Friday, November 27, 2020

Continuing ATFL in GWC

See where in Comments

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
- Reported Nov 27, 2020 12:11 by Adam Vinson
- 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/checklist/S76759324
- Comments: "Continuing individual, seen at sassafras and dale. Will attach photos" 

Lisp at BkBrPk

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 26, 2020 09:22 by Heather Wolf
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6996104,-73.9973745&ll=40.6996104,-73.9973745
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76711383
- Comments: "Have photos. Bathing at Pier 6." 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Got to love this bird!


Feeder checklist. -----_--------  -------> https://ebird.org/checklist/S76690388

The charismatic Blue Jay

 When I was a child living in the Wallabout neighborhood of Brooklyn, my mother would come fetch me whenever she heard the Blue Jay in our backyard. You may not think its a big deal, but for me it was a big thing ,living in the shadows of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.

I would run to the window and watch our bright blue crested friend. It was noisy,yes,but it had charisma. We didn't get any variety of birds at all.So my Blue Jays was compelling theater.

Fast forward five decades and here I am,mesmerized again by three rambunctious Blue Jays duking it out at the platform feeder. One would come trying to claim monopoly this feeder. A second jay flies in and an agresssive display of outstretched wing and feathers means turf war. But peace ensued and I was treated to a sight of three Blue Jays together  on the platform feeder. But threes a crowd and one has to go! You just got to love the Blue jay because they enliven the scene.

Over the course of the day after three Feeder visits,you see other things and  get rewarded. Seven Purple Finches for example; all females but hey that's cool.And on my last visit I see a reddish brown bird and was greatly surprised to see a Carolina Wren.It hopped to different feeders wondering what to eat. I was wondering that myself. 

Patience is a virtue. And a reminder that birds are-- especially at full feeders -- the gifts that keep on coming.

Happy Thanksgiving All. 🦃









eBird Checklist - 25 Nov 2020 - Prospect Park--Feeders - 12 species

SeanSimePhotography on Etsy

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One of Brooklyn's best birders and professional photographer currently living in Costa Rica for the year...Sean Simes shop for the holiday season.

Rockefeller the Owl Returns to Natural Habitat After Christmas Tree Ride to NYC – NBC New York

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

Gambels a subspecies but often overlooked. Nice boid!

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- White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's) (1 report)

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White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's) (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii) (1)
- Reported Nov 25, 2020 07:34 by MI YU
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6996104,-73.9973745&ll=40.6996104,-73.9973745
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76669727
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Pale lores, small bill good for Gambel's subspecies"

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) feeders

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 9:05 AM on Wed, Nov 25, 2020:
7 female Purple Finches at refilled Prospect feeders. Happy Thanksgiving!
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1331599875197251585?s=03)

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Winter finch Irruption articles

https://finchnetwork.org/irruption-alert-redpolls-ride-south-in-perhaps-their-largest-push-in-almost-a-decade

https://finchnetwork.org/irruption-alert-evening-grosbeaks-are-moving-in-largest-numbers-in-20-years

For the current Migration

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

Ash throated continuing at GWC

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*** Species Summary:

- Ash-throated Flycatcher (3 reports)

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Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
- Reported Nov 24, 2020 14:30 by Anthony Ferino
- 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/checklist/S76649055
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Seen by Dell Water, with the assistance of many helpful locals. Thank you, Greenwood birders!"

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
- Reported Nov 24, 2020 14:02 by Michael Silber
- 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/checklist/S76647659
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen near dell water. Flycatcher with gray throat. Puffed crest. Will add image."

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
- Reported Nov 24, 2020 14:53 by Kathy Willens
- Green-Wood Cemetery, New York US-NY 40.65521, -73.98206, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.655208,-73.982061&ll=40.655208,-73.982061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76648213
- Comments: "Continuing bird, new location? Cinnamon tail, yellow edging on tertiaries, Crest, flying between tree and high monument west of Dell Water. New"

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Tweet from its me ryan (@RyanFMandelbaum). RedXbill from yesterday in GWC

its me ryan (@RyanFMandelbaum) tweeted at 2:37 PM on Sun, Nov 22, 2020:
queen of cones https://t.co/a6A2nqGkcD
(https://twitter.com/RyanFMandelbaum/status/1330596383494197248?s=03)

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in memoriam : Kevin Brooks

 I posted this cause I knew Kevin Brooks, one of those old time birders I was acquainted with for so many springs going back many years, at least my late 20's.When spring migration peaked, there was a core group of birding aficionados --before birding became super popular today--who enjoyed the Prospect warblers, our bread and butter family of spring icons. Lookout Hill's Butterfly Meadow often was our meeting ground.Before cellphones,texts,super fast bird alerts and the internet,we were the old timers of a different time not so long ago. Kevin was part of Prospect of a bygone era.

I found out in an email tonight from Kevin's wife who wanted to donate his birding observation logs ( yes, paper logs before the rise of Ebird) Kevin kept personally. Of course I'll take them cause its the right thing to do, to continue some legacy for Kevin if I find any Prospect records i can input into Ebird.

Kevin passed away from the dreaded Covid19 last April while traveling out west.

Kevin, I and several other old time birders are going to miss ya.. RIP

💔🐦


Fwd: another neat Green-Wood bird


Fyi
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From: Orrin Tilevitz <tilevitzo@yahoo.com>
Date: Monday, November 23, 2020
Subject: another neat Green-Wood bird
To: "prosbird@gmail.com" <prosbird@gmail.com>


On the way back from seeing the WETA, we saw a red-shouldered hawk, up close, perched in a fairly short tree, near the FHP entrance.  No doubt--bulky buteo, characteristic markings on back, red markings on front, barred tail.



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Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

Western TANAGER continues.. see report below

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- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- Western Tanager (1 report)

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Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 10:30 by Ryan Goldberg
- 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/checklist/S76599360
- Comments: "*Late, but several stayed into Dec/Jan last winter. Tail pumping flycatcher at the Dell."

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 10:30 by Ryan Goldberg
- 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/checklist/S76599360
- Comments: "Rare vagrant, continuing at the Yerkes mausoleum, eating sap."

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

A personal new county boid

 When you have birded for 45 years, getting a new county Kings boid ( Brooklyn accented mind you) is news. My hope for the Greenwood cemetery Western Tanager dwelled on the vagrant sticking around. 

After early morning Catholic services, it was easy for me to drive down Fort Hamilton Parkway  a few blocks from my church to the  south entrance. Leaving my mother and older sister in the car, I hurried to the Yerkes crypt where the bird hung out in a sap rich yew tree. Fortunately my friend Charles Tang was already there and he pointed where it was. I succeeded getting a five second glimpse and then hurry back to my car for breakfast and shopping. I have a network of friends and birders to help me out! 😊

Charles asked me if I was going for the Ash throated Fly catcher. I said I didn't care for the fly catcher,I just wanted the tanager A few nearby birders chuckled at my comment. However I did go for that fly catcher in mid afternoon.That was a chase through the slopes south of Crescent Water; specifically Summit and Dale Avenues to the beginning of Cypress avenue, from various trees to alighting upon grave stones,the bird was a cooperative beauty. I have to thank  a few Birders whom I watched and figured they were on the bird. Turns out my keen observing paid off dividends.

I returned to the Yerkes Crypt and saw again the Western Tanager,for good measure and enjoyed a great looking bird. Hope it makes it,getting the urge to fly south. Its been here long enough.

After a week's wait,patience and luck was on my side.

Fwd: WETA photo.


From today, yew tree at Yerkes crypt SE corner Cypress and Vine ave intersection

Photo'd by Charles Tang


"Gone are the birds that were our summer guests."                                                       — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow




-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Tang <charles.tang@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Sun, Nov 22, 2020 03:24 PM
Subject: WETA photo.


Nice seeing you! I am glad that you saw the bird. 


GWC RED XBILLS Report

Red Crossbill (Sitka Spruce or type 10) (Loxia curvirostra (type 10)) (12) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 10:27 by Oliver Patrick

- 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/checklist/S76555225

- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "**Irruption year. Flew over WETA stakeout. First picked up by call, then seen briefly in flight. Large, stocky finches with undulating flight and whirring wingbeats. Flight call a quick, sharp "peet," inverted "v" shape in spectrogram. Audio tba, seen by many" 

eBird Checklist - 22 Nov 2020 - Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn - 2 species western TANAGER & Ash throated Flycatcher

Ashthroated

Ashthroated now along Cypress from Dale avenues moving east

Ash throated fc gwc

Ash throated fc  intersection summit and Dale avenues. 150 pm

WETA report today

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 10:05 by Peter Dorosh
- 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/checklist/S76544271
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen with mob, behind Yerkes crypt, feeding on sap in Yew Tree. Finally got my target after workweek..thanks boid!" 

Latest ATFL Dellwater,follow the birders

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 08:04 by Deborra Mullins
- 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/checklist/S76545152
- Comments: "Continuing; in willow tree by Dell water; mobs" 

Red Xbills , note Description location

If it helps look for conifers with pine cones, even Sweetgum treees spiny seed balls

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (2)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 16:15 by Felipe Pimentel

- 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/checklist/S76528253
- Comments: "Perching high in the area of Dell Water" 

Yesterday's ATFL reported last location

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 16:15 by Felipe Pimentel

- 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/checklist/S76528253
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Seen around Dale and Summit Avenues 

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) GWC WETA AM

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 10:20 AM on Sun, Nov 22, 2020:
Western TANAGER continues Greenwood Cem behind Yerkes crpyt ,feeding on sap in Yew tree. SE corner Cypress and Vine intersection
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1330531513520316420?s=03)

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

WETA Update

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 08:05 by Noah Strycker

- 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/checklist/S76489222
- Comments: "Continuing. In the evergreen trees directly encircling the Yerkes Mausoleum, just southeast of the intersection of Cypress and Vine streets. It was eating sap from several sapsucker wells in these trees the entire time I watched it. Exact spot: 40.6510, -73.9860. Note that the cemetery opens at 8:00 am." 

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert


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*** Species Summary:

- Ash-throated Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Red Crossbill (1 report)
- Western Tanager (2 reports)

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Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:49 by Lance Verderame
- 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/checklist/S76485783
- Comments: "Continuing. Photo to follow."

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 08:00 by John Haas
- Greenwood cemetery, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6508909,-73.9886946&ll=40.6508909,-73.9886946
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76485838

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 09:44 by Ryan Mandelbaum
- 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/checklist/S76485812
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Diagnostic "toop toop toop" call recorded near the tanager, but couldn't get a recording of flight call to determine type. county bird. Yayyyy!!!!!!!!!!"

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:49 by Lance Verderame
- 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/checklist/S76485783
- Comments: "Continuing. Photo to follow"

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 08:00 by John Haas
- Greenwood cemetery, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6508909,-73.9886946&ll=40.6508909,-73.9886946
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76485838

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Rescue owl named Rockefeller found inside scraggly Christmas tree in New York - The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/11/19/rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-owl-rescued/?fbclid=IwAR1aOaqVu1Al5eMJE1_CZF46z9RHn2kiPDdNelYGopYV5_ItkxJ5RJHjJxI

A memorable anniveray gift

 Ryan G today escorted a couple-- Serafim and Sierra-in Prospect who requested a birding tour as an anniversary celebration. They were rewarded at the feeders  and boy did they get quite a gift!

I happened to be there when they arrived after I checked the feeders. First thing they got was the continuing RUSTY BLACK BIRD I pointed out to them. After I left returning to work, Ryan got them PURPLE FINCHES. You think that would be the terrific gift. But something even better happens.

With his back turned Ryan hears a whistling noise,created by wing beats. Sierra points to a bird on the ground ten feet away and lo and behold its an AMERICAN WOODCOCK!

Talk about terrific luck and perfect timing for  a memorable wedding anniversary gift!

And thanks to Serafim nd Sierra for their $40 gift for seed


Greenwood rarities continue

 Both the Western Tanager and Ash throated Flycatcher continue their presence in Greenwood cemetery today.

The Yerkle or Yerkes crypt is the Western Tanager's abode, in the Yew tree the bird favors. Look for it in that general area by Cypress and Vine Avenue intersection.

The other prize Ash throated was reported at Crescent Water. A tweet from Dennis pinpointed the ASH THROATD at the Wyeth grave/ crypt. The tweet came at 246 pm. I presumed its moving around towards Dellwater as well.


Good luck !

Friday prospect quick summary

A good day for late birds.

In Midwood north, OVENBIRD.

On Doug's watch, late LEAST FLYCATCHER and HOUSE WREN..Adding to that are rare ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER on the Peninsula thumb, 7 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS ,six in the Vale pools besides the feeder bird.

Northern Shovelers now numbers 235 on the lake.

See prev list Doug's checklist

New York Breeding Bird Atlas Checklist - 20 Nov 2020 - Prospect Park - 52 species (+2 other taxa)

https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S76453577 

Today's checklist Doug Gochfeld

eBird Checklist - 20 Nov 2020 - Prospect Park--Feeders - 12 species

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) late PP OVENBIRD

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 9:39 AM on Fri, Nov 20, 2020:
Late OVENBIRD in north Midwood (prospect) inside paths fork.
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1329796572226473984?s=03)

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) PP RUBB

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 9:02 AM on Fri, Nov 20, 2020:
Rusty Blackbird continues at Prospect feeders..purple finches reported this morning by Linda E
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1329787123000614913?s=03)

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Continuing GWC WETA today

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Nov 19, 2020 08:06 by Sol S

- 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/checklist/S76385591
- Comments: "Continuing Immature male at Cypress & Vine observed taking advantage of the work of the Yellow bellied Sapsucker on the Yew tree. Many observers."
 

eBird Checklist - 19 Nov 2020 - Prospect Park--Feeders - 15 species.


Note returning Rusty Blackbird ,  uncommon brown creeper, thx to Bob Oneill on latter heads up

https://ebird.org/checklist/S76410473 

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds). RUBB Feeders

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 2:20 PM on Thu, Nov 19, 2020:
Rusty Blackbird back at Prospect feeders
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1329504728666021895?s=03)

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eBird Checklist - 19 Nov 2020 - Prospect Park--Feeders - 10 species

https://ebird.org/checklist/S76404035 

Note Gray Catbird. Unusual but not rare for hardy bird

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) feeder catbird

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 10:10 AM on Thu, Nov 19, 2020:
Late Gray Catbird and single Pine Siskin at Prospect feeders
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1329441894011723784?s=03)

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Yesterday rept GWC ATFL

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
- Reported Nov 18, 2020 15:38 by Mike Elfassy
- 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/checklist/S76381839
- Comments: "Continuing at Dell Water. Large flycatcher with yellow belly and brown wong patch." 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Prospect Pied billed.grebe records

 A search of Ebird records revealed much to my chagrin 😄 that my 7 grebes sighting was not the highest. The record is 13 .there were an abundance of records but I think I searched thoroughly.

The lucky 13 occurred January 22nd 2000

Several times a dozen grebess were reported: particularly in Nov 1998 from the 13th to 22nd.

Last week on the 12th Doug G also spotted 7. For accurate count it helps seeing them all together!

🤗

2020 is Greewoods year

 Greenwood Cemetery fantastic streak of good rare birds continues .In less a week two great birds one a mega western species and now today an Irregular vagrant showed up at the Dell water.

Its my theory the current pandemic opened the cemetery to many more birders and prying eyes. Before Covid19 the birders were far and few.

An ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER has joined the party. With the continuing WESTERN TANAGER,the Midwestern fly catcher was spotted in the Dell water yesterday by "Elisabeth", Today it was spotted at one of the feeders and at last report at the beehives spot. This species irregularly migrates East.

                                                       🐦🐦🐦

The WESTERN TANAGER continues to entertain birders. One reliable spot has been the Yew trees behind the Yerkes  crypt near Cypress and Vine avenues.

Over at Prospect the feeders is the main draw at the moment. 4 PURPLE FINCHES with two bright males makes it worthwhile. Adding quality the RUSTY BLACKBIRD made an appearnce late morning.An array of different birds creates much exciting frenzy. That alone draws us to enjoy winter birds much more.



Conjunction tonight n morrow

Click on the pic to enlarge

Photo of today's ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER

From Charles Tang in the vincinity if Greenwood Cemetery Dellwater,by feeders or beehives area.

