Saturday, May 11, 2013

May 11th Prospect / GWC the day after, fortunate blessings

Intermittent showers and some thunderstorms put a damper on high numbers migration though even as numbers deflated , still some birds stayed or passed through .There are still good birds to be seen such as CAPE MAY WARBLER , which I saw at Greenwood Cemetery Cliff Walk, thanks to Joe Borker, and Adam's bird at Center Drive. Late PINE SISKIN is another good one. Warblers as it appears topped the 18 bird list.

It was Birdathon day, or better known by the more fancier name International Bird Migration Day. This is a day teams or individual birders  count many species to raise monies for just conservation causes for birds, mostly for habitat conservation.

Mary and I  did our own casual thing at Greenwood Cemetery but things were put in human perspective as we with Joe Borker and two other birders heard a very loud car crash in the cemetery along Forest Ave , heard from over the ridge which one of the young birders with us investigated and called us urgently when he saw the upside down car. The driver , a young woman (with her freind), maybe distracted, took her eyes off the road ,apparently was going way too fast down the sloping ,  very windy drive and hit a left roadside dogwood tree (shredding bark) that made the car flip upside down (on a swerve ?) . (We really don't know for sure not having seen the crash that popped the air bags). Regardless, we assisted with Joe calling 911 and me and Mary plus the two other young birders helping out as I watched the smoking car (fortunately no fire). The two occupants were alive and walking after shock wore off; they did go into the ambulances later. Lots of emergency vehicles showed up.Hoping all is well with them.So as much we love birds, the human side of it comes into mind , with helping hands an urgent need at the right time.

I expect to hear good things with the birdathon results for today. So far , I know I owe $86.48 cents for one of the causes. Tell you all later the Brooklyn tallies...



Adam Welz:

Having missed out on yesterday's bonanza due to work, I braved the wet park this morning. 2 Siskin in Midwood were weirdly late, had a nice Gray-cheeked Thrush near the stairs, also Veery, Swainson's & Wood. Cracking views of Blackburnian and Cape May warblers on Lookout -- some came down to eye level. Twitter was very silent today, I guess because none of the birdathoners wanted to give any gen away!


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Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, May 11, 2013

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 11, 2013 8:30 AM - 1:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Overcast, slightly rainy, birded with Josh Malbin for part of the survey period, birded down from the Vale, though Midwood, to Lookout, through Peninsula, along Lullwater. Probable Merlin hunting on Lookout, probable Tennessee Warbler high up in Midwood, neither seen well enough to be more than 90% sure of ID.
63 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  3
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) (Empidonax alnorum/traillii)  1
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  4
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)  2
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  4
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  3
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  3
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  2
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus)  1
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  2
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  1     singing, Vale
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  3
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  4
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  15     approx count
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  15     approx count
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  5
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  3
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  15     approx count
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  5
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  2
Palm Warbler ( seen with Joshua)
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  6
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  4
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  7
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  10     approx count
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  25     approx count
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  5
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  25     approx count
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  3
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  6
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  2     with a group of Goldfinch in Midwood, high up in oak tree, one bird singing.
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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Joshua :

