Friday, March 24, 2017

Tweet from Dennis Hrehowsik (@deepseagangster)

Dennis Hrehowsik (@deepseagangster) tweeted at 1:20 PM on Fri, Mar 24, 2017:
Female ww scoter briefly on water off Columbia st pier, disturbed by boat and now flying south toward bush
(https://twitter.com/deepseagangster/status/845324521011888128?s=03)

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Tweet from Shane Blodgett (@Aplomadokestrel)

Shane Blodgett (@Aplomadokestrel) tweeted at 2:28 PM on Fri, Mar 24, 2017:
Pale ICGU just north of Brooklyn Army Terminal pier
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Fwd: Yellow-rumped Warbler at Lower Pool today



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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 23, 2017



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From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
Date: March 23, 2017 at 8:49:36 PM EDT
To: Kathleentoomey
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Mar 23, 2017

Prospect Park, Kings, New York, US
Mar 23, 2017 3:00 PM - 6:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments:     The Ballfields, Pools, Ravine to Lullwater, and Wellhouse Drive
37 species

Snow Goose  2
Canada Goose  34
Mute Swan  4
Wood Duck  20     They were scattered around both pools.  Counted several times.  Possibly an undercount
American Wigeon  3
American Black Duck  6
Mallard  60
Northern Shoveler  8
Ruddy Duck  27
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Coot  16
Killdeer  13
Ring-billed Gull  46
Herring Gull  9
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1     Lower Pool
Blue Jay  2
Fish Crow  34     Counted one by one, flyover, vocalizing
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  150
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  60
Cedar Waxwing  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1     Lower Pool
Dark-eyed Junco  10
White-throated Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  9
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  16

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35380906

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Killdeer records

Killdeer records in Prospect

The highest occurred April 2nd 1997  (in Red) < I had the 2nd highest of 26 on March 20 2015

DATE#OBSERVER
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DataChecklistN
1997-04-0232NYC Bird Report DataChecklist




"Blackjack" Killdeer

Killdeer are not that common in Prospect. They need open undisturbed space and Prospect Park full of human activity nulls the opportunity for open space birds to rest and feed quietly. Fortunately the ball fields situated at the west end of Long meadow are still closed till April 1st and so I hit the Blackjack! ( 21 in those card games).

I happened to come up the path from Upper Pool after counting Wood Ducks when I typically take a quick look at the ball fields. Scanning wide I spotted small whitish birds far off. So already thinking Killdeer , much to my surprise when I arrived at the west side of the enclosure. First I spotted a Killdeer in short right field of Field 2. Then another pops in, then another until I got the idea to scan farther; spread out from the first baseline to the right field , and a little over to Centerfield until I tallied 21 birds. The plovers moved towards field one but flew back to field 2. By lunch time, I counted 13 but with the harsh glare there might have been more spread out.

21 on a ball field ? Thought only 9 played on a team?  Nevertheless the team has lots of aces today.

KILLDEER Prospect

21 KILLDEER at field 2 bhind 1st base west end long Mead ballfields.thought it was 9 on a team?

Birding legend and Onithologist passes on

One of the greatest ornithologists of our time.

Chandler Robbins

Reported on the listserve

My first birding field guide GOLDEN GUIDE was coauthored by Mr Robbins. A great book especially simple approach toward learning the wood warblers.( Which I have three copies of, https://www.amazon.com/Birds-North-America-Identification-1966-06-01/dp/B012YSL8M4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1490285775&sr=8-3&keywords=chandler+robbins )


Subject: Chandler S. Robbins: 1918-2017
From: Joe DiCostanzo <jdicost@nyc.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:57:18 +0000
X-Message-Number: 2

Ornithologist and birding legend Chandler S. Robbins died yesterday at the age of 98. Birders are probably most familiar with Chandler Robbins as the author (with Bertel Bruun and Herbert Zim) of the groundbreaking Birds of North America: A Guide to Field Identification, illustrated by Arthur Singer, published in 1966 - often called by birders, the "Singer Guide" or the "Golden Guide". Chan joined the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a biologist in 1945 and retired in 2005 from the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel Maryland, after sixty years with the Service. He organized and for decades ran the annual North American Breeding Bird Survey. He was also an active bird bander and in 1956 banded a Laysan Albatross on Midway Island in the Pacific that has come to be nicknamed "Wisdom". The albatross is now the oldest banded wild bird in the world and in 2017 was still nesting on Midway. Since the bird was an adult when it was banded, it is at least 66 years old. Chan was awarded the Eisenmann Medal by the Linnaean Society of New York in 1987 for "excellence in ornithology and encouragement of the amateur". Since Chan was based in Maryland for most of his career, many New York birders may not have known him personally, but all have been influenced by his life and work, whether they knew him or not. Those who had the fortune to meet him know what a great person he was. A true legend.


