Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day birding : A trifecta of spots, good birds to salute

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day before WW2, then to remember our World War 1 dead, and the years going forward, it was the 11th hour, and 11th minute this day, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed ending that European conflict, that became a "moment of silence" we Americans since adopted. I tried to do that moment of silence ( got through most of it ), but something happened during that moment: WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS appeared this Indian Summer day.

After a long walk through the Greenwood Cemetery and hours later, a return to the Heath Path  connected to Cypress Ave, by the Valentine Grave ( )
, there is a massive Spruce tree  heavily laden with cones. Yet it was not that spruce but another further up on the Hazel Path  intersecting Heath Path, a scrawnier spruce with broken limbs from storm damage, that a stream of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS flew into , readily attacking the pine cones, some of the birds burying themselves immediately into the treetop, a mix of 20 greenish females and bright red males.It made my moment;  i texted quickly , and when finished,I looked up: it appeared the very nomadic flock took off.  (see the map link of approximate location ).. For anyone wanting to see these birds, do a big sit at this spot, on the Heath Path, since this area of conifers has seen these birds 3x already.
Along with this highly prized species for our region, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK also appeared, from my view along with Mike Yuan and Paige Linden near the Catacombs. Greenwood was relatively quite except for Siskins with the mainly Junco flock along Crescent Ave near Dell water. The Dell water was very active with sparrows, especially FOX , all using the water to bathe.

A trip over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden yielded only a PEREGRINE FALCON carrying a pigeon prey while Rob Jett and I  delved into our cafe delicacies.

Then , afterwards, a last visit to Prospect Park, where I received Paige Linden's report of EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

Originally reported at the Sparrowbowl, I was headed there when I got stopped quickly at Field 6.It's the EASTERN MEADOWLARK that stopped me in my tracks. Not far from first base, the Lark was in the short right field , playing deep for a "second baseman, where very near at its spot about 60 field players are playing football and soccer. It stood quite aware , erect, and eventually after 10 minutes it flew over the soccer players and landing in right field of field 1 , near the horse loop. I am saying to myself, this is crazy......this bird does not have a strong arm for a rightfielder...

Also reported today , flying over Long Meadow, a BALD EAGLE in midafternoon ( Keir Randall).

Green-Wood Cemetery, Kings, US-NY

Nov 11, 2012 8:30 AM - 11:55 AM

Protocol: Traveling

3.5 mile(s)

24 species

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 2

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Downy Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay X

Black-capped Chickadee X

Tufted Titmouse X

Red-breasted Nuthatch 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet X

Hermit Thrush X

American Robin X

Northern Mockingbird 2

European Starling X

Chipping Sparrow X

Fox Sparrow (Red) X

Song Sparrow X

White-throated Sparrow X

Dark-eyed Junco X

Northern Cardinal X

White-winged Crossbill 20 Heath Path from Cypress Ave

Pine Siskin X

American Goldfinch X

House Sparrow X

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Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Nov 11, 2012 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

8 species

Canada Goose 65

Mute Swan X

Sharp-shinned Hawk 2

Cooper's Hawk 1

American Coot X

American Robin X

Eastern Meadowlark 1 Ballfields

American Goldfinch X

Merlin- f/o Ballfields

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Prospect Park--Feeders, Kings, US-NY

Nov 11, 2012 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Protocol: Stationary

6 species

Black-capped Chickadee 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Fox Sparrow (Red) 3

White-throated Sparrow 25

Dark-eyed Junco 10

Northern Cardinal 5

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From Adam Welz:
From my short walk around Prospect just before the sun set this evening.



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Date: Sun, Nov 11, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 11, 2012

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Nov 11, 2012 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 kilometer(s)

Comments: Surveyed Breeze Hill, Feeders, Peninsula and nearby Lake

area. Lots of ducks by new islands.

38 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 9

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 3

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 3

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 1

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X dozens

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 5

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) X dozens

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1

American Coot (Fulica americana) 12

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2

Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) X

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 3

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 3

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 4

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) X

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) X

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 3

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) X tens

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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