From: "Joshua Malbin"
Date: May 11, 2013 3:32 PM
Subject: BirdsEye-Prospect Park-2013-5-11
To: "Joshua Malbin"
Observer: Joshua Malbin
2013-05-11 09:46
Prospect Park
Protocol: Traveling
2 Miles
346 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    X    Canada Goose     
    X    Mute Swan     
    X    Mallard     
    2    Double-crested Cormorant     
    1    Green Heron     
    X    Laughing Gull     
    X    Herring Gull     
    X    Rock Pigeon     
    5    Mourning Dove     
    5    Red-bellied Woodpecker     
    1    Downy Woodpecker     
    1    Hairy Woodpecker     
    2    Northern Flicker     
    1    Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)     
    1    Least Flycatcher     
    1    Great Crested Flycatcher     
    3    Eastern Kingbird     
    3    White-eyed Vireo     
    3    Blue-headed Vireo     
    11    Warbling Vireo     
    1    Red-eyed Vireo     
    5    Blue Jay     
    3    Northern Rough-winged Swallow     
    6    Barn Swallow     
    1    Black-capped Chickadee     
    3    Tufted Titmouse     
    7    House Wren     
    2    Carolina Wren     
    3    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     
    2    Ruby-crowned Kinglet     
    1    Veery     
    2    Swainson's Thrush     
    2    Wood Thrush     
    X    American Robin     
    X    Gray Catbird     
    X    European Starling     
    2    Ovenbird     
    1    Northern Waterthrush     
    4    Black-and-white Warbler     
    10    Common Yellowthroat     
    4    American Redstart     
    3    Cape May Warbler     
    24    Northern Parula     
    4    Magnolia Warbler     
    3    Blackburnian Warbler     
    5    Yellow Warbler     
    4    Chestnut-sided Warbler     
    8    Blackpoll Warbler     
    8    Black-throated Blue Warbler     
    1    Palm Warbler     
    10    Yellow-rumped Warbler     
    9    Black-throated Green Warbler     
    1    Song Sparrow     
    X    White-throated Sparrow     
    1    Scarlet Tanager     
    X    Northern Cardinal     
    X    Red-winged Blackbird     
    4    Common Grackle     
    1    Brown-headed Cowbird     
    10    Baltimore Oriole     
    1    Pine Siskin     
    X    American Goldfinch     
    X    House Sparrow       

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What a way to celebrate the IMBD (= International Migratory Bird Day).  Despite the rain, dark skies, the birds were quite active, and in comparison with last weekend when I saw 4-5 sps of warblers, between today and yesterday, recording around 20 sps.  Yesterday I got 15 sps, and today 18 sps.  Amazing day, and nice walk of about 5 hrs.
Brooklyn is great birding, even it is raining!!!

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
May 11, 2013 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
Observer: Rafael G Campos R
3.5 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Dark skies, rain, more rain but the birds were quite active, and the warblers are quite diverse.   It was a good way to celebrate the IMBD (International Migratory Bird Day).
61 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  3
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1     male, upper pool
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  3
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  5     1 Lake, 5 flyover Vale
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1     Lake
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1     flyover Nelly's lawn
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  2     Lake
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  4     1 flyover, 3 lake
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  7
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)  2     1 along the Lullwater, 1 edge of the Nethermead
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2     Peninsula
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  2
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus)  3
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1     Vale
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  1
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  2     Midwood
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  2
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  5
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)  1     Butterfly Meadow
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  5
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  5
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1     male
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  5
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  2
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  3
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  3
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  2     Lookout Hill & Lullwater
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  9
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  5

Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  1     male, edge of the Upper Pool
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1     male, Nethermead Arches Bridge

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1     Peninsula meadow
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1     Peninsula meadow
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  6
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  5
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  3
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  2
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1     male, Long Meadow
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)  2     near the Nethermead Arches bridge
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  9
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1     male, Peninsula meadow
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  7
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X


Greenwood Cemetery

Observers : Peter D, Mary E, Joe Borker, + 2 birders

14 species warblers

Green-Wood Cemetery, Kings, US-NY
May 11, 2013 8:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
52 species

Canada Goose  5
Mallard  X
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Green Heron  1     Dellwater
Laughing Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1     late
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  1
Common Raven  2     Sylvan Water area,calling
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2     Sylvan water
Barn Swallow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
House Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Veery  2
Swainson's Thrush  1
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
Northern Mockingbird  X
European Starling  X
Ovenbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  X
Common Yellowthroat  X
American Redstart  3
Cape May Warbler  1     Cliff Path
Northern Parula  7
Magnolia Warbler  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  3
Palm Warbler  1     late
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Prairie Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  4
Pine Siskin  1     Late, Forest Ridge
House Sparrow  X

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