Friday, May 10, 2013

May 10th Prospect /GWC : This day has come, surge and breakout

For a few past weeks, averse north and east winds kept migrants at bay, making birding a chore, as nothing came through. Then the dam broke as a storm front passed through with a warm southerly air mass creating the surge of migrants. A clear calm night  and southern air flow and what does one have ? Clearly an excellent birding day that wiped away the spring- less migration discouragement. Prospect Park Friday was awash with birds, not exactly with birds dripping off trees but very good numbers through out the park. It's about time.

Today, by rarity to uncommon, the best were LITTLE BLUE HERON  (Very rare) (RBate),GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (Mike Yuan ), YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Fred Tomaselli and Casey ?) ,CLIFF SWALLOW over Mary Land Monument (Doug Gochfeld), SUMMER TANAGER (Dennis Hrehowsik), YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (RBate, Chris Holden ), WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW ( PDorosh, Mary Eyster, Bill Jeffrey); CAPE MAY WARBLER ( several reports)

For your information, there was a widely dispersed termite hatchout along the southern slope of Lookout Hill; at the steps of Maryland Monument with one hatchout,a male SCARLET TANAGER was feeding on the bugs on the ground; above up slope, a horde of swallows and swifts descended very low in a swarm. Impressive display.

The warbler tally, the treasure gems of spring numbered 25 species

WARBLER Master list

date = 2013/05/11
site = Prospect Park
observers = Multiple observers

25 species warblers

Prairie Warbler 
Yellow Warbler 
Yellow-throated Warbler Fred Tomaselli and Casey ? Lullwater west 
American Redstart 
Black-and-white Warbler 
Blackpoll Warbler inc female Lookout
Canada Warbler MIdwood north, Ed Crowne
Black-throated Green Warbler 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 
Common Yellowthroat 10+
Cape May Warbler several reports
Palm Warbler 
Chestnut-sided Warbler 
Blue-winged Warbler Lullwater cove, et al
Northern Parula 
Magnolia Warbler 
Nashville Warbler 
Golden-winged Warbler Quaker cemetery main gate, MIke Yuan
Pine Warbler Phil Paine, Bill Jeffrey
Hooded Warbler Phil Paine, Bill Jeffrey , Lullwater
Northern Waterthrush Peninsula, Ravine
Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Blackburnian Warbler , several numbers
Wilson's Warbler - Joshua Malbin

Its been a long long day, almost 11 hours afoot for me and Mary Eyster, then dinner afterwards at the Nanz's so a late report tonight ; I will leave it here with the short version for much needed sleep and rest for my pollen wearied light sensitive eyes....

By the way, good luck to all on tomorrow's Birdathon. Its the spirit of teamwork but mostly for the beauty of birds we are celebrating whose conservation we much valiantly work for primarily rather than competition for birds. Birds provide us joy and passion for nature and therefore are the subjects of our affection; without them , how empty would our world be.

See Bobbi Manian's message at the end of the lists detailing the 7 teams out there and best wishes to them.

Enjoy the birds on Saturday birdathon. Me, I will opt for sleeping late (and dry)....


My and Mary's list 

18 species warblers

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 10, 2013 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
70 species

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
Mallard  X
Great Blue Heron  1     3 SISTERS
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  2     Perched atop aok near Vanderbilt PG, Peninsula
Osprey  1     f/o Lake
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  5     4 on Peninsula lullwater shore
Laughing Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Chimney Swift  75     preying on Lookout HIll termite hatchouts
Downy Woodpecker  X
American Kestrel  1     Lookout
Great Crested Flycatcher  1     Ravine
Eastern Kingbird  3     Lookout Hill
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1     Maryland Monument
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1     Lookout Hill summit
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1     Ambergill
Veery  2
Wood Thrush  1     calling MIdwood
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  1
Ovenbird  2
Northern Waterthrush  3     2 Ravine, 1 Peninsula
Blue-winged Warbler  1     Lullwater cove
Black-and-white Warbler  15
Nashville Warbler  1     Lookout summit
Common Yellowthroat  12
American Redstart  4
Northern Parula  9
Magnolia Warbler  3
Blackburnian Warbler  3     2 back Upper pool, 1 Southwest woods
Yellow Warbler  5
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1     back upper pool
Blackpoll Warbler  2     lookout Hill, inc female
Black-throated Blue Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  60
Prairie Warbler  1     Butterfly Meadow
Black-throated Green Warbler  5
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  1     Lookout south slope
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  2     Peninsula
White-throated Sparrow  X
White-crowned Sparrow  1     Wellhouse
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  3     Lookout
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Baltimore Oriole  5
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  X

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Rob Bate

We had to work but finally a beautifull migration day.  17 warbler species for me, 72 total species including Little Blue Heron flyover and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo on top of Lookout Hill's woodchip path.

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
Gadwall  2
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  X
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1     Adult flyover, heading south over lake
Osprey  1
Spotted Sandpiper  4
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  2
Herring Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  X
Belted Kingfisher  1     heard only
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  5
White-eyed Vireo  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  2
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  5
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
House Wren  4
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Veery  3
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  X
Ovenbird  3
Northern Waterthrush  3
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  8
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  3
Cape May Warbler  1
Northern Parula  7
Magnolia Warbler  8
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  4
Chestnut-sided Warbler  3
Blackpoll Warbler  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler  7
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  6
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
Orchard Oriole  1
Baltimore Oriole  4
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  X


Rafael :

Peter:  Finally, the migrants are here.  The big difference between  the 4 walks I did the last weekend, and today, is just one word: overwhelming!!!  I tallied today 15 sps of warblers, many of them FOYs, plus other sps like the Catbird, too many to count them.  And this happened just after the heavy rains of the past days.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
May 10, 2013 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
Observer: Rafael G Campos R
2.5 kilometer(s)
45 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)  1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus)  2
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  6
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  3
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  5
Nashville Warbler (Eastern) (Oreothlypis ruficapilla ruficapilla)  2
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  6
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  4
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  2
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  6
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  3
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  5
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  X
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  4
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  3
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  6
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  4
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is an amazing park for birding, and it is great, too!!!!

