Monday, May 6, 2013

Prospect May 6th, the story so far

There is an old commercial many years ago , I believe Maytag that had a memorable line "That's the Story, Jerry !"

Today, yep, its the same old story. A dearth of migrants commands our attention as there is little we can do about it.It's Nature, whereas we are but a speck in the cosmos...

This morning's good birds were ORCHARD ORIOLE and BLACKPOLL WARBLER at the Lullwater  Rustic Arbor, per Rob Bate. Rafael reported among his best, WOOD THRUSH.

Don't worry, Rafael, I'll say a prayer and hopefully they will come ...(maybe Friday ?  I have that day off, so have confidence maybe in my gut I might know something.....)

O: )


From Rafael Campos:

Peter:  Where are the birds?  A third consecutive day with almost no activity, and the warblers sps, are less sps than the previous year.  At least the vireos are here, and the Wood Thrush is singing its heart out in the Midwood.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
May 6, 2013 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
Observer: Rafael G Campos R
3.0 kilometer(s)
46 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  3
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  3     2 males, lower pool; 1 female, Lullwater
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  2     lower pool
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  2
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  3
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  2
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  2
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus)  4
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  4
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  1     Midwood.
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  1     singing, Midwood
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  5
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  4
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  5
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding???



not many birds around this evening...


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Date: Mon, May 6, 2013 at 9:56 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, May 6, 2013

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 6, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Lullwater, Peninsula surveyed. Light breeze, clear.
32 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  10     approx count
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  1     Lake. Seems to be the same lone bird hanging out for the last few days. Injured?
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  2     roosting, Lake.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  50     approx count, flock over Lullwater area
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  5
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  X
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  1     singing late on Peninsula
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)  1     singing, Lullwater near Audubon Center
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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