Monday, September 30, 2013

Prospect: "Rail heaven"

Barely three days after the Virginia Rail Friday event on the Peninsula marsh opposite the Well house, who would have believe that another rail species in almost the same exact spot ?

Klemens Gasser , a newcomer on the Prospect scene, and resident of Lefferts Garden  is the "Man of the Hour". Putting in a long day birding on this slow day , obviously the result of a long stretch of southern warm wind flow , found the second rail species in under three days in the adjoining marsh to the left of the Virginia rail spot : a SORA RAIL.

The marsh is the next one down the Peninsula shoreline by the dirt track, 500 feet from the Well house. Look for the yellow Caution tape I tied to the Mulberry tree low branch.Sit on the edge or stoop  to look in.

A number of birders came a.k.a  "flash mob" and were able to observe the SORA , feeding within the reeds, occasionally coming out to the open mudflat under the large mulberry tree. Rob Bate was able to get some pics.

So, kudos to Klemens, kudos to Kathy Toomey for getting Prospect two rail species in a very short duration. I cannot remember Prospect having two different rail species in any migration season , let alone just a few days apart. Its what I call "Hot times rolling".

Other  news regarding songbirds is that, slow. But some single pickups of BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER at the short steps below the Maryland Monument is the best  to count. I thought the elm tree at the Nethermead triangle ( center of the meadow) was the hottest thing going , with 5 RUBY CROWNED KINGLETS, some YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and the yellow race PALM WARBLERS until I got Bobbi's text message of the rail report. I didn't run, but bide my time as I stopped to see warblers and raptors along the way, including circling SHARP-SHINNED HAWK & AMERICAN KESTREL at the Maryland Monument .

So, as the Brooklyn legendary birder Marty Sohmer always said "Nothing like a Good bird turning a dull day into a good one"  was so true today.

Here's the link to the updated map for the SORA ; on the map I used to pinpoint the Virgina Rail

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zxPoHx468byE.kC8yvmpNYjH8
Prospect Sora seen well. Look for yellow"caution tape" hanging from low brnch mulberry.sit at edge best view
SORA RAIL peninsula marsh next one down/left from virg rail spot.in reeds.look for severe lean mulberry.

Gateway Management Plan comments deadline fast approaching Oct 2nd

From the BBC facebook page, a note from President Bate on the Gateway Mgt Plan commenst due Oct 2nd ( wed);

( sorry for the short notice.)

October 2nd is fast approaching, the deadline for submitting comments for Gateway's GMP

Comment link:

http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=237&projectID=16091&documentID=54826

The National Park Service has prepared a General Management Plan (GMP) for Gateway National Recreation Area which has three alternatives for Gateway and Jamaica Bay for management over the next generation or twol=.
1. Continue as at present with upkeep and programs.
2. Develop many areas for increased recreational activities. This is their Preferred Plan.
3. Pursue an aggressive plan of restoring beaches, marshland and habitat. This is the Environmentally Preferable Plan.

Below is much of what we will submit for the BBC and some possible talking points. Please feel free to use what you want as you submit your own comments. Please act now!!
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Two issues are paramount in this discussion of how best to manage Jamaica Bay for the foreseeable future. First, climate change, and the impact of expected super storms like Hurricane Sandy, make it imperative that bold steps be taken to return large parts of this historical wetland to it’s natural state where it can again fulfill it’s age old function of storm surge mitigation and serve as a buffer and a filter when waters inundate our shorelines and then recede.

Second, there is a need to restore and maintain the fragile ecosystem along our limited coastline in the face of the pressure of continued urbanization. These areas are habitat for migratory and residential bird species many of which teeter on the verge of extinction. It is this aspect that we in the birding community are especially and intimately aware.

The greater Jamaica Bay area is already severely overdeveloped. The historical marshlands there have suffered greatly in the wake of this development and are but a small fraction of what they once were. Natural wave action, unimpeded by the masses of historical marshes, as well as artificial motor-craft wake continue to eat away at this remaining habitat.

Any plan for Jamaica Bay must place a primary focus on restoring marshland habitat and only secondarily on how people can best access these areas for personal use. The National Park System was founded 100 years ago on the principle of preserving habitat that was sure to be lost to the march of human development; that mandate is even more important today.

- The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge should have a permanant qualified manager and staff with adequate equipment to monitor and maintain refuge habitat.
-The West Island should be restored to include a fully fresh water pond for migrating waterfowl.
-Motorized vehicles should be restricted in all natural habitat of the greater Jamaica Bay wherever possible
-Plumb Beach should not be developed as a major recreational launching site and the marsh there must be protected.
-Consider restricting access to one of the landfills and developing it for grassland bird species; sparrows, meadowlarks, Short-eared Owls, etc.
-Maintain and restore beach, grass and shrubland habitat from Ft Tilden to Breezy Point
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The NPS will be reviewing all comments. This not really a voting process and submitted comments should be as thoughtful and specific as possible, though they needn't be long.

Thanks and please act now!

Rob Bate
President - Brooklyn Bird Club


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Sunday, September 29, 2013

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Observer: Joshua Malbin
2013-09-29 15:41
Prospect Park
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
168 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    X    Canada Goose     
    X    Mute Swan     
    4    Wood Duck     
    X    Mallard     
    15    Northern Shoveler     
    1    Pied-billed Grebe     
    3    Double-crested Cormorant     
    1    Great Blue Heron     
    1    Great Egret     
    1    Cooper's Hawk     
    1    Red-tailed Hawk     
    1    Herring Gull     
    2    Mourning Dove     
    50    Chimney Swift     
    1    Belted Kingfisher     
    3    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     
    2    Downy Woodpecker     
    3    Northern Flicker     
    1    Peregrine Falcon     
    1    Eastern Wood-Pewee     
    1    Eastern Phoebe     
    X    Blue Jay     
    5    Ruby-crowned Kinglet     
    X    American Robin     
    X    Gray Catbird     
    X    European Starling     
    1    Ovenbird     
    1    Northern Waterthrush     
    3    Black-and-white Warbler     
    1    Tennessee Warbler     
    1    Common Yellowthroat     
    2    American Redstart     
    7    Northern Parula     
    2    Magnolia Warbler     
    2    Black-throated Blue Warbler     
    1    Pine Warbler     
    2    Yellow-rumped Warbler     
    7    Black-throated Green Warbler     
    3    White-throated Sparrow     
    X    Northern Cardinal     
    10    Common Grackle     
    3    American Goldfinch     
    X    House Sparrow     
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Water fountain near penninsula meadow has bathing tennessee and black throated gree n. Very active warblers 10~ Isabel
GWCEM: elm tree & surround area @ Sylvan & Lake ave.active.YellRumps,blackpolls..

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------ Original Message ------
From: keir randall
Date: 9/28/2013 9:52 PM
To: peter dorosh;
Subject: PP 9.28, 2 lists

 

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 28, 2013 6:55 AM - 12:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
56 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 4
Mallard 18
Northern Shoveler 5
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Herring Gull 1
Rock Pigeon 2
Mourning Dove 12
Chimney Swift 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 10
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Empidonax sp. 1 Lookout, probably Least
Eastern Phoebe 4
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 7
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Brown Creeper 1
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Gray-cheeked Thrush 2
Swainson's Thrush 2
American Robin 25
Gray Catbird 7
European Starling 8
Cedar Waxwing 5
Ovenbird 6 Throughout the park
Northern Waterthrush 2
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 7
American Redstart 7
Northern Parula 3
Magnolia Warbler 3
Blackburnian Warbler 1 Bottom of the Lookout switchback trail
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Song Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Lullwater West loop near the cove
Swamp Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Common Grackle 6
American Goldfinch 12

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15273115

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 28, 2013 3:50 PM - 6:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
48 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 5
Mute Swan 6
Mallard 20
Northern Shoveler 3
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Common Nighthawk 2 With Swift flock over Long Meadow then later Nethermead/Lookout from around 4.30p on
Chimney Swift 80 Probably an undercount - a massive flock over Long Meadow then presumably same birds over Nethermead/ Lookout. Visible insect activity/ hatch.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6
Merlin 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Empidonax sp. 1
Eastern Phoebe 5
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 6
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Swainson's Thrush 2
American Robin 16
Gray Catbird 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 8
Ovenbird 4
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 5
American Redstart 3
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Palm Warbler (Western) 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Swamp Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 4
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 30

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15277147

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------ Original Message ------
From: keir randall
Date: 9/28/2013 9:52 PM
To: peter dorosh;
Subject: PP 9.28, 2 lists

 

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 28, 2013 6:55 AM - 12:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
56 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 4
Mallard 18
Northern Shoveler 5
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Herring Gull 1
Rock Pigeon 2
Mourning Dove 12
Chimney Swift 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 10
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Empidonax sp. 1 Lookout, probably Least
Eastern Phoebe 4
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 7
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Brown Creeper 1
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Gray-cheeked Thrush 2
Swainson's Thrush 2
American Robin 25
Gray Catbird 7
European Starling 8
Cedar Waxwing 5
Ovenbird 6 Throughout the park
Northern Waterthrush 2
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 7
American Redstart 7
Northern Parula 3
Magnolia Warbler 3
Blackburnian Warbler 1 Bottom of the Lookout switchback trail
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Song Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Lullwater West loop near the cove
Swamp Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Common Grackle 6
American Goldfinch 12

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15273115

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 28, 2013 3:50 PM - 6:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
48 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 5
Mute Swan 6
Mallard 20
Northern Shoveler 3
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Common Nighthawk 2 With Swift flock over Long Meadow then later Nethermead/Lookout from around 4.30p on
Chimney Swift 80 Probably an undercount - a massive flock over Long Meadow then presumably same birds over Nethermead/ Lookout. Visible insect activity/ hatch.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6
Merlin 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Empidonax sp. 1
Eastern Phoebe 5
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 6
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Swainson's Thrush 2
American Robin 16
Gray Catbird 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 8
Ovenbird 4
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 5
American Redstart 3
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Palm Warbler (Western) 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Swamp Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 4
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 30