Tweet from Charles Tang (@charlesbrooklyn)


WESTERN TANAGER still continuing today at the Yerkes mauseleum yew tree near Cypress and Vine x section GWC


Charles Tang (@charlesbrooklyn) tweeted at 1:35 PM on Tue, Nov 17, 2020:
Western Tanager at the Northeast of Greenwood cemetery feeding at the Yew tree. https://t.co/jJx6iM2aco
(https://twitter.com/charlesbrooklyn/status/1328768804504170496?s=03)

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Tweet from Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy). ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER AT Greenwood Cemetery Dellwater feeders

Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) tweeted at 1:58 PM on Wed, Nov 18, 2020:
https://t.co/usIxLCiNpH
(https://twitter.com/KingsKathy/status/1329136822128177152?s=03)

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Tweet from RobBate (@robsbirder). Feeders RUBB today

RobBate (@robsbirder) tweeted at 9:39 AM on Wed, Nov 18, 2020:
Rusty BB back at feeders
(https://twitter.com/robsbirder/status/1329071687908745226?s=03)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Thanks to Rob Bate

 For donating $100 worth of seed and suet for the feeders.

Much obliged and the birds thank you too!

With Karen Ohearns $100.00 donation, I think Im set thru early winter.



rare bird briefs inc WETA and RUBB

Here are brief notes of the latest

The WESTERN TANAGERS continues in Greenwood Cemetery, hanging out near the intersection of Cypress and VInes Aves. I don't have much details but will forward EBird Rare bird alerts that are more informative. I do know it favors Yew Trees that have woodpecker sapsucker holes that yield insects.

IN Prospect , the feeders had a RUSTY BLACKBIRD spotted by Rob Bate after he donated seed and suet for me.

and last, a good sighting regarding PIED BILLED GREBE of which I counted 7 on the Lake west of the  Peninsula Thumb after work. Though its likely that was a higher number, in the past for the park, its probably my personal high.Ill check the recs.

A good wind going through, perhaps bringing more winter finches in this falls irruption.

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) pied billed grebe's PPLAKE

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 4:27 PM on Tue, Nov 17, 2020:
Seven Pied billed grebe's Prospect lake west of peninsula thumb. Might b most I've seen
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1328811970229919745?s=03)

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GWC Western TANAGER photo

Taken today by Charles Tang

Popup BBC event for early risers

Morning Flight Pop-up with Doug Gochfeld tomorrow, 11/18 at Ft Tilden. Finches, blackbirds, other late migrants and potential rarities. Starting early and possibly lasting for awhile. Limited to 8 participants. Please RSVP to Adelia, honeywood5@yahoo.com to get meeting place. 

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds). Rusty BB PP Feeders

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 1:07 PM on Tue, Nov 17, 2020:
RYSTY BLACKBIRD at Prospect feeders , spotted by Rob Bate, both of us observers
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1328761723550126081?s=03)

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Latest Update on Western TANAGER read description

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Nov 16, 2020 14:10 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/checklist/S76345078
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "*Rare - 4th record in Brooklyn, and first for the cemetery. Originally found by Enrico L on Saturday; refound today by Rob J and Gordon L, and for the sake of completeness - re-re-found by Josh, who got me and a few others on it, after not being seen for a few hours. Adult non-breeding male. Bright yellow bird with black wings, wingbars - one bright yellow, the other whiter. Orange bill and a bit of orange in the face around the bill.

The bird was in the general vicinity of Cyprus and Vine, but took long flights, and was covering a wide area.  That said, it kept returning to Yew bushes, and was eating the berries, so they would be a good place to look." 

WESTERN TANAGER GWC detail,mukt obsrvers

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Nov 16, 2020 13:29 by Ryan Mandelbaum
- 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/checklist/S76335531
- Comments: "first reported by enrico, refound by Rob, bright yellow bird with black wings and yellow wing bars plus reddish wash to face. seen well + photos. seen around cypress avenue and Vine sts" 

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Nov 16, 2020 12:05 by Will Pollard
- 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/checklist/S76336573
- Comments: "Seen a few times, but never for for more than a few seconds. Busy bird moving around between Yew trees around Cypress and Vine. Seen by many people but kept on disappearing for long swaths of time."

