West Island and its cove acts like an avian airport, with this southernmost point of the park receiving the first migrating birds. This spot is known as a COMMON GRACKLE hub, evident this morning by 23 of them, mixed in with Starlings on the ground, feeding together by the phragmite choked cove; other birds flew over and use the trees for perches; it wont be long before the numbers shoot up in the coming week.
The Vale of Cashmere is a beehive lately. In the last two days, I noted increased activity of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEEs and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, a good number of them using the fallen trees in the pool as cover for water drinking and bathing. Assuming these trees stay in there thru the spring, it will be a love fest of warblers for sure. ( eventually those trees will come out , not soon though). In the exotic pine--Cedar of Lebanon I believe-- in the pool middle, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER favors the bark for the last two days.I was hoping for Redpoll here in the Vale but no luck. Its likely a miss for me this winter but I cannot complain after all my fantastic rare winter sightings (Pine Grosbeak, Gyrfalcon ,Tufted Duck, Xbills) in other non Brooklyn locales . Another year for those redpolls.
The lake continues its good offerings: 2 COMMON MERGANSERS, 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERs , 2 RING-NECKED DUCK hens, HORNED GREBE with a single BUFFLEHEAD hen , 59 NORTHERN SHOVELERs inside the west island cove and 63 RUDDY DUCKS on the lake.
But at the Boathouse pond, a delight to see 5 HOODED MERGANSERS , including 3 drakes, huddling together by the dock. I am hoping they aren't waiting for the electric boat; And add two more RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, a mixed pair. Not bad for this little water spot.
There were no reports of the Varied Thrush today, likely no one is birding out there (well , actually me in short spurts) today or the bird is proving its well known elusiveness. I can't guess its pathways...Just have to wait till it reappears.
And a last note: Brooklyn's best amateur basketball team , the collegiate Long Island University Blackbirds are in March Madness NCAA playoffs. If they win Wednesday eve, they play the number one seed Thursday. Nice to know they have a birds moniker.
Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY Mar 18, 2013 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Protocol: Stationary 16 species Canada Goose 238 Mute Swan X Mallard X Northern Shoveler 59 Ring-necked Duck 2 Bufflehead 1 Hooded Merganser 7 Red-breasted Merganser 3 Ruddy Duck 63 Pied-billed Grebe 2 Horned Grebe 1 Great Blue Heron 1 American Coot X Ring-billed Gull X Herring Gull X Great Black-backed Gull 1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13444419 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY Mar 18, 2013 Protocol: Incidental 25 species (+1 other taxa) American Black Duck/Mallard X Ring-necked Duck 1 Lullwater Bufflehead 1 Lullwater Red-breasted Merganser 2 Boathouse pond Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Coot 9 Boathouse pond Rock Pigeon X Mourning Dove X Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Vale cashmere Hairy Woodpecker 2 BBC Centennial Garden Nellies lawn/Vale Eastern Phoebe 2 Boathouse Pond; Lullwater Blue Jay 3 Black-capped Chickadee 12 Vale Cashmere Tufted Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 American Robin 75 Long Meadow/ Ballfields/ Vale European Starling X Song Sparrow 3 White-throated Sparrow X Dark-eyed Junco 2 Northern Cardinal 8 Red-winged Blackbird X Common Grackle 23 West island Brown-headed Cowbird 1 West Island American Goldfinch 11 Vale Cashmere House Sparrow X View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13444499 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)