Monday, May 27, 2013

Back home, Prospect Memorial Day 5/27th, past reports

Back home  from yesterday's very long 450 mile- drive from Erie , Pennsylvania

This morning , trying to unwind and feel at home again in Brooklyn , a morning walk in Prospect Park. The migration obviously has halted to a trickle though some hilights to enjoy if you have patience. ( and continue into the following week)

This morning, about 1015 am,  I enjoyed excellent , long looks of a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO seeking insects sometimes "flycatching " in a blossomed white racemed  flowered Locust tree on the south side of the Nethermead Bridge, opposite the short stairs. ( or bird bath creek)

Other than that, a few Empidonax flycatchers species, likely Willow but undetermined without hearing their calls.

A few warblers to report as well, a CANADA in the Quaker Ridge south slope adjacent to the bridle trail. Rafael I ran into today reported 5 species.

Rafael reported another hi light , a COMMON NIGHTHAWK and a RED TAILED HAWK going at each other in the skies over the Rose Garden /Vale Cashmere ( also supported by a Twitter tweet from Keir Randall)

Below are reports received during my absence while I was vacationing in the Ohio /North Western Pennsylvania region; a great trip despite heat (90 degrees, then midweek wet and overcast weather then very cold unseasonal temps for late May where we wore socks for mittens !  ); 120 species seen including Red-headed Woodpeckers, Lark Sparrows, Tundra and Trumpeter Swans, Bald Eagles, Philadelphia Vireo and my hard earned 30th species warbler one of 17 (including as well "zillions" of Yellows at Presque Isle) , a Tennessee in this strange & weather challenged spring 

Lists  from newest to oldest

My list :

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 27, 2013 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
19 species (+1 other taxa)

Red-tailed Hawk  3
Mourning Dove  X
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1     Locust Tree south side Nethermead Br
Chimney Swift  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  3
Eastern Kingbird  1     Nethermead Br
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Barn Swallow  X
Swainson's Thrush  1
Wood Thrush  1     Midwood
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  7     Ravine tulip, over creek
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  1
Canada Warbler  1     Quaker Ridge south
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X

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Rafael :

Today's report

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
May 27, 2013 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Observer: Rafael G Campos
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
39 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1     Flyover Vale
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1     flyover Nethermead, seen also by Peter D.
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  3
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  6
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)  1
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  2
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  2
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus)  4
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  8
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  4
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  2
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  10
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  2     Nelly's lawn
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1     Rick's Place
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  3
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  3     Vale, Rick's Place, Midwood
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1     Vale
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1     Vale
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  1     Grand Army Plaza West
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1     Vale

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  4
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  3     2 males, 1 female
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  3
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!

May 26th report

Peter:  In less than a week the number of species of warblers are coming down.  Beside the 5 sps reported here, another birder saw Canada & Common Yellowthroat at the Vale. My best birds for the day were Acadian Flycatcher, & Bank Swallow.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
May 26, 2013 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Observer: Rafael G Campos R
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 kilometer(s)
37 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  12
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  2
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2     males, Upper Pool
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  2
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)  1     Midwood
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  2
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  2
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus)  3
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  3     Lake
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)  1     Lake
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  16
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  2     Lullwater
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1     Midwood
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1     Peninsula
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  6
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1     Vale

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  3
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  3
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1     Male, Vale
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!


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From: "Joshua Malbin" <joshuamalbin@
Date: May 25, 2013 2:35 PM
Subject: BirdsEye-Prospect Park-2013-5-25
To: "Joshua Malbin" <joshuamalbin@

Observer: Joshua Malbin
2013-05-25 10:08
Prospect Park
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
267 Minutes
Observers: 1
    X    Canada Goose     
    X    Mute Swan     
    X    Mallard     
    1    Double-crested Cormorant     
    2    Green Heron     
    1    Black-crowned Night-Heron     
    1    Laughing Gull     
    2    Herring Gull     
    X    Mourning Dove     
    4    Red-bellied Woodpecker     
    2    Downy Woodpecker     
    1    Olive-sided Flycatcher    Lookout slope above wellhouse 
    2    Eastern Wood-Pewee     
    2    Eastern Kingbird     
    1    White-eyed Vireo     
    9    Warbling Vireo     
    5    Red-eyed Vireo     
    4    Northern Rough-winged Swallow     
    X    Barn Swallow     
    2    Tufted Titmouse     
    2    Swainson's Thrush     
    X    American Robin     
    X    Gray Catbird     
    X    European Starling     
    7    Cedar Waxwing     
    2    Common Yellowthroat     
    2    American Redstart     
    3    Magnolia Warbler     
    4    Yellow Warbler     
    13    Blackpoll Warbler     
    5    Song Sparrow     
    X    Northern Cardinal     
    X    Red-winged Blackbird     
    X    Common Grackle     
    4    Brown-headed Cowbird     
    4    Baltimore Oriole     
    1    House Finch     
    X    House Sparrow     
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Tom Stephenson , last Thursday BBC walk ( Final )

Hi Peter,
What a change from last week to this! All of the birds we had last walk seemed to have left the area and are hopefully now on their breeding grounds and getting ready for nesting. That didn't leave too many for us to see today.
We did have two very interesting sightings: In the BBC plantings on the Nellie's Lawn border of the Vale there were a pair of Field Sparrows with nesting material.
Not sure, but maybe this would be the first nesting record for this species, if it's successful?
Later, behind the pagoda, we had a pair of Great Crested Flycatchers also gathering nesting material.
And of course we saw the hummingbird on its nest in the ravine area.
The Green Heron was on its nest, but there was one egg broken on the ground below. Hopefully that was a small casualty and there are more remaining.
As for species, we had 58 (down from 90) including Canada and Wilson's Warblers, and Gray-cheeked Thrush.
The list is below.
Best regards,

Double-crested Cormorant
Green Heron
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
House Wren
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

 Bobbi Manian reported Last Tuesday Rob Bate walk ( final)

Hi Peter and Rob,

Today was the final Tuesday migration walk.  All of the regulars from our merry band were in attendance.  

Here is today's list.  Of note:

over 20 Blackpolls, mostly female, signifying end of migration :-(
Northern Harrier flyover on Lookout
Good looks at female Prairie, not seen for a week or so, on side of Lookout at a termite hatchout
Good looks at a female RB Grosbeak - also on side of Lookout
2Common Loons flyover - also on Lookout 
Emily heard and saw Willow Flycatcher and brought the group back for good looks (also on Lookout - do you sense a theme?)
Rob pre-spotted a grey-cheek on Penna yesterday and made sure entire group got on it today

Rob  - Thanks so much for your generous time this spring!  The Tuesday walks have been a highlight of migration!


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Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 21, 2013 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Rob's Tuesday Migration walk
51 species

Canada Goose  4
Mute Swan  4
Mallard  6
Common Loon  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  2
Northern Harrier  1
Laughing Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  6
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Willow Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  2
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  4
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  1
Veery  1
Gray-cheeked Thrush  1
Swainson's Thrush  2
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  6
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  5
Northern Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  6
Magnolia Warbler  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  20
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Canada Warbler  2
Wilson's Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  X
Baltimore Oriole  4
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  X

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