Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A really good walk home from work : Dragonmania & Raptomania

The walk home for me after work was really good.

Crossing into the Nethermead, the sight of dragons or dragonflies in the 100's was a sight to behold. And why most likely ? I think its migration. Not only birds migrate  but so do dragonflies. ( Steve Nanz or Jerry Layton might know more about this trend). Looking at these odonata I was able to distinguished the GREEN DARNERS. There likely was other dragon species. As I looked through my bins across the field, of course !  There are multiple 1000's of small flies , some in dense clusters that these predators are pursuing.Whatever the numbers, it was spectacular on a nature note.

I took a cell phone video ;maybe you might be able to see the shimmering wings in the setting sun.

Then after a flurry of warblers, most numerous and first place for being most omnipresent was MAGNOLIA WARBLER. They are just about  most places I bird .However, spectacle number two was about to happen.

Standing at the Lake Peninsula shoreline about 5:45 pm, all of a sudden , quickly  and only 150 feet up, an adult BALD EAGLE was charging hard over me.Determined and with powered steady flight , it flew over the shoreline trees where I caught more glimpses of the eagle in the open canopy  where I was able to see the big raptor swing southwesterly and gone [WOW!]

Not a minute late , maybe less, an OSPREY  is crossing over the lake airspace, then behind that bird, a RED-TAILED HAWK  along the south shoreline, the big buteo being chased by a PEREGRINE FALCON ! Then 2 more OSPREY  flew over the Peninsula meadow from the lake [ Awesome dude!] Its raptomania ! .....4 species,6 birds in under a minute .


PS GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET spotted at Binnen Falls. This means winter ?

Peter's list  .

date = 2013/09/24
site = Prospect Park
observers = Peter D, incidental sighting  most of day, full travel 330-615 pm

Double-crested Cormorant Lake
Northern Shoveler 9 Lake
Canada Goose 20 Lake
Ruddy Duck male, lake
Mute Swan 
Bald Eagle Adult  flying low over Peninsula shoreline, 150 feet up 5:44
Red-tailed Hawk south shore Lake 545 pm with other raptors 
Osprey 3 over Lake 545 pm with other raptors 
Sharp-shinned Hawk Pagoda Bandshell
Peregrine Falcon Lake 545 pm with other raptors , chased RT Hawk
Herring Gull 
Rock Pigeon 
Mourning Dove 
Chimney Swift 
Downy Woodpecker 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 2
Least Flycatcher 1
Flycatcher sps Traills
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 2
Barn Swallow Lake 1
House Wren Lullwater
Golden-crowned Kinglet Binnen Falls platform, 1st for fall ?
American Robin 
Swainson's Thrush 2, 1 at Vale Kusa Dogwood
Gray Catbird 
European Starling 
American Redstart 9
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Blackpoll Warbler Peninsula
Black-throated Green Warbler Vale, Peninsula, 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3, 1 KUsa Dogwood Vale cashmere
Common Yellowthroat 11
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Louisiana Waterthrush Peninsula shoreline /Lake , Phrag edges
Northern Parula Binnen Pool
Magnolia Warbler everywhere, ~16 
Nashville Warbler back of Lily Pool , by platform, low bird
Northern Waterthrush Vale 
Scarlet Tanager female Vale Cashmere Kusa Dogwood
White-throated Sparrow Vale cashmere
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Common Grackle 2 Lily Pool meadow edge
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 

Results of BBC walk , Rob Bate

Note 17 species warblers ( especially those Magnolias),  LINCOLN SPARROW

Bobbi Manian's report:

Hi Peter,

Not sure if Rob already sent a list, here's what i had today including pre-walk birding w/ Dennis and Kristin as well as post-walk birding w/ Kathy and Gus, and then some solo on my way back to car.    


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "do-not-reply@ebird.org" <do-not-reply@ebird.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 8:00 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Sep 24, 2013

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 24, 2013 7:00 AM - 3:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Rob's BBC club Tuesday Walk + pre/post walk birding
70 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  5
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  8
Green-winged Teal  5
Ruddy Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  5
Chimney Swift  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  16
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Empidonax sp.  X
Eastern Phoebe  2
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Veery  1
Swainson's Thrush  2
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  1
Ovenbird  3
Northern Waterthrush  2
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Tennessee Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  14
American Redstart  8
Northern Parula  4
Magnolia Warbler  28
Yellow Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2    one on Lookout and one on Penna
Blackpoll Warbler  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler  6
Palm Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Black-throated Green Warbler  5
Wilson's Warbler  1

Song Sparrow  1
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  X

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