Thursday, August 15, 2013

All reports in for todays' birding in Prospect; Broadwinged Hawk

After work, I continued to bird. Most surprising was a hawk sighting at Binnen Pool, a juvenile BROAD-WINGED HAWK that came straight low over me from the southeast corner of the Nethermead. Going over the pool, it momentarily perched in the woods before I lost it. However, a few moments later, I saw the hawk soaring over the Pagoda Structure , in circling flight before it dropped out of it and flew south towards the Lullwater. A pretty cool sight and totally unexpected.

Also seen  on the way home, a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER at the back of Lily Pool, by the closed viewing platform, and CANADA WARBLER in the Lullwater middle, a female judging by its light "necklace". Here also  was another BLUE-WINGED  unless it traveled from my Lily Pool sighting.  NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH  was seen in the woods above the "Sparrowbowl" near the Tennis House.

A very good workday for me....   ;)

Below are today reports from the great birding today, including the first Thursday Walk led by Rob Bate subbing for Tom S.,  with rare SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER the top sighting.

 15 species warblers counted from scanning the reports ( if my Short term memory is good)

With today's first good Fall push, hopefully more good days to come....



Rob Bate BBC walk :

Migration is underway.  Nine of us ventured out on the inaugural fall 2013 Thursday morning walk starting from Grand Army Plaza.  It was slow at first but we hit paydirt with a Louisianna Waterthrush in the horse trail puddle by Rick's Place.  There was good activity for the rest of our walk puncuated by periodic lulls in the action.  Good warbler activity with lots of Redstarts and Black and White Warblers.  Good looks at a couple of Canada Warblers as well as the Yellow-throated Vireo at the base of the road to Lookout Hill.  Also of note was a flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers flying above the Lullwater on their way to more suitable habitat.

Rob Bate

42 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
Mallard  X
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  3
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Semipalmated Sandpiper  13     Flyover group, Lower Lullwater
Laughing Gull  1
Herring Gull  3
Forster's Tern  1
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Chimney Swift  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Empidonax sp.  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  1     Seen by many base of Lookout Hill
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  X
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  7
Common Yellowthroat  1  Seen in the Vale on my way to meet the group
American Redstart  12
Blackburnian Warbler  1     Drab female type on Penninsula near point found by Keir
Yellow Warbler  3
Canada Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  X
Common Grackle  3
Baltimore Oriole  3
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X



Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Aug 15, 2013 6:05 AM - 2:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
63 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 11
Mute Swan 4
Mallard X
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Herring Gull 2
Forster's Tern 1
Rock Pigeon X
Mourning Dove 8
Chimney Swift 7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 5
Peregrine Falcon 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 On bare snag over Lookout Hill switchback trail and then again later west side of butterfly meadow. Contrasting dark flanks, whitish belly.
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1
Least Flycatcher 1 Maryland Monument. Good views of small empid with big white eyering, shortish primary projection giving longer tailed look. Probably an adult (whitish wingbars).
Empidonax sp. 2 Including one largish one with white throat - Acadian?
Eastern Kingbird 4
White-eyed Vireo 2 Including 1 with no tail. I thought it was the one singing (molting adult?) or perhaps it was a juvenile and an adult was singing nearby.
Warbling Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 3
Barn Swallow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 80
Gray Catbird 12
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling X
Cedar Waxwing 15
Ovenbird 1 Walking on paved path around Lookout wildflower meadow, 6.30am
Worm-eating Warbler 2 A normal/ crisp looking individual in a big warbler flock on Lookout at 6.30am (singing) then a "scruffy" one (possibly had just preened but odd patches of dark on chest seemed to indicate some degree of molt?) seen regularly between 8 and 9 am on path from Peninsula Sumacs to under west Terrace Bridge. Then another normal one in the Vale (Paige L also obs.) Perhaps 3 in the park today?!
Louisiana Waterthrush 1 In Ambergill near Esdale Bridge
Northern Waterthrush 2
Blue-winged Warbler 1 Lookout early and perhaps same one on path from Peninsula Sumacs to under west Terrace Bridge later.
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 1 Maryland Monument Steps
Hooded Warbler 1 First year female type watched for about 20 minutes on Sullivan Hill, west of Boulder Bridge near where the woodchip path from Long Meadow meets the paved path. Fanned tail to show white on outer edges of upper tail. Paige L and Peter D also obs.
American Redstart 11 Including a few adult males
Blackburnian Warbler 1 A drab first year female type seen briefly from Maryland Steps and then point blank near the Peninsula tip. A hint of a yellow wash in throat, some black streaks on sides of chest, no black streaks around vent as in B&W Warbler.
Yellow Warbler 7
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 Lookout early and again mid morning.
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 A female type (with white wing patch) seen point blank on Lookout Hill by steps down to Quaker gates. Russ Alderson also obs.
Canada Warbler 1 Lookout 6.30 am
Chipping Sparrow 4 Long Meadow, 6am. Mostly, perhaps all, juveniles.
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 9
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Point blank views of a female (crisp breeding plumage, no buffy on chest) associating with dust bathing American Robins by road on Willink Ridge (road from East Drive to carousel area).
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 3
Baltimore Oriole 9 4 Lookout, 5 Vale
American Goldfinch 9
House Sparrow X

