Monday, March 17, 2014

Prospect fences

As attested by the presence of 14 KILLDEER seen this morning, the fenced off and locked areas are sanctuaries for grassland birds, especially in this foot happy trampled park.

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

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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

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