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Fwd: Lotus' photos of Green-wood raptor


Based on the photos attached the Greenwood Cemetery "Goshawk"(reported yesterday ) is actually a COOPERS HAWK.. Skinnier overall "jizz" No spots at the belly bottom.etc

Nevertheless, a cool looking bird.  --KB

( But GOS continues in Prospect Park , seen last night. See the previous post )



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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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*** Species Summary:

- Northern Goshawk (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2017 17:19 by Peter Paul
- 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/S35360194
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Perched close to Maryland monument, near entrance to path that goes above lamppost 249.  Later, battling a Red-tailed Hawk in the peninsula field.  It won.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/129132563@N05/33596130875/in/dateposted-public/" title="Northern Goshawk Prospect Park"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3684/33596130875_8824fb691b_z.jpg" alt="Northern Goshawk Prospect Park" /></a>"

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Drama over peninsula meadow

Tripper Paul reports Gos battling red tail peninsula Meadow just before 6 pm

Fwd: Woodcock




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Sent: Tue, Mar 21, 2017 11:52 pm
Subject: Woodcock

Hi Peter,

I know it isn't a Goshawk, but I thought you might like this Woodcock. Saw him at Nethermead Arches yesterday.

See you in the park!

Heidi




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Goshawk outside the boundary

For the first time reported outside Prospect Park--pending photos-the NORTHERN GOSHAWK appeared in Greenwood Cemetery on this blustery day.

Lotus Winnie Lee , the first observer of this Goshawk back in January, reported the big raptor just inside Greenwood 's main entrance at 25th St and 5th Avenue this morning around 9 am. Lotus back then was uncertain and unaware of the bird's identity till it was confirmed by expert birders March 1st. Kathy Toomey relayed the Greenwood note via Twitter and will send photos later of this latest report. Its a wide ranging bird most of us suspected all along but the first reported away from its most renown spot at Terrace Bridge feeders.

The Goshawk appeared last night in the early evening. That report I found on the Ebird Birdtrax on the left sidebar; therefore its still hanging out. The bird question is when the feeders site ( under my office's auspices and sole permission with my time refilling) still attract the big bird when its done for the season sometime by this weekend. Though suet will still be good for two more weeks with two cakes left, just not the seed.

Only "17" WOOD DUCKS seen at Upper Pool today. But given the blustery day, if more , then those hid out of sight in the small island channel. Some were on the isthmus mainland; others waded widely in the Pool.


Tweet from Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy)

Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) tweeted at 9:03 AM on Wed, Mar 22, 2017:
Goshawk seen by Lotus Winnie Lee at Green-wood 5th Ave inner gate
(https://twitter.com/KingsKathy/status/844535001974738944?s=03)

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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*** Species Summary:

- Northern Goshawk (1 report)

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Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1)
- Reported Mar 21, 2017 16:50 by The Wildlab
- 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/S35336471
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird. Arrived around 6:30pm, quite active, flying between large trees.  At one point attacked by a comparatively tiny Sharp-shinned Hawk, the size difference was remarkable!"

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Yellow rumped

From Ryan : Found my first yellow-rumped warbler of the season at the park. Underneath the Terrace Bridge at the lullwater. Next to a Phoebe calling and flicking its tail.

Fwd: Fw: BBG

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Yellow-bellied sapsucker at BBG today.  Also a couple of red-breasted nuthatches.
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BBC evening program tonite ANTARCTICA

Subject: Reminder: Tomorrow BBC Evening Presentation Tuesday March 21st
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:13:55 -0400
X-Message-Number: 3

*Tomorrow Tuesday, March 21st, 7:00 P.M.*

*Penguins, Albatross, Leopard Seals: The Abundant Life of Wild Antarctica*

*Presenters: Tom Stephenson and Rob Bate*

*Location: Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch
<http://www.bklynlibrary.org/locations/central> at Grand Army Plaza*

Antarctica remains one of the most remote and natural places on earth. The
wild, rugged scenery includes spectacular icebergs the size of city blocks,
snow-covered mountainous peaks, and huge glaciers. It is the breeding
grounds for thousands of birds including Snow Petrels, Cape Petrels, Giant
Petrels; many species of Penguins, Albatross with wingspans up to 12 feet,
and the Skuas and Sheathbills that come to scavenge the nesting areas. It
also hosts thousands of huge Elephant, Weddell, Leopard and other seal
species along with many whales that all come to feast on the abundant life
of the southern ocean.

Join the Brooklyn Bird Club for a photographic extravaganza of this
exciting destination.
Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid under the tutelage of
Dr. Arthur Allen of Cornell University. His articles and photographs are in
museums and many publications including Birding, Birdwatcher’s Digest,
Handbook of the Birds of the World, Handbook of the Mammals of the World,
Birds of Madagascar, and Guide to the Birds of SE Brazil.

Rob Bate is the president of the Brooklyn Bird Club, an artist, and an avid
Brooklyn birder and photographer. He very much enjoyed testing out his new
gear in Antarctica.


http://www.brooklynbirdclub.org/meetings.htm

Dennis Hrehowsik

Brooklyn

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- Black-headed Gull (1 report)

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Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2017 12:50 by Dennis Hrehowsik
- Erie Basin Park, IKEA (Brooklyn), Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6711639,-74.0129375&ll=40.6711639,-74.0129375
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35320587
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult breeding bird. Most likely continuing bird first obs at veteran's pier by Julian Hough on 3/18. I Was sitting having my lunch on Columbia street pier looking at waterfowl. A distant Gull with black head flew into my optics and began flying toward me. I assumed laughing or Bonapartes then bonapartes as it got closer but when it flew overhead I saw it had dark legs and primaries under wing. Bird flew north toward IKEA. I looked along piers and found bird on Dwight st pier mixed in with ring bills. I could see dark hood that started high on head as bird waddled around concrete pier. Iphone through binocular photo attached."

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Two BHGU?

Tweet from Tripper Paul
@petersownbirds: Daisy and I are on one, and possibly a second BHGU on top of the treatment plant. Second one has only partial black hood.( Owls Head)

UPDATE: one of two Blackheaded Gull (BHGU) at the Owls Head sewage plant had a partial hood according to Tripper with an also present adult. Now this begs the question: are there three ?  The Ikea Red hook BHGU seen by Dennis was an adult. The short span of time bewteen both location early might be a clue...



Gos update today

Hey Peter the gos is back. Breeze Hill. Right out in open, spectacular views.538 per ryan

A Black headed Gull flew over Dennis' head

A change of the rare bird alert today. This change involves an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL, possibly two seen this early afternoon, displacing the Prospect Goshawk saga for one day.

Dennis Hrehowsik reported on his lunch hour a flyover adult BLACK-HEADED GULL at the Erie Basin Police impoundment lot, that he eventually relocated the gull at the Dwight Street pier in Red Hook. That bird was tweeted out at 12:58. At 1:30 Kathy Toomey tweeted out on Twitter the usual ( of the past few days)  BLACK HEADED GULL adult spotted on the Owls Head Treatment Sewage plant in northern Bay Ridge. This is adjacent to Veterans Pier where I saw it yesterday midday.Whether its the same bird or two different birds is a matter of speculation as far as the crow flies and depending how long the first sighting stayed at Dwight St pier. ( The two locales are roughly two miles apart) . For either adult --assuming two- its a beauty !   If you want to see if I meant it , check out this list sent and shared by Heydi Lopes, that Alie Ratay also saw at Veterans Pier yesterday http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35300535

The Prospect Goshawk is less cooperative today. It appeared once at 9 am, seen by Marvin Baptiste on Breeze Hill. After that when I spotted mid morning waiting birders on Terrace Bridge, no luck.

WOOD DUCKS took over the Upper Pool . There's at least thirty of this glamorous duck around the little island. Its a high number that even Cornell ebird flags as so that I had to comment whether I was sure. A head scratcher there.

7 RING NECKED DUCKS  remain off Peninsula thumb as well as 6 NORTHERN SHOVELERS in the same general area.

Happy Spring first day !