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15277147

Saturday, September 28, 2013

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------ Original Message ------
From: Joshua Malbin
Date: 9/28/2013 3:59 PM
To: Peter Dorosh;
Subject: Fwd: BirdsEye-Prospect Park-2013-9-28
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Date: Sep 28, 2013 3:58 PM
Subject: BirdsEye-Prospect Park-2013-9-To: "Joshua Malbin" 

Observer: Joshua Malbin
2013-09-28 12:16
Prospect Park
Protocol: Traveling
.5 Miles
222 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    X    Canada Goose      
    X    Mallard      
    2    Northern Shoveler      
    1    Pied-billed Grebe      
    1    Double-crested Cormorant      
    1    Great Blue Heron      
    1    Black-crowned Night-Heron      
    1    Turkey Vulture      
    1    Cooper's Hawk      
    2    Ring-billed Gull      
    X    Rock Pigeon      
    4    Mourning Dove      
    1    Yellow-billed Cuckoo    Thumb.  
    15    Chimney Swift      
    1    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker      
    2    Downy Woodpecker      
    3    Northern Flicker      
    2    Peregrine Falcon    Flying over, chasing a flock of swifts  
    5    Eastern Wood-Pewee      
    1    Eastern Phoebe      
    3    Red-eyed Vireo      
    X    Blue Jay      
    1    Carolina Wren      
    2    Golden-crowned Kinglet      
    2    Ruby-crowned Kinglet      
    X    American Robin      
    X    Gray Catbird      
    1    Ovenbird      
    3    Black-and-white Warbler      
    2    Common Yellowthroat      
    2    American Redstart      
    6    Northern Parula      
    5    Magnolia Warbler      
    1    Chestnut-sided Warbler      
    2    Blackpoll Warbler      
    3    Black-throated Blue Warbler      
    1    Pine Warbler      
    5    Yellow-rumped Warbler      
    2    Black-throated Green Warbler      
    1    Song Sparrow      
    6    White-throated Sparrow      
    2    Scarlet Tanager      
    X    Northern Cardinal      
    X    American Goldfinch      
    X    House Sparrow      
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Prospect afternoon: Rail !

One of those special birds eagerly sought is a rail species. These marsh birds are secretive and stay within the boundaries of a marsh or thick coverage. Kathy Toomey texted me as soon as I walked in the door , home from work.She had a rail species, certain it was a one thing until I was able to get there 10 minutes later and eventually confirm the species.

The rail was seen by Kathy walking the edge of the phrgamite marsh across from the Wellhouse. But when I got here it disappeared. It took 20 minutes ,when I walked away and Kathy needing to leave , instead came after me when I checked the adjoining marsh. I ran back with her and we could see the rail feeding in the middle of the marsh.After several minutes viewing the small rail, with enough of our looks, it turns out to be a VIRGINIA RAIL.  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/virginia_rail/id

More tweets and alerts, Dennis Hrehowsik came along and we wait 20 minutes later when it had disappeared again before Dennis arrived.. I left, but 15 minutes later got a tweet that Dennis H and Kristin Costello had the rail. Another twiitter tweet 10 minutes later, Keir Randall also had the bird.

Hopefully it will stick around..

The phragmite marsh is across from the Well house, the first  small peninsula along the lake shore . Look for the single red ladder metal post with the hook. Bald Cypress trees with poison ivy  trunk is behind the post. The phragmite marsh is to the right.We saw the bird in the midsection. Earlier Kathy had the rail on the edges.

map --->  https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zxPoHx468byE.kC8yvmpNYjH8

Sandy Paci earlier posted a good large movement of ground birds on the surrounding fields that included the following : YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS,PALM WARBLER,BLACKPOLL WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, YELLOW SHAFTED FLICKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER,EASTERN PHOEBES WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Typical fall stuff to report but  a sign of fall's bounty.

Great to be birding now in Prospect.


Rail confirm: VIRGINIA.Phrag marsh across frm Well house.look for red ladder post with hook n right.late juv
Kathy t:I just had a rail, I think a clapper rail in the phragmites on the lake side of peninsula


From sany p.:Huge mixed Warbler flock low and on ground in field opposite Wellhouse. Mostly yellow rumps so far but also Palm, blackpoll, Redstart.

BBC Thursday walk Photos

Rob Bate sent these photos of a 1st summer Black-crowned Night Heron seen on yesterday's walk.Photos taken by Rob







Prospect : Red continues

The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (RHWO) stayed another day, seen flying across the Nethermead into Lookout Hill. A breeding species of open oak savannas, typically this species are found in oak trees.Bobbi Manian who saw the RHWO , reported on her own account 6 different species Woodpeckers in Prospect.

Also for the color as it is mentioned, a good number of RED-EYED VIREOs reported by Keir.

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO breaks the red streak , no three in a row...

Butterfly Meadow at lunchtime was mildly active, with typical fall species: EASTERN PHOEBE,GOLDFINCHES,WHITE-THROATEDS SPARROWS.One each NORTHERN PARULA & BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER.

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Report form Keir :

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 27, 2013 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
43 species (+2 other taxa)

Mallard X
Rock Pigeon 3
Mourning Dove 8
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 South end of the Butterfly Meadow
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 18
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 11 Counted carefully - 7 in just one feeding flock around the top of Maryland Monument steps.
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Swainson's Thrush 1
American Robin X
Gray Catbird 4
European Starling 15
Cedar Waxwing 6
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Nashville Warbler 1 Butterfly Meadow
Common Yellowthroat 8
American Redstart 8
Northern Parula 3
Magnolia Warbler 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Palm Warbler (Western) 3
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 2
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 4
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Common Grackle 4
American Goldfinch 15
House Sparrow 30
passerine sp. 1 A brief view, mostly in flight, of a brownish bird that seemed the right size and shape for female Blue Grosbeak but was not relocated.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15265662
@BobbiInBrooklyn: Red head woodpecker just seen flying over Nethermead towards lookout. Sorry. m.twitter.com/BobbiInBrooklyn

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Prospect , another rarity, in the red

Yesterday's ( or was it day before ?) Connecticut Warbler is OLD NEWS. Today, the warbler has been displaced by a rare RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. A juvenile, perhaps heard Tuesday , was sighted at the hot fall spot Butterfly Meadow on Lookout Hill, the locale continuing to offer wonders with great birds and good finds. The last report for this rare species occurred September 17, 2011 (mu.obs) , two juveniles seen also on Lookout Hill around the meadow.

A female HOODED WARBLER was spotted nearby by Nancy Tim and new birder Will .

Fall can only get better ? we'll see....

See ya tonight at the BBC program (Litchfield Villa)

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Results of Thursday BBC walk
leading : Rob Bate, Bobbi Manian ( subbing for Tom Stephenson)

Bobbi reporting:

Hi Peter,

Normally I get excited when we have a 5 woodpecker day but today was extra special.  While we didn't get a Hairy we did get a Red -headed woodpecker!!

Shane had alerted us on Tuesdays walk that he thought he had heard and glimpsed one. Today Rob spotted and heard this bird up on Butterfly Meadow and got everyone on it for good looks.  

Tom -we'll be wanting a pileated when you get back! :-)

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Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 26, 2013 7:15 AM - 2:56 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Rob leading Tom's Thurs BBC migration walk  <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.2
58 species

Canada Goose  8
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  8
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Chimney Swift  10
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1     Imm - white wing patches distinctive. Well seen flying and perched.  Heard. 6 observers.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  16
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  6
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Veery  1
Swainson's Thrush  6
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  5
European Starling  X
Ovenbird  10
Northern Waterthrush  3
Black-and-white Warbler  15
Common Yellowthroat  17
American Redstart  11
Northern Parula  3
Magnolia Warbler  18
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  12
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  13
Black-throated Green Warbler  4

Chipping Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Common Grackle  3
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15261065

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
@BobbiInBrooklyn: Red-headed woodpecker on Robs walk - butterfly meadow. Imm. m.twitter.com/BobbiInBrooklyn

REMINDER , tonight is BBC eve progam

Tonight at the Litchfield Villa is the evening program. presenter Rhys Marsh

see the link

http://www.brooklynbirdclub.org/meetings.htm

Connecticut Warbler analysis

In a remarkable occurrence, the latest bird is a second different CONNECTICUT WARBLER that visited the exact same area as the first. Must be a magical spot. According to Dennis who saw both birds, this latest bird was lighter. Peter Colen showed me photos of the bird seen farther up the path from the map link I pin dot.

New birder Gus emailed me saying he believed he saw the bird  up the west mid slope trail . 1/2 way to Center Drive. So...if the bird is around, your best bet is along these trails starting at the big Silver Maple near the map "pin"

photos by Peter Colen later, no time  before work



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Note from Ghassan Gus Keriaky

Hi Peter:
My name is Gus. We have met very briefly during one of Tom's walks.
I read your note today about the Connecticut Warbler and thought about e-mailing to you about my own experience. I think I saw this bird.
Yesterday after the end of the walk I went to my car using the mulch trail at the west side of the Lookout Hill; just above the West Drive. In the middle of that path I saw a bird that has the features of Connecticut Warbler (gray head with yellow body and olive green back and wings with white eye ring.)
The location was about the middle of the pathway between the Northern-Western stairs (first stairs on the Center Drive) and the southern-Western stairs of the Lookout Hill.
In the same spot, I also saw a Blue-Wing Warbler just few yards south of the Connecticut Warbler. The time was around 3 pm.
because I am new to birding (and I was alone with no one else to confirm my observation) I don't want you to take my words as a fact. But, may be, you might consider this pathway on your next walk.
Sincerely
Gus

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Prospect : "lighting struck twice "? Connecticut Warbler

In the same spot as the sighting on September 5th thru 7th, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER resurfaced by the big Silver Maple where the concrete path ( short steps) meet the mulch trail, just up slope to the left  from the Well Drive picnic tables ( affectionately known as Lamppost 249). Dennis Hrehowsik who also saw it the first time was this morning's lucky observer.

map https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zxPoHx468byE.kb3uBsUwGcMA

So , it begs the question: is this bird the same from the first week of the month , "lighting striking twice"  the same spot ? Or is this spot so good for eating and hiding that Connecticuts are texting their family buddies using the Connecticut area codes 203, 860, and 475 ?

It makes me wonder......

--KB

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KB note: Magnolia Warbler in town

Birding list from Klemens:

Dear Peter,  Magnolia Warblers win. Best,
Klemens

Prospect Park--Lookout Hill, Kings, US-NY
Sep 25, 2013 7:00 AM - 8:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
29 species

Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  10
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  8
Peregrine Falcon  1
Blue-headed Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  10
Tufted Titmouse  3
House Wren  4
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Swainson's Thrush  1
Gray Catbird  8
European Starling  30
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Common Yellowthroat  12
American Redstart  9
Northern Parula  3
Magnolia Warbler  14
Chestnut-sided Warbler  3    2 at lookout hill and 1 below Maryland monument
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  5

Scarlet Tanager  3
Common Grackle  5
House Sparrow  4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15251911

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


@deepseagangster: Connecticut warbler walking on path behind lamp post 249 where concreet steps meet chip trail. (same spot as last one.)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Note from Shane; updated warbler species list

Shane Blodgett's  note 

Hey Peter-

I had 19 species of warbler between 7:30-1:00 today. Late Blue-winged and Blackburnian best.
I had only Kestrel for a raptors though- they obviously came late!

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KB says "Whoa,busy day"

The warbler master list updated is below for all observers


date = 2013/09/24
site = Prospect Park
observers = all observers

23 species

Yellow Warbler 
Tennessee Warbler 
American Redstart 
Black-and-white Warbler 
Blackpoll Warbler 
Ovenbird 
Black-throated Green Warbler 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 
Common Yellowthroat 
Palm Warbler 
Chestnut-sided Warbler 
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush 
Blue-winged Warbler 
Northern Parula 
Magnolia Warbler 
Nashville Warbler 
Pine Warbler 
Northern Waterthrush 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Mourning Warbler 
Blackburnian Warbler 
Wilson's Warbler 

and after inquiry whereabouts... 
The Lincoln Sparrow was seen at the dirt piles to the left of the green shipping containers on Well Drive, below the dead magnolia tree.
There's a wet muddy spot below where the escaped Orange Bishop frequents . 
( but no word whether the Bishop traded in the Mitre for the Stovetop Hat )

A really good walk home from work : Dragonmania & Raptomania

The walk home for me after work was really good.

Crossing into the Nethermead, the sight of dragons or dragonflies in the 100's was a sight to behold. And why most likely ? I think its migration. Not only birds migrate  but so do dragonflies. ( Steve Nanz or Jerry Layton might know more about this trend). Looking at these odonata I was able to distinguished the GREEN DARNERS. There likely was other dragon species. As I looked through my bins across the field, of course !  There are multiple 1000's of small flies , some in dense clusters that these predators are pursuing.Whatever the numbers, it was spectacular on a nature note.

I took a cell phone video ;maybe you might be able to see the shimmering wings in the setting sun.

video video


Then after a flurry of warblers, most numerous and first place for being most omnipresent was MAGNOLIA WARBLER. They are just about  most places I bird .However, spectacle number two was about to happen.

Standing at the Lake Peninsula shoreline about 5:45 pm, all of a sudden , quickly  and only 150 feet up, an adult BALD EAGLE was charging hard over me.Determined and with powered steady flight , it flew over the shoreline trees where I caught more glimpses of the eagle in the open canopy  where I was able to see the big raptor swing southwesterly and gone [WOW!]

Not a minute late , maybe less, an OSPREY  is crossing over the lake airspace, then behind that bird, a RED-TAILED HAWK  along the south shoreline, the big buteo being chased by a PEREGRINE FALCON ! Then 2 more OSPREY  flew over the Peninsula meadow from the lake [ Awesome dude!] Its raptomania ! .....4 species,6 birds in under a minute .

-KB

PS GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET spotted at Binnen Falls. This means winter ?

