Saturday, November 30, 2013

Prospect , medium not that rare

The accepting winter birder appreciates the uncommon as well as the fact there aren't going to be a lot of birds around after the breeders left. So, the few species , especially if of quality or even for out of season birds , are welcomed sights during these cold days.

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.


Kathy list

observers = Kathy Toomey 
date = 2013/11/30
site = Prospect Park
Double-crested Cormorant 
Great Blue Heron 
Northern Shoveler 
American Black Duck 
Canada Goose 
Hooded Merganser   seven, three males, on the Lake
Ruddy Duck 
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

Gray Catbird, also Klemens