Sunday, October 22, 2017

After sparrows, blackbirds

Post sparrow migration comes the Blackbirds. And late October peaks with blackbirds. On my casual Sunday Prospect walk,that blackbird presence was evident.

In the phragmites marsh between West island and the rustic shelter, COMMON GRACKLE S are busy feeding. The frenzy of about 60 birds moving through the stalks made it impossible to discern a different species. About an hour later I looked up from the Maryland Monument and watched a brief stream of flying grackles flying northeast over the Terrace bridge. I do know the estimated 225 birds didn't stop down for the Breeze hill Smogasbord.

On Prospect Lake,the Ruddy duck flock is increasing,at least 125 birds. Northern shovelers seem around the usual from the past week ,around 15 birds.

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 9:43 AM on Sun, Oct 22, 2017:
Per Orrin :Vesper sparrow gwc woodland path nr birdsall monument. White outer tail feathers and white eyering
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/922096112873467905?s=03)

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sparrow day for vespers

An excellent infusion of Sparrows this morning that was highlighted by the VESPER SPARROW. A gorgeous sunny day that warmed up measurably but across the general area saw a very good movement of sparrows in certain parks.

Sean Sime-- at Brooklyn Botanic garden grassland section --witnessed hundreds of sparrows in that small area.

The same for a dense fallout according to Heather Wolf happened at Brooklyn bridge park pier one lawn,barely an acre plot. Remarkable in that small areas held so many sparrows bursting at the seams.

A fallout of rare VESPER SPARROWS today. Bobbi Manian reported one at Bush Terminal park; Heather Wolf saw one at pier six in the pier end lawn; I found one standing on the moat wall of Fort Jay's south wall. The latter was re-found 538 pm by Ben Cacace. In other parts of Brooklyn, two more Vespers are recorded.

On my leisured trek on Governor's, I also found AMERICAN PIPIT walking on the reseeded portion of the Parade ground. Slow birding on Governor's thanks to the late morning first ferry,I observed a Red tailed Hawk on a radio tower.

Of interest is EASTERN BLUEBIRD. This sighting occurred in Greenwood cemetery at Forest avenue as relayed by Ed Crowne.

To finish off my report, Sean had good Prospect birds:a WHITE CROWNED SPARROW at Butterfly meadow; ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER at the Sparrowbowl.




Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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*** Species Summary:

- Great Crested Flycatcher (1 report)
- Vesper Sparrow (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2017 07:27 by The Big Laskowski
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6602841,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40042656
- Comments: "On lookout, very yellow underneath "

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2017 09:09 by Roberta Manian
- Bush Terminal Piers Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6541609,-74.0204451&ll=40.6541609,-74.0204451
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40043307
- Comments: "Bold eyewing. Rufus psych. White outer tail feathers. Pics later "

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Tweet from Ed Crowne (@ecrowne)

Ed Crowne (@ecrowne) tweeted at 3:10 PM on Sat, Oct 21, 2017:
Eastern Bluebird GreenWood cemetery forest avenue
(https://twitter.com/ecrowne/status/921815982410223616?s=03)

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Tweet from BobbiInBrooklyn (@BobbiInBrooklyn)

BobbiInBrooklyn (@BobbiInBrooklyn) tweeted at 10:48 AM on Sat, Oct 21, 2017:
Vesper sparrow at bush terminal by hillside planting's https://t.co/AxqX8uyJBK
(https://twitter.com/BobbiInBrooklyn/status/921750164414566401?s=03)

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Bbrpk

Brooklyn bridge park per Sean Sime Very difficult to quantify the number of sparrows in the Grasslands section of the BBG right now. Hundreds at minimum

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 11:20 AM on Sat, Oct 21, 2017:
Vesper sparrow on Governor's is at south rampart Fort Day
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Winter wren s

Gus Keri reported up to 6 birds in Prospect today,an unusual good daily total.
I saw one in the Sparrowbowl on my lunch hour. Must be a peak day despite the warm spell.

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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- Ovenbird (1 report)

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Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2017 07:06 by Heather Wolf
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.7017015,-73.996266&ll=40.7017015,-73.996266
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- Comments: "In shrub stand on east side of Vale Lawn, behind benches."

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Tweet from Linda Ewing (@lke313)

Linda Ewing (@lke313) tweeted at 10:54 AM on Fri, Oct 20, 2017:
Think I just flushed Am bittern @ Sylvan, GW. Streaky below, long outstretched neck. Trying to refind.
(https://twitter.com/lke313/status/921389167862517761?s=03)

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fwd: Fw: Green-wood this morning

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Date: Oct 19, 2017 11:56 AM
Subject: Fw: Green-wood this morning
To: "Peter Dorosh" <prosbird@gmail.com>
Cc:

As reported, red-tail being mobbed by a murder of crows.  Also, a large flock of bluejays chased away a much smaller raptor, from the flash of color probably a kestrel.  Two yellow-bellied sapsuckers, a continuing belted kingfisher at the Dell Water, both kinglets, a couple of eastern phoebes, a few palm warblers, a great blue heron, and many white-throated sparrows. 


Fwd: Celebrate Prospect Park’s 150th!



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Sent: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 06:07 AM
Subject: Celebrate Prospect Park's 150th!


 
 
 
 
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Dear Peter Dorosh,

Today marks the official 150th anniversary of Prospect Park! On October 19,1867, Brooklyn's Backyard opened to the community for the first time with a special celebration, and tonight, the Empire State Building will light up green in recognition of this milestone. As we celebrate Prospect Park's rich history, we're asking you to shape its future by joining us at a community workshop aimed at reimagining the Prospect Park Rose Garden. 

Throughout the summer, Prospect Park Alliance partnered with Hester Street to engage community members across Brooklyn in reimagining Prospect Park's Rose Garden—a little known area in the northeast corner of the Park. We reached almost 2,000 people and gathered over 2,340 ideas through engagement events in and around the Park, and in various Brooklyn neighborhoods. Now we want to share all the great feedback and ideas we received to narrow down the options.

Join us at an upcoming event to learn more about the engagement and design process, hear a report back of all the input we have collected, and narrow down options for the future of the Rose Garden.

We are offering several opportunities to hear your feedback. Please drop by on the day that works best for you, during any of the times listed below.

  • Thursday, October 26, 5:30–7:30 pm
    Flatbush Library

    RSVP
  • Sunday, November 5, 1–5 pm
    Central Library

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  • Monday, November 13 3:30–5:30 pm
    Crown Heights Librar
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Each event will cover the same material and be free and open to the public. Refreshments, and Spanish and Haitian Creole translation will be provided. Your input will directly impact the redesign and programming of the future Rose Garden. Bring your family and friends and make the Rose Garden a place that reflects your community! Reimagine Prospect Park is made possible through the generous support of The Altman Foundation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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On this day , Prospect Park officially opened 150 years ago.




Reminder

Tonight BBC eve presentation

http://brooklynbirdclub.org/event/marie-read-presents-sierra-wings-birds-of-the-mono-lake-basin/

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Celebrate the Park’s 150th - Prospect Park Alliance

From yesterday

Subject: Prospect Park/Kings County Clay-colored Sparrow +
Date: Tue Oct 17 2017 14:22 pm
From: sean AT seansime.com

Migration was evident this morning in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. A Clay-colored Sparrow was feeding on the grass just south of the LeFrak Skating Rink with Chipping and Song Sparrows.
Other highlights included:
White-crowned Sparrow (Lookout Hill and Sparrow Bowl)Lincoln's SparrowField Sparrow
Orange-crowned Warbler(2) (Sparrow Bowl)Northern ParulaPine WarblerBlack-throated Green Warbler
Winter Wren (3)Blue-headed VireoRed-eyed Vireo
The ebird checklist with photos of some of these can be viewed at this link.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Good birding!
Sean SimeBrooklyn, NY

Tomorrow evening at the BBC meeeting



A reminder for this Thursday evening with the BBC presentation thats a good one , with a western US birder visitor speaking. The venue is the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.

http://brooklynbirdclub.org/events/category/meetings/list/

Lefrak Rink roof today

Linda Ewing found ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER feeding with a TENNESSEE WARBLER on a goldenrod. Both species are so similar that a good way to distinguish both is look at the undertail covert color. Orange crowned's is yellow.

I had a few sparrows at the Sparrow bowl,a few White throated and Songs. There was a HOUSE WREN perched momentarily on the fence.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ccsp

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2017 09:30 by karen o'hearn
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6602841,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39980262
- Comments: "continuing lefrak pic later"

Seen in prospect today ( or yesterday) per Tweets

Just back home from northwest Connecticut leaf peeping trip. Land of no color and no wifi ! Just too warm for leaves to know.

Here's some tweets that just popped up where NYC wifi works
@KarenOhearn: Vesper sparrow continues at LeFrak center. South side at grassy knoll

@KarenOhearn: Field and Vesper and a whole bunch of other sparrows at Sparrow bowl. Also Orange-crowned Warbler still here

@KingsKathy: Blue Grosbeak by Wellhouse containers


[10/17, 9:30 AM] ‪+1 (917) 324-2735‬: Adult White-crowned Sparrow Prospect Butterfly Meadow
[10/17, 10:17 AM] ‪+1 (917) 324-2735‬: Orange-crowned Warbler Prospect Sparrow Bowl
[10/17, 12:54 PM] ‪+1 (917) 324-2735‬: Clay-colored Sparrow back at LeFrak. Lots of acitivity. 6 Warbler species including 2 OCWA, Rusty Blackbirds, Winter Wren and gobs of sparrows
The rest I will forward.


Greenwood Cemetery

Per Orrin ties morn ;As predicted sparrow party. Field sparrow at main gate. Many wts. Also song and junco

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fwd: eBird -- Prospect Park -- Oct 15, 2017

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From: "Dennis Hrehowsik" <deepseagangster@gmail.com>
Date: Oct 15, 2017 2:26 PM
Subject: eBird -- Prospect Park -- Oct 15, 2017
To: "Peter Dorosh" <prosbird@gmail.com>, "Roberta" <roberta.manian@gmail.com>, "Tom Stephenson" <12toms@gmail.com>, "Rob Bate" <robsbate@gmail.com>
Cc:

Peter,

A good group of birders gathered at the pergola and managed to pull out 57 species on a day that saw many birds leave the park.

Highlights were, rusty black bird, white crown, chipping, swamp and savannah sparrows.

A fun close to the season thank you all for attending and thank you for letting me represent club.

Best,

D


Prospect Park
Oct 15, 2017
7:15 AM
Traveling
3.00 miles
360 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.0 Build 136

40 Canada Goose
5 Mute Swan
12 Wood Duck
8 Mallard
10 Ruddy Duck
3 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
4 Red-tailed Hawk
2 American Coot
3 Laughing Gull
5 Ring-billed Gull
3 Herring Gull
1 Great Black-backed Gull
15 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
10 Mourning Dove
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
3 Downy Woodpecker
5 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
4 Eastern Phoebe
1 Blue-headed Vireo
25 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Brown Creeper
1 House Wren
5 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Hermit Thrush
75 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
3 Northern Mockingbird
100 European Starling
2 Cedar Waxwing
1 Ovenbird
1 Northern Waterthrush
2 Black-and-white Warbler
5 Common Yellowthroat
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
7 Palm Warbler
20 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
12 Chipping Sparrow
4 Dark-eyed Junco
1 White-crowned Sparrow
7 White-throated Sparrow
1 Savannah Sparrow
7 Song Sparrow
3 Swamp Sparrow
10 Northern Cardinal
2 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Rusty Blackbird
5 Common Grackle
2 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch
85 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 57

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Tuesday Wind projection means lots sparrows?


Next Tuesday we are gonna really feel the cold snap !

A northwest north wind is in the forecast Tuesday with potential for that big sparrow numbers that I have yet to see thus far. So keep in mind birding Tuesday into Wednesday might reward you.

But I have another love besides boids: leaf peeping. I'll be doing that in NW CT.


Fwd: BBC Meeting Thursday, October 19th



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Subject: BBC Meeting Thursday, October 19th


PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING IS ON THURSDAY instead of the usual Tuesday.
Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin
PRESENTED BY: Marie Read
THURSDAY, October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch at Grand Army Plaza
https://www.bklynlibrary.org/locations/central

Marie Read's photography of California's iconic Mono Lake and environs reveals the fascinating birdlife of this spectacular birding hotspot, which is a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network site of International Importance. Tufa towers rise above the surface of Mono Lake's highly saline/alkaline water, which teems with brine shrimp and alkali flies. Many breeding and migratory birds, including California Gulls, Wilson's and Red-necked phalaropes, and Eared Grebes are attracted to the feast. Pinyon Jay, Violet-green Swallow, Sage Thrasher, and Lewis's and Black-backed Woodpeckers are among the birds living in the surrounding sagebrush scrub and forests. Marie will present stories from the field and explain how she obtained some of the behavior and action shots featured in her book Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin. Signed copies will be available for purchase.

