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 crossed....got 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----> http://img.ly/uNaR & http://www.flickr.com/photos/eliotc/8742035846/
From Ryan Bass:
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 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14126189 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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.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!Cheers Adam---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: <email@example.com> 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 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14127348 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)