Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Prospect may 15th Tale of two waters; on the fly

Knowing late in the day  means fewer birds and less activity , it sounded like a good idea to check out the water areas. But first , something on the fly.

 When I crossed after leaving my office the Sparrowbowl  , the vale by the Tennis House, 3 AMERICAN KESTRELS were doing aerials above, sometimes perching in the large oak, then taking off . It was a nice start to my afternoon  birding

Getting back to the water adventure: Both spots i visited came thru with delightful sightings after work finished at 330 and I spent a good 45 minutes at the Esdale Bridge ( or the Amergill Birdbath), followed by 30 minutes at Ricks Place bridle trail puddle. I was happy with the results.

Leaning against the rickety bridge at Esdale, the running creek attracted nice birds. Among them a WILSONS WARBLER male "outranked" NORTHERN PARULA, the Rumps and a YELLOW and maybe CHESTNUT-SIDED ( thats a debate for me). But Wilson's couldn't outrank the brilliant blue indigo of a male INDIGO BUNTING. Just a gorgeous looking bird in good setting sunlight. WARBLING VIREO and then the brilliant orange of a BALTIMORE ORIOLE at eye level takes the cake. Be sure to visit this spot  tomorrow or at least the weekend. It might be a hot spot. I wound up with 15 species birds here.

About 10 minutes later, I found myself at Ricks Place puddle and  though nothing spectacular,  visits by MAGNOLIA ,REDSTART and  PARULA Warblers are enjoyable to watch. A lone PINE SISKIN was joined by 2 more as Rob Bate came by. I was told that  PINE SISKINs were far more in number earlier in the day, 13 seen by Eni Falci at this puddle !

On the fly now: OLIVE -SIDED FLYCATCHER is the season's first , reported by Chris Elliot in the Vale of Cashmere. Later Dennis Hrehowsik texted me  also finding a the Olive sided, a birdthay present  for him today ( HB Dennis! )

LEAST FLYCATCHER also contends for attention, one I found at Ricks Place puddle.

Still flying "redwood" warblers were seen now in only the Rustic Arbor Dawn Redwood, the Binnen's now quiet . (per Adam )

Among 19 species warblers seen by Ryan today, HOODED tops his list , seen in the Midwood. Ryan's list is a variety for warblers. But shorebirds are also of interest, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER and SPOTTED SANDPIPER to mention here.

Some late texts from Adam Welz on an afternoon tour came up with a BALD EAGLE over Lookout Hill several times flyovers; also LINCOLNS SPARROW at the peninsula sumacs. Adam will be forthcoming with his report later, to be posted here .

Be sure to check out the birds Thursday ( tomorrow) .South wind in progress...and an avian express coming thru ? Fingers the day off.


date = 2013/05/15
site = Prospect Park
observers = Tweets /Texts

Olive-sided Flycatcher Vale Cashmere, Chris Elliot, Dennis Hrehowsik- FOY
Prairie Warbler Chris Elliot, north woods
Cape May Warbler Chris Elliot, north woods
Wilson's Warbler Chris Elliot, north woods
Scarlet Tanager Chris Elliot,
Lincoln's Sparrow Chris Elliot, north woods
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Chris Elliot, north woods
Baltimore Oriole Chris Elliot,
Orchard Oriole Chris Elliot,

Chris Elliot photo of Olive Sided FC---->   &


From Ryan Bass:


Today was an exceptional day in Prospect Park. In the morning, I primarily stuck to Midwood and the Vale. I ran to an appointment in midtown, but came back in the afternoon to check out the Peninsula and Lookout Hill. Migrants included in today's tally between both checklists:

(1) Solitary Sandpiper (Lilly Pond platform behind Binnen Falls)
(3) Spotted Sandpiper (Peninsula, seen together, possibly a 4th)

(1) White-eyed Vireo
(9) Warbling Vireo
(5) Red-eyed Vireo

(3) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
(1) Ruby-crowned Kinglet

(7) Veery
(7) Swainson's Thrush
(4) Wood Thrush

(7) Scarlet Tanager
(1) Indigo Bunting (Vale)