Wood ducks

Aboiut 30 around the Upper Pool island.

Gos status

@robsbirder: Marvin had the Goshawk at 9 this morning on Breeze

m.twitter.com/robsbirder

Spring starts!

Spring Equinox began 6:29 this morning..

Its a whole new season.. This past winter has been great .. Besides all the good ducks, birders can boast seeing or reading about Long Tailed Duck ( first since March 1952)  Northern Saw whet Owl ( Xmas count and March report) and the big star Northern Goshawk that entertained many..






Sunday, March 19, 2017

Goshawk provides a spectacle

The Prospect NORTHERN GOSHAWK continues to provide some spectacular views to birders eager to see it. With the Terrace Bridge the epicenter of this big  accipiter' s appearances  range, birders are treated to spectacular looks , perhaps emboldening this bird' s love of an audience.

First reports I received from Twitter and what app places the GOSHAWK above the Well house ,maybe nearer to the Maryland Monument. I'm sure it's all over the place here on Lookout Hill' s East slope. Then swing over to the other side of the bridge, it was reported by Sean Sime this Gos sitting in a big tulip tree across from the feeders. Later Kathy Toomey said it was in the big dead Austrian Pine at the bridge's East anchor. Just look for birders and stick close to the Terrace Bridge,the universe center of the GOS.

Overshadowed by the big hawk' s celebrity, a COMMON MERGANSER arrived in. In fact the hen was one of three merganser species on Prospect Lake, joining a Drake RED BREASTED  and 3 HOODED,completing a triple crown, or a merg merger.I went out to the lake in later afternoon and saw all three; the COMMON joined up with the RED BREASTED and hung close from the Peninsula towards West Island. Is this a match made in heaven ?

7 RING NECKED DUCKS continue to hang around.My observation was distant ,those ducks on the west side of the Peninsula thumb.

Some Kinglets are in as well, both species in Lullwater cove reported by Ryan Goldberg. Also on Ryan's list : a high number of 28 WOOD DUCK in the Upper Pool.

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 5:02 PM on Sun, Mar 19, 2017:
Prospect lake Comm Merganser hen cont. Betwn peninsula thumb /3 sis island.
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/843568296138080258?s=03)

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Merg

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Mar 19, 2017 12:15 by Jennifer Kepler
- 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/S35282075
- Comments: "Hen- photos, brown head, white in front- slender long bill. On lake btwn peninsula and three sisters"

Rusty

Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 16, 2017 14:00 by Bob &/or Maggie Honig
- 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/S35282487
- Comments: "At Zoo near barnyard area.  Photographed - will post when I have access to my computer - may be several days (currently traveling).  Black, bill smaller than Common Grackles it was near; traces of brown feather edges visible on back; iris bright yellow. "

Gos report

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1)
- Reported Mar 19, 2017 10:15 by Brad Vatrt
- 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/S35282275
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing Bird.  Seen with Sean and several other birders in the tulip tree north of the terrace bridge around 11:15. NOGO chased a falcon and perched in a large tree by the Maryland Monument before flying off to the east."

Tweet from Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy)

Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) tweeted at 2:38 PM on Sun, Mar 19, 2017:
Goshawk at Terrace Bridge dead pine type tree
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Gos update

Goshawk reported 134 behind maryland monument closer to Wellhouse above

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 10:28 AM on Sun, Mar 19, 2017:
Chris L. Reptd all 3 Merganser species Prospect lake,Inc hen Common
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/843469286131818497?s=03)

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Lake merg (erd)

Chris L. Reptd all 3 Merganser species Prospect lake,Inc hen Common

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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- Northern Goshawk (1 report)

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Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1)
- Reported Mar 18, 2017 12:32 by Michael Yuan
- 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/S35267896
- Comments: "Continuing immature. Perched on dead pine on Breeze Hill side of the Terrace Bridge. Dense, tear-shaped streaks reaching down and on undertail coverts. Wavy striped undertail, brown on gray. Small head with white supercilum. Took off after a few minutes for more prey, this gos is all rocking no stopping.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/88884477@N00/33135679990/in/dateposted-public/" title="Northern Goshawk"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/767/33135679990_47dba09f52_c.jpg" alt="Northern Goshawk" /></a>

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PP Gos an American patriot?

