Monday, November 11, 2019

Mercury's moment (Veterans Day)

A successful view for me of Mercury's transit of the sun thru members' telescopes ( with solar filters)like of the Amateur Astronomers Association NYC at Floyd Bennett field community garden. Nice guys to talk to. I'm glad I was aware of this event and clear skies a gift this morn. The next Mercury transit won't pass in this region until 2046! By the way u know how fast it travels? Almost 106,000 miles per hour!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

eBird Checklist - 9 Nov 2019 - Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn - 20 species

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61305777

Note late blue headed vireo

BBG eastern parkway entrance debuts with a blue bang

I read from yesterday's report of the Brooklyn botanic garden eastern parkway entrance reopening starts off with a bang. A bird bang more like it: 6 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS.

As a coincidence both the entrance and the bluebirds shared a common name as Bradley Klein's first Sundays walk came through with these bluebirds spotted by Danielle Gustafson.

It looks like the entrance that I haven't visited since reopening might have added enrichment to habitat changes the garden had been undertaking these last five years. And that's good news.

Well drive pp wiwa

Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 09, 2019 13:15 by Linda  LaBella
- Prospect Park--Lookout Hill, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6582555,-73.9711404&ll=40.6582555,-73.9711404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S61318003
- Comments: "Was seen about an hour earlier by a birder names Kathy (?) and has been reported as being around for a couple of weeks , in the area of the dirt pile and the picnic tables.  Deep Yellow warbler with a black toupee"

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Local notables

In our area:


  1. The Wilson's Warbler continues in prospect exact location unspecified

2.Vesper Sparrow though was reported at Greenwood Cemetery Dellwater

3.A late House wren was observed in Brooklyn bridge park

Friday, November 8, 2019

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert late PP BTGWarbler


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- Black-throated Green Warbler (1 report)

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Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2019 08:50 by Tina Alleva
- 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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S61270163
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Late, at lullwater cove. Photo."

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

eBird Checklist - 3 Nov 2019 - Prospect Park - 41 species

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61147753

First Sunday PP Walk. Note continuing BLUE HEADED VIREO ( one also reported in Greenwood cemetery)

Continuing WIWA inPP

Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 03, 2019 06:30 by Ryan Mandelbaum
- 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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S61139860
- Comments: "Teeny bright yellow warbler with a black cap near the lakeside bathrooms"

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Fwd: Saturday BBC bird walk in Prospect Park

From leader Ed Crowne

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Date: Sat, Nov 2, 2019, 6:18 PM
Subject: Saturday bird walk in Prospect Park
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@gmail.com>


Hi, Peter

It was a sunny, cool day in the park today. Many birds, including flocks migrating overhead. Eight participants, we saw over 40 species of birds, including three Buffleheads on the lake, lingering Blue-headed Vireos and Northern Waterthrush (at Three Sisters). Next to the container on Wellhouse Drive, we saw very briefly what I think was probably a Nashville Warbler. See checklist attached for details. 


Best regards, Ed

" invasion ' of Blue headed Vireos

For the late date, an invasion of Blue headed Vireos marked the day at Prospect Park and Greenwood Cemetery. Supplement to the Vireo number ,a few late Warblers added fall spice.
From Steve Nanz's library

On today's walk by Ed Crowne leading the BBC two Blue headed Vireos were reported. I also read independent reports of perhaps more in other areas of Prospect. Then from Tom Preston birding in Greenwood, a really good number of four BHVireos in different locations . So there's a late surge and fall mini phenomenon today.

Then late Warblers provided more autumn day spice. Best were these: Northern waterthrush on the BBC Walk; Magnolia warbler in the botanic garden across Flatbush reported by Sean Sime; Northern Parula in Prospect; and an alleged report of Louisiana waterthrush which is very late; Black&white warbler in Quaker Cemetery. These follow yesterday's reports of American Redstart and prized Wilson Warbler at the Wellhouse area.

We are also seeing winter transitory species .Both kinglet species, winter wren,and yellow bellied sapsucker makes field walks interesting.

My time in the park, casually focused on ducks and sparrows. In that spirit, I observed the three BUFFLEHEADS,two Drake's and a hen by Three Sisters island; later on my return trip they were off the Peninsula thumb on the Lake.

