Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fwd: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jan 22, 2015

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From: Rafael Guillermo Campos-Ramírez <ticornis@>
Date:01/22/2015 5:58 PM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jan 22, 2015

Nice day for a walk in the Park.  The large flock of Canada Geese is the big thing around the ballfields, one of them has a neck band (orange, with the Y3T4 code in white)(see photo attached).  A lonely Merlin was spotted perched near the Lower Pool. The lake was semi frozen, and mostly Ring-billed Gulls, and the regular waterfowl. The feeder did not have any sps worth mentioning, the same folks feeding there.
On my way back, a large dark bird flew over the Nethermead, first I though it was a Hawk, but it landed on a tall tree in the Ravine, and started to vocalize:  1 Common Raven (my first for the Park).  I took some pictures (see them below) to probe its presence in the park. The sighting was ±12:25 pm.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Jan 22, 2015 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Observer: Rafael G Campos R
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
33 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  67    Large flock at the ballfields, 1 of them with a orange neck band, letters in white (Y3T4) and a metal leg band.  At least 2 other geese, have leg metal bands. Photos.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  10
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  5
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  X
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  3
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  34
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  4
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  16
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  4
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1    A single bird flew over the Nethermead, and landed on a tree at the Ravine, were I heard it calling.  It vocalized several minutes, before it left in direction NW. Photos taken
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  40
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  8
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  3

Photos: (L-R) Merlin; the banded Canada Goose; Common Raven