Sunday, May 5, 2013

Prospect / GWC May good bird,no....make that two

The legendary Brooklyn birder Marty Sohmer once said " A good bird makes a dull day into a good one". Make that two very good birds.

As bird numbers suffer from this depressing north/east wind, the quality holds firm with today's PROTHONOTARY WARBLER  and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER. The former bird was spotted by the Brooklyn Bird Club walk, by sharp eyed Kellie Q , this water  or marsh inclined bird seen initially on Duck Island, the view from the Peninsula point shelter area.

As the PROTHONOTARY WARBLER worked its way around the island towards the octagonal "Summer House" shelter that looks toward the island, the bird appeared on a water snag  pointing towards the rink for some birders over there, then disappeared for awhile until it was reported an hour  and half later by Rob Jett and Keir on the Peninsula. From the west shore of the Thumb , it again took off , then refound 30 minutes later by Mary Eyster along the cove by its calling, up a good 15 feet in a hornbeam tree. Here, it stayed in this general area by woods trails and shoreline for at least 30 minutes with stunning views for 8 birders, feeding off bugs in the hornbeam trees and saplings or quick forays by the black plastic on the water. Janet Zinn took an excellent photo of high quality , seen below.

Earlier in the morning , in the Lullwater, Keir found the thought long gone YELLOW THROATED WARBLER , apparently hanging out somewhere all this time. Whatever..its here again and maybe sticking around as this ceaseless north winds seizes the region.

A singing PRAIRIE WARBLER supplemented the two rare warblers, adding some excitement for birders in the BBC; it continued to sing vociferously in the Lullwater & lower Lookout east hillside.

So, for still low numbers reported from the BBC walk and other birders, quality trumps scarcity. WE will take what nature gives us...
Janet Zinn's photo of Prothonotary Warbler, along Peninsula cove shoreline

My lists

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 5, 2013 1:15 PM - 1:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
14 species

Herring Gull  X
Mourning Dove  X
Warbling Vireo  1
Blue Jay  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  12
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1     Peninsula
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Prairie Warbler  1     heard, Lookout Hill
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X

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Green-Wood Cemetery, Kings, US-NY
May 5, 2013 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
13 species

Canada Goose  3
Mallard  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Chimney Swift  X
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  7
American Robin  X
Northern Mockingbird  1
Ovenbird  1
Chipping Sparrow  3

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From Keir Randall:

Prothonotary Warbler, Prospect ParK 5.5.13
Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 5, 2013 6:35 AM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s) 

40 species 
Canada Goose 2 
Mute Swan 3 
Mallard 3 
Red-tailed Hawk 2 
Rock Pigeon 6 
Mourning Dove 5 
Chimney Swift 9 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Blue-headed Vireo 1 
Warbling Vireo 5 
Blue Jay 7 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4 
Tree Swallow 2 
Barn Swallow 8
Black-capped Chickadee 4 
Tufted Titmouse 1 
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 6 
Carolina Wren 1 
Wood Thrush 1 Singing in Midwood 
American Robin 20 
European Starling X 
Cedar Waxwing 2 

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Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Yellow-throated Warbler 1 Presumably, a continuing bird. Lullwater west path, 100m or so north of Terrace Bridge, around 8am. A bad record shot!" title="Yellow-throated Warbler, Prospect ParK 5.5.13 by keir randall, on Flickr">" alt="Yellow-throated Warbler, Prospect ParK 5.5.13" />

Prairie Warbler 1 Singing, Lullwater west path.
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 7
Common Grackle 8
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow X

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From Ed Crowne, leading BBC walk

Hi, Peter.
We had 15 to 20 in our group today. From 7 am to noon we tallied 50 species. Our highlight bird was of course the Prothonotary spotted by a member of our group.
Best regards, Ed
Bobbi Manian's  note and photos of Prairie Warbler
Hi Peter,
What a great day!  We were quoting you as we left the park today: "quality birds".  Didn't get any shots of the Prothonotary during Ed's walk, but on the way out, Kristin tracked down this highly vocal Prairie singing on the side of Lookout, giving us great views in a beautiful setting.