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:
Going into today, nothing of great note except from Adam's observation , lake species including continuing BUFFLEHEAD & HOODED MERGANSERS.
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 individuals American Goldfinch 2 House Sparrow 10 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12217023 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Hi Peter Got into the park before sunset for a quick look around. Nothing too spectacular. Bufflehead, Hoodies prob. the most interesting things. A ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: <firstname.lastname@example.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 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12224562 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)