For Sparrows at the Sparrowbowl a hunkered down Field Sparrow led the several song,white throated and Chipping. After an untimely disturbance by off leash dogs in early afternoon I left knowing it'll be awhile before those sparrows come back. ( And I wondered why birders go to quieter Greenwood 😕)

eBird Checklist - 2 Nov 2019 - Prospect Park - 37 species. BBC WALK

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61114435

Brooklyn bird club preliminary report, walk Led by Ed Crowne

Friday, November 1, 2019

More late PP warblers

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Nov 01, 2019 15:47 by Michael Silber

- 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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S61098168
- Comments: "Mossy back. Yellow throat. Dark back. Chestnut band on chest. Observed at close proximity.  In and out of Quaker cemetery"

Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) (1)
- Reported Nov 01, 2019 15:47 by Michael Silber

- 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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S61098168
- Comments: "Olive-yellow head and back. Striped flanks. Line across eye. Observed multiple times at close proximity. In and out of Quaker cemetery"

Hey Vesper ,The world series is over!

Field 2 continues to host a VESPER SPARROW at Prospect 's long meadow western end. Someone should tell the bird the baseball season is over....

Three BUFFLEHEAD Ducks were reported on Prospect Lake. The report came from Karen Ohearn.

And last , the MERLIN is liking the ballfields aplenty. Vesper Sparrow, you better be on your way!

Also a Karen report: late American Redstart and Northern Parula

see the ebird details

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)- Reported Nov 01, 2019 08:50 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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S61092230
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 01, 2019 08:50 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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S61092230
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "pic"

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Nov 01, 2019 08:50 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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S61092230
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "pic"


If you are looking for trends or common birds, check the latest PP checklist
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L109516

Have a good weekend!

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fwd: 1st Sunday Walk November 3rd at 8am


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Date: Thu, Oct 31, 2019, 11:48 AM
Subject: 1st Sunday Walk November 3rd at 8am
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Reminder Sunday November 3rd is our BBC 1st Sunday monthly walk @8am departing from the PP boathouse. This month's walk will be lead by Paul Keim. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

eBird Checklist - 28 Oct 2019 - Prospect Park - 46 species


Note the 29 wood ducks in lower pool from Oct 28. 


https://ebird.org/checklist/S61003845

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert PP Wilson's warbler


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- Wilson's Warbler (1 report)

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Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) (1)
- Reported Oct 30, 2019 14:50 by Kathleen Toomey
- 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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S61051885
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing behind the containers on Wellhouse Drive. A bright yellow warbler with a distinct black cap. Photo"

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Winter Finch Forecast 2019-2020.

Why do leaves change color in autumn?

No photo description available.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

The following late for season birds were reported at this park yesterday, showing even for the park small size, its a great location especially at piers 1 &6 besides the other areas mentioned below for birding:


- House Wren (Northern) (1 report)
- Marsh Wren (palustris Group) (1 report)
- Prairie Warbler (1 report)

all - Reported Oct 28, 2019 08:19 by Tim Lenz

House Wren (Northern) (Troglodytes aedon [aedon Group]) (4)
- Reported Oct 28, 2019 08:19 by Tim Lenz
- 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
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60999422
- Comments: "Chattering and several seen"

Marsh Wren (palustris Group) (Cistothorus palustris [palustris Group]) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2019 08:19 by Tim Lenz
- 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
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60999422
- Comments: "Seen at Pier 3 in tall grasses NW side. Photos TCL"

Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2019 08:19 by Tim Lenz
- 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
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60999422
- Comments: "Hillside above Pier 4. Great looks! Heather has photos"

Monday Sparrow diversity

Monday seemed like a quiet day but here and there in Prospect there was reported diversity of sparrows.

Without naming them, Ryan Goldberg in the afternoon reported 10 species sparrows mostly along the ballfields to the Tennis House area. Tops was the continuing VESPER SPARROW at Ballfield three. Joining him on my sparrow jaunt list, I found a FIELD SPARROW in front of the Breeze hill feeders location lawn ( No feeders up yet). Karen Ohearn saw a LINCOLN SPARROW at the base of the Hammerhead at southwest Prospect Lake.

