Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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!