Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Day birds to be thankful for....Prospect

The special "feast " of birds continues this holiday, the very rare same day trifecta of winter finches  for Prospect Park the second consecutive day, only this day the crossbill species increased in numbers for each of the species. 

First the RED CROSSBILLS; in their most recent intrusion inside park boundaries,  6 birds were spotted (Rafael Campos, Eni and Vinny Falci) atop the Peninsula tip pine grove, making this the largest number seen since January 11, 1970 when 7 was reported back then. After takeoff, the flock flew over Lookout Hill towards Quaker Cemetery. Perhaps information helps with the cemetery a known Pine  tree enclave.  Lets hope  for more Red Crossbills  in the coming week or beyond. 

Then , reports came in of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS from the Vale of Cashmere area, 9 a tremendous number for this species here seen by Rafael Campos and his birding entourage;mid morning  text messages from Monica and Keir reported these still present birds, which upon my arrival at the southern Rose garden, a few were seen in the sweetgum tree, feeding on the seed ball seeds. To view this potential species, go to the Rose Garden southwest entrance, and stand by the path triangle and look up at the sweetgum on the slope above the Vale. Eventually, 8 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were sighted, 3 males, 5 females.

The Feeder meanwhile  continues to see  irregular visits by the week long EVENING GROSBEAK, along with the host of PINE SISKINS , 7 I saw there  with the usual winter species, including one female PURPLE FINCH.

Just a great day to be appreciative for birding and birds ( and one day Turkey on the table).... KB

Peter's lists

Prospect Park--Feeders, Kings, US-NY
Nov 22, 2012 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Stationary
12 species

Mourning Dove  X
Blue Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-throated Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Purple Finch  1
Pine Siskin  7
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  X

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY
Nov 22, 2012 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Stationary
14 species

Canada Goose  94
Mute Swan  8
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  125
Ruddy Duck  X
Pied-billed Grebe  1
American Coot  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  X
Peregrine Falcon  1     flyover
Northern Cardinal  1

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Nov 22, 2012 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
9 species

Red-tailed Hawk  1     Lookout Hill
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  23     west island sweetgums
White-winged Crossbill  8     Rose Garden southwest entrance, sweetgum tree, seen by 8 birders including RafaelC , Keir R, Linda, Edith, Isabel, 
American Goldfinch  X

PS. Mike Elliot reported an EASTERN TOWHEE on the " switchback trail" by the Maryland Monument.