Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Osprey nest Bush Terminal

Earlier over the weekend, Matthew Wills reported the happy occasion of a pair of Ospreys building a nest . Seen atop a multi floodlight tower, the pair brought sticks to the perch. This is a historic new location for this species , normally only confined  up to then at Jamaica Bay and Marine Park region.

Although there is an osprey platform at Bush Terminal Park, its nevertheless good news of the species nesting deeper inside NY lower harbor. Time will tell of the success and whether they will expand to new quarters.

The nest is inside the restricted Marine Transfer Station by the Simms Recylcing complany that deals with our trash.

Gus Keri Facebook video post

Here's Marisa's account from NYS Birds :

Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:19 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Sorry for the delay in posting. The listserve did not publish my earlier attempts. On Sunday I confirmed the osprey nest that Matthew Wills found at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. At 3:45 I saw 2 birds on the nest which looked fully built out. To view, go to the Industry City parking lot at 35th Street and 2nd Avenue in Sunset Park. Stand at the parking lot entrance and direct binoculars or scope straight towards the water to the top of the far light tower. Thanks to Matthew for this wonderful find.

I then took a quick walk around Bush Terminal Park nearby at 43rd Street and First Avenue. There was a nice assortment of waterfowl for the 2nd half of April. The best bird was a blue winged teal in the fenced off cove to the west of the park entrance. Other species in the park included American wigeon, gadwall, ruddy duck, black duck, mallard, bufflehead, brant, Canada goose, double crested cormorant, herring gull, song sparrow, house sparrow, red winged black bird, European starling, mourning dove and rock pigeon.

If you plan to visit, note that Bush Terminal Park is open from 8 to 5 from March 1st through May 1st. The park is open 8 to 8 from May 2nd to September 30th.