Friday, March 21, 2014

Late posts for March 20

From yesterday, RED-NECKED GREBE still reported on the Lake, well into sunset per Adam Welz.


Note Merganser numbers

From Larry Zirlin:

Larry Zirlin observer March 20th,214

Hi Peter, 

Just got back from the big city. Thanks for the Rusties. As I said, saw one, clearly, that's all I need for my year list. The Common Mergansers were also on the lake and the Red-necked Grebe I saw pretty clearly from that little lookout in the southwest corner of the lake. Also 1 American Tree Sparrow along the Lullwater. 

the day's list (I was moving fast, limited time to bird)
36 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  100
Mute Swan  5
Wood Duck  4    Upper Pool
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  100
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Northern Shoveler  10
Ring-necked Duck  3    Upper Pool
Hooded Merganser  15
Common Merganser  6    Lake, large, white-bodied mergansers with green heads on drakes, red heads on hens, much larger in comparison to RBME nearby. Continuing birds
Red-breasted Merganser  5
Ruddy Duck  26
Red-necked Grebe  1    Largish grebe with long, dagger-like bill. Black capped head. Lake. Continuing.
American Coot  10
Ring-billed Gull  50
Herring Gull  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2    Heard
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  1    Heard
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
American Robin  125
European Starling  100
American Tree Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Rusty Blackbird  1    Only saw 1 of the 6 reported, in bush on side of Binnen Creek. Black bird, bill pointier than blackbird, no red epaulets, much smaller than grackle, bill smaller than grackle, pale iris. Continuing bird.
Common Grackle  15
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  20


Thursday report from Adam Welz

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Mar 20, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Evening. Breeze Hill, feeders, east & southern shore of Lake.
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X     inc. neck-collared individual NA03 black text on yellow collar
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  3
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) (Anas rubripes x platyrhynchos)  1
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  23
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  2     south end of Lake
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  12     probably more
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  5     Seen near southern shore of Lake. Seen very well by multiple observers.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  1     possibly 3. Single male on Lake but 2 more mergansers seen flying up from Lake, seemed to be Red-breasted but flew in front of sun, views bad.
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  18
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)  1     Seen well near north shore of Lake at about 18:50. This bird had been present for a few days and has been recorded by multiple observers.
American Coot (Fulica americana)  14
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X     dozens
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type))  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1     feeders
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  2     feeders
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1     feeders
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  25
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1     feeders
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  10
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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