Today's birds in Prospect focuses on two medium size species regarding passerines. The better one are the RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. When I encountered Michele Dreger's noon birding group, Vinnny Falci mention the two blackbirds frequenting the Peninsula marsh spot that the Soras were in earlier in the fall. The Rusties flew off before I got on the scene.It possible those were part of a threesome by the giant Osage Orange tree by the Binnen Pool of eastern Nethermead, seen by Kathy Toomey.
The second medium sized bird, for an out of season species is GRAY CATBIRD, by the dirt mounds adjacent to Well Drive green containers. Hopefully both these species stick around for the Xmas count fast approaching in two weeks. They make good birds to report.
On the Lake, the best winter venue, 9 HOODED MERGANSERS continue to delight, 3 drakes and 6 hens among the usual array of ducks , including a tight flock of NORTHERN SHOVELERS doing their circles next to Three Sisters Islands. Makes one dizzy looking at them.
observers = Kathy Toomey
Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron Northern Shoveler Gadwall American Black Duck Canada Goose Hooded Merganser seven, three males, on the Lake Ruddy Duck Mallard Merlin thanks to Klemens American Coot Great Black-backed Gull Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull Mourning Dove Downy Woodpecker Red-bellied Woodpecker Blue Jay Tufted Titmouse Black-capped Chickadee White-breasted Nuthatch Carolina Wren American Robin Gray Catbird by the dirt pile and dumpster on Wellhouse Drive European Starling White-throated Sparrow Song Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Northern Cardinal Red-winged Blackbird feeders Rusty Blackbird three, by the Osage Orange, Nethermead House Finch American Goldfinch House Sparrow
Rusty Blackbirds , taken by Klemens Gasser