The Kingsboider wishes all :
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The Kingsboider wishes all :
Green-Wood Cemetery this morning
Canada geese (about 50)
Red-headed woodpecker (juvenile) (continues across from crematorium)
Black-capped chickadee (2)
American goldfinch (1 flock)
Dark-eyed junco (many)
At lunch time, I spotted about 275 COMMON GRACKLEs on the 9th St bandshell lawn. Must be an early New Year celebration for them.
Peter's incidental list
date = 2013/12/31 site = Prospect Park observers = peter d Northern Shoveler ~265 Lake American Black Duck 2 lake Canada Goose Hooded Merganser 7 Lake Ruddy Duck 8 Lake Mute Swan Mallard Red-tailed Hawk flyover Lake American Coot 10 Lake Great Black-backed Gull 2 Lake Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Blue Jay 2 White-throated Sparrow 1 feeders Song Sparrow west shore lake Northern Cardinal 2 Red-winged Blackbird 16 feeders Common Grackle 275 Bandshell lawn House Finch 12 feeders House Sparrow feeders
Last Thursday's bird was the 8th record
Monday, December 30, 2013
To: prosbird Sent: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 6:34 am Subject: Re: Brooklyn Fungus identity request
Thanks for your e-mail. Sorry for the long delay in responding. I see two different mushrooms in your photos:
. . . and:
Dr. Michael Kuo email@example.com www.mushroomexpert.com
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 2:11 pm
Subject: Green-Wood Cemetery; Red-headed Woodpecker still there
Sunday, December 29, 2013
With this law, even the Whooping Crane was pulled from the brink of extinction among others the Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon,species we take for granted today.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker at Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn
Date: Thu Dec 26 2013 12:43 pm From: tristanlowery
Currently viewing an immature Red-headed Woodpecker feeding in a tree just uphill from the intersection of Arbor and Battle (plot 109 on the cemetery map) in Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.
Tristan LoweryAlbany, NY Sent from my Virgin Mobile phone. --NYSbirds-L List Info:
Dennis Hrehowsik (@deepseagangster) tweeted at 0:57 PM on Thu, Dec 26, 2013:
Iceland Gull still on lake as of 12:45 but gulls nervous and keep reshuffling.
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Iceland Gull is a white winged gull , today's bird is a juvenile.
Note here's a helpful link to see what to look for
More details from Sean Sime who posted to nys birds list serve
Doug Gochfeld asked me to post he is currently looking at a juvenile
Iceland Gull on the lake in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
The bird was initially spotted from the peninsula, but is closest to the
red rescue ladder near Three Sisters Islands.
- See more at: http://birding.aba.org/mobiledigest/NY01#588377
Regards KB ( stuck in Philadelphia :-\ )
Since Audubon no longer asks mandatory donations in supporting their Christmas
Here are excerpts of the letter from National Audubon
From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM
Subject: If You Love the CBC. . .
The 114 th Christmas Bird Count
Dear CBC Compiler,
Thanks to you ........ there has never been a larger, more passionate or diverse community of citizen scientists working under Audubon's umbrella. Last holiday season bird watchers came out in record numbers to count birds to participate in Audubon's Christmas Bird Count - more than 70,000 people joined 2,369 count circles to take part in what may be the longest running animal census on the planet.
We hope you'll help keep the Christmas Bird Count alive and well by encouraging support from this year's participants. Below is a link to a printable letter that we hope you will share with those in your count circle. You can also just forward this email to those people that care about the Christmas Bird Count.
The Christmas Bird Count relies 100% on donations to manage the historic database and to fund the technology to make that vital and historic data available to researchers. And this year we are making it easy to give.
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We hope you will help us reach the broadest possible audience and encourage donations to help keep this important work alive and make sure that the CBC will continue to inform ornithologists and conservation biologists about how the birds of the Americas are faring today - and far into the future.
Thanks again for your passion and dedication.
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Please note our address has changed: Audubon Science 2300 Computer Ave, Suite I-49 Willow Grove, PA 19090
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The Christmas Bird Count is now free to participate. Visit www.christmasbirdcount.org to find out more. Please consider donating to support the CBC.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
From Chris Elliot:
Merry Christmas, Peter. One American Tree Sparrow was a good bird for this morning at the feeders. Chris
Green-Wood Cemetery this morning.