Peter's list  .

date = 2013/09/24
site = Prospect Park
observers = Peter D, incidental sighting  most of day, full travel 330-615 pm

Double-crested Cormorant Lake
Northern Shoveler 9 Lake
Canada Goose 20 Lake
Ruddy Duck male, lake
Mute Swan 
Mallard 
Bald Eagle Adult  flying low over Peninsula shoreline, 150 feet up 5:44
Red-tailed Hawk south shore Lake 545 pm with other raptors 
Osprey 3 over Lake 545 pm with other raptors 
Sharp-shinned Hawk Pagoda Bandshell
Peregrine Falcon Lake 545 pm with other raptors , chased RT Hawk
Herring Gull 
Rock Pigeon 
Mourning Dove 
Chimney Swift 
Downy Woodpecker 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 2
Least Flycatcher 1
Flycatcher sps Traills
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 2
Barn Swallow Lake 1
House Wren Lullwater
Golden-crowned Kinglet Binnen Falls platform, 1st for fall ?
American Robin 
Swainson's Thrush 2, 1 at Vale Kusa Dogwood
Gray Catbird 
European Starling 
American Redstart 9
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Blackpoll Warbler Peninsula
Black-throated Green Warbler Vale, Peninsula, 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3, 1 KUsa Dogwood Vale cashmere
Common Yellowthroat 11
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Louisiana Waterthrush Peninsula shoreline /Lake , Phrag edges
Northern Parula Binnen Pool
Magnolia Warbler everywhere, ~16 
Nashville Warbler back of Lily Pool , by platform, low bird
Northern Waterthrush Vale 
Scarlet Tanager female Vale Cashmere Kusa Dogwood
White-throated Sparrow Vale cashmere
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Common Grackle 2 Lily Pool meadow edge
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 


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Results of BBC walk , Rob Bate

Note 17 species warblers ( especially those Magnolias),  LINCOLN SPARROW

Bobbi Manian's report:

Hi Peter,

Not sure if Rob already sent a list, here's what i had today including pre-walk birding w/ Dennis and Kristin as well as post-walk birding w/ Kathy and Gus, and then some solo on my way back to car.    

Best,
Bobbi

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Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 24, 2013 7:00 AM - 3:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Rob's BBC club Tuesday Walk + pre/post walk birding
70 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  5
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  8
Green-winged Teal  5
Ruddy Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  5
Chimney Swift  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  16
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Empidonax sp.  X
Eastern Phoebe  2
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Veery  1
Swainson's Thrush  2
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  1
Ovenbird  3
Northern Waterthrush  2
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Tennessee Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  14
American Redstart  8
Northern Parula  4
Magnolia Warbler  28
Yellow Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2    one on Lookout and one on Penna
Blackpoll Warbler  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler  6
Palm Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Black-throated Green Warbler  5
Wilson's Warbler  1

Song Sparrow  1
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15249349

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Raptormania over prospect lake. Eagle,osprey,peregrine falcon chasing redtailed hawk
Low flyover adult BaldEagle Peninsula shore,head sw

Sunset Park; "speak of the devil"

Just a few blocks west of Greenwood Cemetery on the high terminal moraine Ridge in line with 7th and 6th Avenues lie 25 acre Sunset Park with spectacular views of NY harbor and city skyscrapers. Its alos a likely good spot  for migration though it lacks understory. However if you don't mind "warbler nectitis", you could get warblers.

This morning , Mary Eyster , a new resident of the Sunset Park area reported 7 species warblers in 30 minutes plus 2 raptors. ( of course, its high ground and winds bounce up..hmm maybe a hawk watch sometime there)

The warblers were CHESTNUT-SIDED,PINE,BLACK-THROATED BLUE,COMMON YELLOWTRHOAT,BLACK& WHITE,MAGNOLIA & last BAY-BREASTED. The raptors were OSPREY & SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. Not bad for a parkie not a resident near Prospect.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/sunsetpark/

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"Speaking of the devil" [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speak_of_the_devil ] , meaning at the moment or relevancy to a topic just mentioned, James Sevigny sent me a photo of the female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER pecking at the Kusa Dogwood fruit I mentioned in my previous post "Center of the Universe"  . It was taken earlier this morning before I saw that bird. Check it out. Go to that post below.

( as well as his Broad-winged Hawk from Sunday)


Prospect "the center of the universe"

To a hungry bird, nothing like a fruiting tree that is the "center of the Universe".While my work crews worked hard to extract the fallen timbers from Sandy's handiwork inside the Vale of Cashmere pool, a fruited Kusa Dogwood has a female BLACK-THROATED BLUE's die hard attention. Fluttering to peck at the ripen reddish fruit, either the warbler is a vegetarian or a fruit fly picker, the warbler really worked at the tree.Other birds joined in : Robins, female SCARLET TANAGER, RED-EYED VIREO, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, REDSTARTS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW ,SWAINSON's THRUSH and a few other species on the "universe tree". Kusa Dogwood....check it out in the coming week.

Lots of birds in the Vale and I am amazed many stuck through with the very loud noise emanated by our wood chipper chipping the large tree limbs. I am wondering if these birds are members of a deaf sorority ? ( I think I am a member too)

MAGNOLIA WARBLER numbers seems to increased their presence this morning. That indicated good birding day today, lots of action.

