In the middle of the lake just after spotting a LEAST TERN on the red ball buoy, the striking outline of a PIED -BILLED GREBE was seen, which very rarely is seen midsummer here. Where this bird comes from is undetermined. It could be an early migrant or a "floater" , an unattached male or female that didn't succeed pairing or perhaps its been lost all this time. Interesting to speculate.
Along with the regular LEAST TERN hunting over the lake , a FORSTER'S TERN flew by. This followed previously an observed GREEN HERON on a small limb in the cove just west of 3 Sisters Islands, on the "Hammerhead" Peninsula.
The last interesting sighting concerns WOOD DUCKS , 5 birds in the Duck Island channel. Rob Bate mentioned 4 are fledglings so we could say there was a successful breeding record , likely Duck Island the host for the nest as there are some wood duck boxes maybe well hidden...
Its hot out there, but in the cool mornings , there are good sightings to behold.
Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY Jul 15, 2013 Protocol: Incidental 16 species (+2 other taxa) Mute Swan 10 Wood Duck 5 American Black Duck X Mallard X American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) X American Black Duck/Mallard X Pied-billed Grebe 1 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Green Heron 2 ( other in Lullwater) Laughing Gull 2 Least Tern 1 Forster's Tern 1 Rock Pigeon X Chimney Swift X Barn Swallow 2 Northern Cardinal 1 Red-winged Blackbird X Common Grackle 3 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14648956 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)