Friday, March 29, 2013

Prospect March 29th report

Some action over or in Duck Island : An OSPREY (obs Mike E)was patrolling that area , hunting for fish; meanwhile below on the Island, 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONs (obs . Dennis H) are in, hiding on their "treasure island"

The best sight for me was three nice duck species within a flock, 3 pairs each consisting of WOOD DUCKs, GADWALLs and HOODED MERGANSERs in the Upper Pool , within 15 feet  of each other; the drake GADWALL lunged and "yapped" at the HOODED drake  which I though was quite funny. For a slow day, anything for a laugh.

Other mentions since its ducks  in the news,  Mike reported 7 RING-NECKED s & Red-breasted Merganser ( which I saw 4 drakes late this morning )


Mike Elliot :

note: Osprey terrorizing fish and birds over duck island.

2nd observer for 2 osprey and night-heron. FOYs for us both. 

-Mike E

Mar 29, 2013
Prospect Park--Lullwater
3 miles
120 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? No

X Northern Shoveler
7 Ring-necked Duck -- 1 solo between bridges. 2 sets of 1d , 2h off peninsula. 
5 Hooded Merganser
1 Red-breasted Merganser -- Lull side of penn
X Ruddy Duck
1 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Black-crowned Night-Heron
2 Osprey
2 Eastern Phoebe
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- Under bridge
1 American Tree Sparrow -- Under bridge
2 Song Sparrow
8 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) -- Vale of Cashmere

Adam Welz:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Mar 29, 2013 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Birded around Quaker Cemetery, over Lookout Hill, Peninsula, up Lullwater, thru Midwood. Partly cloudy, brisk but not cold.
40 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X     many
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X     tens
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  7     1 male Lullwater, 2 males each w 2 females off Peninsula
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  2     New Islands
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  2     possibly 1 extra female
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  7
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X     tens, many turning to br plumage
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1     my FOS. Br plumage.
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1     Duck Is. My FOS.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2     Duck Is. One bird caught fish, warding off attack by other. My FOS.
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  17
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X     many
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X     many
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1 Peninsula
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  4
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  8
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  20     approx count. Far more than normally seen.
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  2     my FOS. One on Lookout, one north of Quaker Cemetery.
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  70     approx minimum count
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)  2     Peninsula waterside. My FOS.
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  15
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  8
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  10
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  20     approx count
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  1     feeders
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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From Cindy Cage , Greenwood Cemetery

American Woodcock sleeping beside a tree behind the corner of Grape and Cypress. I spotted from Cypress as walking by at about 3:50.


Rafael Campos :

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Mar 29, 2013 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Observer: Rafael G Campos
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     The Varied Thrush is still around Quaker Hill area, but no luck today.  Surprise was to see at least 2 Pine Siskins at the feeders of Breezy Hill.  And the FOS for waders: Black-crowned Night Heron (Duck Island), and Great Blue Heron (Upper Pool).
36 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  10
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  2     Upper pool, 1 pair
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  2
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  5     Upper pool: 3 females; 2 males
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  4
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1     Upper Pool
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1     Duck Island
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)  4
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)  4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  6
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  8
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  7
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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Brooklyn is great birding!!!!