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Adam :

Hi Peter

I missed many of the goodies -- thought I had a glimpse of the Philly Vireo, but not sure. Today's park list should be a good one, judging by what I heard from others. And what an amazing day it was!



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Date: Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 3:51 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Aug 15, 2013

Comments:     Sunny. Surveyed Lookout Hill, Peninsula, Lullwater area.
49 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
gull sp. (Larinae sp.)  3
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  10     new fledgling seen on Breeze Hill
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)  1     First found by Peter Dorosh on Lookout Hill.
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) (Empidonax alnorum/traillii)  1
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)  1     Lookout Hill. Seen well.
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  2
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)  1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  5     inc. 2 recent fledges begging & being fed by adult on Lookout Hill
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  4
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  4
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X     dozens
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  7
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  X     inc many juvs
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)  1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  5
Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum)  1 Found by Keir between Peninsula Sumacs and Lullwater Bridge.
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1     Seen well at very close range feeding in low pokeweed, west side Lullwater. My f o s.
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  7
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  2     1 bird Lookout Hill (photographed), 1 bird Peninsula tip. Both female. My f o s.
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  4
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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Observer: Joshua Malbin
2013-08-15 18:11
Prospect Park
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
75 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
    X    Mute Swan     
    X    Mallard     
    1    Green Heron     
    X    Mourning Dove     
    X    Chimney Swift     
    2    Downy Woodpecker     
    1    Hairy Woodpecker     
    2    Eastern Wood-Pewee     
    1    Warbling Vireo     
    X    Blue Jay     
    X    Barn Swallow     
    X    American Robin     
    X    Gray Catbird     
    1    Louisiana Waterthrush     
    2    Blue-winged Warbler     
    2    American Redstart     
    1    Black-throated Blue Warbler     
    1    Canada Warbler     
    X    Northern Cardinal     
    X    American Goldfinch       
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Peter's post work  bird list

date = 2013/08/16
site = Prospect Park
observers = Peter 

Green Heron Lake, Lullwater likely same bird
Broad-winged Hawk Juv, Binnen Pool 
Chimney Swift 
Least Flycatcher Lullwater
Eastern Kingbird Lullwater
Blue Jay 
Barn Swallow 
American Robin 
Gray Catbird 
European Starling 
Cedar Waxwing 
American Redstart Lullwater
Canada Warbler Lullwater
Common Yellowthroat Lily Pool platform
Blue-winged Warbler Lily Pool & Lullwater
Northern Waterthrush Tennis House woods
Northern Cardinal