(1) Orchard Oriole (Peninsula)
(6) Baltimore Oriole

Warblers (19 sp)
(8) Ovenbird
(3) N. Waterthrush (Esdale, Peninsula, Lilly Pond)
(7) Black-and-White
(1) Nashville (Vale)
(18) Common Yellowthroat
(1) Hooded (Midwood, male)
(17) Am. Redstart
(4) Cape May (Pair in Vale, Pair on Lookout)
(18) N. Parula
(13) Magnolia
(6) Yellow
(3) Blackpoll
(1) Chestnut-sided (Fallkill)
(15) Black-throated Blue
(4) Myrtle
(1) Prairie (Lilly Pond)
(5) Black-throated Green
(1) Canada (Vale)
(2) Wilson's (Male Peninsula, Female Esdale)

Thinking of taking tomorrow morning off in the hope we can keep this momentum!


My list :

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 15, 2013 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
33 species

Black-crowned Night-Heron  1     f/o Terrace br
Laughing Gull  3     lake
Mourning Dove  X
Chimney Swift  X
American Kestrel  3     f/o aerials Sparrowbowl by Tennis House
Least Flycatcher  2     1 Ricks Pl  bridle tr puddle
Eastern Kingbird  1
Warbling Vireo  1     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south
Barn Swallow  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1     Ricks Pl puddle
Veery  1
Swainson's Thrush  2
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  3
Ovenbird  1     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  1     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south
Northern Parula  3     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south; one Ricks Pl puddle
Magnolia Warbler  2     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south; Ricks Pl puddle
Yellow Warbler  2     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south; Rustic Arbor Redwood
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south
Black-throated Blue Warbler  4     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south; 3 Ricks Plce 
puddle, one male 2 fem
Yellow-rumped Warbler  7
Black-throated Green Warbler  1     Rustic Arbor redwood
Wilson's Warbler  1     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south
White-throated Sparrow  8     Ricks Pl
Scarlet Tanager  1     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south
Indigo Bunting  1     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south, bright male adult
Red-winged Blackbird  1     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south
Baltimore Oriole  3     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south; 2 forget where
American Goldfinch  1     Ricks Pl puddle
House Sparrow  1     Ambergill Creek Esdale Br south
Pine Siskin  3 Ricks Place

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Adam Welz:

Hey Peter Nice evening birding in the Park. Probable hummingbird on Lookout, heard what I swear was a Greated Yellowlegs flying over Peninsula, but could not find it, so won't list it. No swifts, weirdly.
Best thing was repeated low flyovers by subadult Bald Eagle as I was standing by the Butterfly Meadow. Awesome!
16 spp. warblers. Tons of Blk Thr Blues everywhere. Many Ovenbirds. My fos Canada near Quaker Cemetery. The rustic arbor Dawn Redwood was rocking -- I got 12 spp. warblers there in abt 20 minutes, plus Scarlet Tanager and both orioles.
Cheers Adam
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: <> Date: Wed, May 15, 2013 at 9:12 PM Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, May 15, 2013 To:  Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY May 15, 2013 4:50 PM - 8:10 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments:     Evening walk. Still. Occasional cloud. Surveyed Lullwater, Peninsula, Lookout Hill, Pools, Ravine. 63 species (+2 other taxa) Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2 Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2     Pools Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1 Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1 Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1     Three low flyovers Lookout Hill, pursued/mobbed by much smaller Red-tailed Hawk. Unmistakeable bill. Barndoor wings. Looked into its eyes. Awesome. Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1 Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1 Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  X Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1 Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  1     probably Least Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2 Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1 Lullwater Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  4 Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  4 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.))  1 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1 Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1 House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  4 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1 Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  3 Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  4 Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  1 Lookout, singing American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  12 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  5 Peninsula had 3 Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  4 lots! everywhere! Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  5 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  14 American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  4 Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  8 Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  3 Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  3 Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1 Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  10 Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  18     Unmistakeable. Yes, there really were a heckuva lot of them. Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  7 Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  1 rustic arbor redwood Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  4 Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  1 Quaker Ridge Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1 Peninsula Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3 Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  1 Peninsula sumacs White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  6 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)  1 Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)  1 Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  2 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X View this checklist online at This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (