Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Purple martin

Ryan Goldberg reported a lone adult male PURPLE MARTIN among the Barn Swallows over Prospect lake late this afternoon.

 Purple Martin (Progne subis) (1)
- Reported May 21, 2019 16:05 by Ryan Goldberg - Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56597916
- Comments: "Male seen flying low over the lake among barn swallows which offered good comparison: noticeably larger, all dark, with a long notched (not forked) tail. Long-winged. Back was all dark and underwing was dark along leading edge and slightly lighter along the trailing half. No markings. Passed close by several times along the Wellhouse shore before it flew east past the phrags and out of sight. "
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Two PROTHONOTARIES,two locales

This past Sunday I watched a PROTHONOTARY warbler in its swamp habitat. But that bird was 400 plus miles away. Today,my second PROTHONOTARY within three days was just a stones throw from my Tennis House office building. Therefore I got two different perspectives of a breeding bird and the other still migrating,a cool thing to think about.

I came home yesterday afternoon after a very successful and enjoyable extended weekend trip to the Great Dismal Swamp in southeast Virginia. I observed a PROTHONOTARY along the boardwalk Cypress trail. It was one of several PROTHONOTARIES my group found.

Today at the flooded road dip on the north side of the Tennis House Paige Linden found the migrating PROTHONOTARY at the water edge. When I went there on my lunch hour I found several waiting birders on the bench hoping for this bird to appear. It was Rob Jett who spotted the bird minutes later  in low Ash branches above the road junction. Charles joined in and we three had great looks at a very golden bird.

Rob also heard BAYBREASTED that Paige mentioned as well, WORMEATING,CANADA , TENNESSEE and female BLACKPOLL in that asphalt watery spot. I only saw the latter as the up above CANADA was setting speed records and the rest too far.

Good to be back home

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Yesterday, together with @JBRPC, @NYCParks, & @nature_ny we celebrated the official opening of a new loop trail in #MarinePark, #Brooklyn with a ribbon cutting and tour! We're proud to have partnered with these organizations to make Brooklyn's largest park more accessible to all. https://t.co/BZR4Fla3FE

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Prospect Blue grosbeak

[Russ Alderson reports today Blue Grosbeak male, Butterfly Meadow, Prospect Park.

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

"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings." 
― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

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Subject: Brooklyn Bridge Park Bird Walks list: "Bird List from Yesterday"

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Bird List from Yesterday

Thanks to all who joined the Spring Migration Bird Walk yesterday!
Highlights included a gorgeous Bay-breasted Warbler, Northern Parula, Wilson's Warbler, and Eastern Wood-Pewee.

If you missed it, get the book for a virtual 4-season photographic tour of the Birds of Brooklyn Bridge Park!

Our bird list from yesterday:

BIRD LIST - 27 species
Brooklyn Bridge Park

May 18, 2019
Mourning Dove
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Double-crested Cormorant
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (seen at Pier 5 during the "post walk" south)
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
House Sparrow

Link to Peregrine Falcon cam here.

See you soon!


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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Tweet from Dennis Hrehowsik (@deepseagangster) Birdathon pledges reminder

Dennis Hrehowsik (@deepseagangster) tweeted at 7:45 PM on Sat, May 18, 2019:
Don't forget to take care of those Birdathon Pledges! We are on target for our best year ever! Pic of me honoring mine to the Beasts of Birdin' https://t.co/J84HkGwrj4

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MOurning warbler near Butterfly meadow top south slope

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*** Species Summary:

- Mourning Warbler (1 report)

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Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1)
- Reported May 18, 2019 11:40 by Linda Ewing
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6615151,-73.9697269&ll=40.6615151,-73.9697269
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56450226
- Comments: "Finally! Seen with group along ad hoc path to the west of the switchback trail, past the entrance to the butterfly meadow. "


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Friday, May 17, 2019

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Lookout Hill south slope switchback trail left of Maryland monument

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*** Species Summary:

- Louisiana Waterthrush (1 report)
- Mourning Warbler (1 report)

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Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) (1)
- Reported May 11, 2019 10:15 by Darlene Emers
- Prospect Park--Zoo, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6654767,-73.9654144&ll=40.6654767,-73.9654144
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56418736
- Comments: "Late migrant in unusual habitat. No visual, only heard song for a solid hour. Song was colorful, fluctuating of BE-DEE-BE-BEEP-asdlkfjsd" unlike the flat, descending song of a Northern Waterthrush. Was not heard/seen the day before or after."

