Of keen interest to me though is the Upper Pool's duck diversity. First it was a handful of NORTHERN SHOVELERs, then a pair of GADWALLs, then RUDDY , and on the shoreline at the isthmus, a pair of WOOD DUCKS. Throw in the mallards, we have 5 species duck in the small pond nowhere equal to the Lake.
A number of JUNCOS , some WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS on the Nethermead and an adult SHARP-SHINNED HAWK perched on the Linden by the Peninsula Ginkgoes in the confounded early darkness now was the best to see on my way home.Not ready for that early darkness , there is a surrender to looking for stuff in dark marshes now.
date = 2013/11/05 site = Prospect Park observers = Pied-billed Grebe 2 lake Double-crested Cormorant 1 lake Northern Shoveler 5 Upper Pool Gadwall 2 , pair Upper Pool Canada Goose Wood Duck 2 , pair Upper Pool Ruddy Duck 2 , pair Upper Pool Mute Swan Mallard 5 Upper Pool Sharp-shinned Hawk perched Peninsula American Coot 3 Lake Herring Gull Rock Pigeon Red-headed Woodpecker Picnic House, juvenile, also Doug Gochfeld, Kathy Toomey Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Picnic House Eastern Phoebe 2 Upper Pool American Crow 2 f/o Long Meadow Winter Wren Upper Sparrowbowl , also obs Klemens Gasser Ruby-crowned Kinglet American Robin Hermit Thrush 6 European Starling Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Swamp Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Song Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco 15 Nethermead House Sparrow
Hi Peter, I did not really do a comprehensive walk through the park today do I am sure I missed any species. I wanted to see the Red Headed Woodpecker and thanks to your text, I got it. A nice additional surprise were the Eastern Bluebirds in several spots. First of the season for me. Sandy Paci Prospect Park Nov. 4, 2013 10:30am-3:00pm Great Blue Heron Mute Swan Canada goose Wood duck Mallard Gadwall Northern shoveler Ruddy duck Red tailed hawk American coot Rock pigeon Mourning dove Belted kingfisher (H) RED HEADED WOODPECKER (immature nr picnic house) Red bellied woodpecker Downy woodpecker Northern flicker (H) Eastern phoebe Blue jay Black capped chickadee Tufted titmouse White breasted nuthatch Winter wren (thumb of penn.) Golden crowned kinglet Ruby crowned kinglet EASTERN BLUEBIRD (1 nr. Bandshell, several on Long Meadow nr. Picnic house, several on Nethermead) Hermit thrush (many many) American robin Gray catbird (H) European starling Palm warbler Common yellowthroat Yellow Rumped warbler Northern cardinal Eastern towhee Chipping sparrow Song sparrow Swamp sparrow White throated sparrow Dark eyed junco (many) House sparrow