Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Prospect Lake astounding lake rarity; BBC Walk species list

A grand finale to my limited free hour work day.With only my lunch hour (12-1)and post work birding to boot, ( work ends 330pm ), Lookout Hill was the base for most if not all my warblers today. But that satisfying warbler list got trumped big time by a small tern very rarely seen in Prospect , only the 8th time recorded.

I happened to take a quick glance at the Lake after Lookout Hill's observations where I picked up 4 more new Warbler species to back up my noontime 8 .Despite not seeing anything by naked eye the wide lake, but deciding to scan quickly with the bins ; immediately I noted a small tern way out on Prospect Lake, flying circles over the red ball buoy used for anchoring the electric boat. The tern had a silvery gray back and though I  did not noted right away, black markings at the shoulders and a dark spot behind the eye. Not believing my amazing luck this past week, a second great bird with today's BLACK TERN , flying all around  above the red buoy ball. For an hour and a half the tern was here, even after several twitter tweets, only Rob Jett came by and enjoyed the rare tern spectacle with me before we saw it fly out into the setting sun at 638 pm.

date = 2013/09/10
site = Prospect Park
observers = Peter Dorosh

Great Blue Heron Upper Pool
Canada Goose 20 Lake
Wood Duck 2 drake Upper Pool
Mute Swan Lake
Red-tailed Hawk 2, one at south lakeshore,almost hit Rob Jett watching BLTERN
Spotted Sandpiper south lakeshore
Black Tern Basic plumage, seen from 5 pm to 6:38 , flying mostly over Red Ball buoy.
also observing, Rob Jett , 8th record.
Laughing Gull 4 Lake
Mourning Dove 
Common Nighthawk still perched south edge in sweet gum Butterfly Meadow
Chimney Swift common flyovers
Eastern Wood-Pewee Lookout Hill summit
Red-eyed Vireo Lookout Hill butterfly Meadow
American Robin 
Cedar Waxwing 2 Lookout Hill butterfly Meadow
American Redstart 3
Black-and-white Warbler 
Canada Warbler Lookout Hill butterfly Meadow north  path mulch section, male adult
Black-throated Green Warbler Lookout Hill butterfly Meadow north
Common Yellowthroat 2 Lookout Hill summit
Chestnut-sided Warbler south lakshore
Magnolia Warbler Lookout Hill butterfly Meadow
Nashville Warbler Lookout Hill summit
Northern Waterthrush calling from south lakeside cove ( Rob Jett heard)
Wilson's Warbler Lookout Hill butterfly Meadow north
Northern Cardinal 
American Goldfinch Lookout Hill butterfly Meadow, several


Rob Bate's Tuesday BBC walk list , courtesy of Bobbi Manian

Hi Peter and Rob,

Thanks for a great walk Rob.  It really feels like migration is here when we get two walks a week!  

Here is list from today.  Rob has great photos of the nighthawk perched in tree.  I did not include the Bluewing and MOWA seen only by Dennis and me before group arrived.  


Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:24 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Sep 10, 2013

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 10, 2013 7:30 AM - 12:06 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Rob's Tues BBC Migration walk <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.2
44 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  3
Mallard  X
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  3
Osprey  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  3
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Common Nighthawk  1
Chimney Swift  12
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Empidonax sp.  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Warbling Vireo  1
Philadelphia Vireo  1    First seen eye level in bush then it flew higher up in tree as group approached. Yellow breast. Strong eyeline but shorter bill and smaller overall size to red-eyed which were also present.
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  5
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
European Starling  X
Northern Waterthrush  2
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Tennessee Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  13
Northern Parula  1
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  7
Canada Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  7
American Goldfinch  15
House Sparrow  X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15139804

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Today's warbler master list = 18 species

date = 9/10
site = Prospect Park
observers = Peter, Rob J, BBC group

Tennessee Warbler 
American Redstart 
Black-and-white Warbler 
Blackpoll Warbler 
Canada Warbler 
Black-throated Green Warbler 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 
Common Yellowthroat 
Chestnut-sided Warbler 
Yellow-breasted Chat Well Drive Picnic Tables fence line
Blue-winged Warbler 
Northern Parula 
Magnolia Warbler 
Nashville Warbler 
Northern Waterthrush 
Mourning Warbler immature Butterfly Meadow Arleens Pines
Blackburnian Warbler 
Wilson's Warbler