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1)
- Reported May 17, 2019 18:43 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/S56423139
- Comments: "smallish yellow warbler with a grey hood. got one terrible diagnostic shot. male. thanks to black spot on lower hood "


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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fwd: Thursday Walk 5/16

Led by Tom Stephenson

"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings." 
― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

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Subject: Thursday Walk

Hi Peter,

Well, I guess the only word that best describes today's walk is "WOW"...
I know this language is uncharacteristic, but other words fail me at the moment.

It took us 2 hours just to get from the GAP entrance to the Vale. There were many "I've never seen so many..." moments including Wilson's Warblers (8+), Spotted Sandpipers (6), Common Yellowthroat (x+), Veery (10+) and more. 
Highlights might include a very cooperative Gray-cheeked Thrush, 5 species of raptors including Osprey and Merlin, Bank Swallows, cooperative Bay-breasted and Prairie, and lots more: 84 species in total.

Here's the list. Please post it somewhere as several people wanted to see it.

Best regards,

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Fwd: white-crowned sparrow at GWC today

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Virginia sabbatical

Tomorrow I lead the Brooklyn bird club on the longest -- by distance and days to the Great Dismal Swamp in southeast Virginia. We'll be stopping at reknown Chincoteague NWR on the long drive down. I'm looking forward to exploring and discovery the great southern forest and marshes of this huge 115,000 acre refuge .

As usual with these jaunts,I will refrain from my phone and post brief notes in the evening if I can.  Cause it's a birdcation. πŸ˜‹

Enjoy Brooklyn migration for the next several days!

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It's a family!

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- Common Raven (1 report)

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Common Raven (Corvus corax) (6)
- Reported May 15, 2019 07:30 by Matthew Wills
- 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/S56311841
- Comments: "Family seen together on ground, air, and tree perches. Massive corvid, distinctive bills, tail-shape, voice. This crew was noisy & frisky. Individuals chased by Common Grackles. Individuals chased Fish Crows and Red-tailed Hawk.  Pictures."


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Prospect Park | eBird Hotspots | eBird 91 species reported today


Hilight A MOURNING WARBLER female at the slope between Rose Garden and Compost yard next to Zoo ,found by Paige

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A decent migration forecast for Brooklyn tomorrow. I'm off but alas on the long road for Virginia.

So far this morning there were two active zones in prospect. The south lake side saw good action of Warblers. So did the Peninsula where Kevin brooks said he saw 9 species Warblers

Top early morning bird was PROTHONOTARY WARBLER. In fact there two found: one continues at 3 Sisters Islands area; the other at Binnen Falls before it flew towards nthe Boathouse.

Happy family of Ravens

Matthew Wills reported Family of 6 (six!) Common Ravens in Green-Wood this a.m.

A new growing family to croak about..

Also Orrin reports Eastern bluebird Dell Ave. Also 5 ravens in a tree

Tweet from Heidi (@heidicleven) Wilson's warbler video

Heidi (@heidicleven) tweeted at 9:42 PM on Tue, May 14, 2019:
This clip of a Wilson's Warbler that lasts 1 min 12 secs - in slow motion - only took me 3 hrs to film today 🀣. Prospect Park. https://t.co/t8wQGrZ5TF

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019


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Timing is everything.

Last Saturday on my own, I birded the south woods of Prospect Lake. I started at 630 and saw nothing, not a single warbler. An acquaintance of mine said at 8 am , she saw a bunch of Blackpoll Warblers. Then this morning...

Sean Sime was out in this still dreary drizzly morning and reported 15 species of warblers. Apparently it was a pocketful of birds that included a singing CERULEAN WARBLER followed by a BAYBREASTED WARBLER.

The birding forecast BIRDCAST says tomorrow morning birding activity will be low. But given the same expectations sometimes as this morning, coming in to the park even with the low expectation, you may --like Sean cross paths with a good wave of birds.

