A strange looking sight involving an OSPREY this evening. I saw it descending over the lake towards West Island, with a very strange long object in its talons. As the raptor turned away from West Island , towards my direction ( I was safe from getting picked up since the bird had its hands full), I noted the long thing being carried was actually a fish! It resembled a sturgeon or gar of some sort. I didn't know they existed ( or something similar) in our waters ( prey might not be the lake but a salt water fish species).
And while we are all watching the warblers, who is watching the NORTHERN SHOVELERS ? Tonight I counted 26. New birds coming in , behind our backs; sneaky sneaky.
List, incidental mostly, all day, with noted evening sightings ( me)
date = 2013/09/24 site = Prospect Park observers = Peter D, Mary Eyster ( some sightings)
Double-crested Cormorant eve , perched Three Sisters Black-crowned Night-Heron Duck Island Northern Shoveler 26 lake Canada Goose Mute Swan Mallard Osprey Descending over lake, carrying a strange looking fish, a sturgeon or gar ? Spotted Sandpiper Solitary Sandpiper Morning, west shore Lake, found by Mary Eyster Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Chimney Swift multiple flyovers Willow Flycatcher Traills Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 Red-eyed Vireo 4 Peninsula Blue Jay American Robin Gray Catbird European Starling Cedar Waxwing ~12 flyover south Lookout < Mary Eyster, Peterd Yellow Warbler morn Lake west shore, Mary E American Redstart 2 Blackpoll Warbler 3--2 Peninsula eve Black-throated Green Warbler 6 for day Black-throated Blue Warbler afternoon Payne Hill Common Yellowthroat 6 Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 Morning Louisiana Waterthrush well dr opp lp249, in phragmites, morn Mary E ,PeterD Northern Parula 1 eve Peninsula Magnolia Warbler 4 Peninsula eve Yellow-rumped Warbler immature female, Well drive , Mary E, PeterD White-throated Sparrow 2 Payne Hill Song Sparrow 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 LP249, 1 Payne Hill Northern Cardinal American Goldfinch House Sparrow