. Fine weave pattern on nape of neck, darker pattern on back. Complete eye ring. Whitish crown median stripe. Intent on feeding on sidewalk. Many observers.

Fox Sparrow (Red) 5

Song Sparrow 8

Swamp Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 50

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 18

Northern Cardinal 6

Indigo Bunting 1 Seen feeding on ground with Chipping Sparrows on Breeze Hill. Overall slender and brown. Small bill. Bluish tail.

Red-winged Blackbird 5

Purple Finch 4

Pine Siskin 24 In sweet gum behind Nethermead Arches.

American Goldfinch 14

House Sparrow 25

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From Keir

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Nov 3, 2012 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

62 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose 14

Mute Swan 5

Wood Duck 4

Gadwall 1

American Wigeon 1

Mallard 8

Northern Shoveler 30

Bufflehead 3

Ruddy Duck 10

Pied-billed Grebe 1

Double-crested Cormorant 4

Turkey Vulture 9 Together quite low over Maryland Monument

Northern Harrier 1 Juvenile, quite low over Nethermead

Sharp-shinned Hawk 2

Cooper's Hawk 2

Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk 2

Red-shouldered Hawk 4 At least 2 adults and 2 immatures, probably more.

Red-tailed Hawk 18 3 local birds early then a steady stream, higher in afternoon. A conservative estimate

American Coot 6

Ring-billed Gull 1

Herring Gull 3

gull sp. 10

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2

Downy Woodpecker 2

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 7

Peregrine Falcon 1

Eastern Phoebe 10 Probably more.

Blue-headed Vireo 1 Nethermead, center drive, close to Grasshopper Sparrow spot. Very blue head, yellow sides. Would like to study, if photos were taken, just to check throat contrast with Cassin's in mind (it didn't seem out of ordinary for BHVI but I only subsequantly did I realize I should've checked for it)

Blue Jay 8

Black-capped Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 4

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Brown Creeper 2

Winter Wren 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet 6

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5

Hermit Thrush 35

American Robin 50

European Starling 20

Blackpoll Warbler 1 Nethermead meadow edge nr Binnen pool. Good views, yellow feet etc.

Yellow-rumped Warbler 6

Eastern Towhee 1

Chipping Sparrow 4

Field Sparrow 1 Vale pool, late pm

Savannah Sparrow 1 Tennis House edge

Grasshopper Sparrow 1 Nethermead/ Center Drive edge nr Lookout Hill, found by Mike Yuan et al. Crisp white eye ring, large bill, gray pattern on neck and (with rufous spots) on wings. Crown stripe was buffy - hatch year?

Fox Sparrow 6 Sparrow Bowl & Vale

Song Sparrow 12

Swamp Sparrow 3

White-throated Sparrow 60

White-crowned Sparrow 1 Immature, Nellie's Lawn western weedy edge

Dark-eyed Junco 20

Northern Cardinal 8

Indigo Bunting 1 With WTSPs on Breeze Hill, north end of berms. Female type - blue in tail, whitish throat.

Red-winged Blackbird 30

Common Grackle 80

blackbird sp. 100

Purple Finch 6

House Finch 2

White-winged Crossbill 1 Lily Pond bridge, 9.40am. While sifting through a sweetgum tree looking for the Common Redpoll recently seen by Rusty Harold, a flock (felt like 3-6 birds) landed much closer above our heads, a few feet above eye level right above the bridge on the pond side. The first bird and only bird I got on (bin filling views) was - pinkish red with white wing bars and a black marking on the neck that didn't fit for the House or Purple Finches or even Redpoll that I was expecting. Rusty says "It's a Crossbilll." Finally it turns it's head and indeed it has large, crossed bills - a most unexpected adult male WW Crossbill!

After 20-30 seconds of watching the bird it flew and with naked eye I got the impression of other birds going with it but, still somewhat in shock, didn't get a beat on whether they were actually all Crossbills.

Pine Siskin 10

American Goldfinch 20

House Sparrow 20

From Dennis


Here's my list for an awesome day in prospect. cooperative grasshoper sp a real treat, thanks mike! True variety today from maggies to buffleheads to blue headed vireos to white crowns and fox sparrows. High count for me of 3 red shouldered hawks a real kings county hat trick.



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Date: November 3, 2012 10:20:14 PM EDT


Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 3, 2012

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Nov 3, 2012 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments: windy!

55 species

Canada Goose X

Mute Swan X

Gadwall X

American Wigeon X

American Black Duck X

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler X

Bufflehead X

Ruddy Duck X

Double-crested Cormorant X

Turkey Vulture X

Osprey X

Northern Harrier X

Sharp-shinned Hawk X

Cooper's Hawk X

Red-shouldered Hawk X

Red-tailed Hawk X

American Coot X

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Belted Kingfisher X

Red-bellied Woodpecker X

Downy Woodpecker X

Northern Flicker X

Eastern Phoebe X

Blue-headed Vireo 1 in trees just west of nethermeade bridge over look. later on tree along center drive, possibly same bird.

Blue Jay X

Black-capped Chickadee X

Tufted Titmouse X

Red-breasted Nuthatch X

White-breasted Nuthatch X

Golden-crowned Kinglet X

Ruby-crowned Kinglet X

Swainson's Thrush 1 on gound near picnic house with hermit thrushes, buffy eye ring and cheek patch clearly visible.

Hermit Thrush X

American Robin X

European Starling X

Magnolia Warbler 1 in "winter feeder area" on breezy hill along with blackpol warbler very heavily streaked individual

Blackpoll Warbler 1 in "winter feeder area" on breezy hill along with magnolia warbler, bird very low, streaks on back clearly visible

Yellow-rumped Warbler X

Eastern Towhee X

Chipping Sparrow X

Grasshopper Sparrow 1 sitting on sidewalk on center drive. spotted by mike yuan and later seen by others.

Fox Sparrow X

Song Sparrow X

Swamp Sparrow X

White-throated Sparrow X

White-crowned Sparrow X

Dark-eyed Junco X

Northern Cardinal X

Pine Siskin X

American Goldfinch X

House Sparrow X

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John Asher reports

Lookout Hill Orange crowned warbler lower path 25 m away from md mont clearing past fallen tree. Also indigo bunting -breeze hill and eastern bluebirds btw md mon and nethermead

Sent from my iPhone

outside grill area red shouldered hawk. White crowned sparrow. Tennessee warbler. Bluebird

Hi Peter

I'm forwarding my ebird checklist for today and some attached photos of the sparrow in case you're interested. Feel free to post any of the photos on your blogs as you see fit. I can send more upon request.


John S. Ascher, PhD

Research Scientist

Division of Invertebrate Zoology

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park W @ 79th St.

New York, NY 10024-5192


From: []

Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2012 6:35 PM

To: John Ascher

Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 3, 2012

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Nov 3, 2012 11:15 AM - 4:15 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments: checked Lake, Breeze Hill, Lookout Hiil, and Center Drive with a 1 hr lunch break

61 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 18

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 7

American Wigeon (Anas americana) 1

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 3

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 30

American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) (Anas rubripes x platyrhynchos) 1

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 50

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 2

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 25

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 5

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 8 one flock ca. 1 PM

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 4

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 2

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1 Center Drive ca. 2 PM

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 4 could have been fewer or many more (couldn't tell which were repeats). Beware of Broad-winged Hawk reports from today (vs. misdet. iimm. of this species)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 15 could have been fewer or very many more (couldn't tell which were repeats)

American Coot (Fulica americana) 4

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 12

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 15

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 1

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 7

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 1

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 6

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3

Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) 1

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 10

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 8

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 6

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 10

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 35

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 8

Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina) 1

Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1 Lookout Hill Lower Path near Maryland Monument

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) 1 bright yellow below; Breeze Hill

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 10

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 6

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) 1 Center Drive, many photos available

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 1

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 7

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 2

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 18

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 1 Lookout Hill grill area

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 14

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1 Breeze Hill, photo available

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 2

Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 7

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 12

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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From Adam 11/2 report

Here's my list from yesterday. Some goodies inc. Linc Sparrow, Indigo

Bunting, my FoS Hoodies on the Lake and a late BT Blue Warb.


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Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 2, 2012

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Nov 2, 2012 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments: Cold, overcast. Walked from Grand Army Plaza, around

Quaker Cemetery, over Lookout, looked at Lake, left via SW corner.

38 species (+1 other taxa)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 1

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 1

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 38

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 3 My FoS. 2 males, 1 female.

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 45

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1

American Coot (Fulica americana) 2

gull sp. (Larinae sp.) 2

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2

Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 7

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 5

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 5

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 5

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 40

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 1 Single,

unmistakeable male seen at distance of 5 yards on southern border of

Quaker Cemetery.

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 1

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 1 1 bird seen at base of

Lookout Hill, near southern edge. Narrow, defined stippled stripes on

side, pinkinsh-buffy wash on sides of breast, defined blackish lateral

throat stripe that does not 'bleed' into stripes on side of breast,

smaller, with different 'jizz' to nearby Song Sparrows.

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 1

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 20

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 120 approx count. Large flock

near Sparrow Bowl.

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1 1 bird on slope above

Maryland Monument, low in shrubbery near large flock of White-thr

Sparrow. Cinnamon wash overall, no blue = female. Noticeably

smaller than Blue Grosbeak (which have also been claimed for Prospect

Park today, to my knowledge) far less-massive bill.

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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Rafael 11/3 report

Peter: What an amazing day for PP. The Grasshopper Sparrow was great (my 2nd sighting for the park -2005 was the first for PP & the Eastern USA-). Other rarities observed, some photographed were: Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Indigo Bunting, Blackpoll Warbler. I missed the White-winged Crossbills, & the Redpoll. But I got good views of the too many Pine Siskins around PP.

