Thursday, November 21, 2013
Prospect negative on WETA, but "VR" and a late warbler makes it a good day nevertheless
The search for the Western Tanager (WETA) proved negative today.Despite a diligent search by a number of birders, no luck.This is the third such 1st time western species appearance in Prospect Park in 2013. I believed continental plate shift moved Prospect westward a few degrees longitude, hence why these birds all of a sudden showing up here ... ;)>
However, thru sort of a "Patagonia effect" with more eyes looking , Doug Gochfeld turned up a very rare (VR) SNOW BUNTING flyover. See the records below as this is only the fourth such sighting in park history.
Furthermore, Heidi Clevens in her search for the rare tanager, found a late BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER by the boathouse, near the Cleft Ridge Span area as I gathered. This is a late bird, just short of the extreme Prospect record 11/24/2006 (obs Mary Eyster) .
Even with the disappointment over the tanager, but the hope its still around and not a "one day wonder", other unexpected rare sightings still makes its an exciting time in "Rarity November"
Snow Bunting 1 11/21/2013 Breeze Hill
Snow Bunting 2 1/13/2001 Three Sisters Islands
Snow Bunting 1 11/3/1946 Prospect Park
Snow Bunting 1 2/22/1914 Prospect Park
List from Doug Gochfeld: