Friday, May 17, 2013

May 17th , the slowdown one day later

Though not surprised with birds on a time schedule to get to their breeding grounds asap, the activity dropped off tremendously today from yesterday's surge. Some reports of BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and WILSON's WARBLERS made up the best of it.There is sporadic activity today  , you just have to be patient and understanding that birds are on the move.

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was spotted by Kristin Costello  across the Butterfly Meadow, perched low in a shrub as Kristin and Monica Berger took a break near the slope.

Brendan passed by moments later and mentioned a few WILSONS WARBLERS in the Peninsula.

Sandy Paci mentioned WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on the Peninsula meadow edge  with also common birds in the most active location today , the Peninsula. Also, along the lake edge, a young ORCHARD ORIOLE bathing.

The beech tree overlooking the Endale arch was active , particularly with  CAPE MAY and WILSON WARBLERS, no surprise for "hi" activity since yesterday that general location was the "hot" area, likely birds bunched up at the expected north areas.This info was relayed to me by Eni.

Also, breeding season is in full sway by now, a Hummingbird nest ,likely two in the Ravine. One nest was seen with a sitting bird inside.

Those are the reports I received today for Prospect.


From Orrin , in GW Cemetery

Green-Wood Cemetery this morning, mostly along the Central Ridge and around the Sylvan Water:

American Robin
Northern cardinal
Belted kingfisher
House sparrow
Northern parula
Blackpoll warbler
Chipping sparrow
Eastern wood pewee
Scarlet tanager
Gray catbird
Mourning dove
Magnolia warbler (several)
Chestnut-sided warbler
White-crowned sparrow
Black-throated green warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler
White-throated sparrow
Common raven
Red-tailed hawk
Canada goose
Mallard duck
American redstart
Song sparrrow
Yellow warbler
Wilson's warbler
Baltimore oriole
Black-throated blue warbler
Northern mockingbird
Chimney swift
Barn swallow
European starling
Rock dove


From Eni,


Beech tree at endale arch full of warblers this afternoon including Cape Mays and Wilson's. Also had female scarlet tanagers and 5 rose breasted grossbeaks up in trees before mulch area.
We went to checkout last year's hummingbird nest location after seeing one feeding on hot pink weigelia blooms in Vale. Last year's nest location in use again this year. Lowest branch of Maple tree over path between Vale slope and rose garden 3' in from tip at a junction of branches. Saw bird leaving nest as we walked up.
Eni & Vinnie Falci


Joshua Malbin

Couldn't make it for the big day yesterday. Best bird today a Nashville in the ravine.
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From: "Joshua Malbin" \
Date: May 17, 2013 7:47 PM
Subject: BirdsEye-Prospect Park-2013-5-17
To: "Joshua Malbin" <

Observer: Joshua Malbin
2013-05-17 17:14
Prospect Park
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
153 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    X    Mallard     
    X    Mourning Dove     
    1    Belted Kingfisher     
    1    Red-bellied Woodpecker     
    2    Eastern Wood-Pewee     
    1    Great Crested Flycatcher     
    3    Warbling Vireo     
    X    Blue Jay     
    2    Barn Swallow     
    3    House Wren     
    1    Ruby-crowned Kinglet     
    X    American Robin     
    X    Gray Catbird     
    X    European Starling     
    2    Northern Waterthrush     
    1    Black-and-white Warbler     
    1    Nashville Warbler     
    5    Common Yellowthroat     
    8    American Redstart     
    3    Northern Parula     
    5    Magnolia Warbler     
    1    Chestnut-sided Warbler     
    1    Black-throated Blue Warbler     
    1    Yellow-rumped Warbler     
    1    Canada Warbler     
    1    Wilson's Warbler     
    1    Swamp Sparrow     
    X    Northern Cardinal     
    X    Red-winged Blackbird     
    4    Brown-headed Cowbird     
    4    Baltimore Oriole     
    X    House Sparrow     
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