Meanwhile Keir on his early birding run reported MOURNING WARBLER in Butterfly Meadow and a potential Orange- crowned Warbler. See his report below. Lunch is over for me, gotta run.

Keir's report

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 24, 2013 7:10 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: South Lakeside and Lookout Hill only - good passerine activity throughout.
44 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose 12
Mallard X
Ruddy Duck 1
duck sp. 1 Seen in middle of lake in difficult early morning light, just a silhouette. Small duck (by shape and bill not a grebe or a Ruddy Duck) swam past a Ruddy Duck and looked slightly smaller - Green-winged Teal?
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Green Heron 1
Herring Gull 1
Rock Pigeon 4
Mourning Dove 12
Chimney Swift 5
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 9
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Empidonax sp. 1 Probably a Least at Butterfly Meadow but didn't study well as I was distracted by other birds.
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Swainson's Thrush 3
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 4
European Starling X
Cedar Waxwing 10
Ovenbird 3
Black-and-white Warbler 7
Tennessee Warbler 1 Lookout Hill nr Butterfly Meadow
Mourning Warbler 1 Popped up in wildflowers and grasses at the Butterfly Meadow near Arlene's Pines. Looked identical to the MOWA I saw 2 days ago near Lily Pond - big warbler, quite yellow below, full gray hood, white eye arcs, tail too long for Connecticut Warbler, hopping between stalks.
Common Yellowthroat 11
American Redstart 5
Northern Parula 3
Magnolia Warbler 4
Yellow Warbler 3
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 5
warbler sp. 1 Glimpsed at top of Maryland steps and again at the Butterfly Meadow. Looked like an Orange-crowned Warbler - small and small billed, yellowish and gray rather than green backed, hint of "spectacles" rather than eyebrow. Although it immediately "felt" like Orange-crowned Warbler (and I've seen Tennessee Warbler most days this month) I never confirmed vent color to completely rule out Tennessee Warbler.
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 2 Butterfly Meadow
Common Grackle 1
American Goldfinch 12
House Sparrow X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15246558

Black-throated Blue Warbler, Photo by James Sevigny
Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk, near Dongan Oak monument, photo by Jame Sevigny


@railbabbler: Mourning Warbler at Lookout butterfly meadow. Probable Orange-crowned Wblr too. Poss Teal in middle of lake

m.twitter.com/railbabbler

Monday, September 23, 2013

Eve Prospect

It seems like the morning "rush hour" of birds did not materialized or carry over into the evening. The Peninsula had a few birds, namely BLACK-THROATED GREEN and MAGNOLIA WARBLERS most active with the few numbers there, near the tip and lullwater side. 

A strange looking sight involving an OSPREY this evening. I saw it descending over the lake towards West Island, with a very strange long object in its talons. As the raptor turned away from West Island , towards my direction ( I was safe from  getting picked up  since the bird had its hands full), I noted the long thing being carried was actually a fish! It resembled a sturgeon or gar of some sort. I didn't know they existed ( or something similar) in our waters ( prey might not be the lake but a salt water fish species). 

And while we are all watching the warblers, who is watching the NORTHERN SHOVELERS ? Tonight I counted 26. New birds coming in , behind our backs; sneaky sneaky.

List, incidental mostly,  all day, with noted evening sightings ( me)

date = 2013/09/24
site = Prospect Park
observers = Peter D, Mary Eyster ( some sightings)

Double-crested Cormorant eve , perched Three Sisters
Black-crowned Night-Heron Duck Island
Northern Shoveler 26 lake
Canada Goose 
Mute Swan 
Mallard 
Osprey Descending over lake, carrying a strange looking fish, a sturgeon  or gar ?
Spotted Sandpiper 
Solitary Sandpiper Morning, west shore Lake, found by Mary Eyster
Rock Pigeon 
Mourning Dove 
Chimney Swift multiple flyovers
Willow Flycatcher Traills
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Red-eyed Vireo 4 Peninsula
Blue Jay 
American Robin 
Gray Catbird 
European Starling 
Cedar Waxwing ~12 flyover south Lookout < Mary Eyster, Peterd
Yellow Warbler morn Lake west shore, Mary E
American Redstart 2
Blackpoll Warbler 3--2 Peninsula eve
Black-throated Green Warbler 6 for day
Black-throated Blue Warbler afternoon Payne Hill
Common Yellowthroat 6
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 Morning
Louisiana Waterthrush well dr opp lp249, in phragmites, morn Mary E ,PeterD
Northern Parula 1 eve Peninsula
Magnolia Warbler 4 Peninsula eve
Yellow-rumped Warbler immature female, Well drive , Mary E, PeterD
White-throated Sparrow 2 Payne Hill 
Song Sparrow 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 LP249, 1 Payne Hill
Northern Cardinal 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 

Prospect good morning

The northwest wind delivered. The morning reports tell of good activity , with Lookout Hill coming up with excellent viewing, according 16 species warblers reported. Among the good birds, a female HOODED WARBLER.

