Friday, April 25, 2014

Prospect, north wind brings in the Wilson's and the spot

The persistent north wind is drawing on our nerves: when will it change ?  We would like it to be south for a change. ( we may get our wish, a storm system from the south  tonight) Hopefully this weekend might be a change in our  fortunes.

The highlight today no doubt is WILSON's SNIPE , found by Kristin Costello, in the vicinity of the Lakeside Rink shoreline. Rob Bate tweeted it as in the area between Duck and Music Islands .Word from Adam said it was flying within the south Lullwater ( south of the Terrace Bridge). A SPOTTED SANDPIPER also came along, seen in the same spot generally.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL ( Adam Welz)  stuck around,the good duck still a must see here in Prospect.

One BANK SWALLOW was reported by RBate, over the likely spot , Prospect Lake, with other swallows.

Other stuff is around the usual PINE , PALMS,WORM-EATING WARBLER and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. With the latter, two locations were mentioned, the Rustic Arbor and on the opposite side of Breeze, at the hairpin turn slope path. WORM-EATING WARBLER is still around , found by Paige Linden at the back shore of Upper Pool.Doing fence repair nearby, I went to look for it when Paige got my attention, but unfortunately, a woman dog owner likely placed her small terrier behind the fence in the woods, whereas the bird flushed before I got there...( grrr)

Look forward to the weekend, do get out ,there bound to be some birds ( I hope..fingers crossed) in this delayed migration for the quality birds ( has anybody seen oriole or kingbird yet ?)



Adam Welz:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Apr 25, 2014 6:40 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Parkside along Lake to Terrace Bridge up Lullwater to Midwood, back down through Lullwater, Peninsula, out. Did not thoroughly survey Lake. Sunny, not windy.
51 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)  3     same 3 birds as yesterday, between Terrace Bridge & 'pink beach'
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  12     overflying
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  3
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  5
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1     my f o s
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  1
gull sp. (Larinae sp.)  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type))  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  4
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  4
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  4     nest on Peninsula being attacked/raided by European Starling & House Sparrows
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1     Lullwater, in pines near cove. Have not seen one in Prospect Park for a long time.
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  X
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  5
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  3
Louisiana/Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla/noveboracensis)  1     seemed to be Northern, but not seen well enough to be sure
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1     same spot as yesterday Lullwater
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  26
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  40
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1     maybe 2 - seen in two locations but may have been same bird
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  5
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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