For the next best thing today , RUSTY BLACKBIRD ( Rafael, Monica) in the Vale of Cashmere and WHITE -WINGED CROSSBILLS on Butterfly Meadow are continuing opportunities.
Over in Greenwood Cemetery, AMERICAN WOODCOCK was reported from last Sunday by Orrin , the same bird from yesterday ( since unlikely one spot must be that magnetic!) , the second bird reported by Dennis , seen at the Heath Path from Sassafras Ave
Staying with GWCemetery, Rob Jett posted a tweet of COMMON RAVEN over the main entrance ( 25thst/5th Ave); if this species is still roaming Brooklyn skies, I wonder whether they are nesting ? RING-NECKED DUCKS on the Sylvan Waters spruces up the scene.
|Sunday 24 March 2013|
Observer: Rafael G Campos
The Varied Thrush is still around PP, more or less the same general area it was reported yesterday. And again, I missed today by less than 5 minutes. But I was rewarded to see a small group of Pine Siskins feeding on the dry fruits of Sweet Gum Tree. I estimated ±4 individuals.
At the Butterfly meadow, Lookout Hill, I got the nice surprise to see 2 pairs of White-winged Crossbills very active feeding on the fruits of the Sweet Gum tree. Several times I saw the individuals getting into the ground, picking 1 fruit at the time, bringing to a low branch, and using her/his extraordinary bill, to extract the seeds. They were so tame, that I took some relative good pixls with my point-and-shot camara.
Lily pond gave me a nice view of a pair of Wood Ducks. At the pools, the Hooded Merganser & the Gadwall still around.
Early at the Vale of Cashmere, I found a single Rusty Blackbird (pictures taken). Yesterday I got 2 Common Redpolls in the same general area.
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Brooklyn is great birding!!!:
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Mar 24, 2013 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
OBSERVER: Rafael G Campos
Comments: Still some boreal sps present in the park. I saw White-winged Crossbills, and Pine Siskins. The Varied Thrush still continues around Quaker Ridge. I missed it today.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 4 2 males flewover Long Meadow; 1 pair at Lilly Pond.
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 5
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 3
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 4
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 6
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) X
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1 female.
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) X
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 1 seen by the edge of the Lower Pool.
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) 8
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) 1 an adult seen at Vale of Cashmere. Photos taken.
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1 male, Nethermead.
White-winged Crossbill (American) (Loxia leucoptera leucoptera) 4 Two pairs, feeding on Sweetgum fruits: Butterfly meadow. Photos taken.
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 4 feeding on Sweetgum seeds, Quaker Ridge.
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X
Pictures at: ticornis.tumblr.com
Brooklyn is great birding!!!