Sunday, February 18, 2018

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Fwd: Widgeon

American WIGEON showing reddish tint behind eyes. Speculation of hybridization with EURASIAN??

Photo'd by Kathy

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Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) weird looking wigeon

Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) tweeted at 5:40 PM on Sun, Feb 18, 2018:
The Prospect Lake mystery wigeon #birdbk via @Ibirdsometimes https://t.co/wo25vqMxPx
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Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Feb 18, 2018

A unity of ducks settled into Prospect Lake today, an Olympian theme in a way as the magical ten species was observed.

I got out late,just before 2pm ,to enjoy the brilliance of sunshine and was rewarded for my motivation. I could see in the Lake's center originally 6 RING NECKED DUCKS--all drakes- joined by at the time I counted 5 HOODED MERGANSERS with my bins. Later closer looks bought up the number to 7 &6. That's the Spirit I say!
Along my pursuit,I happened to see the HORNED GREBE;it was diving in West Island cove where also I spotted the AMERICAN WIGEON pair. Later I thought I saw two Horneds,confirmed by Kathy Toomey as those birds were far from my western shore spot.Kathy also reported near the Grebes two BUFFLEHEADS,the tenth duck species on the lake.

As it is late February,spring is starting , when ducks begin to move north , often times staging their numbers.

I bet that sounds good to ears: "spring".
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Subject: GBBC eBird Report - Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Feb 18, 2018
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Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, New York, US
Feb 18, 2018 1:45 PM - 2:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
15 species

Canada Goose  X
Wood Duck  1
Northern Shoveler  52
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  X
American Black Duck  1
Ring-necked Duck  7
Hooded Merganser  6
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Ruddy Duck  42
Horned Grebe  2
Great Blue Heron  1
American Coot  8
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42942238

This report was generated automatically by the Great Backyard Bird Count (http://gbbc.birdcount.org)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Prospect Park, Feb 17, 2018

A very quiet day. Reports from Eni Falci chickadees, Carolina Wren and titmice at the Vale cashmere,none down in southern PP, or feeders . 
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Prospect Park, Kings, New York, US
Feb 17, 2018 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
21 species

Canada Goose  136
Mute Swan  7
Northern Shoveler  31
Mallard  83
American Black Duck  1
Hooded Merganser  3
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Ruddy Duck  59
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  11
Ring-billed Gull  71
Herring Gull  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  10
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  11

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Fwd: European goldfinch in prospect park



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Subject: European goldfinch in prospect park



Hi. Took these yesterday. 
Neal Frumkin

 







 


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Friday, February 16, 2018

Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Prospect Park, Feb 16, 2018

The low dim light of the rainy afternoon made it a challenge for me after I left work. But my desire to officially help Prospect get its first GBBC checklist was my goal.

The beautiful profile of the Drake Hooded Merganser wading by in the south Lullwater brightens the perspective. Also a continuation of the Red breasted Merganser gets it recorded.

Become a citizen scientist: count wherever you are.
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Prospect Park, Kings, New York, US
Feb 16, 2018 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Raining
17 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  264
Mute Swan  2
Northern Shoveler  55
Mallard  113
American Black Duck  4
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)  2
Hooded Merganser  3
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Ruddy Duck  47
American Coot  9
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  11
House Sparrow  9

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eBird Checklist – Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, US – Fri Feb 16, 2018 – 18 species

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The first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Williamsburg ICGU continuing

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2018 08:38 by Alan V. Bacchiochi
- 1 North 3rd Street, New York, US (40.719, -73.966), Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.7190042,-73.9655755&ll=40.7190042,-73.9655755
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42740033
- Comments: "No photo; saw the gull flying north along the coast of the East River. Approximately same size as a herring gull. Steady and graceful wingbeats. Grey wings on top with white trim, white with some faint brown streaking underneath, yellow bill, some grey on top of

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Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn)

Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) tweeted at 9:05 AM on Tue, Feb 13, 2018:
Yellow-rumped Warbler, #Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3 Greenway Terrace. #birdbk via @heatherwolf https://t.co/ezNZLIy661
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Gloomy Monday morning mergs

A surprisingly chilly but heavy overcast Monday morning would have dimmed birding hopes. Yet a Merganser observation brightens the moment dissipating the air of moodiness.

As raindrops pelted my unprotected garments,I sought shelter at the West Island gazebo. I was surprised I was the only occupant. From my dry spot,I scanned the lake waters of Prospect. At first I almost passed the drab distant profiles of hen HOODED MERGANSERS; then the drakes appeared. Feeding along the phragmites of western Three Sisters island,all told,six "Hoodies" dove frequently there.

