On the Lake, distant views were obtained of hen COMMON MERGANSERs still present with the HORNED GREBE off the Peninsula thumb with a few RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.
Waterfowl in the news, then the Upper Pool is another spot to look at , small as it is. A pair of HOODED MERGANSERS , hen and drake struck up a friendship with the GADWALL pair, together near the island; maybe they are a bridge club mixed couples. Must be a game tonight. 4 species ducks on this pond, I was trying to find a fifth to no avail.
On the Pools isthmus, a BROWN CREEPER creeping up the bark , with a nearby JUNCO watching.
Hope springs eternal as Spring starts 7:02 tomorrow morning.
Addenum : Note Mike Elliot's list including 10 species Ducks, sort of a "magic" daily number for Prospect Park . Kudos on that achievement!
From Rob Bate :
2 Male, 1 female White-winged Crossbills by entrance to Quaker Cemetery. No VATH though.
i saw the euro goodfinch atop the lookout hill switchback. And in Ambergill flash of yellow distracted me from a phoebe: yellow on the rump, head and buffy throat that hooked around like a ring. I grew up calling these myrtle warblers. Will send rest of list later. Definitely saw the 2 common hens today.
nd the pair of merganser hens. vagrunt e-bird: Mar 19, 2013 Prospect Park Traveling 4 miles 120 Minutes Observers: 1 All birds reported? Yes Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.2 100 Canada Goose -- 69 on lawn; another 40+ on shore 4 Mute Swan
2 Wood Duck -- Drakes on the Lake 2 Gadwall -- Drake in middle of pool - alert as ever X Mallard -- 4 - upper pool 4 - lower pool X Northern Shoveler -- Drake - upper pool 1 Ring-necked Duck -- lullwater b/b bridges 1 Bufflehead -- Lullwater b/n bridges 10 Hooded Merganser -- Pair - upper pool | 8 together (2 drakes) in lullwater b/n bridge and peninsula. 2 Common Merganser -- Hens on the lake. 5 Red-breasted Merganser -- Drakes on lake, hens nowhere in sight X Ruddy Duck
1 Pied-billed Grebe 1 Horned Grebe -- Lake 1 Red-tailed Hawk X American Coot 1 Belted Kingfisher 3 Eastern Phoebe 1 American Crow 1 Brown Creeper -- 2nd time on the shattered pine, off N. trail along Lullwater. 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) -- Female in Ambergill 2 Common Grackle 1 European Goldfinch -- Toward Top of switchback on Lookout Hill
Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY Mar 19, 2013 Protocol: Incidental 25 species Canada Goose X Mute Swan X Gadwall 2 Upper Pool Mallard X Northern Shoveler X Bufflehead 1 Lake Hooded Merganser 2 Upper Pool Common Merganser 2 Lake Red-breasted Merganser 2 Ruddy Duck X Horned Grebe 1 Lake Great Blue Heron 1 Peninsula shore Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Coot X Ring-billed Gull X Herring Gull X Mourning Dove X Eastern Phoebe 1 Upper Pool Blue Jay X Tufted Titmouse X Brown Creeper 1 Pools isthmus American Robin X common European Starling X Dark-eyed Junco 1 Red-winged Blackbird X View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13455263 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^From Cobble Hill/Downtown Brooklyn sectionAn Ebirds Yahoo report^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
The Brooklyn House of Detention Peregrines were seen copulating today at 4 PM. Atlantic Avenue and Smith Street. Scott Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
From Adam Welz:
Walked around the park late today, skipped over a few spp I'm sure, but interesting duckish action on Lake, lots of American Robin in fresh plumage, thought I heard a Killdeer near Lullwater but could not find it. Cheers! Adam ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 19, 2013 Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY Mar 19, 2013 5:40 PM - 7:10 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 kilometer(s) Comments: Surveyed Breeze Hill, Lullwater, Lookout Hill, northern shore of Lake 30 species Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2 middle of Lake Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 23 Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 1 Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 3 Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 2 2 female birds seen clearly on Lake, one initially very close to observer, both later nearby group of Red-breasted Merganser. Clearly larger than Red-breasted, white chin spots seen well, body paler, more uniform gray than Red-breasted, crest & bill shape different. Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 5 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) X Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1 Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 American Coot (Fulica americana) 22 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3 Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1 Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 3 Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 70 low estimate of numbers Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5 White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 15 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 30 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 20 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13456136 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)