Monday, August 15, 2022

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Just a start..

Seeing that a spurt of warblers started yesterday,it was ideal with a desire to do something :go for a birding walk. Of course, Prospect was close by and that seemed the best course.

It was unproductive the first hour . Western Lullwater, good yesterday, showed nothing today. Retracing my steps towards Terrace Bridge,I ran into Alex R. I mentioned that fall migration on the Peninsular can be productive even late in the day because the Peninsula is like a migrant trap. And so with Alex's s help, we saw three warbler species. It's not much but this early in August, I'll take it.

In the peninsula cove on lullwater side, Alex spots the first warbler, a Northern Waterthrush. It walked atop a fallen tree just above water. While we looked vainly where the Waterthrush went, above an American Redstart , a"Yellow start" more like it, went in and out of foliage;it's tough with these fall warblers!

Proceeding farther we stopped in the Peninsula thumb,site of the last warbler.And again Alex spots an immature or female
Yellow Warbler that I got good looks in the Willow Oak.

 It's sort of nostalgic even though I've seen these warblers so many times, the magic of fall migration - my favorite time- never gets old.

Talich GWC Chklist

https://ebird.org/checklist/S116927529 

Note Olive sided Flycatcher,BEagle and Red breasted nuthatch today in Greenwood.

Tweet from Vee Nabong (@VenusNabs). Need more Flycatcher s, this one eating spotted lantern fly

Vee Nabong (@VenusNabs) tweeted at 10:28 PM on Sat, Aug 13, 2022:
Great Crested flycatcher with a Spotted lantern fly meal at Central Park Loch today @CentralParkNYC #birdcpp  #nature #NaturePhotography #wildlifephotography #birding #birdwatching https://t.co/VFCNMDeNoM
(https://twitter.com/VenusNabs/status/1558641728344711168?s=03)

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Prospect Park, Kings County, NY, US - eBird Hotspot

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L109516

At least 6 warbler species observed yesterday

Saturday, August 13, 2022

eBird Checklist - 13 Aug 2022 - Prospect Park - 40 species Cook PP chklist

https://ebird.org/checklist/S116874317

Note worm eating warbler and scarlet tanager. Early migration for neotropic songbirds in swing. Keep
Posted to northerly wind patterns ( Birdcast)

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

Note early migrant warblers in our local areas

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Subject: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>
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*** Species Summary:

- Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 report)
- Ovenbird (1 report)
- Cape May Warbler (1 report)
- Chestnut-sided Warbler (2 reports)

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Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) (4)
- Reported Aug 12, 2022 11:15 by mark iantosca
- 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/S116864953
- Comments: "In pines next to Sylvan Water. Photos"

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 12, 2022 08:40 by mark iantosca
- 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/S116864955
- Comments: "Popped up on branch, streaked breast, brown back, short tail, orange patch thru crown bordered by black, white eye ring, etc. near CSWA"

Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) (1)
- Reported Aug 12, 2022 11:15 by mark iantosca
- 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/S116864953
- Comments: "Photos. Ad female here (40.6549970, -73.9957634)"

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1)
- Reported Aug 12, 2022 11:15 by mark iantosca
- 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/S116864953
- Comments: "Near CMWA. Photos"

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 12, 2022 08:40 by mark iantosca
- 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/S116864955
- Comments: "Early ig? Adult I believe w Lime green back, smudge of chestnut on flanks, small but obv eye ring, here (40.6598950, -73.9673987)"

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Tweet from Ed Crowne (@ecrowne). Bluewinged warbler lookout hill south

Ed Crowne (@ecrowne) tweeted at 11:02 AM on Sat, Aug 13, 2022:
Blue-winged Warbler among others feeding on Paperbark Mullberry  trees on switchback trail on Lookout, Prospect Park.
(https://twitter.com/ecrowne/status/1558469126737248256?s=03)

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Fwd: Pop Up Morning Flight Watch at Jamaica Bay with Doug Gochfeld

Pop Up Morning Flight Watch at Jamaica Bay with Doug Gochfeld.

 

Saturday August 13th 6AM. meet at North Channel Bridge Parking lot. No registration required.

 

The calendar says summer, but as far as many birds are concerned, autumn has arrived! Meet the first “cold front” of the fall on Saturday morning at Jamaica Bay, and join Doug Gochfeld for some early season morning flight birding. While the volume of birds may not be what it is later in the season, we’re hoping for early-migrating warblers that are missed during migration watches later on in the season. We’ll be trying to see and identify small migrant birds in flight, and hopefully the north winds will give us plenty of chances to try, learn, and try again. This will take place as a stationary count, as we wait for the birds to fly by us, so there will be no hiking involved for this activity. 

 

The parking lot gate for the North Channel bridge (we'll be at the one on the east side of Cross Bay Blvd.) parking lot is usually closed until 6 AM, and this event will last for a couple of hours, depending on how the activity is. If you’re looking to extend your birding and shift gears from songbirds to shorebirds, the Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival takes place just down the road at 9 AM this morning as well.

Early merlin

Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Aug 10, 2022 06:12 by Doug Gochfeld
- 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/S116698652
- Comments: "Flying over the East River side of Manhattan, initially being harasses by a lankier, thinner winged kestrel, before the Merlin used its more compact build and broader based wings to power away over southern Manhattan. No plumage details seen except that it was overall darker than the kestrel. Shape and flight style were diagnostic."

BirdCast - Bird migration forecasts in real-time

https://birdcast.info/

Bird cast has resumed for fall

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert


Unusual sightings for the date

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Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022
Subject: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>
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*** Species Summary:

- Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 report)
- Northern Parula (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated.

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Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 06, 2022 08:40 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/checklist/S116425578
- Comments: "Pair moving together around crescent water; seen (striped head, rusty underparts) and heard (nasal tooting)."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 06, 2022 08:04 by Forrest Wickman
- 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/S116428274
- Comments: "Our boy is still here, singing and seen by Quaker cemetery gate. Photos available."

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"Sweet, sweet burn of sun and summer wind, and you, my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling."
--K.D. Lang

With spotted lanternflies reproducing at ‘alarming rate,’ city urged to help control the pests on Staten Island

Monday, August 1, 2022

Gwc chat

Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) (1)

- Reported Jul 31, 2022 10:15 by Zach M
- 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/S116118990
- Media: 1 Audio 

Also reported ,in Prospect Hammerhead cove was early Northern Waterthrush by Alex Rosenfeld.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Louie in town

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2022 08:23 by Forrest Wickman
- 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/S116086588
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Back of Lily Pond. Early/dispersing? Photos. A possible Louisiana was reported by Linda Ewing in the same general area yesterday. Northern Waterthrushes seem to be more common at this time of year (and I had a Northern by the Lullwater), and I'm by no means some sort of Waterthrush Expert, but the strong tail end of the white supercilium, esp. when combined with the apparent lack of spots on the (white, as opposed to yellow) throat, suggests Louisiana." 

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Louisiana WT continues at BBrPk pier 1

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 26, 2022 07:05 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/S115795434
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Slightly early but typically expected in the area in late July. Detected around the pier 1 long pond by its deep, hollow chip. Seen on the small mudflat a short while after. White supercilium, while not flaring towards the rear, extended to the upper back and did not taper. Dull pink legs. Thick, sparse breast streaking, but mostly unstreaked throat."

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Monday, July 25, 2022

PP bald eagle

 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (1)

- Reported Jul 25, 2022 17:55 by MCHL ____
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S115758257
- Comments: "Juvenile flying low over Lower Pool

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Free Milkweed Seeds & contributions for Live Monarch Foundation- Get your milkweed seeds for the Monarch Migration

https://www.livemonarch.com/free-milkweed-seeds/

We need your help. Plant Milkweed everywhere!

Send one self addressed, stamped envelope for Milkweed or mixed seeds appropriate for your area to:

 

Live Monarch - 2022 Seed Campaign

PO BOX 1339

Blairsville, Georgia 30514

- Please note our new address - Please update any postings! -

We welcome you share our website link,
but NOT our PO Box Information Online

Prospect Parula

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Jul 23, 2022 10:13 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/S115614990
- Comments: "Quakers cemetery, first heard, then saw with two warbling vireos."

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Monarch butterfly species on endangered list

From Charly Harper Facebook page

We just heard the devastating news that monarch butterflies have been officially placed on the endangered species list because of their fast-dwindling numbers. It's hard to believe (and digest) all of the human-driven destruction of this lovely planet that has occurred in my relatively short lifetime alone. Charley too felt the ache in his heart and wrote, spoke, and painted about this devastation throughout his lifetime.

If you feel called to join the fight to save these beauties, here are some things you can do: 

*Remove non-native plants from your land - and plant natives! Check out https://www.xerces.org/pollinator-resource-center for pollinator conservation resource, (or google your location + native plants for local orgs and sources)!

*PLANT MILKWEED native to your region (and cut back when called for based on location). Use The Xerces Society Milkweed Finder (https://www.xerces.org/milkweed/milkweed-seed-finder). It's not too late to plant!

