Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Prospect Dec 11th: Both Xbills continues

From Rob Jett


There wasn't anything unusual to report in Prospect Park this afternoon. While

speaking with a new birder named Ben near the Binnen Water a nice sized flock of

WWCRs flew into a tree above the water. They cautiously made their way down to

the edge of the stream to drink & bathe. Nearby a pair of Winter Wrens thought

it was Spring and sang from the edge of the water. December Winter finches and a

Spring serenade made for a very strange juxtaposition.

Good birding,



Location: Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Species: 44 species

Northern Shoveler (322, Prospect Lake.)

Ruddy Duck

Double-crested Cormorant (1.)

Red-tailed Hawk (1.)

American Coot

Belted Kingfisher (1.)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1.)

Merlin (1.)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (1.)

White-breasted Nuthatch (4.)

Winter Wren (3; 2 individuals were heard singing at stream near Nethermead


Carolina Wren (2.)

Eastern Bluebird (3, On grass at Peninsula Meadow.)

Chipping Sparrow (2, Peninsula Meadow with bluebirds.)

Fox Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow (1.)

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch (1, at Breeze Hill feeders.)

Red Crossbill (2, flew over Peninsula Meadow.)

White-winged Crossbill (25, coming down to bath at Binnen Water.)

Pine Siskin

Other common species seen (or heard):

Canada Goose, Mute Swan (9.), American Black Duck, Mallard, Ring-billed Gull,

Herring Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy

Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker (2.), Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted

Titmouse, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal,

Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow


From Orrin

Dec 11th

BBGarden this morning. Search for crossbills was in vain. But I did see a brown thrasher, 2 red-tailed hawks circling overhead, and the same unusually large number of cardinals and titmice I've been seeing for at least the last month in Green-Wood. Also, one robin, a few chickadees, a few white-throated sparrows, and two mockingbirds.