Monday, March 25, 2013

Prospect March 25th Pine warbler and snowflakes ? It's nuts I say....

A very odd juxtaposition today with PINE WARBLER, the spring season's first true warbler , seen under falling snowflakes. This  "mixup " of spring warbler & wintry scenery points to hopeful warm signs and spring's pending migration but will it come soon enough ?  ( Phil the Puxtatawny Groundhog must be feeling the PRESS-ure for calling it wrong ....)

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?”

 Percy Bysshe Shelley quotes (English Romantic Poet whose passionate search for personal love and social justice was gradually channeled from overt actions into poems that rank with the greatest in the English language. 1792-1822)

the full poem --->

Peter Colen :

Click on link below gallery!i=2425398380&k=fV5SwDm

Hey Peter,

Here is my visual summary of today's birds. 

A good morning, Peter


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

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

Prospect Park--Vale of Cashmere, Kings, US-NY
Mar 25, 2013
Protocol: Incidental
1 species

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1

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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