Friday, November 9, 2012

Prospect Nov 9th; feeders alive,the blues and rusties in town

The feeders birding dynamics changes on the hour as today attests, PURPLE FINCHES the main draw when I finally visited the site. On the largest feeder, 11 PURPLE FINCHES , 2 males in nice raspberry color shared the sunflower staples with females and 1 PINE SISKIN. This is the most Purple Finches I have seen collectively in Prospect  ever I believe. So its looking like a good start for the feeders  for winter feeder recreation. A diversity of birds have descended on the site , both on the feeders and on the ground. See the list below. Later, another PINE SISKIN was seen in the sweetgums by West Island shelter and the garage area too with a number of juncos.

The other good news deals with EASTERN BLUEBIRD and RUSTY BLACKBIRD, spotted by birders MikeY, DennisH & Peter C. The former was spotted at 9th St side of the ballfields, and as well Center Drive by the cemetery. During the observation of the bluebirds, Peter C spotted 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRD in Binnen Creek area western sector. From pictures I have received from him, they appeared to be on the pedestrian path. Pics will be posted later. 

Good weather is forecasted this weekend with north winds, so an opportunity there for good birding the local park and cemeteries ( especially nowadays for fear of taking the car far with gas rationing and long lines a bummer).


Peter's lists

Prospect Park--Feeders, Kings, US-NY

Nov 9, 2012 3:50 PM - 4:05 PM

Protocol: Stationary

14 species

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 1

Black-capped Chickadee 5

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Fox Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 2

White-throated Sparrow 6

Dark-eyed Junco 5

Northern Cardinal 1

Common Grackle 2

Purple Finch 11

House Finch 3

Pine Siskin 1

American Goldfinch 5

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Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY

Nov 9, 2012 4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Protocol: Stationary

17 species

Mute Swan 4

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 90

Ruddy Duck 12

Double-crested Cormorant 5

Great Blue Heron 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Coot X

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Rock Pigeon X

Black-capped Chickadee 4

Swamp Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 8

Northern Cardinal 1

Pine Siskin 1

American Goldfinch 2

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From Peter Colen:

Hi Peter,

I was going to leave the park my normal way and it was blocked off. I went around and toward Nethermead Arches but before I got down that path I noticed bird activity on the grass across from western binnin water had a fairly large bird. I could not get close enough to photograph the Rusty Blackbird as it deserves. I also saw bluebirds in a tree. I believe there are 3 of them, but could be more. A truck came by and scared them away across the field.

Lots of finches eating. Grackles came too. Across the street was a Kestrel. All the activity in the park seems to have shifted to different areas.

Cheers, Peter
    **************************   From Mike Yuan: With Dennis H.

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Nov 9, 2012 6:40 AM - 8:30 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

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39 species

Canada Goose 6

Mute Swan 5

Mallard 14

Northern Shoveler 80

Pied-billed Grebe 1

Double-crested Cormorant 4

Great Blue Heron 2

Red-tailed Hawk 5

Ring-billed Gull 3

Herring Gull (American) 40

Rock Pigeon 4

Mourning Dove 7

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker 2

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Merlin 1

Blue Jay 5

Black-capped Chickadee 6

Tufted Titmouse 2

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

Eastern Bluebird 3 Above Ballfield 3(?), closest to 9th st entrance

Hermit Thrush 10

American Robin 20

Northern Mockingbird 1

European Starling 16

Chipping Sparrow 1

Fox Sparrow (Red) 5

Song Sparrow 7

Swamp Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 25

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 12

Northern Cardinal 3

Purple Finch 6 feeders

House Finch 3 feeders

Pine Siskin 1 feeders

American Goldfinch 12

House Sparrow 10