Sunday, May 12, 2013

May 12th "the fourth day ", rare warblers

First , Happy Mothers Day , even if I said it late. Rafael sent me a photo for the occasion

Now the reports:

A very cooperative PROTHONOTARY WARBLER found by Kathy Toomey initially at the back area of the Lily Pool near the Boathouse proved to be the hilight today on a slower day from previous days, the "fourth day" from the breakout  starting Thursday afternoon. Overshadowing a male HOODED WARBLER  from Lookout Hill's north slope , more elusive than the Prothonotary, multiple observers were treated to a show of the "golden swamp bird" from reports I read.

Through the afternoon into evening the PROTHONOTARY hung more at the Binnen Falls section, left for awhile then reappeared for more looks.

In the morning, it wasn't as spectacular with bird numbers, but that is expected after the first wave that has petered out, so it was a surprise to see the diversity today. The HOODED WARBLER was in the dense woods of the north slope inside the curve path , did cross the road to the east side but then went back to the first spot inside the snow fence  lined mulch short steps path. Also at that spot, a very cooperative CAPE MAY WARBLER in a white flower tree, coming down from the north Pin Oak at Butterfly meadow with a pair was seen , a male and female. CAPE MAYS were reported in decent numbers up to 5  for this uncommon species that came down to eye level for this normally high species. Another HOODED WARBLER , this time a female was somewhere in the woods between the Boulder Bridge and Center  per Keir Randall. BLACKBURNIAN in the 3-5 range  topped off  diversified warbler list which I enumerated below.There is a late LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and WORM-EATING in the mix. Usual middle May WILSONS and CANADAS are starting to show up.Spring is passing thru fast.

All together, 24 species warblers , not big on numbers but diversity a strong showing .

Other new birds or newcomers to say the least are LEAST FLYCATCHER, WOOD PEWEE, INDIGO BUNTING & RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRD. The bunting was seen first by Eni and Vinnie Falci , at the hairpin turn in the path on the southwest side of the Terrace Bridge, a gorgeous male inside the fence by the water.

There are multiple reports below, including a Greenwood Cemetery BBC walk led by Dennis Hreshowsik , thanks to Dennis for leading today. Also, tweets "list" from text messages for brevity.


PS. Please note, I will post all birdathon reports on one page when I get them all....


Master Warbler list  ( Prospect  & GWC)

date = May 12th
site = Prospect Park/GWC
observers = mult obs

Prairie Warbler 
Worm-eating Warbler East Midwood, Chris Elliot
Yellow Warbler 
Tennessee Warbler MIdwood, Rafael Campos, Rob Jett, et al
American Redstart 
Black-and-white Warbler 
Blackpoll Warbler 
Canada Warbler Russ Alderson , south MIdwood
Black-throated Green Warbler 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 
Common Yellowthroat 
Cape May Warbler Lookout HIll, other locations
Prothonotary Warbler Lily Pool , Binnen Falls, Kathy Toomey 1st, mult obs
Palm Warbler Lullwater , Peter Dorosh
Chestnut-sided Warbler 
Louisiana Waterthrush Binnen Falls, Joshua Malbin
Northern Parula 
Magnolia Warbler 
Hooded Warbler North Midwood, Rob Jett, Ed Crowne, mult Obs
Northern Waterthrush 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Blackburnian Warbler Paul Sweet, John Ascher
Wilson's Warbler Rafael  , top Tunnel Arch steps

Results of May 12th GWC BBC walk

leader Dennis Hreshowsik, also reporting


a dozen birders were treated to fantastic weather and great looks at spring migrants on today's greenwood cemetery walk. highlights were eye level looks at 3 cape may warblers, the first of which spotted by monica berger near sylvain water way and later near cypress ave where two cape may and two magnolia showed well at eye level for several minutes. least flycatcher, heard by tom preston, put on an acrobatic display of flycatching for all to see. other quality species included blackburnian, chestnut sided and wilson's warblers, three scarlet tanagers as well as 3 rosebreasted grosbeak and 2 swainson's thrush. thanks to all for a great day of birding.
see you in the field,
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Subject: eBird Report - Green-Wood Cemetery, May 11, 2013

Green-Wood Cemetery, Kings, US-NY
May 11, 2013 7:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     BBC greenwood cem walk
63 species

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Ring-billed Gull  X
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  3
Chimney Swift  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Monk Parakeet  7
Least Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Warbling Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
Fish Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  4
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Swainson's Thrush  2
American Robin  25
Northern Mockingbird  5
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  X
Ovenbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  1
Cape May Warbler  3
Northern Parula  7
Magnolia Warbler  3
Blackburnian Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Blackpoll Warbler  5
Black-throated Blue Warbler  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Black-throated Green Warbler  3
Wilson's Warbler  1

Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  3
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  3
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Baltimore Oriole  5
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  X

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From Joshua

Observer: Joshua Malbin
2013-05-12 10:21
Prospect Park
Protocol: Traveling
2 Miles
339 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
    X    Canada Goose     
    X    Mute Swan     
    2    American Black Duck    Clearly saw dark bill on f, gray streaking on m throat. Upper pool. 
    X    Mallard     
    2    Double-crested Cormorant     
    2    Green Heron     
    1    Red-tailed Hawk     
    2    Spotted Sandpiper     
    1    Laughing Gull     
    X    Herring Gull     
    X    Rock Pigeon     
    X    Mourning Dove     
    X    Chimney Swift     
    1    Ruby-throated Hummingbird     
    2    Red-bellied Woodpecker     
    1    Downy Woodpecker     
    1    Eastern Wood-Pewee     
    2    Least Flycatcher     
    1    Eastern Kingbird     
    1    White-eyed Vireo     
    2    Blue-headed Vireo     
    X    Warbling Vireo     
    2    Red-eyed Vireo     
    X    Blue Jay     
    1    Tree Swallow     
    3    Barn Swallow     
    1    Black-capped Chickadee     
    2    Tufted Titmouse     
    X    House Wren     
    1    Carolina Wren     
    1    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     
    1    Ruby-crowned Kinglet     
    2    Veery     
    1    Swainson's Thrush     
    X    American Robin     
    X    Gray Catbird     
    X    European Starling     
    1    Louisiana Waterthrush     
    2    Northern Waterthrush     
    2    Black-and-white Warbler
    1    Prothonotary Warbler     
    7    Common Yellowthroat     
    1    Hooded Warbler     
    1    American Redstart     
    2    Cape May Warbler     
    X    Northern Parula     
    5    Magnolia Warbler     
    4    Yellow Warbler     
    2    Chestnut-sided Warbler     
    6    Blackpoll Warbler     
    9    Black-throated Blue Warbler     
    X    Yellow-rumped Warbler     
    1    Black-throated Green Warbler
    2    Song Sparrow     
    1    White-throated Sparrow     
    4    Scarlet Tanager     
    X    Northern Cardinal     
    3    Rose-breasted Grosbeak     
    X    Red-winged Blackbird     
    X    Common Grackle     
    1    Brown-headed Cowbird     
    9    Baltimore Oriole     
    X    American Goldfinch     
    X    House Sparrow       

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My list:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 12, 2013 8:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
49 species

Canada Goose  1
Mallard  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1     Lullwater cove
Laughing Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Peregrine Falcon  1     flyover Butterfly Meadow
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1     upper Lookout Hill
Least Flycatcher  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1     upper Lookout Hill
Eastern Kingbird  3     2 Lookout , maybe breeding pair
White-eyed Vireo  1     south slope Lookout hill,also obs Kathy Toomey. Emily 
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  2
Blue Jay  X
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  2     Butterfly Meadow,
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Veery  1
Swainson's Thrush  2
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  3     Maryland Monument
Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  1     quaker ridge
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Common Yellowthroat  3
Hooded Warbler  1     lookout hill north slope
American Redstart  2
Cape May Warbler  2
Northern Parula  5
Magnolia Warbler  4
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1     Quaker ridge
Blackpoll Warbler  1     Lily Pool back woods
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Black-throated Green Warbler  1     Butterfly Meadow
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Indigo Bunting  1     Terrace bridge
Common Grackle  X
House Sparrow  X

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Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY May 12, 2013 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 3.0 kilometer(s) Comments:     Third consecutive day in the park, with good numbers of neotropical migrants, specially warblers.  I recorded 16 sps. 56 species Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)  1     Vale Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  3     flyovers Lookout Hill Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3 Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1     flyover Nethermead Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2 Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1 American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1 Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1 Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1 Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1 Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus)  3 Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3 Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1 House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  3 Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  2 Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus)  1     Midwood Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  2 Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  1     Midwood American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1     Grand Army Plaza W European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  2 Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1     Vale Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  4 Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1     Vale of Cashmere Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  4 Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)  1     male; N side of Lookout Hill Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  3     1 female, 2 males; N side of Lookout Hill Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  5 Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  4 Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  2     1 Vale; 1 N side Lookout Hill Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1     Midwood Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  2 Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  3 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  5 Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1     edge of Upper pool Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1     male; Midwood
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  1 single individual, observed near the Lookout Hill White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  4 Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  3 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6 Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1     male; Midwood Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  1 Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)  1     female Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  5 Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  4     Vale House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X Brooklyn is great birding!!!