Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Yellow is the color

Yellow was a welcome cheery sight under gloomy skies and a biting cold wind. Besides some yellow flowers--Wild Oats-- that bloomed in the Ravine, also of the color yellow, some birds ,one of which is rare for Prospect.

A few reports came from birders that benefited today's Brooklyn Bird Club Tuesday walk led by Bobbi Manian , a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON perched high in a tree overlooking the Lullwater. On the north side of Terrace Bridge, the rare heron was seen by Shane Blodgett, followed by a report of likely the same bird earlier by Cathy Sogg, ( telling Klemens who texted me), and then Rob Bate's tweet. I finally got down there on my lunch break, missing the bird until Rob showed me the heron.

But as I was looking for the heron, I did see a beautiful warbler, very bright and offering cheer on this drab day,a male YELLOW WARBLER. It appeared by the bald cypress trail adjacent to the pink beach along Breeze Hill, before it crossed over the path up to the slope. A few were seen today by others.

A deluge predicted tomorrow, rain supposedly torrential. Birding takes a holiday ?

From Bobbi Manian leading the BBC Tuesday walk

Hi Peter,

Rob must have had psychic insight into today's cold/wind/lack of birds when he asked me to sub for him this week!  Today was stark contrast to yesterday, but 5 hearty souls persevered for over 5 hours.  We lost a few on the way and gained a few along the way.  Big THANK YOU to Bob O'Neil and Bambi for lending extra layers to those of us who were unprepared.  Also thank you to Shane Blodgett for calling Bob to tell us about a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron that was being seen today in the park and waiting for us to backtrack from the Peninsula. 

Kathy, please let me know if i missed anything.  i wasn't keeping great track. too cold!


On Tuesday, April 29, 2014 2:03 PM, "do-not-reply@ebird.org" <do-not-reply@ebird.org> wrote:
Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Apr 29, 2014 7:14 AM - 12:29 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Robs Tues BBC spring migration walk. Bobbi subbing for Rob.  <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
46 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  4
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  4
American Black Duck/Mallard  X
Blue-winged Teal  3    Continue. Lullwater.
Ruddy Duck  7
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Egret  2
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1 - Thanks to Shane for calling Bob to tell us about the bird and waiting for us to arrive
Osprey  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue-headed Vireo  3
Warbling Vireo  2
Blue Jay  7
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  12
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  1    Heard
Carolina Wren  1    Heard
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
Worm-eating Warbler  1 - seen by Rob B, while ditching his own walk!!!
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  25
Prairie Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Sparrow  X

Red Bellied Woodpecker and Kingfisher ( heard)

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 Dear Peter, My Photo of Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. Seen by Carrie Sogg early morning at South side of Lake in phragmites  and recently found by Shane Blodgett high up in Tree 50 yards north of Terrace Bridge on the East side of Lullwater.