Saturday, March 29, 2014

raw rainy day after the good birds

By now, REDNECKED GREBE must be 'old news" but still it should be reported in case someone wants to see it. And as I went to check Prospect Lake  for the records, Trish came by and it was her first Prospect sighting. The 5 RED BREASTED MERGANSERS were closer to the shore at the northwest corner whereas the grebe at its usual spot at Three Sisters Islands where a perched high GREAT BLUE HERON looked down. Commons Merganser apparently are gone.Well,they had to leave sometime.....

But "new "news regards a water thrush species seen at the Ambergill Falls (Ravine). Stephen Blacklocks emailed me about a quick flyby at this falls 10 am; but its very likely the Louisiana; they are coming in and soon enough to rid this winter gloom feeling for birders (well,its still cold).

Over at Greenwood Cemetery,in the public lot next to the columbarium by the main entrance, Mary Eyster reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK and a very nice specimen in female RUSTY BLACKBIRD walking on the lawn.

All this --Prospect and Greenwood--before the cold rain came down much harder.When is spring coming ?

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY Mar 29, 2014 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Observer: Rafael G Campos R. Protocol: Traveling 2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments: It started to rain a little after 9:30 am. No signs of the Red-necked Grebe, but I saw 1 Pied-billed. And the largest number of Wood Ducks, mostly at the Upper Pool: 24 (7 f, 17 m). 34 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 6
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 24

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 2
 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
 Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 4
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 2

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 8
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 5
 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 4
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 3
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type)) X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 4

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X
 Fox Sparrow (Red) (Passerella iliaca iliaca/zaboria) 7
 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 15
 Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 8
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 8
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 10
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 12
 Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 2
 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

Brooklyn is great birding!!