Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Sunrise;Holiday reports

Holiday greetings,
This morning's Easter Sunrise 645 am

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY
Mar 31, 2013 6:30 AM - 7:45 AM
Protocol: Stationary
9 species

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
Gadwall  1
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Great Egret  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2     3 Sisters
American Coot  X

This morning's Robin ( not the Ebunny though)

After a week or so absence from this spot, the VARIED THRUSH showed up at the Ambergill Pool /Creek area. Several Observers saw the bird reported  near the Esdale Bridge at one point.Also with the thrush a RUSTY BLACKBIRD. 

see latest map

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS on Butterfly meadow, PINE SISKINS and typical species around this time , BROWN CREEPER, WINTER WREN , YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and good numbers of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET in Prospect, BBGarden and Greenwood Cemetery

WOOD DUCKS by the decade and other enjoyable duck species reported today.

Over at the BBGarden , a decent flock of DARK-EYED JUNCO on the lawn by the 
Reflecting Pools; A SWAMP SPARROW at the Japanese Garden waterfall, not often a 
birdy spot.

The season's first PALM WARBLER is in..indicating things should pick up...

Rafael :

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY Mar 31, 2013 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
OBSERVERS: Rafael G CamposSandy Paci (Butterfly Meadow), and Rob Bate (Quaker Hill, S side; Pools; Ambergill Pool -bet Ensdale & Rock Bridges-) Protocol: Traveling 3.5 kilometer(s) Comments:     The Varied Thrush (& photographed) was relocated today, in the area between Ensdale & Rock Bridges (Ambergill Pool).  At least 1 Pine Siskin was observed at the feeders of Breezy Hill.  The Golden-crowned Kinglets were numerous today, and my FOS Palm Warbler was seen (& photographed) at the edge of the Lullwater, short distance from the gazebo.  The Juncos are increasing in numbers.  At the Butterfly Meadow I joined forces for a while with Sandy Paci.  And with Rob Bate, together we looked and found the Varied Thrush around 1 pm. 48 species Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  10     2 flyover the pools; 4 flyover the Nethermead; 4 at the lake Gadwall (Anas strepera)  2     pair, upper pool Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  6     2 males, 3 females: Lake. 1 male: Lullwater Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  1     Lake Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1     Five Sisters Island Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  5     Five Sisters Island Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2 American Coot (Fulica americana)  X Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  X Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1 Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  3 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  9 Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1 Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  4 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X     several flocks flew over between Lookout Hill, Peninsula & Lake Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  X White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2 Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  2     edge of the upper pool Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis)  1     Quaker Hill, S side Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  7 American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  1     The same male that has reported for almost 1 month in the Park, was relocated today, between 12:30 & 1 pm.  Photos taken. European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea)  1     Seen with kinglets & chickadees, along the lower Lullwater, between the bridge & the gazebo. American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)  1 Fox Sparrow (Red) (Passerella iliaca iliaca/zaboria)  2 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  10 White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  X Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  6     All of them seen at the Vale of Cashmere White-winged Crossbill (American) (Loxia leucoptera leucoptera)  X     Seen twice eating the fruits of sweetgum by Sandy Paci.  I just heard them when they left the Butterfly Meadow Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  1     feeders of Breezy Hill American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  6 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X
For pictures of today Varied Thrush, go to:
Brooklyn is great birding!!!!

Mike Elliot


Filmed them fetching seedballs on ground at Lookout. (Still there now)

Found my towhee on breeze hill again
1 yellow-rump just below lullwater bridge again
6 tree swallows
Tons of phoebes. 


I hit send walking away and heard the WWC panic. Cooper/Sharp Shin gave chase 
but got nothing. 


Peter's lists:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Kings, US-NY
Mar 31, 2013 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
17 species

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  3
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  X
Pine Warbler  1     heard only, frustrating critter
Swamp Sparrow  1     Japanese Garden waterfall
White-throated Sparrow  X
Dark-eyed Junco  20
Northern Cardinal  X
Common Grackle  2

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Green-Wood Cemetery, Kings, US-NY
Mar 31, 2013 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
19 species

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Monk Parakeet  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  5
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
Song Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Common Grackle  X
Pine Siskin  2

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From Ania Greszik 

March 30 Greenwood Cemetery

Today was my second visit to GWC on the hunt to find some woodcocks (a lifer for 
me), and this time around, I was rewarded twice over with seeing not one but 2 
WOODCOCKS together at Wintergreen path (between Dell and Vista Aves). I hung 
around that area and soon discovered it was hopping with activity: singing FOX 
SPARROWS, seemingly dozens of PINE SISKINS, and a few WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS.  

The WWXB were foraging for sweet gum balls on the ground, then would fly up onto 
a branch with one to extract the seeds.  As I was spotting them in some higher 
branches, little did I know I was standing 3 feet away from a pair at eye level!  
They didn't seem to mind me or the photoshoot.  They were joined by the 
ubiquitous robins, chickadees, juncos, white-throated and song sparrows, blue 
jays, red-bellied woodpeckers, etc. making for a sizable noisy flock.

Two more surprises today were 3 separate flyovers by an OSPREY, and a 
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT vigorously drying off its wings, both FOY I believe.

Spring has sprung!

Here are some photos from today: