Tuesday, September 10, 2013

High Noon at Lookout Hill summit; BBC walk

It was "High Noon" on my too short lunch hour at the Lookout Hill summit. But instead of outlaws, I faced the stares of 8 warblers species, in the brushy meadow and the edges of the northwest corner. First, the steely stare of two NASHVILLE WARBLERS froze me in my tracks as the pair seized my attention , the low pretty birds in flowers or on hop vines, followed by a female TENNESSEE WARBLER following them. A posse now, with above in the northwest corner, BLACKPOLL, a pair of BLACK-THROATED GREENs, NORTHERN PARULA and of course two other common warblers. A real showdown......for an OK Corral bird spot. 

At the stairs top , north corner, 3 RED-EYED VIREOS gather in a flock in a low hawthorne, obviously not coming to my aid.... 

The other good news of the day dealt with Ed Crowne's spotting in the fence clearing behind Lamppost 249 Well drive picnic tables, the reappearance of YELLOW BREASTED CHAT. As I mentioned earlier, I cleared more of the foliage for the purpose of opening up more area for warblers attracted to brushy clearings.

Then there is the BBC Tuesday walk that Rob Bate led, the highlight of the still sitting COMMON NIGHTHAWK and a MOURNING WARBLER immature inside Arleen's Pine Grove at Butterfly Meadow's north end, the latter first seen outside the enclosure, then inside the fence enclosure 

To find the the Nighthawk, stand facing the pines southwest, looking towards the summit. Look left beyond the Pin Oak in the meadow for a sweetgum tree beyond ( starry leaves) along the path.In the left of center tree trunk, 40-50 feet up is the night hawk ;See Rob's photo below.

Heat is coming tomorrow, so bird early. Then a major cold front is coming after predicted rains Thursday.The weekend is looking really good at this point...

Peter's list
date = 2013/09/10
site = Prospect Park

observers = Peter  , Lookout Hill summit
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Eastern Wood-Pewee 
Red-eyed Vireo 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Gray Catbird 
Tennessee Warbler female in meadow
American Redstart 
Black-and-white Warbler 
Blackpoll Warbler 
Black-throated Green Warbler 2, male adult and immature/female
Northern Parula 
Magnolia Warbler 
Nashville Warbler 2 in meadow
Northern Cardinal 
American Goldfinch Butterfly Meadow ~9

Common Nighthawk spotted by Dennis Hreshowsik, photo by Rob Bate