Sunday, April 28, 2013

Prospect April 28th "A parade of warbler rarities"

A day after the stunning discovery of yesterday's Says Phoebe, making  it the second consecutive new mega rarity this month and last for Prospect, a "letdown" today. The mob of birders coming in to find the Says  did not succeed finding this species but instead benefited from a trifecta of warbler rarities : KENTUCKY, HOODED and last , YELLOW-THROATED.

The first call I received came from Ed Crowne KENTUCKY WARBLER. First reported behind the Pagoda Bandshell by Ed, Phil Paine and Tom Dulski, this specimen flew across the Center drive into the southern Midwood where it spent the rest of the day , seen by multitude of birders watching from the woods trail ( with the railing ) going due west  east, on both sides of the trail. It quieted down late morning but resurfaced in late afternoon .

While the Midwood came alive with birders feet, a HOODED WARBLER male was reported. This bird entertained birders with several appearances at the Ambergill Pool in the Ravine, before the Little Rock Arch Bridge. Again , multiple observers benefited seeing this species. Later, I received a report that it was spotted closer to the Lower Pool , on the same slope behind the tall fence.

And last for the rare warblers, YELLOW-THROATED was called in "tweeted" by Adam , in late morning. That bird was spotted along Center Drive, heading towards the Quaker Cemetery, the Yellow-throated enjoyed by many as the bird eventually climbed higher and took off  further into the ridge.

Meanwhile , over in Greenwood Cemetery, Tom Preston spotted SUMMER TANAGER by the Hillside mausoleum .

A terrific day  for rare birds, even if the numbers were not high.


Frm Adam:
What a great morning in the Park! Got my lifer Kentucky Warbler and great looks at Hooded and Yellow-throated Warblers. Unusual numbers of Blue-headed Vireo and my f o s Red-eyed Vireo. The largest flock of cormorants I've ever seen here overflew me as I entered the park at Lincoln Rd -- abt 100 birds plus or minus 5. I know there were other good warblers seen that I missed.

Can't wait to see the day's list!



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Date: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Apr 28, 2013

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Apr 28, 2013 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Sunny, great day out, lotsa nice warblers.
57 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  1     on nest, Upper Pool
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  1     Lake
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  1     Lake
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  101     large flock of 100 (+ or - 5 birds) overflying to east at 8:30am, 1 perched on islands of Lake
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1     Ambergill
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  4
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  4
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)  1
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  14     Exact number, I counted em! Unusually common throughout Park. Roughly even numbers of males and females.
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  4
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1     My f o s - Park f o s? Lookout Hill, non-sining bird confirmed by Keir.
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  8
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  5
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X     abundant
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  20
Kentucky Warbler (Geothlypis formosa)  1     Seen near Center Drive, very well, numerous times, with many other observers
Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  4
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  1
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  50     approx count
Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica)  1     1 bird seen high up in trees on Quaker Ridge w numerous other observers inc. Keir Randall, who found the bird.
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  2
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  4
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  4     numbers well down on previous day
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  5
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  3
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  5
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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From Keir :

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Apr 28, 2013 5:50 AM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
70 species

Canada Goose 4
Mute Swan 5
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 8
Ruddy Duck 2
Double-crested Cormorant 24 22 in flyover
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Coot 1
Laughing Gull 3
Herring Gull 6
Rock Pigeon X
Mourning Dove 7
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 5
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Blue-headed Vireo 8
Warbling Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 1 Lookout Hill, butterfly meadow
Blue Jay X
Fish Crow 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin X
European Starling X
Cedar Waxwing 11
Ovenbird 1
Northern Waterthrush 2
Blue-winged Warbler 1 singing in the Lullwater, early am
Black-and-white Warbler 7
Kentucky Warbler 1 Originally found by Ed Crowne and relocated at 8.30 am by Bobbi Manian (thank you!) in the understory between the music pagoda and Center Drive.
Hooded Warbler 1 Male in the Ambergill thanks to Mike Yuan et al.
Northern Parula 4
Blackburnian Warbler 1 Bright male over Terrace bridge and probably same indiviual in the Lullwater, early am.
Yellow Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 Heard near Maryland Monument in early am.
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 6
Pine Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 26
Yellow-throated Warbler 1 High in trees where the Nethermead bridle trail meets the path from Fallkill (ie a little south west of Nethermead Arches)
Prairie Warbler 1 Low to the ground in the midwood, woodchip path near Center Drive, in the afternoon
Black-throated Green Warbler 2 heard only

Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 4
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 15
Northern Cardinal 11
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 A male in the Ambergill
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Common Grackle 11
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow X

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 Didn't get the ky or any of the other rarities, but did get to see the gr herons doing some more nest building and mating.

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From: "Joshua Malbin"
Date: Apr 28, 2013 7:18 PM
Subject: BirdsEye-Prospect Park-2013-4-28
To: "Joshua Malbin"

Observer: Joshua Malbin
2013-04-28 15:19
Prospect Park
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
239 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    X    Canada Goose     
    X    Mute Swan     
    X    Mallard     
    1    Great Blue Heron     
    2    Green Heron    working on their new nest, then copulating in it. 
    6    Laughing Gull     
    X    Herring Gull     
    X    Mourning Dove     
    5    Chimney Swift     
    1    Red-bellied Woodpecker     
    5    Downy Woodpecker     
    2    Northern Flicker     
    1    American Kestrel     
    3    Blue-headed Vireo     
    1    Warbling Vireo     
    X    Blue Jay     
    2    Northern Rough-winged Swallow     
    4    Tree Swallow     
    X    Barn Swallow     
    2    Black-capped Chickadee     
    3    Tufted Titmouse     
    2    White-breasted Nuthatch     
    3    House Wren     
    3    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     
    1    Ruby-crowned Kinglet     
    1    Hermit Thrush     
    X    American Robin     
    1    Brown Thrasher     
    X    European Starling     
    10    Black-and-white Warbler     
    2    Northern Parula     
    1    Yellow Warbler     
    5    Palm Warbler     
    1    Pine Warbler     
    23    Yellow-rumped Warbler     
    11    Chipping Sparrow     
    1    Field Sparrow     
    2    Savannah Sparrow     
    2    Song Sparrow     
    X    White-throated Sparrow     
    X    Northern Cardinal     
    X    Red-winged Blackbird     
    X    Common Grackle     
    7    Brown-headed Cowbird     
    2    Purple Finch       
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Results of BBC Greenwood Cemetery walk 4/27

Leader : Rob Jett

Below is the species list from yesterday's trip to Green-Wood Cemetery. The highlight was probably an extremely cooperative Yellow-throated Vireo seen low in an oak tree along Central Ridge.



Location: Green-Wood Cemetery
Date: Saturday, 04/27/13, 8:00am - 11:00am
Species: 55
Comments: Leading Brooklyn Bird Club trip. 20 participants.

Double-crested Cormorant (1.)
Osprey (1.)
Cooper's Hawk (1.)
Red-tailed Hawk (2.)
Spotted Sandpiper (1.)
Laughing Gull
Chimney Swift (5.)
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Monk Parakeet
Eastern Phoebe (1.)
Blue-headed Vireo
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2.)
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch (1.)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper (1.)
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet (1.)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush (2.)
Gray Catbird (2.)

Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat (1.)
Northern Parula (1.)
Yellow Warbler (1.)
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler (2.)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler (1.)

Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

Other common species seen (or heard):
Canada Goose, Herring Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, House Sparrow