A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was spotted on the Lake west shore ( Mary Eyster)

( but unfortunately for most folks , its a Monday and a workday....we have to send a note to Mother Nature for Weekend north winds )

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From Keir :



hi Peter


PP was full of new birds this morning, I'm sure there's more to be found....




Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Sep 23, 2013 8:10 AM - 9:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
51 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 8
Mute Swan 1
Mallard X
Northern Shoveler 11
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Rock Pigeon 3
Mourning Dove 16
Chimney Swift 25
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 5
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5 Many seen, many calling - probably more
Eastern Phoebe 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 3
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush 5
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 18
Gray Catbird 7
European Starling 30
Cedar Waxwing 1
Ovenbird 5
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Tennessee Warbler 1 Maryland Monument steps
Common Yellowthroat 13
Hooded Warbler 1 Female on slope between meadows on Lookout hill. Olive hood outline behind face, fanned white outer tail feathers.
American Redstart 8
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 4
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 5
Black-throated Blue Warbler 5
Palm Warbler (Western) 4
Black-throated Green Warbler 7 Including 5 together on Lookout
Wilson's Warbler 1

Song Sparrow 1
sparrow sp. 1 A brief view at Lullwater west near the cove. Thin black streaks on whitish chest, not a Song Sparrow....
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 25

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15237816


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From Klemens Gasser:



Dear Peter, so many birds and often very close! A great day in Prospect Park between Lookout Hill, Peninsula and Midwood.

1 Great Egret
1 Green Heron
5 Canada Goose
2 Wood Duck
3 Mallard
3 Northern Shoveler
1 Red-tailed Hawk
20 Mourning Dove
8 Chimney Swift
1 Belted Kingfisher
5 Red-bellied Woodpecker
4 Downy Woodpecker
3 Hairy Woodpecker
9 Northern Flicker
8 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Empidonax Fycatcher
5 Eastern Phoebe
6 Red-eyed Vireo
5 Blue-headed Vireo
20 Blue Jay
3 Tufted Titmouse
5 Black-capped Chickadee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren
4 House Wren
7 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
20 American Robin
4 Swainson’s  Thrush
18 Catbirds
5 Starling
5 Cedar Waxwing
10 Northern Parula
5 Tennessee Warbler
2 Nashville Warbler
6 Yellow Warbler
5 Chestnut-sided Warbler
25+ Magnolia Warbler
8 Black-throated Blue Warbler
4 Yellow-rumped Warbler
15+ Black-throated Green Warbler
4 Pine Warbler
15+ Blackpoll Warbler
20 Black-and-white Warbler
25+ American Redstart
4 Ovenbird
5 Northern Waterthrush
25+ Common Yellowthroat
4 Wilson’s Warbler
2 Canada Warbler
1 Hooded Warbler
3 Scarlet Tananger
20 Northern Cardinal
1 Indigo Bunting
1 White-throated Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
15 American Goldfinch
40 House Sparrow


Klemens

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From Mike Yuan

After a birdy morning in Prospect, I thought I'd see how Brooklyn Bridge Park would be.  
While it was fairly slow, four EASTERN PHOEBES fed on the edges of the grassy areas and over the wetlands area.  While afternoon activity in the form of tourists, kids and joggers can make observing birds challenging, the park continues to offer surprises for me at the small bridges that cross over the ponds.  I usually pick up new species for my personal park list at this location.  A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH emerged from the brush and offered a brief view. Two BLACKPOLL WARBLERS fed low, eventually crossing the main pedestrian/bike path and popping up the gravel path to the new pedestrian bridge to Squibb Park.  

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15241686

-Mike

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From Rob Bate:

Good day, thought I had a Mourning Warbler too.  (Maybe a YTed?)
Birding off and on with Bobbi, Klemens, Will 20 species of warbler.

60 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
Mallard  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Great Egret  X
Green Heron  X
Accipiter sp.  X
Red-tailed Hawk  X
Solitary Sandpiper  X
Herring Gull  X
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Chimney Swift  X
Belted Kingfisher  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  X
Eastern Wood-Pewee  X
Empidonax sp.  X
Eastern Phoebe  X
Blue-headed Vireo  X
Warbling Vireo  X
Red-eyed Vireo  X
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  X
Carolina Wren  X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  X
Veery  X
Swainson's Thrush  X
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
Northern Mockingbird  X
European Starling  X
Ovenbird  X
Louisiana Waterthrush  X
Northern Waterthrush  X
Black-and-white Warbler  X
Tennessee Warbler  X
Nashville Warbler  X
Common Yellowthroat  X
Hooded Warbler  X (thanks to Keir's sharp eyes)
American Redstart  X
Northern Parula  X
Magnolia Warbler  X
Yellow Warbler  X
Chestnut-sided Warbler  X
Blackpoll Warbler  X
Black-throated Blue Warbler  X
Palm Warbler  X
Pine Warbler  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Black-throated Green Warbler  X
Wilson's Warbler  X

Song Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X