Peter Colen got the PINE WARBLER , first on the ground by the Terrace Bridge shipping container and took excellent photos of the bright bird. See his brief report with the photo gallery link. After Mr Colen's text alert, I swung by but failed to find the bird ( my favorite ).
In addition to his warbler find, the residing VARIED THRUSH cooperated nicely for Peter , he getting another excellent , terrific photo with the thrush extraordinaire at the usual location , Quaker south slope near the bridle trail.
A YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER refuses to leave his favorite tree, the Cedar of Lebanon in the Vale Cashmere pool midsection; it must be great sap...
While spring is delayed, winter birds are in no hurry to leave. The lake is evidence of that , when I found within the Peninsula cove, 7 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERs ( 6 drakes and 7 this years tying the historical high for Prospect ) with one of the COMMON MERGANSER hens with the other hen on a snag at West Island, this Merg "snapping" at water snag companions; obviously in this crummy day ,the Common Merg is in a very bad mood . Also in that collective mix mainly RUDDY DUCKS was a drake SCAUP which after close examination turns out to be a GREATER SCAUP and this male bird hung out with two RING-NECKED DUCK hens. Talk about gender species confusion !It must be the snowflakes getting in their eyes.
And it seems that a juvenile RED-TAILED HAWK is a rambunctious type. 2 weekend s ago, we saw such an individual chase the ducks near the Lullwater Bridge, causing the ducks to dive quickly. This morning , I saw the same thing, only this time the RTHA swooped down upon unsuspecting feeding Canada Geese on the lawn ! This took place on the south lake shore opposite the Duck Island. It must be boring for the poor hawk in this stranglehold winter . Oh Spring , where thou art ?
“O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
the full poem ---> http://bartleby.com/106/275.html
Peter Colen :
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Peter D's lists
Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY Mar 25, 2013 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM Protocol: Stationary 18 species Canada Goose 95 Mute Swan 6 Mallard X Northern Shoveler 45 Ring-necked Duck 2 Greater Scaup 1 Hooded Merganser 5 Common Merganser 2 1 West Isl; 1 Peninsula cove Red-breasted Merganser 7 Ruddy Duck 60 Pied-billed Grebe 2 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Great Blue Heron 1 Great Egret 1 1st West Isl Cove. then Well Dr phrags Red-tailed Hawk 1 south lakeshore American Coot X Ring-billed Gull X Herring Gull X View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13521583 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Prospect Park--Vale of Cashmere, Kings, US-NY Mar 25, 2013 Protocol: Incidental 1 species Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13521594
Yesterday's birds :
From Monica Berger
hi Peter: I wasn't sure if I should send this or not but there was a flyover of three TVs when I was up on Lookout with a birder from Queens looking at the ww xbills. I saw single tv followed by a kettle of three more tvs. This would be about 1 pm. thanks, Monica
editor's note: " TV's " are Turkey Vultures..not the living room digital type..... ;)
Photos from Rafael Campos, yesterday's WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS on Butterfly meadow