Friday, May 23, 2014

Prospect : possible second MOWA

KB note: Possibility of a second MOURNING WARBLER ( MOWA) , seen in the north Midwood, per Adam.See his report

Hi All

This evening I decided to walk across the park on the way back from an errand with half a mind to look for the Mourning Warbler down south. As I came off the southern end of Nellie's Lawn into the Midwood I heard an unfamiliar (and quite loud) chipping and -- whoa -- right in front of me was a nice bright Mourning Warbler. I watched the bird for a while chasing both male and female Common Yellowthroats and being chased by an un-identified Empidonax (read my Twitterstream @AdamWelzBirds for more precise directions). While watching it I heard identical-sounding chipping from about 50 yards away, closer to the Broken Steps, but could not confirm visually that there was a second Mourning around. There was a Gray-cheeked Thrush in the same area along with a Swainson's.

A light downpour cut my birding short, hence the depauperate list, tho I did get one Northern Rough-winged Swallow through the rain on the Lake as I was leaving.

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 22, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Walked from Grand Army Plaza to Parkside via Vale, Midwood, Lullwater, ice rink. Overcast, rainy towards end.
37 species (+1 other taxa)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type))  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  20     approx count
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  2
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  10     approx count
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  1
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  2
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus)  1
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia)  1     Bright bird, seen well, chipping loudly, far northern Midwood.
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  4
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  2
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  4
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  1     Vale. Bird with almost no 'necklace'.
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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