Highlight were a dozen or so American robins. Other fauna:
Red-tailed hawk (picture attached)
Blue jays (some pursuing aforesaid hawk)
Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY Dec 25, 2013 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) 28 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose 6
Mute Swan 5 Mallard 14
Northern Shoveler 110
Hooded Merganser 8
Ruddy Duck 9
American Coot 7
Ring-billed Gull 200
Herring Gull 8 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 16
Mourning Dove 13
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 5
crow sp. 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
European Starling 25
American Tree Sparrow 2 Feeders
Fox Sparrow (Red) 2
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 14
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 2
Northern Cardinal 13
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Rusty Blackbird 3 Continuing at the Nethermead near Binnen water. I need to study up on ageing and sexing this species but I think it's 1 male already in alternate (all blue/ black) with 2 males in basic.
House Finch 17
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 15
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16074565
From Adam Welz:
took a while to file this, but here's my list from a walk across the Park on Christmas Day.
---------- Forwarded message ----------From: <email@example.com> Date: Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Dec 25, 2013 To: adamwelz@
Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY Dec 25, 2013 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments: Cold, walked across park from Lincoln Rd, via Lullwater, past feeders and Lake, out at SW corner. 24 species
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 3
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X prob over 100 birds
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 8
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) X many
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X approx 600 birds
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X less than 5 birds
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 24
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X 30+
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Thanks to Karen getting the photo
Sent: Tue, Dec 24, 2013 9:07 am
Subject: (no subject)
Note so far for the incredible irruption about Snowy Owl which is a gift for many birders this winter
and for those who celebrate Christmas
The preliminary species list total for Prospect Park 2013 stands at 192 with September thru December records yet to be entered...
Dec 23, 2013 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
23 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose 2
Mute Swan 5
Wood Duck 2 Upper Pool
American Black Duck 5
American Black Duck x
Northern Shoveler 80
Ruddy Duck 5
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 6
Ring-billed Gull 200 Mostly on baseball fields
Herring Gull 3
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 7
Tufted Titmouse 1
European Starling 8
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 14
Rusty Blackbird 3 Feeding together on ground on the Nethermead at Binnen water end.
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House Sparrow X
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16058021
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebi
Sunday, December 22, 2013
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Sun, Dec 22, 2013 10:38 am
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Dear Peter, our 3 wonderful Rusty Blackbirds are still around. This morning feeding at the phragmites across wellhouse enjoying the warm weather. Attached is a photo and more on my webpage http://klemensgasser.smugmug.com/Rusty-Blackbirds-Prospect-Park and here
Warm regards, Klemens
Greenwood Cemetery , Tom Preston
Jo Ann and I had an enjoyable birding visit to Green-wood Cemetery today.
This was a much more relaxing experience for me than last weekend, when I participated in the Christmas Bird Count all day both days (for Brooklyn & Queens), plus the Brooklyn compilation count diner on Saturday evening
Temperatures were quite warm, although the ponds were still mostly frozen, and there was still some snow remaining from Tuesday's snowfall on North-facing slopes, as evidenced in the Great Blue Heron shots in the link below.
The frozen conditions meant that we saw no ducks, although the Canada Geese seemed to be only slightly inconvenienced.
The birding highlight was undoubtedly the immature Red-Headed Woodpecker near the main entrance. This bird was reported by others a couple of days ago. We relocated it rather easily. We got great views, but terrible photos, (Seen at Battle and Arbor Avenues)
We saw all the Brooklyn woodpeckers today. In addition to the Red-Headed the Red-bellied Woodpeckers were common as always, plus Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flicker and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4 of those)
It was generally quiet, but there were hotspots of activity, particularly near the main entrance, and at the Heath Path.
Our eBird report is at the following link: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16036639
Best wises for the season to all!
- Tom & Jo Ann
|William Blake (from Poetical Sketches, 1783)|
O winter! bar thine adamantine doors:
The north is thine; there hast thou built thy dark
Deep-founded habitation. Shake not thy roofs
Nor bend thy pillars with thine iron car.
He hears me not, but o’er the yawning deep
Rides heavy; his storms are unchain’d, sheathed
In ribbed steel; I dare not lift mine eyes;
For he hath rear’d his sceptre o’er the world.
Lo! now the direful monster, whose skin clings
To his strong bones, strides o’er the groaning rocks:
He withers all in silence, and in his hand
Unclothes the earth, and freezes up frail life.
He takes his seat upon the cliffs, the mariner
Cries in vain. Poor little wretch! that deal’st
With storms, till heaven smiles, and the monster
Is driven yelling to his caves beneath Mount Hecla.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
While my crew and I were clearing ice from the new rink grounds in anticipation of the grand opening tomorrow, a delightful observation of the PEREGRINE FALCON overhead , then circling back towards the Peninsula mid morning.
