If you want to see a DARK-EYED JUNCO, today was the day.
A very good infusion of the "Snowbird" , its old name, DARK-EYED JUNCOs were in a number of places. The cold snap did it. Along the Center Drive, they were in the mugwort and on the Quaker Ridge hillside.But most entertaining was when I pulled out of the Tennis House, along and on the path towards the Picnic House, juncos were fluttering around, white tail edges aglow in the colorful woods. Quite a beautiful sight.
This junco trend occurred not very after I spotted a large blackbird flight over the "Propsite" our work nursery area, about 500 birds, mostly Grackles. Later the Propsite was overrun by more Juncos, some closing in on me as I inspected our new plants awaiting planting.
There were other birds as well, of notable sense, a male PURPLE FINCH i spotted eating ash seeds in the tree overlooking the bridle trail just as it entered the woods to the east of the southeast corner fence of Quaker Cemetery. Rob Jett reported EASTERN BLUEBIRDS at the north Nethermead, eating poke weed berries. I spotted some GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS with the Center Drive Juncos.Then a GRAY CATBIRD flew out of a Payne Hill brush spot as I was surveying the plant site in the afternoon. It flew to a Hawthorne tree across the path.
Not alot of variety today , but as we must accept that land bird diversity drops and winter birds take over, learn to appreciate what is out there now, particularly junco madness....
date = 2013/11/19 site = Prospect Park observers = Peter D Pied-billed Grebe Lake Great Blue Heron Lake peninsula shore Northern Shoveler est 150 Lake Canada Goose Ruddy Duck est 80 Lake Mute Swan Mallard Sharp-shinned Hawk 50% fast fly thru , last sec glimpse- adult bird Payne Hill American Coot 3 Lake Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Garage south gate Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Blue Jay Nethermead Tufted Titmouse Quaker Ridge south Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Quaker Ridge south American Robin numbers of flyovers Eastern Bluebird reported by Rob Jett , north nethermead, 6 birds Hermit Thrush 3 Gray Catbird Payne Hill European Starling White-throated Sparrow Song Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco large numbers, est 600 spread across all locations Northern Cardinal Red-winged Blackbird likely with grackles Common Grackle est 500 flyover Propsite American Goldfinch ~20 , with Ctr drive juncos