Monday, April 21, 2014

Peregrines / Gowanus canal; Ebird Yahoo Prospect post

from Matthew Wills (NYSBirds listserve)

Subject: weekend update: peregrines, Gowanus kingfisher
From: Matthew Wills 
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:13:43 -0400
X-Message-Number: 11

The Peregrine scrapes at 55 Water St. in Manhattan and the Brooklyn Detention 
Complex on Atlantic Avenue both seem to be active as all get out. I was away for 
more than a week (search successfully for Aplomado Falcon among numerous other 
species in south TX), so yesterday was the first time I had a chance to check on 
these sites. 

I observe 55 Water St. from across the East River, so the distance is trying, 
but it looks like there is some movement in the little house of a scrape itself. 

Both yesterday and today, I observed falcons near and at the House of Detention 
(the old name, not sure why they made it a complex). 

Also, yesterday I had a male Kingfisher diving into the superfund site of the 
Gowanus Canal. There are fish to be had there, but I wouldn't recommend them.

Pics of both, among others, on the blog.


"The place to observe nature is where you are." — John Burroughs


Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:26 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

"Peter Reisfeld" DrPinky

I ventured to Prospect this AM with Jeff Ritter. There were impressive numbers of pines along the Lullwater, along with good numbers of palms and yellow rumps.  Gnatcatchers were everywhere.  We were pleased to get the lingering prairie and worm eating warblers in the area between the pools and the Ravine.  And we enjoyed being welcomed from Queens by the boidmaster.  Here is a link to the prairie singing and preening: Happy spring birding! Peter Reisfeld