Before running into Karen and Chris Las on Well Drive, both saw the continuing WILSONS WARBLER on Lookout Hill south slope behind the three shipping containers at Well Drive opposite the boat ramp.

Over at Greenwood Cemetery, Orrin reported an AMERICAN WOODCOCK on Dell Avenue. He also reported 3 WOOD DUCKS on Sylvan Water and a late female BLACK THROATED BLUE WARBLER.

This is my rush hour report for Monday morning :)


Monday, October 28, 2019

A truly beautiful Sugar Maple giant

Along prospect lake drive east of the Peristyle


Tweet from Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) PP VESPER SP

Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) tweeted at 1:50 PM on Mon, Oct 28, 2019:
At least one Vesper Sparrow still at baseball field 3
(https://twitter.com/KingsKathy/status/1188875800633847808?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Egmail%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3)

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) pp field sparrow

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 0:47 PM on Mon, Oct 28, 2019:
Field sparrow with 18 Chippies laen in front of prospect feeders (nyet) breeze hill
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1188859765247614976?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Egmail%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3)

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Tweet from E R (@ERbirds) Oct 27 BBrP marsh wren

E R (@ERbirds) tweeted at 6:06 PM on Sun, Oct 27, 2019:
Marsh Wren! At Brooklyn Bridge Park after the rain. Pier 6 https://t.co/gmX5S8bJT5
(https://twitter.com/ERbirds/status/1188577697527685121?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Egmail%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3)

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) woodcock gwc

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 9:49 AM on Mon, Oct 28, 2019:
Orrin repts Woodcock Dell Ave in GWC
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1188815080504418305?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Egmail%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3)

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Prospect lake early duck haven

After the rains,the sun was peeking through motivating me to get out. A walk to Prospect lake seem like a sensible idea.

One quick look from the shore I see a dispersed number of
RUDDY DUCKS & NORTHERN SHOVELERS,an estimated 80 birds. Off towards the peninsula thumb a pair of PIED BILLED GREBES waded by the thumb point; off to the right perched under Three Sisters westetn island,a pair of WOOD DUCKS rested on tree snags above water.

I took a farther walk towards the Wellhouse. From this vantage I spotted a nice surprise , a pair of RING NECKED DUCKS, hanging out with the Ruddies near the distant shore. It's likely the first of season for this handsome species..

A check of the upper or outer Lullwater was my last spot check. Here I found more Shovelers with a single drake Wood Duck with them. By now my feet were wet from the soaked lawns so it was smart to head homeward.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Forbes: Bird Migration Is Written In Their Genes

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert GWC BlueGrosbeak


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- Blue Grosbeak (1 report)

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Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) (1)
- Reported Oct 25, 2019 15:00 by Gustavo Gonzalez
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6523083,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60931183
- Comments: "Continuing bird.  Still by a Dell Water. Has been there for about a week now."

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Vesper sparrows PP


Update Two reported at field 3 before 3 pm by Kathy

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
- Reported Oct 25, 2019 10:33 by Paige Linden-Brams

- 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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60922444
- Comments: "Continuing on field 3. Bold eye ring, pink bill, white outer tail feathers seen when it took off. Will upload pics."

Tweet from Charles Tang (@charlesbrooklyn)

Charles Tang (@charlesbrooklyn) tweeted at 11:19 AM on Fri, Oct 25, 2019:
Vesper Sparrow from yesterday at baseball fields between 2 & 3, Prospect Park. https://t.co/zJQfysDzjK
(https://twitter.com/charlesbrooklyn/status/1187750492673380352?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Egmail%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3)

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"Hot" Field 2


Merlin

Prospect's Ballfield #2 at the west end of Long Meadow continues to be the hub for sparrows and a Bluebird today with a roving Merlin taking swipes at everything.