Tweet from Janet Zinn (@bkbirdr) *WESTERN TANAGER in GWC currently

Janet Zinn (@bkbirdr) tweeted at 1:26 PM on Mon, Nov 16, 2020:
Western Tanager being seen in Greenwood Cemetery. Flying between various yew trees last seen east side of Cypress near Sage path.
(https://twitter.com/bkbirdr/status/1328404065773039616?s=03)

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Brooklyn Br Park LISP

 Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1)

- Reported Nov 15, 2020 12:45 by Sarang Gopalakrishnan
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6996104,-73.9973745&ll=40.6996104,-73.9973745
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76297368
- Comments: "Seen very clearly, outermost shrubs, pier 6. Small furtive sparrow, fine streaking, buff wash on flanks/throat, gray face."

Saturday, November 14, 2020

WESTERN TANAGER reported In Greenwood Cemetery

The cemetery stays hot for this year.. reported in the Crescent water area by the Niblo crypt. ( Rob Jett tweet)

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Nov 14, 2020 07:55 by Enrico Leonardi
- 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/checklist/S76237983
- Comments: "Bright yellow bird with black wings larger than finches landed on spruce next to Crescent water in good light. About 20-25 meters from me. Excellent view for about 10-15 seconds allowed to discern white bar on black wings and clear smudge of dark red/orange around black, stubby bill. It then took off to the NE of the lake and I could not find it anymore. Hardly believing my eyes, I went through all possible alternatives - Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, both lacking white wing bar and red/orange smudge; Baltimore Oriole, wrong bill, size and color; Orchard Oriole, wrong bill, much duller yellow and lack of red/orange smudge - and confirmed ID. Fantastic!" 

PP Gallinule in Lullwater

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Nov 14, 2020 07:07 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/checklist/S76232341
- Comments: "Continuing in lullwater." 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Prospect feeders Friday the 13th

Nothing unlucky at all today with a look at two gorgeous looking PURPLE FINCHES content at the feeders I just filled. Glad to get the opportunity to watch these beautiful birds

Also of note before feeders refill,two COMMON GRACKLES on one empty feeder..their heaviness swayed the feeder.

Enjoy the weekend and here's hope for good birds! 🐦🦉🦅

Tweet from Tom Coughlan (@cheftomcoughlan) PP SNIPE

Tom Coughlan (@cheftomcoughlan) tweeted at 7:07 AM on Fri, Nov 13, 2020:
Wilson's snipe in the east berm of Grand Army Plaza. Possibly injured, took it two failed attempts of flying into the fence to leave the sidewalk after my dog spooked it from hiding in the leaves. Flew into the woods at the center of the berm. #birdbk
(https://twitter.com/cheftomcoughlan/status/1327221579831504899?s=03)

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Tweet from Lotus Winnie Lee (@lotuswinnielee) Gallinule photo from Wednesday

Lotus Winnie Lee (@lotuswinnielee) tweeted at 7:22 AM on Fri, Nov 13, 2020:
Wednesday 11/11/2020 early morning in Prospect Park the Common Gallinule came out of the water showing off his beautiful long yellow-greenish legs and unwebbed feet. Not as spectacular as the Coot's feet but still quite interesting to see! #commongallinule #birdwatching #wildlife https://t.co/fSn3PCfbqK
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Tweet from Lotus Winnie Lee (@lotuswinnielee) prospect gallinule

Lotus Winnie Lee (@lotuswinnielee) tweeted at 8:02 AM on Fri, Nov 13, 2020:
Another photo of the Common Gallinule in Prospect Park early in the morning as he makes his way around the lake on Veterans Day 11/11/2020. #commongallinule #birdwatching #wildlife https://t.co/ULuFCS3zqK
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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) feeders PUFI

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 2:51 PM on Fri, Nov 13, 2020:
Two male adult Purple Finches at refilled Prospect feeders
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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 2:08 PM on Fri, Nov 13, 2020:
Two Drake Hooded Mergansers Prospect Lake in front of 3 Sisters islands
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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Feeders chkllist

 https://ebird.org/checklist/S76176840

Thursday feeders

 On this dreary looking day, watching the feeders can be uplifting. And seeing a bird known for its cheery song can be an antidote for the day's grayness.

Just as my lunch hour was ending i visited the feeders. With usual aplomb, birds actively devoured the seeds. Titmice, Chickadees, cardinals and two Red winged Blackbirds were easily outnumbered by the American Goldfinch. However it was an unexpected bird that descended on the suet that pleased me, a Carolina Wren. With it rich brown red plumage accentuated by its bold supercilium, Carolina Wrens in the open are such beauties.

