Monday, March 11, 2013

Prospect Lake shines , March 11th

The focus for good birds shifted from land to "sea", namely Prospect Lake. After a few days excitement with that " Thrush celebrity" , of which no reports today for "that bird" ,  the best reports were at Prospect Lake.

Highlighting the lake birds, a hen CANVASBACK appeared this morning , diving frequently in the northwest sector ( nearest toWellhouse) , among Ruddy Ducks. It could be the same bird from January though that's a stretch to say so. Canvasbacks are very rare here. A quick check revealed today's bird only the tenth Prospect record assuming if not January's bird. Just as rare, about 200 feet away , near the lake center, the HORNED GREBE (HOGR) continues its "residency" , in a long stretch for this species on a freshwater lake.We don't mind....( for the 11th such HOGR in Prospect's history )...making history here !

And in a beautiful moment, from my southern shore vantage point , in one view, the three merganser species were so close !  COMMON (hen) , RED-BREASTED (drake), and a  a pair of HOODEDS were within 30 feet of each other, with the peninsula shelter in the backdrop. How is that for a serene morning moment !  ( wished I had a longer coffee break, though...)

Peter’s list

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY

Mar 11, 2013 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Protocol: Stationary

15 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 196

Mute Swan X

American Black Duck 1

Mallard X

American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1

Northern Shoveler X

Canvasback 1

Hooded Merganser 11

Red-breasted Merganser 1

Ruddy Duck X

Pied-billed Grebe 1

Horned Grebe 1

Double-crested Cormorant 1

American Coot X

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

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