Along the dugouts , especially when I took lunch , the dugout at first base hosted FIELD, VESPER, and a good number of CHIPPING SPARROWS. Both the Field and Vesper were inside the dugout affording great looks of both eye ringed sparrows. I especially love the Field Sparrow with its boyish look. Chippings were all over the place using the fence as cover. A good thing in a way, as a MERLIN suddenly swooped in like a cruise missile along the ground on the outside of the fence, just feet from me. A bold falcon and a great bird to love for its audacity .

The Merlin I was told was doing much ground hovering swipes at birds on the ground. It even buzzed a birder  as it flew right over her. This Merlin used the whole morning to continually make forays around the ballfields.

Quite a number of SONG SPARROWS were present, especially along the woods fence and mound behind Field 7.

A bonus bird this morning while she was looking at the Vesper Sparrow, Paige Linden-Brams reported seeing above field 2 an EASTERN BLUEBIRD.

Enjoy your weekend.



Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

Vesper sparrow in field 2 first base dugout prospect

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 0:19 PM on Fri, Oct 25, 2019:
Field sparrow with good # Chippings field 2 1st base dugout prospect
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1187765623729872900?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Egmail%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3)

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Grasshopper Sparrow details GWC

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2019 14:00 by karen o'hearn
- Greenwood Cemetery, 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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60898956
- Comments: "large-billed sparrow with overall buffy/yellowish, unmarked front, lacy-patterned, rufous & black back outlined in lighter gray/off white.  dark line coming from back of eye.  unable to relocate.  most of the flock it was with flew off shortly after seeing it."

Local rare sparrow day

When I drove by in my work vehicle,I saw three ladies in the distance looking at birds at fields 2&3. I had a good feeling they were observing the Vesper Sparrow.

Making sure my quiet approach  was from field 3` s second base,I asked the ladies- Linda,Toni and Ellen if they had the VESPER. Yep and even better there's two! In front of field 2 third base,both chunky birds with the bright eye rings were feeding deep in the short grass along with a Savannah Sparrow. I'm glad the Vesper sparrows stuck around  and they did throughout the morning between the dugouts and once seen on the right dugout bench.

It appeared active today with birds and sparrows. On my various work trips I noted several Hermit thrushes along Lookout Hill north paths;Sparrow flocks flushed upward into trees as I drovedby noisily.Chippings and juncos I presume were those birds

Meanwhile over at Greenwood cemetery Sylvan Water the GRASSHOPPER SPARROW emerged along the west slope according to Karen O'hearn in mid-afternoon.It disappeared shortly after.

GWC vesper sparrow

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2019 15:00 by Jonathan Perez
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6523083,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60886834
- Comments: "Vespers Sparrow seen East ridge of sylvan lake with chipping and a field sparrow in a tree, late afternoon. Distinctly larger than field and chipping. Streaked gray upper parts white under streaks on the side and distinct white eye ring. Tail dark white edges seen when it flew."

BBrP fox sparrow

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2019 07:10 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
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60886041
- Comments: "Sparrow with reddish brown upperparts with dark gray on head and nape. Reddish brown streaks on underparts. Photo later."

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) VESPERS

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 9:58 AM on Thu, Oct 24, 2019:
Two Vesper sparrows together by field 2 third base prospect ballfields
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1187367725569626116?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Egmail%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3)

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- Vesper Sparrow (1 report)

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Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2019 09:00 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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60873085
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "sparrow slightly larger than chipping, with streaked front; white-ish malar hooking below eye around the  side of its face; and a bold, complete eye-ring.  very clear look at this bird before it got flushed by a raptor.  pathetic picture obtained as it was flying away.  you can just barely see blurry white eye-ring."

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- Red-headed Woodpecker (1 report)

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Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2019 10:15 by Linda Ewing
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6523083,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60869388
- Comments: "Got my attention with raucous, rattly call unlike any more common woodpeckers (unless one was having a really bad day). Medium-sized woodpecker, head a solid gray-brown, back solid dark gray, large white patches on wings gave impression that lower back was white when folded. Underparts white. Initially observed in large ginkgo along Warrior Path. Flew to another tree in the same area, then a woodpecker that I think was probably this bird flew south & I lost it."