The RUSTY BLACKBIRDS continue. Janet Zinn reported one at Binnen Bridge ( Boathouse) and 2 by Binnen Pool area, the Nethermead field.
green-wood cemetery this morning. Highlight was a juvenile red-headed woodpecker (picture attached). Other highlights were a white-breasted nuthatch and a flock(!) of two chickadees. Also, many blue jays, juncos, red-bellied woodpeckers, and ring-billed gulls overhead. Not much else.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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A farther walk thru the Nethermead, I found perched MERLIN in the middle mead, a favorite tree for this bird.
The Upper Pool holds a pair of WOOD DUCK, but there is no sign of the Gadwalls.
And a last word. Silence is not golden. Yesterday, along the west edge of the lake, 14 MUTE SWANS held bay at the edge; today it was 11 swans.. what's the number for them in the Twelve days of Xmas song ? ( but seriously, where did these swans explode in numbers lately ? I don't want to see them get too numerous given their aggressive turf attitude)
NYC Bird Report
date = 2013/12/18 site = Prospect Park observers =peter
Northern Shoveler ~105 lake
American Black Duck 2
Wood Duck 2, pair at Upper Pool
Ruddy Duck 1 Upper pool
Mute Swan 11together lake;14 yesterday same spot
Merlin 1 perched top tree mid Nethermead
American Coot 20 lake
Great Black-backed Gull 1 llake
Ring-billed Gull 1000 + lake
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
American Robin 3 binnen run
White-throated Sparrow 18 north nethermead
Song Sparrow Eastern Towhee pair,m ,f at nethermead edge by 3 arches
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 16 center drive
Rusty Blackbird 4 north nethermead adj Osage tree with bar; morn and afternoon House Finch
Cackling Goose 1 9/24/2005 Prospect Lake
Monday, December 16, 2013
|Brown Creeper, photo by Karen O'Hearn|
Count week ends tomorrow , therefore any NEW species not reported on the Count Day last Saturday adds to the CBC totals either overall or by region.So is the case today , with three species reported to me , 2 for Prospect and one for the Greenwood Cemetery area, 2 overall new.
Dale Dyer reported to me hearing COMMON RAVEN above his home at Ave C and East 4th. This adds to the overall circle total
Additionally , Karen O'hearn , one of my group members saw a BROWN CREEPER new for Prospect ( not the overall circle) and GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLET, the latter not seen in the overall circle count ( circle is the 15 miles radius area). Ruby Crowned was a miss.the Creeper was on the Peninsula; the GC Kinglet 2 at the Lullwater cove platform at the east end of the Nethermead,2 Peninsula, 1 at Breeze Hill feeders
While not a new species , WOOD DUCK continues at the Three Sisters' Islands, 8 staying close to shore in open water on the east side of the easternmost island. One other drake was with the Shovelers at the northwest sector of the Lake. On Count Day , 10 were seen, that set a new record for highest ever in a Kings CBC busting a previously high of 4.
There's no sign of the Cackling Geese, the presumption being these were "bad weather" birds forced down and scooted as soon as good weather came thru. We aren't complaining, perfect timing being the luck of the draw , coming in on Xmas Count Day.
*Subject: *Fwd: Basic research
Subject: Basic research
Researchers for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA) found over 200
dead crows near greater Boston recently, and there was concern that
they may have died from Avian Flu. A Bird
Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and, to
everyone's relief, confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian
Flu. The cause of death appeared to be vehicular impacts.
varying colors of paints appeared on the bird's beaks and claws. By
analyzing these paint residues it was determined that 98% of the
crows had been killed by impact with trucks, while only 2% were
killed by an impact with a car.
MTA then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine if there
was a cause for the disproportionate percentages of truck kills
versus car kills. The Ornithological Behaviorist very quickly
concluded the cause: "when crows eat road kill, they always have a
look-out crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. They
discovered that while all the lookout crows could shout "Cah", not a
single one could shout "Truck."
Sunday, December 15, 2013
To the birding community:
NEW FOR COUNT
IRR; ALL-TIME HIGH (by almost 4x)
American Black Duck
All-time low (tie)
All-time low (tie)
Great Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull
IRR; ALL-TIME HIGH (by c. 4x)
American Tree Sparrow
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Sharp-tailed Sparrow (sp.)