Thursday, April 18, 2013

Prospect April 18th inc BBC spring walk

Phil Paine reports WHITE-EYED VIREO , the season's first for the park as well as cited by  Stephen Blacklocks , who reported other sightings inc LOWA , RUBL and C.Loon flyover.

BBC walk reported OVENBIRD, FOyear. A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL continues on Lookout Hill, a good duck with BLUE-WINGED TEAL on the Lullwater in front of the Rustic Arbor.Also a good bird, BANK SWALLOW

From Stephen :


To add to your Prospect Park list from yesterday:

2 Louisiana Waterthrushes -- one at the Music Grove Bridge and one on the Lullwater
Savannah Sparrow in the bushy area on the Nethermead near Nethermead Arch
4 Great Blue Herons flying north in a line at dusk.
This morning was quiet -- the large number of Swamp Sparrows around last night had cleared out, and Palm Warbler numbers were down. There was a single Rusty Blackbird at the viewing platform across from the Binnen Bridge.  The only new birds (for me this season) were a White-eyed Vireo on the Nethermead (calling), and a Common Loon flying over Midwood towards GAP, making its tremelo call.

Stephen Blacklocks


From Adam Welz:

Birded the Park this morning with Jean Altomare. Bumped into Tom Stephenson's group along the way -- Tom called me abt the early Ovenbird that they found. Generally a slow day, w the Lullwater definitely being the most interesting.
Notables were 1 White-eyed Vireo on the southern side of the Lullwater bridge (just downslope of Lookout), a Peregrine hunting low over Lookout, a pr White-winged Crossbill still on Lookout, a male Kestrel on the Nethermead. Lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets showing their ruby crowns, too.



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Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Apr 18, 2013

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Apr 18, 2013 7:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Birded Lullwater, southern Midwood, Lookout Hill, Peninsula lawn area. Partly overcast, light breeze.
52 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  4     Lake
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  20     minimum count. Lake. Many in br plumage.
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  16     15 overflying, 1 on Lake
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  4
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  8
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X     small group, Lake
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  6
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  5
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1     Nethermead
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1     hunting over Lookout
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)  1
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  8
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow   X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  X
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  6
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X     dozens
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  2
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  1     seen northern slope of Lookout Hill. My FoS. Seen by many others inc. Tom Stephenson, leading a Brooklyn Bird Club walk.
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  20
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  3     north slope Lookout Hill
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X     many
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera)  2     Lookout Hill. Last remnants of a long-staying flock, I presume. Photographed.
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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From Tom Stephenson, results of BBC Thursday Walk

Hi Peter,

The woods were a bit quieter today, with only 64 species; but a great group with several new attendees.
Highlights were Fish Crow, Ovenbird, White-winged Crossbills (still here!..maybe getting brighter?), 17 Pine Siskin, many Pine, some Palm warblers, several Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 3 Winter Wren, at least 2 Green Herons, Blue-winged Teal, Osprey, Kestrel, and 4 species of swallows including Bank and Rough-winged.

Best regards,

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Ruddy Duck
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher (brief; called)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
White-winged Crossbill