Sunday, December 9, 2012

Prospect Dec 9th A WWXbill frenzy

While I was out on Long Island leading the club, Prospect experienced a frenzy of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS. In the largest number in over three decades, Keir's report came forth of an estimated 65 plus crossbill flow through Prospect woods, from various locations. Whether the Vale of Cashmere, Payne Hill, or Falkill Falls, it was a good day for birders treated to this rare species presence now in this full irruptive winter finch season. ( Even my group had both Xbill species at Hecksher State Park this morning, report on my trips blog tomorrow with pics).


From Ryan

Just up from the dog beach, by Fallkill Falls, things were quite busy. I got positive ID on at least (8) White-winged crossbills, but there could have been as many as (20) given the frenetic activity. AMGO & BCCH were mixed in. A Winter Wren and Brown Creeper were nearby. The birds foraged in several trees (preferring the Sweetgums between Upper/Lower Pools). Notably, a few were on the ground within just a few feet of the path, making for very close views - a major plus as the lighting (when looking up) was very poor on this dreary day. After several minutes the mixed flock erupted and headed toward the Ravine/Midwood, where I could not relocate them.



From Keir:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Dec 9, 2012 9:09 AM - 11:36 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s) 
Comments: <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.1 

29 species

Canada Goose 5 
Mallard 9 
Northern Shoveler 18 
Ruddy Duck 3 
Cooper's Hawk 1 
American Coot 6 
Rock Pigeon 21 
Mourning Dove 6 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 
Downy Woodpecker 2 
Hairy Woodpecker 1 
Blue Jay 10 
American Crow 1 
Black-capped Chickadee 11 
Tufted Titmouse 9 
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 
Winter Wren 1 
Carolina Wren 2 
American Robin 1 
European Starling 1 
White-throated Sparrow 23 
Dark-eyed Junco 6 
Northern Cardinal 6

Purple Finch 1 
House Finch 38 Roosting in one tree on Breeze Hill meadow 
White-winged Crossbill 45 --21 in vale then 45+ in sweet gums btwn Rick's place and Battle Pass West broken steps (many flying in from the south) P. Colen also obs. Probably more than 65 in park. 
Pine Siskin 2 
American Goldfinch 12 
House Sparrow 20


From Adam Welz:

From:  <>
Date: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Dec 9, 2012

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Dec 9, 2012 9:35 AM - 11:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Overcast, slightly rainy, cool.
37 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X     Well over a hundred
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  2     near New Islands
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  8     1 female near Duck
Island, group of 2 males & 5 females in center of Lake
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus merganser)  1    
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X     many
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1     adult plumage, very large
individual, seen perched on Peninsula & flying towards Breeze Hill
American Coot (Fulica americana)  8
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X     many
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X     many, adults and juveniles
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  6     very high count for me
for this location
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  35     approx count
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  6
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X     many at feeders
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  X     many at feeders
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  3
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1     Lullwater near Rustic Arbor
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  3     Peninsula lawn. Feeding in
open with Hermit Thrush.
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X     many
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  14     feeders
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  5     feeders
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  5     feeders
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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