The reports of recent days from birders placed the NORTHERN GOSHAWK in the vicinity of Maryland Monument.This has me thinking : is this young bird a history buff or an American Patriot? Seriously though we are all happy this Prospect Gos has cooperated so wonderfully for birders from all over to enjoy it.

This early morning,Doug Gochfeld reported the Gos on the slope behind the monument. That was the only report I received until I decided to go to the Brooklyn Botanic garden to try for yesterday's snipe. Naturally I passed through Terrace Bridge where I found a group of birders looking up. Perched high in a dead Austrian Pine at the bridge's east end was the standout GOSHAWK.Its looking pretty darn good.I also received information that it was spotted flying across Long Meadow; so it's traveling.

On a different subject,only one Woodcock report today I heard.Michelle Dreger said one was inside the Arleen's Pines enclosure,the memorial Grove at Butterfly meadow north end on Lookout Hill.It's all leaves and exposed ground there not hard packed snow much to the woodcocks detriment.

The Lake was good.A RED BREASTED MERGANSER drake returned.The Merg had friends as well with 4 RINGNECKED DUCKS,3HOODED MERGANSERS,11Northern shovelers,2 Pied Billed Grebe and the same tardy 2 SNOW GEESE.

Those feeders are simply overwhelmed by birds! 22 RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS joined by 2 GRACKLE,3 FOX SPARROWS,and more accelerates consumption of  the seed stock ; I had just filled them this past Thursday! Birds ,the clock is ticking as feeders will come down by month end or earlier.

Oh,that snipe was nowhere to be found in the BBG.Kristin Costello had the snipe yesterday afternoon at the japanese garden.But as least mentioned compared to Prospect and Greenwood,it's nice to see the Garden get a little attention.

Fwd: Kingfisher



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-----Original Message-----
From: Heidi Cleven <heidicleven@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Sat, Mar 18, 2017 07:12 PM
Subject: Kingfisher


Hi Peter,

I saw a kingfisher today by Esdale Bridge around 3:30pm. Thought you'd like to know.

See you in the park!

Heidi

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*** Species Summary:

- Northern Goshawk (2 reports)
- Rusty Blackbird (1 report)

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Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1)
- Reported Mar 18, 2017 10:04 by Danielle Gustafson
- 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/S35252746
- Comments: "Immature bird announced BT two crows and Goshawk was pursuing sourcing dove."

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2017 10:00 by Angie Co
- 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/S35252301
- Comments: "perched by feeders and later on lookout hill. Large and bulky, with heavy teardrop streaking on breast and belly. Brown back, bold white supercillium."

Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 18, 2017 10:04 by Danielle Gustafson
- 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/S35252746
- Comments: "Brightly colored.  Rusty appearing.  Well seen walking on ice.  Non-breeding."

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Goshawk update

Goshawk was just seen in dead Austrian pine East end Terrace Br.just flew

An Early Bird Gets Caught in the Snowstorm - NYTimes.com

NOGOShawk

NOGOShawk chillin' at top of large tree at Butterfly Meadow on Lookout Hill above MD monument. Viewable from on hill or down by terrace br per doug

Iceland gull PP lake

ICGU (pale one) Prospect Lake per Doug g

Last Gos rept yesterday

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2017 14:45 by kristin costello
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35245304
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Well seen while perched on lookout. Dense streaking which extends low on a robust chest. White supercilium. Longish tail with uneven banding was visible when it fanned its tail out. Speckled back also seen when it relocated to another location near butterfly meadow. (Thanks Bob W for the intel!)"

Friday, March 17, 2017

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*** Species Summary:

- Northern Goshawk (1 report)

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Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2017 17:12 by Molly Adams
- 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/S35241545
- Comments: "Large immature hawk with tear drop shaped streaks covering entire breast/stomach, noticeably small head, and white eye brow. Observed perching high in trees just south of feeders starting at 5:45 and then hunting very low in trees while being mobbed by blue jays north east of the Maryland monument."

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*** Species Summary:

- Northern Goshawk (1 report)

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Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2017 09:10 by Linda Ewing
- 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/S35234501
- Comments: "Finally! Large accipiter perched high above Maryland monument: heavily streaked underparts, distinct whitish (somewhat dingy)  eyebrow. Took off in a fast dive after something, disappeared into Lullwater. Seen with 6-7 excited observers, pretty sure others took pictures."