For your information, the feeders are refilled Mondays and Fridays. Otherwise, i plan around it if i'm off those days.

A  big shout out to Karen O'Hearn who donated a very generous contribution of $100 for new seed.This should help me me thru the early winter at least unless the American Goldfinch say otherwise with their super appetites; Thanks to Karen !

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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 07:30 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: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76147393
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen from South Lullwater near small island next to Music Island."

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Feeders today

 Activity at Prospect's feeders continue to hum with winter finches.

On two visits today the second more productive , 3 PURPLE FINCHES and 4 PINE SISKINS acomodated regulars. On the platform feeder I witnessed a crowd of 12 American Goldfinches with a few Siskins.


Many Thanks today to birders Xandra and Tripper Paul for donating $20 each. Tonight I ordered 30 lbs of thistle which goes fast with the super hungry Goldfinches.  🐦🍴

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Thanks BBC!

In the startup for bird seed ,I'm grateful to the Brooklyn bird club and President Dennis Hrehowsik for paying the first seed and suet bulk of $155.00. 

In the future,donations would be appreciated for seed. Ask or contact me then

Kb

Prospect bird feeders

In light of this falls winter Finch irruption, the bird feeder season has begun! Usually the feeders go up Thanksgiving week.

If you need to know the location ask around or email us at the Brooklyn bird club contact page.

One more very important thing: please practice COVID protocols. Masks,social distancing etc. The fence line was redesigned  to try to accommodate people. And please do not enter the area.if something is amiss, contact me or the BBC page.

Enjoy the new season...with hope for good boids.

🦉🐦

KB

PS. It'll be a few days before birds discover the treasure trove.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Brief notes

  a few highlights from today:

Linda Ewing reported.seeing the juvenile Common Gallinule out on open water near Music Island as she observed from the War Memorial ( rink)


On the Hammerhead of southwest Lake, Purple Finches. Offshore from the same spot 6 Hooded Mergansers says Linda.


Over at Greenwood cemetery Rob Jeff spotted ten low flyover EVENING GROSBEAKS at the high point "hawk watch" Kiamie Crypt.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

eBird Checklist - 3 Nov 2020 - Prospect Park - 41 species

Evergreen Cemetery

Been awhile since I saw a report from here


Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) (1)
- Reported Nov 03, 2020 11:32 by Paul Sweet
- Cemetery of the Evergreens, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6818476,-73.9015532&ll=40.6818476,-73.9015532
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75787671
- Comments: "Bright male. Foraging among Juncos on grassy areas around graves" 

PP COMM Gallinue monday

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Nov 02, 2020 08:45 by Radka Osickova
- 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/checklist/S75765638
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Pale greyish brown bird swimming across Peninsula towards area between Terrace brodge And Peninsula meadow. At times alone, at times eating with a group of mallards. Continuing bird. Will add photos" 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Tweet from Carol C (@shroomsandbirds)

Note gallinule pic

Carol C (@shroomsandbirds) tweeted at 7:58 PM on Sat, Oct 31, 2020:
Caught the common gallinule at Prospect Park today, along with some shovelers, an appropriately dressed goth coot, and a golden crowned kinglet showing just a tiny bit of orange presumably for Halloween 🎃 @BirdBrklyn https://t.co/ktzSpzB4AT
(https://twitter.com/shroomsandbirds/status/1322689351113986048?s=03)

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NOTE  Gallinule was reported today back at Duck Island

Bush terminal park Evening grosbeaks

Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) (2)
- Reported Nov 01, 2020 08:26 by Peter Paul
- Bush Terminal Piers Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6541609,-74.0204451&ll=40.6541609,-74.0204451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75696643
- Comments: "Heard first, then seen flying low toward me and overhead. By the time I got a camera up, they were going straight away, headed south. Both female birds - gray-green bodies with large central white wing patch." 

eBird Checklist - 1 Nov 2020 - Prospect Park - 39 species

https://ebird.org/checklist/S75697675 

Sample list today by Tina

Late Wilson's warbler in PP

Vale off Cashmere


Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) (1)
- Reported Oct 31, 2020 12:40 by Rachel Piazza
- 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/checklist/S75671789
- Comments: "In the vale.  Bright yellow warbler, black cap. Low and clearly visible, several good looks, unfortunately no photo."