After awhile at my stand,I picked up a pair of American WIGEON,a distant hen BUFFLEHEAD and the usual suspects before picking up and going. ( Later the Hooded flock split into threes,to reside near Duck and Three Sisters Islands)

But there was another merganser. Along the west shore,something dove. And I thought all the ducks here are dabblers. It turns out when "diver" resurfaced, to be the RED BREASTED MERGANSER hen very close. I was wondering what's the deal here: drake one day,hen another,then once in awhile both.

I wound up with eight duck species, not bad for gloomy Monday.When the sun came out mid-afternoon and I wandered back out,I picked up the Drake WOOD DUCK ,trying to wade through the big bodies of Canada Geese ,roadblocks for the little guy.

A short visit to the feeders found minimal activity. Only a White breasted nuthatch was of note. But there's a subtle change though. Two White throated sparrows are sporting bright heads now,a head start for spring romance. So maybe that groundhog was wrong after all, spring is arriving early.

A last good bird before I exited the park turned out to be a hawk. Specifically,an adult COPPERS HAWK ,preening itself as it perched in the Sweetgums Grove between the gazebo and West Island. This is a preferable spot for me to stop for potential winter finches. They weren't there,no thanks to the handsome Coop.

Oh,Happy Birthday Abe.

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Prospect lake

6 HOODED MERGANSERS hanging out near 3Sisters islands; hen BUFFLEHEAD by Duck Island

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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

- Lesser Black-backed Gull (2 reports)

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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

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1)
- Reported Feb 11, 2018 11:25 by Gus Keri
- Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.646519,-74.026074&ll=40.646519,-74.026074
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42675347
- Media: 2 Photos

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1)
- Reported Feb 11, 2018 10:48 by Joshua Malbin
- Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.646519,-74.026074&ll=40.646519,-74.026074
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42675930
- Comments: "Adult at BAT pier. Photos later."

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Tweet from Rob Jett (@thecitybirder)

Rob Jett (@thecitybirder) tweeted at 0:10 PM on Sat, Feb 10, 2018:
Prospect Park's Black-headed Gull https://t.co/XlJztYHQJ2
(https://twitter.com/thecitybirder/status/962373215258587136?s=03)

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Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Feb 10, 2018

BBC Presidential walk led by Dennis Hrehowsik
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From: "Dennis Hrehowsik" <deepseagangster@gmail.com>
Date: Feb 10, 2018 7:36 PM
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Feb 10, 2018
To: "Peter Dorosh" <prosbird@gmail.com>
Cc:

Peter,

Ten birders met on a balmy February morning where highlights were continuing black headed Gull spotted today by Kathy Toomey. Confiding wood duck and wigeon near ladder 15. Chickadee and tufted titmouse which have been thin on the ground this winter. Five woodpecker sweep with sap sucker being spotted by Denise just as we were leaving park. 43 species total. 

Best,

Dennis 


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From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
Date: February 10, 2018 at 7:28:27 PM EST
To: deepseagangster@gmail.com
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Feb 10, 2018

Prospect Park, Kings, New York, US
Feb 10, 2018 9:10 AM - 1:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
43 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  100
Mute Swan  10
Wood Duck  1
Northern Shoveler  45
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  75
American Black Duck  2
Bufflehead  1
Ruddy Duck  18
Horned Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  8
Black-headed Gull  1     Continuing bird. Superficially similar to Bonaparte's. Elegant small Gull red legs and bill. Dark spot behind eye.
Ring-billed Gull  350
Herring Gull  50
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  10
Mourning Dove  7
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Blue Jay  10
Fish Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2     Along lullwater near ice ladder 23.  Kinglets with yellow head stripe.
American Robin  7
European Starling  100
White-throated Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  8
House Finch  3
European Goldfinch  1
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  15

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42658945

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Tweet from Joshua Malbin (@JoshMalbinBirds)

Joshua Malbin (@JoshMalbinBirds) tweeted at 10:52 AM on Sun, Feb 11, 2018:
Adult LBBG at Brooklyn army terminal #birdbk https://t.co/nuaJvbgtaw
(https://twitter.com/JoshMalbinBirds/status/962715976725917696?s=03)

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Tweet from Michael Yuan (@themeowking) DRAKE CANVASBACKS

Michael Yuan (@themeowking) tweeted at 2:22 PM on Sat, Feb 10, 2018:
Espied from upon high, atop the Brooklyn Heights Promenade https://t.co/DS6j7FOM9w
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Tweet from Joshua Malbin (@JoshMalbinBirds)

Joshua Malbin (@JoshMalbinBirds) tweeted at 1:48 PM on Sat, Feb 10, 2018:
Two drake Canvasbacks in BBP between piers 3 and 4. https://t.co/NYhW7ooxb1
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Prospects presidential birds

I joined Dennis' Prospect walk this morning and for a February date it was a pretty morning. We saw a few Rarities and the usual winter population one expects in mid Winter.