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Tweet from kristin b costello (@angry_wren)

kristin b costello (@angry_wren) tweeted at 2:16 PM on Fri, Mar 17, 2017:
Wilson's snipe at bbg Japanese garden foraging along rocks.
(https://twitter.com/angry_wren/status/842801716705792002?s=03)

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Hope it sticks around morrow

Fwd: American woodcock

Just turn your sideways to the right  :)


From two days ago, along Center Drive /Midwood
 photos from Chris G coworker


-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher G
To: prosbird <prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 3:26 pm
Subject: American woodcock


Hey Peter,
I rotated the images of the woodcock we found on Center drive. Hopefully this is a better format for you.
It was a pleasure learning about and enjoying birds with you.
Chris G.
From: Christopher Gucciardo
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 3:04 PM
To: prosbird@aol.com
Subject: American woodcock
Sent from my Verizon LG Smartphone

Goshawk photos from today Adam 's



-----Original Message-----
From: Adam J. Nashban <adam@nashbanmansur.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 12:34 pm
Subject: NoGo!!!

Great seeing you!  Here are the photos of that awesome bird! 


Adam J. Nashban
Principal
Nashban Mansur LLC
Fundraising Consulting
917.224.6584



A very cooperative Prospect Goshawk, woodcocks diminish

Since yesterday afternoon the Prospect NORTHERN GOSHAWK created its new haunt , the area around lower south Lookout Hill in the general area of the Maryland Monument. The other dominant news of the past few days , the AMERICAN WOODCOCK blitz diminished in reports and numbers.

Our GOSHAWK cooperated excellently today. Its past behavior of hit and run pace slowed down quite abit of late, opting to settle in more for birders to enjoy its majesty. Yesterday afternoon and evening , it put on a show by Maryland Monument, flying from perch to perch , and at times scaring the bejeesus of several exposed Woodcocks. Today, mid morning found the Goshawk perched high in trees to the left and right of Maryland Monument; it even took flybys of the feeders. I was lucky to find birders with sharp eyes pointing out the Gos sort of hidden up the Lookout slope alongside the switchback trail. A last report in early afternoon from Isabel Conte saw the Gos fly towards the Concert grove or Rink  just east of Breeze Hill haunts.

Woodcocks are fewer in numbers today. Besides a few live ones, there was also expired ones. The live action took place at Lullwater Cove seen from the Rustic Arbor on the south side; I was lucky to see one feeding along the shore, the snow retracted , a godsend for the feeding Woodcock  needing nourishment in the harsh environment. Another  flushed from the path on Breeze Hill's south path to the concert grove. With hard packed snow making life difficult for starving woodcocks, also their vulnerability to raptor eyes left them quite exposed. Likely many left hopefully.

On the water, some ducks to enjoy. The "Magnificent 7 " RING NECKED DUCKS  remained all week at south Lullwater. I spotted them in front of Music Island. Other ducks continued to be BUFFLEHEAD at Three Sisters Islands, and 8 NORTHERN SHOVELERS at western Prospect Lake where also 2 SNOW GEESE linger.

Enjoy your weekend...

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 1:51 PM on Fri, Mar 17, 2017:
From rustic arbor left end one woodcock seen on shore xc lullwater cove right side
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/842795417276440576?s=03)

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Tweet from Isabel Conte (@aredstart2)

Isabel Conte (@aredstart2) tweeted at 11:52 AM on Fri, Mar 17, 2017:
Goshawk flew in direction of concert grove and rink
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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 1:40 PM on Fri, Mar 17, 2017:
3 woodcock at lullwater cove seen from rustic arbor,1 on bank per Gus then Ryan.prosect
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/842792665292963840?s=03)

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 11:17 AM on Fri, Mar 17, 2017:
Goshawk moved to right of MD Monument behind big pine hi up
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/842756859996110848?s=03)

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Nice getting profiled n honored by my employer

Tweet from RobBate (@robsbirder)

RobBate (@robsbirder) tweeted at 10:15 AM on Fri, Mar 17, 2017:
Goshawk breeze hill perched
(https://twitter.com/robsbirder/status/842741213698674688?s=03)

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Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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Date: Mar 16, 2017 11:30 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>
To:
Cc:

*** Species Summary:

- Northern Goshawk (1 report)
- Rusty Blackbird (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1)
- Reported Mar 16, 2017 07:30 by null
- 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/S35226001
- Comments: "Saw it by the feeders.  I was surprised that he seemed unperturbed by my presence as I approached (on skis). Noticed the white eyestripe and the heavily streaked breast.  Later compared what I saw to the excellent photo taken by Sean Sime a couple of days earlier.  It was the very same bird."

Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2017 07:03 by null
- 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/S35225824
- Comments: "Dark like a grackle but somewhat smaller, with a shorter tail and a thinner bill.  At the feeders.  Was able to compare it with some nearby grackles."

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Sleeping SNOW GEESE

On Prospect Lake western shore early morning 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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- Northern Goshawk (1 report)

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Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1)
- Reported Mar 16, 2017 14:54 by Joshua Malbin
- 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/S35219245
- Comments: "Seen striking and then dropping a woodcock, perched for a while in a few spots. Pics later."

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Gos killing field

My backyard. What a mess before Gos took off with carcass

Tweet from Dennis Hrehowsik (@deepseagangster)

Dennis Hrehowsik (@deepseagangster) tweeted at 7:19 PM on Thu, Mar 16, 2017:
Woodcock flying along side me up battle pass on my bike ride.
(https://twitter.com/deepseagangster/status/842515604393410560?s=03)

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Goshawk in my yard

Seen in my backyard 325 to 430 pigeon kill.note heavy dense teardrop streaking breast to on its legs, tail bands had white thin borders .,small head on big body. White eye supercilium not very bold bit distinct.  2nd area bird as Prospect gos seen same time by Joshua whom I texted





Tweet from Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy)

Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) tweeted at 3:55 PM on Thu, Mar 16, 2017:
Three Rusty Blackbirds Ravine
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Tweet from Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy)

Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) tweeted at 3:28 PM on Thu, Mar 16, 2017:
Three live woodcocks in Prospect Park so far, in Ravine and Ambergill
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Fwd: ducks


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To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 1:06 pm
Subject: ducks

7 ring neck ducks on lower lull water near lakeside. At least 11 wood ducks upper pool area-guess large number of geese are keeping the ice at bay.

Vale very busy as Nancy Tim & Howard Mandell continue to put out seed there. Nice snowy scene with at least 11 cardinals, lots of white throats and the usual nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, woodpeckers, bluejays and doves gathering as the seed bearers near. A well-fed red tail perched above also appeared to be enjoying the view.

One woodcock provides a little humor

Of seven woodcocks reported by my coworkers today, one provided a little humor.

On the way down from Lookout hill , when the truck approached the west path terminus with Center Drive, my driver David drew my attention to an AMERICAN WOODCOCK  in the middle of the path in front of the truck. Inching slowly to get it to flush, it wouldn't budge. I had to get out and slowly nudge it to fly, whereby it did , flying left. Where it exactly landed was the funny part. Our supervisor happened to be there at Center Drive's west junction
when the bird landed by him. The woodcock landed outside the door of the Port-a-john! Yes, I can sympathize; the cold does murder on our bladders.

Other reported locations for woodcocks today in Prospect Park are as follows: one at the edge of East Drive across from Nellie's lawn; Matthew Wills reported four in the Vale Cashmere and one by the Nethermead Arches. Unfortunately the Woodcock at the arches a Red tailed Hawk preyed upon.

These woodcocks are vulnerable with their camouflaged completely offset by the snow, sitting ducks we could say it. Also the cold and lack of ability to dig in for food leaves woodcocks starving and stressed or even those flying hitting structures or windows and so on. A tough time for this species when its blizzard casualties.

Other birds on this crisp day include a BALD EAGLE and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. Isaac Grant reported the latter species, a 2nd year eagle flyover and the pair of Rusties at the feeders. I was alerted -though not native--to 3 European Goldfinches in the Propagation nursery area by the park's 9 th Street entrance. These I observed.

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*** Species Summary:

- Bald Eagle (1 report)
- Rusty Blackbird (1 report)

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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (1)
- Reported Mar 16, 2017 11:18 by Isaac Grant
- 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/S35214105
- Comments: "Fly over 2nd year bird"

Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) (2)
- Reported Mar 16, 2017 11:18 by Isaac Grant
- 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/S35214105
- Comments: "A male and female see near the feeders in the black bird flock"

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