Monday, September 9, 2013

Weekend posts inc BBC walk and COWA/MOWA reports

These are the posts/emails I received during  time away leading or follower of the BBC weekend.Reports are more recent to older. The CONNECTICUT WARBLER (COWA) the top highlight was in the same general location as I found it originally Fridat but in the thin strip of woods farther down by the cement path from the mulch trail....two OPORORNIS genera/ species warblers -the other being MOURNING WARBLER (MOWA)in one weekend is very very good........

Observer: Joshua Malbin
2013-09-08 12:13

Prospect Park
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
215 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    X    Canada Goose       
    X    Mute Swan       
    3    Wood Duck       
    X    Mallard       
    1    Great Blue Heron       
    1    Great Egret       
    2    Black-crowned Night-Heron       
    1    Cooper's Hawk    Very large accipiter. Conceivably could have been the goshawk seen earlier this week. Only got a short look as it soared over the Vale.   
    X    Mourning Dove       
    1    Chimney Swift       
    1    Belted Kingfisher       
    2    Downy Woodpecker       
    1    Eastern Wood-Pewee       
    X    Empidonax sp.       
    1    Warbling Vireo       
    1    Philadelphia Vireo    Trail above L249. yellow throat and undertail, yellow-green upper back, no wing bars, eyeline like red-eyed only less strong, short tail, leaf-picking like a vireo.   
    1    Red-eyed Vireo       
    X    Blue Jay       
    X    American Robin       
    X    Gray Catbird       
    1    Northern Waterthrush       
    4    Black-and-white Warbler       
    2    Common Yellowthroat       
    9    American Redstart       
    2    Magnolia Warbler       
    2    Black-throated Blue Warbler       
    X    Northern Cardinal       
    X    American Goldfinch       
    X    House Sparrow       


From Klemens Gasser:

Dear Peter,
Late afternoon I had the great pleasure to meet Rob Bate and shortly after my first Connecticut Warbler.

The wonderful bird was at the same location where it has been seen before about 10’ before the mulch trail branches off the asphalted trail. Looking east over the fence where it is bend down in an area covered by ivy. It came up to 3’ above the ground repeatedly as close as  4 to 5’ and offered extended great views, disappearing into the ivy in between. Sometimes just the head clearing the ivy. My preferred was the Connecticut Warbler, frontally to us, walking down a branch, setting one foot in front of the other, just like a model but not as skinny but immensely elegant. It was very exiting! I will dream big black discs with a white line around them tonight.
Later in the evening there were up to 8 Night Hawks over Nethermead.



From Rob Bate

Oporornis knocks twice!

Klemen Gasser and I had the Connecticut Warbler staked out but Klemens was the first to spot it to the left of the bottom of the woodchip path leading to Lookout Hill deep in the brush there.  This is just below the spot you saw it yesterday.  I hope my photos will work if Steve Nanz didn't get shots this morning.  The second two are mood shots showing where the bird was walking around.

KB Note: photos later here


Tom Stephenson, leading the BBC walk Sunday 9/8

Hi Peter and Rob,
We had a very good group today of over 20 folks including several from NYC

Bird activity was spotty, but we had 59 species with a few special sightings. The 14 species of warblers included a Mourning near Rick's place along with 2 Wilson's showing well there and one other on the peninsula.
Of the 3 species of flycatchers, Least was well seen. 
Of the 4 species of vireo, Philadelphia showed itself very well near MD monument.
No sign of or reports of the Conwar...
Thanks to Dennis's sharp eyes we had a perched Common Nighthawk in the open also near Rick's place. 
All in all a very pleasant day.

Best regards,

Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee

Willow Flycatcher (traills)
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow



Observer: Joshua Malbin

2013-09-07 08:44

Prospect Park
Protocol: Traveling
2 Miles
360 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    X    Canada Goose     
    X    Mute Swan     
    X    Mallard     
    1    Great Blue Heron     
    1    Great Egret     
    1    Green Heron     
    2    Red-tailed Hawk     
    X    Mourning Dove     
    2    Common Nighthawk     
    2    Chimney Swift     
    1    Belted Kingfisher     
    3    Red-bellied Woodpecker     
    6    Downy Woodpecker     
    4    Northern Flicker     
    3    Eastern Wood-Pewee     
    1    Eastern Phoebe     
    1    Eastern Kingbird     
    3    Warbling Vireo     
    1    Red-eyed Vireo     
    X    Blue Jay     
    2    Tufted Titmouse     
    1    White-breasted Nuthatch     
    3    House Wren     
    1    Carolina Wren     
    X    American Robin     
    X    Gray Catbird     
    X    European Starling     
    1    Northern Waterthrush     
    4    Black-and-white Warbler     
    5    Common Yellowthroat     
    17    American Redstart     
    2    Cape May Warbler     
    2    Northern Parula     
    2    Magnolia Warbler     
    2    Black-throated Blue Warbler     
    1    Yellow-rumped Warbler     
    X    Northern Cardinal     
    1    Rose-breasted Grosbeak     
    4    Baltimore Oriole     
    20    American Goldfinch     
    X    House Sparrow     
    1    Orange Bishop       
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