Sunday, December 6, 2015
day of rarities, Prospect birds
First,the PAINTED BUNTING continues it hot roll. Still entertaining birders and big numbers of them,this showboat of a bird on the Lefrak Rink ( Lakeside) greenroof moves about ; for new visitors ,just look for the birders. The BBC group recorded its first day rarity.
Then onward to Prospect Lake for the second rarity. I was in Manhattan for Xmas shopping this morning at Macy's looking at the holiday window display celebrating Peanuts 50th anniversary of the Christmas special when I got the tweet from Dennis Hrehowsik : BLACK HEADED GULL. The rare gull was spotted by Bobbi Manian, the rare Eurasian gull in the northwest sector; it was actually near the shore where BBC members got fantastic close by in looks for an hour.
I ventured over to the lake after my return from NYC.For an hour and a half, the search was in vain.Karen O and Chris L joined in and we searched hard with no luck. Then about 245, from the west island shelter spot I looked northward and spotted my nemesis bird : Its Back! For the next hour we watched the BLACK HEADED GULL wade around 200 feet offshore in the northwest section,going back and forth in its limited range. A really good bird for the park.I will search the Ebird records later.
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