Monday, February 17, 2014

weekend prospect reports

Back from a weekend trip to the Bear Mountain area for winter recreation. Got 6 species woodpecker, inc Pileated outside the inn, over 8 Bald Eagles.

Here below are reports recd for prospect

From Dennis Hrehowsik on the BBC walk date:

took a four hour walk on my own in beautiful winter conditions this morning in prospect park.

Birds could be found where conditions allowed them to forage. Highlights included a winter wren near Dungan oak monument. Eight rusty black birds and a brown thrasher eating seed near the Audubon center. merganser hat trick with two common near Audubon, a red breasted and four hoodies on lake. Day was capped off with five woodpeckers when I heard a flicker atop lookout hill before heading home. All in all a nice day in the park.

See you in the field,


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From: Date: February 16, 2014 at 1:17:58 PM EST To: Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Feb 16, 2014

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY Feb 16, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Protocol: Traveling 3.0 mile(s) Comments: GBBC 41 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 65
Mute Swan 6
 American Black Duck 5
Mallard 75
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 2
Northern Shoveler 35
Hooded Merganser 4
 Common Merganser 2 Females by Audubon
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 3
Red-tailed Hawk 3
 American Coot 7
Ring-billed Gull 300
Herring Gull 25
Great Black-backed Gull 3
 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20
Mourning Dove 35
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 5
 Hairy Woodpecker 1
 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
 Merlin 1
Blue Jay 30
 Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 25
 Brown Thrasher 1Eating seed on path behind Audubon ct
 European Starling 50
 Fox Sparrow (Red) 3
Song Sparrow 9
White-throated Sparrow 25
 Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 15
Red-winged Blackbird 12
 Rusty Blackbird 8 Seen at one time eating seed near Audubon center
House Finch 2
 American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 40

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From Joshua Malbin

Observer: joshuamalbin 2014-02-17 10:31 Prospect Park

Protocol: Traveling 1 Miles 190 Minutes Observers: 1
35 Canada Goose
 2 Mute Swan
 1 American Black Duck
 135 Mallard
25 Northern Shoveler
 2 Hooded Merganser
4 Common Merganser female, on small patch of open water, upper pool. 1 female on small patch of open water by boathouse, w a group of mallards. 2 females on lake.
7 Ruddy Duck
1 Red-tailed Hawk
 15 American Coot
 250 Ring-billed Gull
 10 Herring Gull X Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
 1 Downy Woodpecker
 1 Hairy Woodpecker
 3 Blue Jay
7 American Crow
 1 Black-capped Chickadee
 2 Tufted Titmouse
 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 American Tree Sparrow feeders.
1 Fox Sparrow
 3 Song Sparrow
 15 White-throated Sparrow
3 Dark-eyed Junco
10 Northern Cardinal
15 Red-winged Blackbird
7 House Finch
3 American Goldfinch
 X House Sparrow

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Kathy Toomey:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY Feb 17, 2014 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM Protocol: Traveling 3.0 mile(s) Comments: Most of the birds were located on Prospect Lake or at the feeders 28 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 20
Mute Swan 3
 American Black Duck 2
Mallard 45
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1
 Northern Shoveler 26
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 2 females, both had contrasting white chins, and reddish head color cleanly contrasting with greyish neck. Seen by several birders
 Ruddy Duck 4
 American Coot 13
gull sp. 160 Those close to shore seemed to be mostly Ring-billed Gulls
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
 Downy Woodpecker 3
 Blue Jay 1
 Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Brown Creeper 1
 Hermit Thrush 1
 American Robin 1
European Starling 3
 American Tree Sparrow 2
 Song Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 16
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Northern Cardinal 12
 Red-winged Blackbird 5
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 9


Adam Welz

Hey Peter

Here's my list for today. Had a good time in a sunny park. Hung out with Rob Bate for a while. Was awesome to watch an imm Red-tail harrying the waterfowl on the Lake.

I'd like to encourage other park birders to check out the legs of waterfowl at the feeding sites for metal bands. It's a fun challenge to try to read them all around while the birds are out of the water, and makes a real contribution to science when you report the numbers on the Bird Banding Lab website (they'll send you a certificate of appreciation if you request it).

Today I managed to read 2 Canada Goose band numbers: 1078-27352 and 1078-14416 and one complete Mallard band: 1927-43285 and one incomplete Mallard band: xx67-46094



Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY Feb 17, 2014 11:10 AM - 2:10 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments: Lullwater, feeders, Lake 29 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X dozens, inc 2 metal-banded birds (#s reported to Bird Banding Lab)
 Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X
 American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 2
 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X 100+, inc. at least 2 metal-banded bands (1 was fully read & reported to Bird Banding Lab)
 American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) (Anas rubripes x platyrhynchos) 1
 Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X tens
 Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2
 Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 2 Seen well & close on Lake and later near Boathouse (Lullwater). Seen by many other observers.
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 3
 Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 Made several passes over massed ducks in hole in ice on Prospect Lake
American Coot (Fulica americana) 22 Prospect Lake
 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type)) 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 15
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) 3 1 feeders, 1 lower Lullwater, 1 Lake near Peninsula lawn
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X tens
 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 8
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) X
 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3
 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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Matthew Wills

Subject: 55 Water St. Peregrine, Brooklyn Cooper's Date: Mon Feb 17 2014 12:25 pm From: matthewwills

From Brooklyn Bridge Park, I can see -- with my bins and telephoto, anyway -- into the Peregrine scrape location across the East River at 55 Water St. On 2/11 I spotted a Peregrine perched there. Yesterday, I saw a Peregrine there as well. And today, again. Both yesterday and today, the bird was tucked into the little bit of late morning shade in the left hand corner for at least 45 minutes. Today I saw the bird move into the sun right in front of the scrape itself before taking off.

Today around 10:30 I also saw a large Cooper's Hawk fly to a high tree on Clinton St. just north of Pacific St., then make a swoop on a passerine on the other side of the street. The bird, which looked like a young (subadult) female, missed, perched briefly at eye-level in an evergreen, and then flew off north. About an hour and a half later, the pigeons above the BQE/Atlantic Avenue bridge -- five blocks from the first location -- were in turmoil as a Cooper's swooped though them. I believe this was the same bird. She riled up two other flocks before I lost track of her towards Henry St. (which is where I live, a block from a fancy pigeon coop raptor-magnet).