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                                 --John Muir

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A grasshopper at butterfly meadow

Seen During Brooklyn bird club volunteer event. Bob photo on INaturalist which I'd it as American Bird Grasshopper. ( Seriously )

Ballfield vesper

Prospect sees its first fall VESPER SPARROW ,a rarity that's annual and a good bird to find.

Karen O'hearn reported the finding at field 2 before it flushed by a raptor. Later the Vesper sparrow in early afternoon was found by Kathy Toomey at field 3 the adjacent field both sharing a protective alley between the dugouts. It's best though to bird the area between 9 am and 3 pm after the dogs and before the school  track runnersat western Long Meadow.

Another good bird appeared at Greenwood cemetery. A RED HEADED WOODPECKER perched on a Ginkgo tree along the Warrior path which is near the soldiers of civil war monument. The observer was Linda Ewing

Monday, October 21, 2019

Ruddy returns

Sitting on the bench by Prospect lake western shore, I obviously see the return of the Ruddy Duck. Their numbers over twenty birds in the setting Sun glow matches the northern shovelers flock.

Spread out and in some areas clustered, the Ruddy Duck have totally lost their renown complexion. The same can't be said for the shovelers which are in breeding plumage as the drakes will court the hens over the winter spell. Off to the south are a pair of Wood ducks,the Drake obviously better more outstanding plumaged birds. The bland Mallards are in outlying places. A pair of Double crested Cormorants and a sizable number of Canada Geese fill out the rest of the waterfowl population.

Whether you are ready or not,winter is coming, with icons represented by the duck.

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

Note late Chestnut sided warbler and continuing blue Grosbeak

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From: <ebird-alert@cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, Oct 21, 2019, 4:29 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>
To:


*** Species Summary:

- Chestnut-sided Warbler (1 report)
- Blue Grosbeak (1 report)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <hourly> Kings County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Kings County.  View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35645
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2019 10:25 by Jane Smith
- 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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60823495
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "I'll post a pic"

Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2019 12:30 by E R
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6523083,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60823186
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "continuing at Dell Water, seen alongside flock of cowbirds"

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GWC BROADWINGED Hawk ( late)

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2019 12:49 by Peter Paul
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6523083,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60725710
- Media: 1 Photo

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Fwd: Brooklyn Bridge Park Bird Walks list: "Bird List from Today"



And just like that, summer collapsed into fall
                                           ---Oscar Wilde



-----Original Message-----
From: Heather Wolf (Meetup) <Brooklyn-Bridge-Park-Bird-Walks-announce@meetup.com>
To: Brooklyn-Bridge-Park-Bird-Walks-announce <Brooklyn-Bridge-Park-Bird-Walks-announce@meetup.com>
Sent: Sun, Oct 20, 2019 02:41 PM
Subject: Brooklyn Bridge Park Bird Walks list: "Bird List from Today"


Meetup
Heather Wolf (Organizer) sent a message to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Bird Walks mailing list
Bird List from Today

Thanks to all who joined the bird walk today! Great spotting!
Our list of 25 species is below.

Highlights included close views of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, an Ovenbird, and a Northern Flicker and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker both foraging on sumac fruit a foot away from each other!

See you next time,

~Heather
brooklynbridgebirds.com

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BIRD LIST
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019
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Canada Goose
Mallard
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Cooper's Hawk/Sharp-shinned Hawk (likely Cooper's)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
Golden-crowned Kinglet (heard)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
Northern Mockingbird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
House Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Common Grackle
Ovenbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal

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GWC GRASSHOPPER SPARROW



Taken by Ryan Candee,click on "checklist"

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 19, 2019 14:00 by Ryan Candee
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6523083,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60784676
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Found by Bob O'Neill in tall grass, eventually flew into nearby tree where clear eye ring, orange yellow stripe in front of eye, and flat head shape came into clear view."

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

It's a grasshopper

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-alert@cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, Oct 19, 2019, 5:28 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>
To:


*** Species Summary:

- Grasshopper Sparrow (1 report)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <hourly> Kings County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Kings County.  View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35645
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 19, 2019 15:30 by karen o'hearn
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6523083,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60756835
- Comments: "spotted by Rob's BBC walk. photos obtained by many.  buffy-chested sparrow with bright, white eyering and lacy patterned back"

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Saturday's Grasshopper

Greenwood Cemetery got today's highlight bird,actually two good birds with one rare find near the Civic Virtue statue.And then there are those late birds that makes things interesting around this time.