Update: From Russ A. 440pm
Cerulean, Baybreasted(f) and Prothonotary Warblers at 3 Sisters islands, Prospect Park.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) Birdathon epilogue

Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) tweeted at 11:18 AM on Mon, May 13, 2019:
For those who pledged for the birdathon based on the cumulative total of species seen: 161 species seen by all teams combined. Thanks Mike Yuan for running the numbers!  You can still make a donation https://t.co/FqTAmr3bVt

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Great looking warbler head guide put out by Schwanagunk NWR

Our seasons are out of whack, which is really bad for migratory birds | Popular Science

eBird Checklist - 12 May 2019 - Fort Greene Park - 19 species


BBC Walk led by leader Auguste best effort despite rain.

Tweet from Heidi (@heidicleven) RBwoodpecker video termite feast

Heidi (@heidicleven) tweeted at 9:23 PM on Sat, May 11, 2019:
Birdathon 2019. Best part was this Red-bellied Woodpecker stuffing himself on termites. Please donate generously to the Brooklyn Bird Club's beneficiary this year https://t.co/MXTpIBHioi Birds will love you for it πŸ’• https://t.co/pMFMbpD8zo https://t.co/ihOV34vLJ2

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Saturday, May 11, 2019


According to the Prospect ebird checklist,  Prospect recorded 110 species today

wow.. guess it helps with all the EXTRA eyes... Must have been at least 50 birders around (I didnt count them)
number changes at midnight'


birdathon day in prospect

Alexander Wilson's warblers - many examples found in CHATBirdathon day or more technically International Bird Migratory Day by my account in Prospect wasn't a spectacular day.If we are talking fallouts or surges of birds, that didn't happen. By through patience (especially me birding all day), determination and hard work, it paid off not only for me but also  numbers of other birders ( well..there were teams actually that zealously pursued Prospect's birds) with a good diversity of the low species numbers. In the end when I finally finished around 435, thanks to help from birders and friends, I was able to garner a very respectable fifteen species of warblers.

To start, Lookout Hill was the place. Not only did it have two termite hatchouts, it held a very early songbird flight that paced quickly, and a perched Common Nighthawk seen well .

The termite hatchout was found by Rob Bate who led a morning only team. A large decomposing tree stump along the middle path 300 feet west of the Maryland Monument, it attracted a very nice number of warblers. In fact when I was there when Rob fetched me as I was viewing the Nighthawk, i counted ten warbler species. I believed at least eleven were seen. Among the birds, a very cooperative WILSON'S WARBLER approached us mere feet, a great looking MAGNOLIA WARBLER, both sexes CAPE MAY, and BLACK THROATED BLUES, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN REDSTART, OVENBIRD, and several more kept the birding crowd transfixed. It was a great opportunity to see the gems up close without craning our necks upward into the trees.

Regarding the nighthawk, it's amazing someone spotted it. About 200 feet upslope behind the Maryland Monument , a dead snag held a perched COMMON NIGHTHAWK. Many birders recorded it for their day. Most had to stand at the lower slope base to see the bird on the limb about 11 o'clock from the Monument's ball at the top. A cool bird to watch even though there was no movement.

The Monument also hosted a PHILADELPHIA VIREO that I lack more details.

Early in the morning the warbler early flight attracted all the team birders. In the northwest corner of Butterfly Meadow, over twenty birders watched BAY BREASTED and CAPE MAY WARBLERS within the passage. In the Butterfly Meadow, BLACK BILLED CUCKOO in the low brush got Nancy Tim's attention. It apparently alighted on the young Oak tree. I didn't succeed with the cuckoo, but did watch an energetic EASTERN KIGNBIRD fly catching.


Speaking of Cuckoos, Karen Ohearn hit the double whammy. She witnessed both YELLOW BILLED and BLACKBILLED  together in the same tree  at Lily Pool.

