In the storm lull , actually my lunch time, when it was cool and rain stopped,I found 6 warbler species inside the brushy slope patch that was newly planted in the spring, adjacent to the dirt track west of Butterfly Meadow. Out popped a BLUE-WINGED (also seen earlier in the meadow), a very cooperative CHESTNUT-SIDED and OVENBIRD WARBLERS. An adult male AMERICAN REDSTART was delightful to look at with a hyperactive female Redstart in and around the meadow.
AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES are in full force , feeding on Green-headed Coneflower buds http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=RULA3 or Cupflower (of aster genera) buds ( http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/cupplantx.htm ) in Butterfly Meadow, their ubiquitous presence a reliable sight now in late summer. Two vireo species, RED-EYED and WARBLING hung around the north path leading from Arleen's Pines.
Great also to see were two RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS, in tandem feeding on the budleia butterfly bush at the west end of Butterfly Meadow as well as chasing after its alter ego. I also saw this hummer species also at the north end of the Vale of Cashmere while it was raining hopeful to see the Golden winged Warbler; but GRAY CATBIRDS was relishing the wet weather, always flying from tree to tree above the Vale Pool. What did you guys did with the Golden winged ? scare it away ? ;(
Peter s report
date = 2013/08/22 site = Prospect Park observers = Peter
Mute Swan lake Mallard Upper Pool 11 Red-tailed Hawk On Long Meadow lawn across from Nellies Lawn; likely with prey Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Chimney Swift Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3; 2 Butterfly Meadow, tandem; 1 north end Vale Cashmere pool Downy Woodpecker Butterfly Meadow Northern Flicker Vale Cashmere Eastern Kingbird Butterfly Meadow Warbling Vireo Lookout Hill north path Red-eyed Vireo Butterfly Meadow Blue Jay Butterfly Meadow Barn Swallow Black-capped Chickadee Butterfly Meadow House Wren Butterfly Meadow slope above, tree pit Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Butterfly Meadow American Robin Gray Catbird 5 European Starling Cedar Waxwing Butterfly Meadow west slope Yellow Warbler Butterfly Meadow American Redstart 3 ;Butterfly Meadow west slope, dirt track ; 2 same spot Nw Pin oak, adult male Black-and-white Warbler Butterfly Meadow west slope, dirt track Ovenbird Butterfly Meadow west slope, dirt track Common Yellowthroat Butterfly Meadow west slope, dirt track Chestnut-sided Warbler Butterfly Meadow west slope, dirt track Blue-winged Warbler Butterfly Meadow west slope, dirt track Northern Waterthrush Song Sparrow 2 Butterfly Meadow west slope Northern Cardinal 6; 3 Butterfly Meadow west slope, dirt track Red-winged Blackbird Upper Pool meadow Orchard Oriole seen yesterday afternoon, Binnen Pool American Goldfinch ~12 Butterfly Meadow, feeding on Cupflower buds