A pass by of the closed off construction area at ballfield #1 at the western end of the Long meadow found for me a lone KILLDEER huddling inside a tire rut in the middle of the field. Then later , as I went to the Parade Ground along Parkside Avenue, the locked ball fields were laden with many grackles that attracted my attention initially but instead got me a high number of KILLDEER at field # 2. The hunkered down flock of 13 birds at "first base" was way too many to occupy that base. ;) . Behind a flock of 200 Canada geese, this KILLDEER flock could be a high concentrated number for the park in a good number of years. Unfortunately I cannot check the records due to software issues.
The duck bonanza continues regarding diversity with 9 species. Among the best species, 8 WOOD DUCK at Upper Pool island; 3 male RING NECK DUCK at Three Sisters Island and the continuing merganser trio of COMMON , RED-BREASTED and HOODED.
RUSTY BLACKBIRD and EASTERN TOWHEE were seen along the Binnen Creek below the Three Arches Nethermead Bridge, good birds to see now. There is a Rusty Blackbird blitz survey in progress on Cornell's Ebirds that is important for citizen science participation.
For the time being, focus on those closed off fence areas, be it permanent or temporary . In any case, those spots could be rewarded with dedicated observation.
Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY Mar 17, 2014 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM Protocol: Stationary 9 species (+1 other taxa) Mute Swan 5 American Black Duck 3 Mallard 50 American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) X Northern Shoveler 45 Ring-necked Duck 3 Hooded Merganser 6 Common Merganser 4 species present last 2 weeks Red-breasted Merganser 2 Ruddy Duck 27 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17478180 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY Mar 17, 2014 Protocol: Incidental 17 species Wood Duck 8 Upper Pool near island American Coot 22 Lake Killdeer 14 13 Parade grounds field 2; 1 Ballfields field 1 Ring-billed Gull X Herring Gull X Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) X Eastern Phoebe 1 reported by Karen Ohearn Breeze Hill Blue Jay 1 American Robin 20 Nethermead European Starling X Eastern Towhee 1 Nethermead Bridge bridle trail White-throated Sparrow 8 Northern Cardinal 1 Red-winged Blackbird 13 Nethermead Rusty Blackbird 4 Binnen Creek, present this area last whole month Common Grackle 40 Parade Grounds House Sparrow X View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17478224 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)