Marie Read's photographs and articles have appeared in magazines such as Living Bird, Bird Watching, Nature's Best, and National Wildlife, as well as in books and calendars worldwide. She has authored several books about birds and their behavior, most recently Into The Nest, co-authored with Laura Erickson (Storey Publishing, 2015).

Orionids

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fwd: Thursday Walk...the last one...

Last BBC fall Thursday Walk. Thx to Tom S.

Note 2nd VESPER SPARROW with CLAY COLORED SPARROW at Lefrak Rink

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Sent: Thu, Oct 12, 2017 04:49 PM
Subject: Thursday Walk...the last one...


Hi Peter,

Good seeing you in the park.
We had a very small group, probably due to the rain. But notably we had a birder from Belgium and also two from the UK, as well as one from Costa Rica...(Rafael!) All but the Costa Rica guy got multiple lifers, which is always fun.

Eventually the weather cleared and became a nice, blustery Fall day. Unfortunately, there weren't many birds in the park, but after all we were able to dig up 54 species....

The highlights were ten species of Sparrows including 2 Clay-colored, Vesper (not the one at the ball fields), and a white-crowned.

Here's the list. I'll send some photos later.

Best regards,
Tom


Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Ruddy Duck
Osprey
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Good sparrow reports Prospect

Delayed posting as my phone had a battery issue but here are two good sparrow reports,from Ryan n Tom S.
--Hey Peter just a heads up that the vesper sparrow is on ballfield 5 with a chipping and song. Lots of good flyovers today too - i.e. two peregrine and 9 great blue herons.

--@TomProspectBird: Clay-colored sparrow near Lafrak towards lake near two white parked cars

m.twitter.com/TomProspectBird

Quiet ballfields

The ballfields in Prospect was quiet today saved for a few Palm Warblers, Chipping and Song sparrows. Otherwise a few regular birds.

Lotus reported on her way on from the Bartel entrance a PINE WARBLER . This bird was seen in the pines on the left side of the lot. A HERMIT THRUSH also sped along there.

The weedy border on the Tennis House south side is sometimes active. Nothing rare but for a few SONG SPARROWS, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT,and SWAMP SPARROW,

I heard from Kathy Toomey that she and Dennis H had the Vesper Sparrow yesterday afternoon at 545 between field 2 and 3 dugouts; But a no show for today.




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fwd: Re: Vesper

Vesper sparrow field 2 dugout fence, from Will.
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From:
Date: Oct 11, 2017 7:41 PM
Subject: Re: Vesper
To: Will Pollard <billmiky@gmail.com>
Cc:

Thanks. A good looker! Hope it's there morrow. And more.

Cheers

P

On Oct 11, 2017 6:12 PM, "Will Pollard" <billmiky@gmail.com> wrote:



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Sincerely,

Will Pollard
Science Educator / Naturalist

billmiky@gmail.com | http://bkphenology.tumblr.com


Prospects ballfields take first place!

Wide open fields of October attracts good visitors. With Prospects western Long Meadow ballfields one such terrain, today this location took first place for 5 quality birds observed mostly near field diamonds 2 & 3.

First in the extreme eastern corner, Joshua Malbin spotted MARSH WREN. That started the ball rolling.

Then came Sean Sime's catch of a double play. An EASTERN MEADOWLARK followed shortly by a surprising WILSONS SNIPE flushed by passerby. The latter flew out the park westward.

I struck out the previous two birds on my lunch hour. But Will Pollard made a save with the meadowlark plus one around 330 pm.

Along with Meadowlark in the outfield of field 2&3, a VESPER SPARROW hung near the 1st base side dugout,hanging out with 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Unfortunately no one else saw the Vesper. ( Will took a pic)

By now at 4 30 at least 8 birders are looking around and the group finds AMERICAN PIPIT! This bird patrolled near field 2's left foul line with the Meadowlark. Despite all the after school track meets and ballplayers, the pipit and Meadowlark dallied around.

Birders also watched more common birds in the ballfields. PALM WARBLERS were present ; a few WHITE THROATED SPARROWS stayed by field 1; I found CHIPPING SPARROW at field 3.

Eastern Meadowlark didn't have Prospect for it's playing field; Heather Wolf found one at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

A good day for these good birds to play ball!