Saturday, March 23, 2013

March 23 rd GWC /Prospect early spring hilites

Slowly warming up despite windy breezes today, likely the hilight is AMERICAN WOODCOCK (AMWO). First reported by Dennis H, who spotted two in Greenwood Cemetery, first at Furze Path from Oak Avenue, then another at the Heath Path from Sassafras Ave.

The first Woodcock is a hangover from yesterdays bird sighting , sticking close to the hillsides surrounding the Sylvan Waters. After Dennis report, we found the skittish nervous AMWO in the green island plot (under  a wind chime)  across Oak and landscape Ave , flushed towards the street fence, then as we searched, it flew towards the Waters along the Cedar Path. After further searching , I re found the well hidden bird under a large Yew  tree at the top of the ridge overlooking the Sylvan Waters ( which had by the way a drakes BUFFLEHEAD and RING NECKED DUCK ) , from the southwest side. The bird moved around the yew after a Groundhog encroached its space. We went around and found it sitting  under that Yew , near the Closter path with the Cedar Path..Then the nervous woodcock took off over the waters towards the other side.

Dennis reported the second bird in the area where White Winged Crossbills were reported early in the winter season, that spot still productive. These Woodcocks are well camouflaged in the leaf clutter and oftentimes they take off as one approaches. But we got terrific looks anyway.  

Over in Prospect Park, Mike Elliot reported a calling AMERICAN WOODCOCK in the north area of the Vale of Cashmere, where also 2 COMMON REDPOLLS are still being seen ( Rafael)

At the feeders on Breeze Hill , a RUSTY BLACKBIRD  (obs, Bobbi Manian) is keeping REDWINGED BLACKBIRD company, as I presume the feeders are few with seed going fast. Almost time to take them down.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS , the same flock as usual  on Butterfly Meadow for your eyes only.

This is a brief report, I'm heading out tonight. But see the birders reports today and scan for those good birds of early Spring.

Oh  yes the VARIED THRUSH was reported today . See Ryan's report.


Rafael :

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Mar 23, 2013 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OBSERVER: Rafael G Campos
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
25 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2     upper pool.
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  4     lower pool, 2 males, 2 females.
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  2     pair, upper pool
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  2     pair, upper pool.
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  X
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1     single individual, near the Ambergill falls
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X     I found 1 individual leucistic. Photo taken.
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea)  2     2 individuals seen in the Vale of Cashemere.  Photos taken.
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!

Tom Preston :
Peter, fyi
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Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 23, 2013

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Mar 23, 2013 7:15 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
48 species

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
Wood Duck  3
Gadwall  2
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Ring-necked Duck  3
Hooded Merganser  6
Common Merganser  1     Continuing female. Only saw 1 there have been 2
Red-breasted Merganser  5     4 drakes, 1 duck
Ruddy Duck  X
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Great Egret  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Coot  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Rock Pigeon  2
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  2     Pair on top of Lookout
Merlin  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
American Tree Sparrow  4
Fox Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  10
White-throated Sparrow  12
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
House Finch  2
White-winged Crossbill  5     5 on Lookout, feeding on Sweetgums. The same mix on top of Lookout as last Saturday, 2 ad m, 1 imm m, 2 f. Probably the same birds.
Common Redpoll  2     Vale of Cashmere. Have been around for a couple of weeks.
Pine Siskin  10     Up to 16. 10 at Butterfly Meadow, 4 at feeders, 2 near Lily Pond
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  X

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Ryan Bass:

Hi Peter,

A beautiful Spring Day...

A LI birder and I joined forces this morning on the Quaker Ridge Bridle Path and within (10) minutes of making each other's acquaintance, he found the continuing Varied Thrush. We both managed to snap photos before the bird flew deeper into the woods. In the vicinity, the continuing Merlin perched above the Nethermead. Other highlights include all continuing species Eastern Phoebes, Gadwall (Upper Pool), Ring-Necked Duck (Lullwater), Wood Duck (Lullwater), Pine Siskin (Quaker Ridge), White-winged Crossbills (Lookout Hill) - the latter pointed out by more friendly birders... Lastly, American Robins were in great abundance. I did a survey of the Ballfields, Nethermead, Long Meadow, and Maryland Monument and came up with (400) birds, including the continuing leucistic one.

Photos embedded in eBird checklist linked to Flickr:


Mike Elliot :


In the Vale (nw slope) making all sorts of noises, cant spot it though