 Joshua Malbin:

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From: "Joshua Malbin" <>
Date: May 10, 2013 7:55 PM
Subject: BirdsEye-Prospect Park-2013-5-10
To: "Joshua Malbin" <>

Observer: Joshua Malbin
2013-05-10 17:01
Prospect Park
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
174 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    X    Canada Goose     
    X    Mute Swan     
    X    Mallard     
    1    Great Blue Heron     
    2    Green Heron     
    1    Osprey     
    2    Red-tailed Hawk     
    3    Spotted Sandpiper     
    X    Laughing Gull     
    X    Herring Gull     
    3    Red-bellied Woodpecker     
    1    Downy Woodpecker     
    1    Hairy Woodpecker     
    1    American Kestrel     
    1    Blue-headed Vireo     
    4    Warbling Vireo     
    1    Red-eyed Vireo     
    2    Blue Jay     
    X    Barn Swallow     
    1    Tufted Titmouse     
    4    House Wren     
    2    Hermit Thrush     
    2    Wood Thrush     
    X    American Robin     
    5    Gray Catbird     
    X    European Starling     
    3    Ovenbird     
    4    Northern Waterthrush     
    8    Black-and-white Warbler     
    4    Common Yellowthroat     
    3    American Redstart     
    6    Northern Parula     
    2    Magnolia Warbler     
    3    Yellow Warbler     
    7    Black-throated Blue Warbler     
    14    Yellow-rumped Warbler     
    5    Black-throated Green Warbler     
    1    Wilson's Warbler     
    1    Chipping Sparrow     
    2    Song Sparrow     
    X    White-throated Sparrow     
    X    Northern Cardinal     
    X    Red-winged Blackbird     
    3    Common Grackle     
    3    Brown-headed Cowbird     
    1    Baltimore Oriole     
    X    House Sparrow     
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Peter Colen :

On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 8:05 PM, Peter Colen <> wrote:
Hola Peter,

A good day out there. My dogs were tired and quit at noon. They were off-leash.

Those termites were not bad.


Orrin Tilevitz, in Greenwood Cemetery

Bottleneck released
Green-Wood Cemetery in a fairly small area along the north end, in about 90 minutes:

Northern parula (many)
Blackpoll warbler (many)
Ovenbird (2)
American robin
Magnolia warbler (2)
Northern cardinal
Ruby-crowned kinglet
Brown-head cowbird (heard)
Common yellow throat (2 males)
Black-throated green warbler
Black-throated blue warbler
Barn swallow
Northern rough-winged swallow
House wren (heard)
Baltimore oriole
Warbling vireo (heard)
White-throated sparrow (several)
Gray catbird
American redstart (two)
Red-bellied woodpecker
Yellow-throated vireo
Red-winged blackbird
Song sparrow
Yellow warbler
Blue-headed vireo
Yellow-rumped warbler
Black-crowned night heron
Canada warbler
Chimney swift


From Bobbi Manian, Birdathon BBC coordinator

The Brooklyn Bird Club wishes good luck and good birds to our seven teams participating in the Biradthon this Saturday as part of International Migratory Bird Day.   

The Winter Wrens - Phil Hoff, Peter Colen, James Buckler, Benjamin Garron-Caine will be birding all over Brooklyn - sunrise to mid-afternoon.  Rumor has it Peter has been scouting out new and secret locations all over Brooklyn this past week.

The Wandering Warblers - Rob Bate, Tracy Meade, Janet Zinn, Alan Baratz, Gerald Layton - will be scouring Prospect Park and Greenwood for all the warblers that are finally falling out of the sky

The Timberdoodlers - Bobbi Manian, Dennis Hrehowsik, Kristin Costello, Chris Holden - will be birding all over Brooklyn sun-up to sun-down - nobody comes home until we get a Timber-doodle!

Baynie's Bishops - Russ Alderson and family are birding in honor of their beloved Great Aunt Ruth Bayne Bishop Gill - a native Texan and passionate lover of all flora and fauna.  As she struggles now with cancer, they are proud to walk and watch in her name.

The Brooklyn Babblers - Keir Randall, Tom Stephenson, Chellie Bowman - Tom will provide a sonogram *and* photo for every bird the Babblers list 

The Magicicadas - Stanley Greenberg, Nidhin Cyril, Chris Laskowski - will cover Prospect and Greenwood chasing the tasty 2013 swarmageddon and the lucky birds dining on the tasty morsels. 

The Mello Rumps - Matthew Rymkiewicz and Stephanie Cleveland, representing that other boro across the East River, prefer the challenge of a 5-sided park, and will cover Prospect and Greenwood.  


other Twitter tweets/text messages

Anne Murray :  Blackburnian warbler, Solitary Sandpiper ( south lake)
Matthew Wills : Blackburnian warbler, INdigo Bunting - Lookout Hill
Monica Berger : Cape May Warbler north Rose garden

Dennis Hreshowsik Swainsons Thrsush Esdale Br : Summer Tanager Quaker Cemetery


From Nidhin Joseph

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Date: Fri, May 10, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, May 10, 2013

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 10, 2013 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
53 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  4
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  4
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)  1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  4
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  3
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  5
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  6
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  5
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  3
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  3
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  4
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  7
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  4
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  6
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  4
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  5
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  12
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  1
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  5

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  4
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  3
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  4
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  6

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 Nidhin Joseph