On my account, if it wasn't for friends and acquaintances helping me out as my eyes were affected by pollen and damp woods allergies, I would not have achieved my 15 warbler species. Among my best, a great looking PRAIRIE WARBLER  flew along the edge of the Vale Cashmere pool in the midsection, thanks to Jeffrey's help. Above us in the Horsechestnut tree, a NORTHERN ORIOLE picked at the chestnut flowers. In the same tree on a bare branch, a posing RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRD  competed for our attention, and Jeffrey helped again getting this bird. Eni Falci helped getting my focus on a male BLACK THROATED WARBLER  that kept evading my observation but finally when it stayed still, I got it. And later after the hatchout viewing, Kathy T walked with me into the Peninsula where along the meadow lake side, we watched a small pocket of seven warblers in the late afternoon, These birds : WESTERN PALM WARBLER,CHESTNUT SIDED, BLACKPOLL, REDSTART, PARULA,YELLOW, and I forget the last one.

There was a warbler rarity highlight to mention here. Ed Crowne , always reliable and modest, a superstar in my book, heard a singing MOURNING WARBLER at the Tunnel Arch stairs. This closed off broken stairs is across the road from the Dongan Oak eagle monument. The bird was a true skulker staying hidden in the undergrowth to the left and top area of the stairs if you stand at the base.
Image result for black billed cuckoo bird clip artIt was a long day but very satisfactory after all the wet , overcast weather we been having.When the sun did shine there was a breakout of birds. Obviously I cant tell what everyone else saw ,only by what I saw and observed. But in all,it likely was very good birding today with numbers on a wide scale. But a high count for one of the teams was 77 species.

In time, i will certainly get the birdathon team numbers and first place winner. but regardless, all the efforts of birders are doing it for a good conservation cause while enjoying themselves with loads of fun.

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 1:36 PM on Sat, May 11, 2019:
Lookout 300 feet west of Maryland Mt on mid slope path hatchout . Warblers Wilson's cape May incld

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Friday, May 10, 2019

eBird Checklist - 10 May 2019 - Prospect Park - 59 species


Sample checklist by top birder Shane. Note siskin

Birdcast radar for tonight overnight

Red color indicates density. Mild to moderate migration for our area forecasted

Evening southwest wind


The current forecast says southwest wind this evening with a quick shift north west around 2-3 am.

This might bode well for Saturday good boiding... ( We hope! πŸ™ )

With the past 30 days having seen 27 days precipitation some part of a the day,clouds ( always) ,bad backlight,harsh glare ( for me),heavy overcast,etc,we birders deserve a big break..

Eni Falci text Vale cashmere

White eyed vireo vale & active, cape Mays 2 path junction grand army & rose garden maple. Eni

Tweet from RobBate (@robsbirder) pp summer ranager

RobBate (@robsbirder) tweeted at 11:09 AM on Fri, May 10, 2019:
Fem summer tanager top of lookout

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Another grounded SCARLET TANAGER

Seen yesterday mid-afternoon in the brushy street triangle back exit of the Prospect garage as I exited in my park vehicle. Bird was still there an hour later. Cellphone photo from my vehicle

Tomorrow is Migratory Bird Day & the Birdathon

A good cause to support conservation and birds .If you are not in a BBC team ( listed at bottom of post ), sponsor a team or member or self. See the info below for the BBCs charity they're supporting the Choco.

Otherwise join Paul Keims walk at Prospects Grand Army entrance Stranahan statue 7 am.

There is also a beginners walk from the Boathouse.Noon.

Good luck,loads of fun, help your birds!



“The Birdathon”, World Migratory Bird Day (For Teams)

May 11
The Brooklyn Bird Club celebrates World Migratory Bird Day every year by holding a Birdathon, in which members form or join a team and go out and count bird species. Typically participants reach out to friends and family for donations, usually a set amount per bird species counted during the course of the day. This […]
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“The Birdathon Walk” In Prospect Park

May 11 @ 7:00 am
Meet 7:00 at the Grand Army Plaza park entrance (Stranahan Statue) Leader Paul Keim Note: Participants can elect to support this year's Birdathon beneficiary, "Save the Choco." Save the ChocΓ³’s mission is to build awareness and collaborate with local and global organizations to help protect vital areas and species throughout the ChocΓ³ region of Ecuador–a […]
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Prospect Park: Birdwatching For Beginners

May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Leader: Cyrus Baty Birdwatching for Beginners meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse at 12 noon. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, binoculars are available for loan.