*Plant nectar plants (asters, goldenrods, etc) for their fall trip home

*STOP using insecticides and pesticides 

*Look out for Black Swallow-Wort. It's an invasive plant with flowers that are very attractive to monarch butterflies, who lay their eggs on it, but it's toxic & kills the eggs. If you want to help monarch butterflies, kill all the black swallow-wort you see. https://www.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/identifying-and-removing-black-swallow-wort.pdf

*Use the app iNaturalist! It's a community-based scientific tool that allows people to study insect populations, such as the Monarch, by using the data collected by community members using the app. You can submit observations of plants, animals and insects.  Having this date is invaluable in determining where conservation projects can be most beneficial and where Monarchs are (and are not).

*Support legislation and leaders that put conservation and protection over profit

(Pictured here is Charley's "Blue Skies and Butterflies". So bittersweet today)


1st fall migration Louisiana waterthrush ,at BBrP

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 20, 2022 19:35 by Doug Gochfeld
- 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/S115456189
- Comments: "**Scarce southbound migrant in NYC, though some scarcity may be attributed to its relatively early fall migration through this area, when birder coverage in appropriate wooded habitats is low. Detected because it was giving contact calls at dusk, and after that I had two brief sightings. Then it gave another bout of loud calling. Eastern edge if Pier 1, around the shaded pond along the main path, viewed from the small footbridge directly on the south side of that pond. No camera, but two audio recordings." 

Birthday greetings

A Happy Birthday to Mary Yrizarry, legendary conservationist of Sterling Forest and wife of legendary birder and Brooklyn Bird Club President Emeritus John Yrizarry ( mid 1960s)

🎂🐦🎂🐦🎂🐦🎂🐦🎂🐦🎂🦋🎂🦋🎂🦋🎂🦋🎂🦋

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert early "flagged" local birds


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*** Species Summary:

- Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 report)
- White-throated Sparrow (1 report)
- Ovenbird (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated.

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Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 17, 2022 07:29 by Angela Panetta
- 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/S115245414
- Comments: "By winter walk"

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 17, 2022 08:29 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/S115244010
- Comments: "Heard singing at Pier 3."

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 17, 2022 08:29 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/S115244010
- Comments: "Continuing at Pier 3."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Jul 17, 2022 07:29 by Angela Panetta
- 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/S115245414
- Comments: "Winter walk"

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Good gwc sighting for July

Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) (1)
- Reported Jul 11, 2022 12:00 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/checklist/S115070373
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "An immature female, I think. Perched high in vicinity of several other species yelling at young Red-tailed Hawk." 

Tweet from Heidi (@heidicleven)


Brooklyn  ( and me) says goodbye to Heidi Cleven ( and her terrific bird videos ) . 

We wish her good luck and much success and happiness in Norway.

-kb

Heidi (@heidicleven) tweeted at 2:58 PM on Wed, Jul 13, 2022:
My family moved to Oslo, but I will miss NYC terribly, especially my friends and all the amazing people I've met there over the years! I'm also going miss the wonderful parks and the unbelievable birds - here's just a small sample. You might recognize some that came to visit us! https://t.co/HrB2j8nvxk
(https://twitter.com/heidicleven/status/1547294468130234368?s=03)

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Fwd: Shane Blodgett , an appeal to help fight his illness

An appeal for Brooklyn's best birder , Shane Blodgett. Please help.Thanks

https://gofund.me/b6b30197

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Date: Wed, Jul 13, 2022 at 1:35 PM
Subject: Shane Blodgett
To:


This is Rachel, Shane Blodgett's wife of almost 32 years.

I'm sorry for this email -- and some of you may already have this information - or may not know or recall who Shane is .... If that's you -- I'm sorry for spamming you here -- Please delete this message.
I wanted to update those who weren't aware of his current situation which is detailed here  https://gofund.me/6e7d8fa7.

If you'd like to reach out to him, please do so at 646 344 0768 or you can always send a note to :

Shane Blodgett
1 74th Street, apt 6G
Brooklyn, NY 11209

I know he'd love to hear from you.

Thank you!

Rachel Maurer





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" Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot,the only home we've ever known"

                                                                            --Carl Sagan

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Looking back in time

 An exception here with today's post of the Webb Telescope first image. An image or section of the sky the size of a grain of sand at arms length, the light seen in the photo took 4.6 billion years to reach Earth ,which was only being born when light left those galaxies. ( each with billions of stars)

Its the farthest back in time we've seen.

Mind blowing!