Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fwd: Hi Peter

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From: Gerald Slevin <geraldslevin@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, Feb 14, 2017 08:22 PM
Subject: Hi Peter

Hi Peter,  Gerald Slevin here.  Had a great day at Prospect today.  It was sunny and not too windy, and if you like 40 degree weather like I do, you were a happy runner/birder.  I hadn't been out in a while, so I brought my small binos on a run and got pulled in long enough to see 30 species in a relatively short time.  Including 2  drake Red-Breasted Mergansers, 3 American Wigeons (2 drake, 1 hen), 1 Ring-Necked Duck, and a Red-Tailed Hawk perched ominously about 30 feet above the feeders (see photo attached).  Took the pics with my iPhone through the binos.  Tricky, but I'm getting the hang of it.  The hawk was perusing the busy buffet below, which included Downies, Both Nuthatch types, Titmice, Chickadees, Cardinals, and White-Throated Sparrows galore, although it was a squirrel that he mainly focused on.   Also saw a Cooper's near Vanderbilt playground, but it flew off before I could get a pic.

Birds seen at Prospect Park 2/14/17  Time: 1pm-3pm

1.European Starling X
2.House Sparrow X
3.American Wigeon 3
4.Ring-Necked Duck 1
5.Herring Gull 25
6.Ring-Billed Gull X
7.Cooper's Hawk 1
8.Red-tailed Hawk 2
9.Tufted Titmouse 11
10.Black-capped Chickadee 6
11.White-Throated Sparrow 15
12.Red-winged Blackbird 12
13.Mallard 60
14.American Black Duck 8
15.White-breasted Nuthatch 6
16.Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
17.Downy Woodpecker 5
18.Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
19.Blue Jay 1
20.Rock Dove 12
21.Mourning Dove 3
22.Ruddy Duck 42
23.Northern Shoveler 30
24.American Coot 20
25.Canada Goose X
26.Northern Mockingbird 3
27.Northern Cardinal 7
28.Mute Swan 6
29.Red-breasted Merganser 2
30.Song Sparrow 3

Hope to see you around the park soon.  Feel free to post this to your blog and thanks as always for maintaining it, it's a really valuable resource!

Thanks and Happy Valentine's Day, -Gerald