Friday, May 10, 2013

May 9th Prospect Breakout Day on Friday ? Thursday's excellent deliverance

This is a abbreviated report but it looks like heaven has finally come to earth birders in Spring 2013 . Warblers and other birds on the a big push occurred Thursday with up to 19 species warblers reported. Hopefully, Friday is breakout day with a clear night and southerly winds being ingredients for a load of birds coming through. If you are working , call in sick. This is your best opportunity to see those migrants this spring, even if unexpected number results is achieved. We do the best we can with what Mother Nature gives us but my feeling is Friday will be one of the best days this spring.But it cannot be any worst than the last three difficult weeks with the paucity of birds we have been witnessing.

Despite the rain this Thursday morning, as  in my anticipation , desperate birds were forced down by inclement weather and gave  good activity for the Brooklyn Bird Club walk led by Sandy Paci . See Bobbi's report of the walk. It was perfect timing for the club walk.

Hilights today were YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER SCARLET TANAGERS, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO , INDIGO BUNTING, and SUMMER TANAGER and those aforementioned 19 species warblers. Refer to the reports below 

Results of the BBC Thursday walk:

Leader Sandy Paci, reporting in summary, 

Hi Peter,

Armed with the knowledge that overnight radar showed huge numbersof migrants moving into our area, it was a small but skilled and eager group of intrepid birders that set out from Grand Army Plaza at 7am today. 

When the dust (and rain) cleared about 10 hours later we had netted a total of 72 species. Highlights included 17 warbler species including Yellow Throated, Worm Eating and Blue Winged, plus other goodies such as Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Bunting, multiple Scarlet Tanagers, Rose Breasted Grosbeak,Yellow ThroatedVireo, Ruby Throated Hummingbird, and a Summer Tanager seen by 
one group member only. 

With the risk of braving the elements, and enduring several extended rain delays waiting for conditions to improve, came great reward! It was undoubtably the best day so far this spring. Thanks to all who came for their sharp eyes and ears, persistence and cooperative spirit. Hopefully the upcoming Birdathon weekend will bring more of the same birdy conditions and high quality. 

Brooklyn is Very Good Birding, indeed!

Sandy Paci

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List from Bobbi 

Thanks for an awesome day Sandy!

*17* Warblers  - 73 Sp -  

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Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 9, 2013 7:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:    those who braved the rain were richly rewarded
70 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  4
Mute Swan  4
Mallard  3
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Green Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Laughing Gull  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  4
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1 - heard
Eastern Kingbird  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
wren sp.  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Veery  2
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  6
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  X

Ovenbird  4
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Northern Waterthrush  3
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  15
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  3
Northern Parula  4
Magnolia Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  4
Blackpoll Warbler  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler  5
Palm Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  25
Yellow-throated Warbler  1    seen and heard along lullwater west side
Prairie Warbler  3

Black-throated Green Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  4
Summer Tanager  1
Scarlet Tanager  4
Northern Cardinal  8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  14
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  1
Baltimore Oriole  4
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  12

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addenum : also Hairy Woodpecker, House Wrens, American Coot


Peter Colen :

Hello Peter,

Here are some of the birds from today. Fingers crossed for the next 2 days. 


From Adam :

 Migration is finally on the go! 14 sp. warbler for my evening walk, inc. a lovely, singing Yellow-throated, a Worm-eating (thanks for the tweet, Peter) and a really bright Scarlet Tanager.



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Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, May 9, 2013

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 9, 2013 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Partly overcast, still, surveyed Lullwater, Breeze Hill, Lookout Hill, Peninsula
55 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  11
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  12
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  2
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  3
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  12
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  5
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  3
Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum)  1     Lookout, between Butterfly Meadow and summit
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)  1     Peninsula sumacs
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  15
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  1     Butterfly Meadow, Lookout
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  5
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  6
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  4
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  1     below Terrace Bridge
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  50
Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica)  1     Western side of Lullwater, high up, singing. A very bright bird. Seen well for over 10 mins.
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  4

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  2
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1     above Wellhouse, Lookout
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1     above Wellhouse, Lookout
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  1     Butterfly Meadow, Lookout
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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Tweets from twitter text messages :  Nashville Warbler (RJett) 


Keir Randall report

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 9, 2013 6:15 AM - 9:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
39 species 

 Mallard 1 
Common Loon 1 Flyover, Vale, 6.30am 
Red-tailed Hawk 1 
Herring Gull 1
Mourning Dove 3 
Chimney Swift 5 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Vale 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 
Downy Woodpecker 2
 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 
Yellow-throated Vireo 1 Midwood, path from Rick's Place to Center Drive 
Warbling Vireo 2 
Red-eyed Vireo 2 
Blue Jay 2
Tree Swallow 5 
Barn Swallow 4 
House Wren 2 
Veery 1
Wood Thrush 2 
Gray Catbird 7 New arrivals 
European Starling 7 
Ovenbird 1 
Northern Waterthrush 1 
Blue-winged Warbler 1
 Black-and-white Warbler 5 
Common Yellowthroat 1
 American Redstart 3 
Northern Parula 5 
Yellow Warbler 2 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2 
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 9 
Black-throated Green Warbler 2 
White-throated Sparrow 5 
Scarlet Tanager 3 all males together at the Vale/ Nellie's Lawn border
Northern Cardinal 4 
Red-winged Blackbird 2
 Brown-headed Cowbird 2
 Baltimore Oriole 3 
House Sparrow 2

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Common Ravens, Prospect Park 5.9.13
Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 9, 2013 1:25 PM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
46 species 

 Mute Swan 5 
Mallard 7
Double-crested Cormorant 3 
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 
Osprey 1 
Cooper's Hawk 1
 Red-tailed Hawk 1 
American Coot 1 Lake near Penisula Meadow/ Wellhouse
 Laughing Gull 2
 Rock Pigeon 2 
Mourning Dove 4 
Chimney Swift 6 
Downy Woodpecker 3 
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 
American Kestrel 1
 Peregrine Falcon 1 
Eastern Kingbird 1 
Common Raven 2 Calling, circling medium high above Duck Island/ Peninsula tip.

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Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 8
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 3
Veery 1
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 5
European Starling X

Ovenbird 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 1 Vale. Prominent and very white eyebrow and sparse streaking in contrast with nearby singing NOWA
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 1
American Redstart 1
Northern Parula 3
Yellow Warbler 3
Blackpoll Warbler 1 Lulllwater
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 14
Prairie Warbler 2 Lullwater

Chipping Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 7
Orchard Oriole 1
House Sparrow X

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Mary Eyster's list

Green-Wood Cemetery, Kings, US-NY
May 9, 2013
Protocol: Incidental
24 species

Mallard  1
Green Heron  1
Osprey  1
Chimney Swift  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Blue Jay  45
Barn Swallow  12
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  8
European Starling  X
Ovenbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  3
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  5
Yellow Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  X
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  X
Common Grackle  X
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X

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Late afternoon

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 9, 2013
Protocol: Incidental
28 species

Double-crested Cormorant  1
Green Heron  1
Laughing Gull  X
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Chimney Swift  X
Downy Woodpecker  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  1     Villa lot
Blue Jay  X
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  1
Worm-eating Warbler  1     Lookout
Blue-winged Warbler  1     heard Villa Lot
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  1     Butterfly Mead
Northern Parula  2
Magnolia Warbler  1     Lookout west slope
Yellow Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1     Villa lot
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Prairie Warbler  1     Lookout summit
Scarlet Tanager  1     Lookout west slope
Northern Cardinal  X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2     Lookout summit
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Sparrow  X

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