The top bird is GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. This ammodramus species-- always a prized find --was found by Rob Jetts entourage about 330 near Civic Virtue after a morning leading the BBC to Floyd Bennett. In the same vincinity,a young DICKCISSEL was reported by Joshua earlier. Lastly also in Greenwood,the continuing female or juvenile BLUE GROSBEAK hangs out at Dellwater.

Meanwhile over at Prospect,interesting sightings makes October fun. Two Black Vultures drifted over Grand Army Plaza ,resighted at the Nethermead meadow airspace shortly after. Add in yellowish Tanager ( and also in GWC)  in the Sparrowbowl & a late American Redstart for good birds.

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert GWC blue grosbeak


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-alert@cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, Oct 19, 2019, 12:29 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>
To:


*** Species Summary:

- Blue Grosbeak (1 report)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <hourly> Kings County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Kings County.  View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35645
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) (1)
- Reported Oct 19, 2019 08:50 by karen o'hearn
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6523083,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60743058
- Comments: "at Dell Water.  juvenile (or female?)  spotted by bobbi yesterday.  pics"

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Tweet from Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) GWC blue grosbeak

Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) tweeted at 0:48 PM on Sat, Oct 19, 2019:
Blue Grosbeak still hanging around Dell Water, high in willow tree
(https://twitter.com/KingsKathy/status/1185598534093025281?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Egmail%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3)

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Day of the Chippie

A chippy gusty wind bought in an influx of one species sparrow: Chipping Sparrow. It's at least a start with numbers. Now if we only encourage the rest of those usual sparrows to follow suit.

Will Pollard in the Sparrowbowl mentioned to me that he saw at least a hundred Chippies at the ballfields. In the afternoon as I worked the Sparrowbowl I spooked at least 25 of these birds .their skittishness allowing me to observe them in the fence as the grass along the fence edge was deep. But the grasses there offered plenty of food and cover. After work I wandered over to the ballfields now plagued by track runners and still some Chippies flushed up to the dugout fence of field 2.

Earlier with Will, a late Scarlet Tanager was spotted by Will that I couldn't locate thanks to the harsh glare.

A big wind today but hopes abound with maybe more birds tomorrow.

Fwd: Thursday bonus PP Walk

LAST FALL BBC THURSDAY WALK. Thanks to Tom and backup staff for leading...

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Tom Stephenson <12toms@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 1:06 PM
Subject: Thursday bonus PP Walk
To: Peter Dorosh <>


Hi Peter,
I'd like to say we were blown away by the birds in the park today....but.....we were just blown away....I also saw several small dogs flying through the air, which was a highlight.

That being said, it was a very nice, brisk, fall day, with a few good birds including several Golden-crowned Kinglets, lots of Yellow-rumps, a wigeon, a few Ruddy Duck and more. We ended up with 7 warbler sp, as well as a few sparrow sp including Field and quite a few Chipping Sparrows.

Here's the list.
Back in the Spring...

Best regards,
Tom


Double-crested Cormorant
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Ruddy Duck
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


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The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. 
                                 --John Muir

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Where are the Prospect sparrows?

I spent a little time birding prospect mid morning with intention of finding sparrows.  For this middle October date, we should be peaked with them. Unfortunately I found only one spot with a decent number.

The Prospect ballfields field 2 third base line offered the best for today. The fence along the dugout shield the birds as they feed within the grass blades. Several Savannah Sparrows fed along with about 8 Chipping s. That was about it. Later with Rafael Campos we found nearly 12 Chippings at field 6.

The best hilight regards the Wood Duck. Looking thru a now open understory clearing from the Long Meadow fence at Lower Pool,I counted 18 of this species in the left corner. The Drake's are looking finely plumaged.

The tweet hilight for today was sent by Kathy Toomey over at Greenwood cemetery. The hillside grassland near the chapel or by a path there saw an AMERICAN WOODCOCK.

A puzzling month for sparrows though have us hoping for a month end flourish.