This morning, Keir and Linda were on the carriage road ( the flat road that slopes upward) on Lookout Hill, along the south side. Opposite the Switchback trail head at the top, we were looking --thanks to Linda spotting it-- a TENNEESSEE WARBLER working its way along the poke weeds and finally when I saw it ,in a Young Kentucky Coffeetree.It was a gorgeous looking adult, usually a bird seen at tree canopies, was down to earth for great looks ;with its green back and gray head, its a very handsome bird to admire.
Its a slow day ( trickle , remember?) but some BLUE-WINGED WARBLERs were reported, one at the slope above the Maryland Monument steps, and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER was reported . On the latter,this freshwater inclined shorebird was seen below the Lullwater Bridge by Isabel Conte and Edith Goren, before it took off..
I didn't report my birds last night but here is the lowdown. The best spot was the Upper Pool boat ramp, where Willow tree branches are growing out of the water or submerged better to say. Here above a CANADA WARBLER caught my attention until I saw a colorful vireo on the water branches. Watching it closely for 5 minutes, it turns out to be a PHILADELPHIA VIREO ( my third this month ). It was well seen and cooperative that i was able to see the black wing remiges. A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH walked on that shoreline and later , after hearing about it from Keir this morning, a WORM-EATING WARBLER at that hot spot when Keir swung by later in pursuit of the Philly.
A few warblers at the Esdale Bridge ( in future references, always the south side or BirdPool I created, now hidden by plant growth) continued good birding after my work shift yesterday . BLUE -WINGED and MAGNOLIA hung around the jewel weed area above the pool.
But the Ambergill pool farther had the oddest sight for a bird out of place. First seen wading the Ambergill Creek on the Esdale Br north /west side, a DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANT diving in the Ambergill Pool ? I say this bird has eccentricities !
date = 2013/08/20 site = Prospect Park observers = Peter Solitary Sandpiper Lullwater Br, Isabel Conte, Edith Goren Mourning Dove Chimney Swift Eastern Kingbird Upper Pool Philadelphia Vireo Barn Swallow Tufted Titmouse Lookout Hill Black-capped Chickadee Lookout Hill summit American Robin common Gray Catbird 2 Esdale Br Tennessee Warbler ad; Lookout Hill upper slope , opp Switchback trail top trailhead Ovenbird Quaker Ridge horse trail Blue-winged Warbler Maryland Mont stairs above slope Song Sparrow Northern Cardinal 3 Esdale Br Baltimore Oriole Red-winged Blackbird Common Grackle Ricks Place pool American Goldfinch common ~ 8 Butterfly Mead , feeding on Cupflowers House Sparrow
date = 2013/08/19 site = Prospect Park observers = Peter
Double-crested Cormorant Ambergill Pool/Creek , diving Canada Goose 18, Lake Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Chimney Swift Downy Woodpecker Upper Pool Eastern Kingbird 3 Upper Pool ramp Philadelphia Vireo Upper Pool ramp, Willow tree water branches; faded adult Barn Swallow Upper Pool ~ 11 House Wren Lookout Hill Carolina Wren Lookout Hill American Robin common Gray Catbird European Starling American Redstart Black-and-white Warbler Esdale Br Pool Ovenbird Canada Warbler Upper Pool ramp, Willow tree water branches Blue-winged Warbler Esdale bridge pool Magnolia Warbler Esdale Br pool Northern Waterthrush Upper Pool ramp, under Willow tree water branches Song Sparrow well dr slope Northern Cardinal Baltimore Oriole Lookout hill Red-winged Blackbird well dr slope Common Grackle American Goldfinch common ~ 10 Butterfly Mead , feeding on Cupflowers House Sparrow
Peregrine Falcon, perched on BBGarden tower