Friday, February 22, 2013

Prospect Feb 22nd, early spring signs ?

These days look towards the very early stages of spring migration, even in February. The highest total for HOODED MERGANSER that I know of occurred today; on Prospect Lake I spotted 24 HOODED MERGANSERS which is a delight to see this species, hopefully they will display their courtship with the hens. While watching them, I spotted a drake RING-NECKED DUCK along the Peninsula meadow shore, and two RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS nearby .

At the feeders for a quick look, 8 PINE SISKINS is the major draw; soon they will be heading out, usually by early March.

Top raptor for the day, spotted by Keir : RED-SHOULDERED HAWK , in a soar over Lookout Hill. ( likely one i saw of many in Florida last week  ;)  )



From Keir Randall:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Feb 22, 2013 9:31 AM - 11:51 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments: Ravine to Long Meadow to Lookout and around lake, didn't check feeders.

<br>Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.2

37 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 100

Mute Swan 3

American Black Duck 3

Mallard 125

American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1

Northern Shoveler 43

Ring-necked Duck 1 Drake on lake by peninsula meadow

Bufflehead 2

Hooded Merganser 9

Red-breasted Merganser 2

Ruddy Duck 32

Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Circling Lookout Hill top meadow then headed south.

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Coot 19

Ring-billed Gull 450

Herring Gull 5

Rock Pigeon 22

Mourning Dove 15

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 3

Blue Jay 13

American Crow 10

Black-capped Chickadee 13

Tufted Titmouse 9

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Center Drive, green containers on Midwood edge

White-breasted Nuthatch 5

Brown Creeper 1

Carolina Wren 2

American Robin 52

European Starling 2

Fox Sparrow (Red) 2

Song Sparrow 2

White-throated Sparrow 26

Northern Cardinal 9

House Finch 1

Pine Siskin 6 Lookout Hill, butterfly meadow, very vocal.

American Goldfinch 11

House Sparrow 22

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