Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A place called the Peninsula (Prospect )

Birders including the Tuesday Brooklyn Bird Club (BBC) walk  led by Bobbi Manian ( subbing today for Rob Bate) and separately Eni,Elyse and Peter Colen  called the Peninsula the best spot today. The warblers seen there  made up a diverse active array . From reports received, time well spent  was time well enjoyed as the birds kept active  for a long time.

Bobbi's group did very well, stretching  the 3 hour walk into 7.5 hours. Why not ?  Warblers will only be here a little while longer and now is the time to enjoy them. 18 species warblers were their tally among 65 species of birds for the BBC group.

In the freelance group of Eni , Peter C, ELyse, 18 warblers species also was achieved. And again, with warbler stirring the pot, we get stuck watching.. Its fall birding !

I was able to to get down there to the Peninsula but I was delayed as a small flock at Terrace Bridge took 20 minutes of my time after work. Among  warblers flitting about at the bridge upper east end, a gorgeous CANADA WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER (female), BLACKPOLL and a female TENNESSEE WARBLER all stay put  in mostly the sumacs and neighboring Hackberry tree. For good measure, a great looking BLUE-HEADED VIREO swung by.

Finally getting to the Peninsula, but electing to try the sumacs then the lake shore , only the latter area  provided interesting birds. I added PALM , YELLOW (2), BLACK-THROATED GREEN , NORTHERN PARULA and another BLACKPOLL for warblers. An OSPREY with pulled in wings , on a dive flying overhead caught my attention. But getting late and beat, I headed home rather than head into the Peninsula.

It seems a bottled up effect occurred on the Peninsula today. Maybe and hopefully the birds seen by  Bobbi's BBC group, and the others might stick around tomorrow. Worth a shot.


BBC Tuesday Walk
leading : Bobbi Manian

Hi Peter,

we had 12 people on today's walk.  It was a great group with everyone spotting birds, making my first time out as a walk leader very easy!  The morning was cooler than expected (a few people were lamenting lack of gloves) but as the day warmed up the birds came out!  The peninsula and the area around 3 sisters were particularly active.  At times we had to walk away from dozens of warblers just to get on to the next location.  Phil Hore renamed the Thumb to Warbler Thumb!

Altogether, we had 64 species and 18 warblers over a 7 1/2 hour day.  Only fatigue sent us home at last - the warblers were still begging to be looked at down by West Island as the final two birders standing departed the park. 


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Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 17, 2013 7:32 AM - 3:01 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Tuesday BBC Migration Walk - Bobbi filling in for Rob
64 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  13
Mute Swan  7
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  8
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Osprey  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Chimney Swift  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Empidonax sp.  4
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  3
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  3
Veery  1
Swainson's Thrush  2
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  8
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  6
Ovenbird  4
Northern Waterthrush  9
Black-and-white Warbler  6
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  7
American Redstart  13
Cape May Warbler  1
Northern Parula  5
Magnolia Warbler  6
Yellow Warbler  4
Chestnut-sided Warbler  9
Blackpoll Warbler  7
Black-throated Blue Warbler  4
Palm Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Black-throated Green Warbler  3
Canada Warbler  1

Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  5
Red-winged Blackbird  1
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  X

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From Eni Falci

The peninsula was so birdy with warblers and waterbirds Peter Colen and I could not tear ourselves away.  We had 18 warblers and there were probably others we could not call for sure with drap fall feathers.

The pine trees were a buzz with activity from noon on.

Eni Falci

Magnolias X
Redstarts X
Black & whites X
Common Yellow throats M & F X
Chestnut sided 6+
Northern Parula 6+
Northern Waterthrush 3
Cape May 1
Blackburnian 1
Blackpoll 6+
Black throated Blue m & F 2
Black throated Green 3
Wilson 1
Canada 2
Yellow 1
Palm 2
Ovenbird 5
Redtailed Hawk
Red eyed vireo 6+
White eyed vireo 1 above Wellhouse off path
Warbling vireo 1 may have been Philadelphia not sure pines peninsula
Green Heron 3
Great Egret
Northern Shovelers 3
Pied Billed Grebe 1 opposite pink beach
Carolina Wren above Wellhouse
White breasted nuthatch    "
chickadee  "
Goldfinches in butterfly meadow X
Swainson thrush 1 peninsula
Flycatchers ?
43 species counting the usual suspects


Peter D's list

date = 2013/09/18
site = Prospect Park
observers = Peter D

Incidental sightings, then full time birding 400--615 pm ~ 12 warbler species

Black-crowned Night-Heron Juv landing first on railing below the Terrace Bridge
Northern Shoveler 3 at Three Sisters islands
American Black Duck 
Mute Swan 
Red-tailed Hawk 2 F/o Quaker Cemetery
Osprey f/o Peninsula
Mourning Dove 
Chimney Swift common 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding on jewelweed Ravine Creek
Downy Woodpecker Ravine
Northern Flicker Ambergill pool
Willow Flycatcher Traill's
Blue-headed Vireo Terrace Bridge
Red-eyed Vireo 3
House Wren Breeze Hill dirt mounds
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Boathouse bridle trail
American Robin 
Swainson's Thrush 2 Tennis House
Gray Catbird 
European Starling 
Yellow Warbler 
Tennessee Warbler Terrace Bridge, female
American Redstart 5
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Blackpoll Warbler 3- Peninsula; Butterfly Meadow, Terrace Br
Canada Warbler Terrace Br, male
Black-throated Green Warbler Peninsula
Black-throated Blue Warbler SW Quaker Cemetery kettlehole , male; female Terrace Bridge
Common Yellowthroat 4
Palm Warbler Peninsula
Chestnut-sided Warbler SW Quaker Cemetery kettlehole
Northern Parula Peninsula
Magnolia Warbler 2, 1 Boathouse bridle trail
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3 Ravine creek
Northern Cardinal 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow