Saturday, October 17, 2015
Topping the sparrow list ,two rare species, both at Prospect and late bloomers. First rare sparrow report came from Dennis Hrehowsik just after 6 pm, a sighting of LARK SPARROW on the south lawn of the Lefrak Rink. I assume this is along the green roof edges. Second rare species is CLAY COLORED SPARROW ,about 15 minutes later , tweeted by Monica Berger, a bird seen on Nellie's lawn. Perhaps it's the one from the BBG Grassland yesterday as Nellie's is right across from there. Today was Dennis last BBC fall walk so a list is pending.
Meanwhile over at Greenwood Cemetery,I met up with Mary Eyster.Though the rarest of the ten sparrow species was LINCOLNS,FIELD and WHITE CROWNED, we enjoyed a spectacle of different sparrow species.Most surprisingly it was a small plant plot at Valley Water that had a good diversity dominated by SWAMP. At the southwest corner of the Valley water , marked by boulders, two FIELDS and at least 6 SWAMPS hid within but did come out when it was quiet. The WHITE CROWNED was seen by Battle Hill Kiamie crypt slope and another at Sylvan Water . I was told CHIPPING had good numbers earlier.
At Dellwater, we both enjoyed a pair of NASHVILLE WARBLERS in a willow, with BLACKPOLL and lots of PALMS. WARBLER diversity is dropping.
Raptors over Greenwood were evident. All three falcon species appeared,including a MERLIN with a missing wing feather. But raptor numbers are very low...
GWC sparrows : SONG,WHITE THROATED,WHITE CROWNED,FIELD,SWAMP,EASTERN TOWHEE,SAVANNAH,LINCOLN'S DARK EYED JUNCO,CHIPPING