Birding along the Lake south shoreline,the first good bird appeared. Across the lake at the Peninsula shore, a  HORNED GREBE continues. This sighting soon followed by a circling PEREGRINE FALCON overhead,spotted by Dennis.

Getting closer to the sizable gull flock on the ice,Kathy spotted our best bird: BLACK HEADED GULL. It's the continuing immature,seen at the far western section of the lake. As the group got closer,the bird moved closer to Well Drive. Nevertheless the lighting was good and viewers succeeded with great looks through my scope.

When we ran into more birders at the west shore,the Black headed vanished. It wasn't until 1210 that it reappeared much to the satisfaction and relief of several patient birders waiting for its return.

A few notable ducks were  present on Prospect lake. WOOD DUCK drake,AMERICAN WIGEON pair & a hen BUFFLEHEAD hiding among the Ruddy Ducks finished off my productive list.

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn)

Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) tweeted at 0:21 PM on Sat, Feb 10, 2018:
Black-headed Gull and all its primary glory, Prospect Park West lakeside #birdbk via @themeowking https://t.co/i48HLFggT7
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Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn)

Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) tweeted at 0:10 PM on Sat, Feb 10, 2018:
Black-headed Gull back on Prospect Park Lake #birdbk
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Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn)

Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) tweeted at 9:29 AM on Sat, Feb 10, 2018:
Prospect lake Horned Grebe remains along Peninsula south shore by wood bench #birdbk via @BBCKingsbirds
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Tweet from Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy)

Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) tweeted at 9:48 AM on Sat, Feb 10, 2018:
Black-headed Gull Prospect Lake west side out from Ladder 15
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Presidential Prospect Walk Saturday

Meet 9 am at the Pergola (Ocean and Parkside Avenues entrance) with new BBC President leading,Dennis Hrehowsik,

http://brooklynbirdclub.org/events/category/field-trips/list/

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Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

Well traveled Ravens,from bbg to pp.
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*** Species Summary:

- Common Raven (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Common Raven (Corvus corax) (2)
- Reported Feb 09, 2018 09:47 by Christopher Eliot
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6680222,-73.96367&ll=40.6680222,-73.96367
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42616882
- Comments: "Pair flying over, first about 50m ahead of the other and calling low, guttural. Expected field marks seen on both — long wedge tail, distinct primaries, red-tailed hawk size-impression. Flying northeast from Prospect Park over BBG and then museum. Too slow getting out my mic."

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Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

Been awhile since I posted the Raven tho frequently reported
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*** Species Summary:

- Common Raven (1 report)

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Common Raven (Corvus corax) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2018 09:30 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/view/checklist/S42615120
- Comments: "Flyover, croaking loudly and persistently. Got only a quick look from an awkward angle (can just say it was large), but voice was unmistakable. "

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Black headed Gull returns

The BLACK HEADED GULL makes a return trip to Prospect Lake.

This mid-morning around 10:50, Ryan Goldberg re-found the rare gull on frozen Prospect Lake just south of the Wellhouse phragmites. Later Rob Bate lucked in , observing a sleeping Black Headed just west of the main flock in the western sector of the lake. So , search the gull flock when its an iced over lake. You may luck in .( ppssst. a scope helps)




Bird Band certificate received

On one of the Canada Goose from earlier this week

Banding Data
Band Number 1158-14921 x3a9 Banded 07/04/2016

FEMALE

Species CANADA GOOSE
Age of Bird HATCHED IN 2015 OR EARLIER
Location NEAR VARENNES, QUÉBEC, CANADA

Encounter Data
Location 0.5 mi W of FLATBUSH, KINGS COUNTY, Encountered 02/06/2018

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn)

Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) tweeted at 11:35 AM on Thu, Feb 08, 2018:
#birdbk  prospectlake https://t.co/f2qpTA1nO1 via @BBCKingsbirds
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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 11:02 AM on Thu, Feb 08, 2018:
Per Ryan Hey Peter I popped into the park for a little bit. The black headed gull is back just south of the Wellhouse phrags. #birdbk
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