Great Day. See more photos at:

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY

Nov 3, 2012 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling

Main observer: Rafael Campos R.

3.0 kilometer(s)

Comments: The Grasshopper Sparrow was the bird of the day -photos taken-, but see list for other species

61 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 3

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2

American Wigeon (Anas americana) 1

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 4

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 4

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) X

American Coot (Fulica americana) 2

Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) X

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1 probably a juvenal. Photos taken.

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [auratus Group]) 3

Merlin (Falco columbarius) 2

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 2

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1

Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) 2

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 4

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) X

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 1

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 1

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) 1 seen well, yellow legs. Also seen by multiple observers.

Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea) 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 3

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) X

Grasshopper Sparrow (Eastern) (Ammodramus savannarum pratensis) 1 single individual, well seen by multiple observers. Photos taken.

Fox Sparrow (Red) (Passerella iliaca iliaca/zaboria) 1

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) X

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 1

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) X

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) X

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1 Probably a female. Photos taken

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) X

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 2

Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) X

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) X

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!


Rafael 11/2 report

Today the backyard was alive, and I could not believe what we got here.

First the American Robins were everywhere, mostly flying in and out while feeding on the red berries of a Holly tree. From time to time, Blue Jays showed up.

But the best was at least 2 Pine Siskins seen on a feeder, placed on the back porch of one of our neighbors.

Other species of birds recorded today were: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Fox Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, Mourning Dove, White-throated Sparrow, White-breasted Nuthatch, European Starling, House Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse, Hermit Thrush, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, Northern Mockingbird, Dark-eyed Junco.

Just counting the hrs to visit Prospect Park, and see how it looks after Sandy. Officialy opens tomorrow to public visitation.

Brooklyn is great birding: Rafa Campos R


BBGarden reports Chris and Mike


Hi Peter,

Following up on Mike's tweets to you, a casual walk with him in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this afternoon yielded:

- Blue Grosbeak (on the short, steep slope, just north and slightly east of the rose garden)

- Orange-crowned Warbler (in tomato and other low plants in the Children's Garden)

- Red-shouldered Hawk (fly-over)

- Merlin

- Chimney Swift (late, near main entrance)

- Black-and-White Warbler (late)

- Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers

- Fox Sparrow

among 34 species overall— a good collection for a cold, gray, late-Fall afternoon in the Garden.


With Chris Eliot:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Kings, US-NY

Nov 2, 2012 1:50 PM - 3:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

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30 species

Mallard 10

Great Blue Heron 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Flyover. Light underparts. Streaks on breast. Light crescents at edge of wings.

Red-tailed Hawk 2

Mourning Dove 37

Chimney Swift 1 All dark body. Flying over BBG entrance.

Blue Jay 6

American Crow 2

Tufted Titmouse 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 4

Brown Creeper 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3

Hermit Thrush 3

American Robin 45

Northern Mockingbird 3

Cedar Waxwing 8

Black-and-white Warbler 1 1st year male/female.

Orange-crowned Warbler 1 In Children's Garden, feeding low. Yellowish underparts. Gray upper parts. Whitish eye arcs. Blurry streaks on breast. Yellow undertail coverts.

Palm Warbler (Yellow) 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 4

Chipping Sparrow 1

Fox Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 8

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1

Northern Cardinal 3

Blue Grosbeak 1 On weedy hill across from Rose Garden. Overall brown. Rufous wingbars. Large bill.

Pine Siskin 12 One flock sitting together.

House Sparrow 18

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11/2 Prospect Rob bate

I sneaked in the park to see the damage mostly up on Lookout, it's pretty sad. I had quite a few life birds and life looks at birds in those Oak Trees.

Big find was the 4 American Pipits on the Penninsula Meadow. Also had 5 warbler species, Blackpoll being the rarest for this time of year.

52 species

Canada Goose 2

Mute Swan X

American Wigeon 1

American Black Duck 7

Mallard 8

Northern Shoveler 6

Ruddy Duck 10

Pied-billed Grebe 4

Double-crested Cormorant 2

Great Blue Heron 1

Northern Harrier 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 2

American Coot 2

Herring Gull 40

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 2

Eastern Phoebe 2

Blue Jay 4

Black-capped Chickadee 5

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Winter Wren 1

Carolina Wren 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet 10

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6

Hermit Thrush 20

American Robin 20

Gray Catbird 1

European Starling X

American Pipit 4

Common Yellowthroat 1

Northern Parula 1

Blackpoll Warbler 1

Palm Warbler 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler 10

Chipping Sparrow 5

Field Sparrow 1

Fox Sparrow 4

Song Sparrow 8

Swamp Sparrow 3

White-throated Sparrow 25

Dark-eyed Junco 5

Northern Cardinal 6

House Finch 1

American Goldfinch 5

House Sparrow X