Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Prospect Dec 3rd & 4th

The color red dominated Monday's sightings with COMMON REDPOLL & RED CROSSBILLS to emphasize, and if you like bats, RED BATs seen over the past several days in migration. Doug Gochfeld reported the above rarities yesterday and a few observers with the bats [ The report was delayed due to my hard drive computer  going thru a critical de-junking session, as my old machine  was on the verge of crashing with no memory left thanks to years of automatic saved web page browsing]. 
Both Breeze Hill and the Vale Cashmere were the best sites for these winter avian species.  A nice number for PINE SISKIN though for the day.

This was a note I received from Doug :

"Two interesting things from Prospect Park yesterday, in addition to the Red Crossbills and Redpolls:

1) Eastern Red Bats were everywhere during the day (Up to 7 well before dusk)
2) The Starlings near the Binnen Bridge are already imitating Red Crossbill flight calls! "

Going into today, nothing of great note except from Adam's observation , lake species including continuing BUFFLEHEAD & HOODED MERGANSERS.

Doug's report

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Dec 3, 2012 1:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)

43 species

Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  9
Mallard  50
Northern Shoveler  140
Ruddy Duck  45
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  1
American Coot  12
Ring-billed Gull  200
Herring Gull  30
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  5
Mourning Dove  6
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  8
Hairy Woodpecker  2     Female in Ravine, Male on Breeze Hill.
Peregrine Falcon  2
Blue Jay  18
Black-capped Chickadee  38
Tufted Titmouse  22
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  9
Brown Creeper  2
Winter Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  6     Including two in fruiting tree (Crabapple?) at NE corner 
of park between GAP and the Long Meadow.
European Starling  45
Cedar Waxwing  38
Eastern Towhee  1     Breeze Hill.
Fox Sparrow (Red)  2
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  120
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  1     Vale
Northern Cardinal  16
House Finch  18
Red Crossbill  20     Single heard only flyover near Vale, then a flock of heard 
only birds flying over near the Binnen Bridge that sounded somewhere in the 
neighborhood of 20 individuals. Also in the Binnen area were European Starlings 
doing their own imitation of Red Crossbill flight calls.
Common Redpoll  2     Breeze Hill. Flew into trees above my head. Only one seen 
(with one flight photo obtained), although at least two were vocalizing.
Pine Siskin  18     More than had been around. Two groups of more than 7 
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  10

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Adam's report:

Hi Peter

Got into the park before sunset for a quick look around. Nothing too
spectacular. Bufflehead, Hoodies prob. the most interesting things.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  <do-not-reply@ebird.org>
Date: Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 7:04 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Dec 4, 2012

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Dec 4, 2012 3:50 PM - 4:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     slightly overcast, warm, still. Surveyed Breeze Hill,
feeders, Peninsula and lakeshore near Peninsula.
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  220     count accurate + or - 10
birds. Large flock landed on Lake just prior to sunset.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  40     count approximate
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X     hundreds. Not counted accurately.
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  2     near New Islands
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  2     near Duck Island.
Seemed to be displaying to each other.
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X     many. Not counted.
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  8
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X     many. Not counted.
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X     many. Not counted.
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  15
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  5
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
wren sp. (Troglodytidae sp.)  1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X     many. Two
communal roosts found.
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  3
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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