Monday, March 18, 2013

Prospect March 18th , spring is soon

Spring is showing  signs of arriving though for one day, I would be hasty to say so with snow falling right now, as some early spring species come in and heighten activity commences.

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

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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

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