Saturday, March 22, 2014

A foot in all three spots; red headed woodpecker

A rare venture setting foot in all three green spots today for me. And it wasn't a marathon of any sort. A morning trip to Greenwood Cemetery to do a little birding  especially for a rare duck , a favorite; a noon family outing to Brooklyn Botanic Garden; then last in the evening to see if that rare grebe is still prospect bound.

The intent of my going to Greenwood was to see if the Redhead Duck was around.And it was. At Valley Water, near the Chapel, I had the mixed REDHEAD pair, along with two hen RING NECKED DUCKS. It was my first in the cemetery a lifetime for this duck.At Sylvan Water, a pair of WOOD DUCKS was the other good species, drakes apparently  there all week. ( makes me wonder then with Redhead ..whats wrong with Prospect Lake ? Its got great size, yet  Valley Water ?? Go figure)

A family outing to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden led to some incidental sightings since I bought my small bins.Driving to the garden, as I was stopped for a light on Ocean Avenue before Flatbush, I spotted a flock of 6 TURKEY VULTURES over the Fireman's radio tower. Inside the garden, the usual suspects, but a FLICKER and an EASTERN PHOEBE inside the native garden is nice to see.

And finally, not hearing any prospect reports ,especially the grebe, I took a quick run to Prospect Lake  around 7 pm with still remnants of daylight. And scanning the lake quickly, the RED-NECKED GREBE could be seen on the east side of Three Sisters islands. Getting over there, I spotted it again thru the strait of Three Sisters.  In this center lake area, 15 HOODED MERGANSERS flocked together. Other ducks of interest was a lone RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and three drake , 1 hen RING-NECKED DUCK by West island.

Getting back to Greenwood , Ed Crowne reported PINE WARBLER in a Pine tree at the Hydrangea path by Greenbough Ave, the second Pine Warb this week after Shane's earlier in the week.

BELTED KINGFISHER at Duck Island per Rob bate.

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings County, New York, US Map )
Date and Effort
Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:00 PM
Party Size:
25 minute(s)
0.5 mile(s)
Peter Dorosh
10 species total
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck
Age & Sex
JuvenileImmatureAdultAge Unknown
Sex Unknown
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-necked Grebe
present 6th straight day
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A second " redhead" reported in Greenwood Cemetery. Though this involves a woodpecker.  Rob Jett reported a second RED HEADED WOODPECKER at Zephry Path and Cypress Avenue that is n the south section of the cemetery.Closest weekend entrance is Fort Hamilton Parkway.One of six woodpecker species reported Saturday