Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert



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*** Species Summary:

- Eastern Bluebird (1 report)

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

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) (1)
- Reported Jan 16, 2019 10:30 by Jay Bird
- Fort Greene Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.691923,-73.9754964&ll=40.691923,-73.9754964
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51733714
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen in Ft Greene Park near native plants area, where seen two days precious. Perched on lower branch in trees behind native plants area, the moved to fencing around native plants, before heading progressively towards ginkos by the monument. "

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                                 --John Muir

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Ft Greene park eastern bluebird

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) (1)
- Reported Jan 15, 2019 16:12 by Peter Paul
- Fort Greene Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.691923,-73.9754964&ll=40.691923,-73.9754964
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51715770
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "On the slope north of the tennis courts, feeding on the ground."

Bald Eagle at bklyn heights

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (1)
- Reported Jan 15, 2019 09:45 by Danielle Gustafson
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade, New York US-NY (40.6961,-73.9979), Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.696123,-73.997941&ll=40.696123,-73.997941
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51699914
- Comments: "No binoculars but the bird was flat as a board as it soared in a thermal.  Never flapped"

PP LLBBG

Yesterday with frozen Prospect Lake that was so endearing to gulls,Sean Sime reported a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL. I believe it was a juvenile from a quick look of the text message...

Update on forecast for Sunday night Lunar Eclipse

"poor" for our region but theres hope for a peek

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/sunday-nights-total-lunar-eclipse-will-be-the-last-blood-moon-of-the-decade/70007122

a missed opportunity means we have to wait till May 26, 2021 for the next totality

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Ft Greene EABL

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) (1)
- Reported Jan 13, 2019 08:00 by August Davidson Onsgard
- Fort Greene Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.691923,-73.9754964&ll=40.691923,-73.9754964
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51628280
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing? Great views for 10 minutes, then disappeared"

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Fwd: Murder in the park


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeremy Burnworth <jeremyburnworth@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 04:00 PM
Subject: Murder in the park


100+ crows over prospect park early this morning.  Noisy bunch. 

Showing at the Brooklyn Historical Society

https://www.prospectpark.org/news-events/events/2019/1/10#means-ready-escape-brooklyns-prospect-park-2017

Good to know the history of Brooklyn's best passerine migratory spot

Friday, January 11, 2019

LBBG at Brooklyn br Park

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (2)
- Reported Jan 11, 2019 16:54 by Doug Gochfeld
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.7017015,-73.996266&ll=40.7017015,-73.996266
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51572854

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert


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Date: Fri, Jan 11, 2019, 12:56 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>
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*** Species Summary:

- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- Purple Finch (1 report)

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

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Jan 11, 2019 11:30 by karen o'hearn
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6602841,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51554638
- Comments: "continuing bird"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Jan 11, 2019 08:40 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/S51554248
- Comments: "Lingering. Tail-pumping dark gray flycatcher, all puffed up in the cold. Seen perched on fencing by NW edge of lake, across from picnic table area."

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) (1)
- Reported Jan 11, 2019 08:40 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/S51554248
- Comments: "Possibly 2, both females. First sighting was Midwood, just up the slope from where I saw 3 yesterday (north end of paths that parallel east drive).Second was a short time later at Rick's Place. Treating as the same bird here. "

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PP COME the 11th day; Bald Eagle at Bush

Common Merganser continues into the eleventh day; according to photographer Joe, it was patrolling the south Lullwater west of Music Island, along the Peninsula north shore.

Bobbi Mainian took a photo of a adult BALD EAGLE just above the jetty wall at Bush Terminal Pier Park, a good winter spot. That happened this morning.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fwd: Hermit Thrush!

Today...also reported continuing COMMON MERGANSER on Prospect Lake 10th day  observed by Shane Blodgett

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Tang <charles.tang@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Thu, Jan 10, 2019 08:31 AM
Subject: Hermit Thrush!


Hi Peter,
I was surprised to see a late Hermit Thrush at Prospect Park!
Charles


 

Fwd: Merlin today



"To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold."
- Aristotle



-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Tang <charles.tang@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Thu, Jan 10, 2019 09:35 AM
Subject: Merlin


This Merlin really likes Prospect Park! It has been here over a month. If anyone haven't seen one, now is the time!



Upcoming Next Sunday the 20th 11:41 PM peak

Total Lunar Eclipse  Into Midnight.Hope for clear sky!

https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/your-guide-to-januarys-supermoon-total-lunar-eclipse/?utm_content=buffer2e31f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Banded Canada Goose

Two banded Canada Geese were seen feeding on the south shore of Prospect Lake opposite Duck Island today. They showed orange neck collars with the black codes X3A9 and Y3T4

Information reported to Bird Band Labs

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/WEP_submit_mob.cfm

Great primer article about Ridgewood Reservoir

( You cannot see how pleased we birders of Brooklyn and Queens are)



https://ridgewoodpost.com/ridgewood-reservoir-receives-wetland-designation-ensures-site-preservation?fbclid=IwAR3mjd8VRgB4_aXLNS7nnBS8sncio-0XxippvECBAG_2LzQ899IyV_3Izjs

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

local quality birds reported today

Greenwood Cemetery

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1)

- Reported Jan 09, 2019 09:42 by Paige Linden-Brams
- 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/S51493251
- Comments: "Continuing at Dell Water. Have pics. "

PROSPECT


Eastern Bluebird (heard) - east slope Lookout Hill by Sean Sime


Common Merganser on Prospect Lake by Sean



Ridgewood Reservoir NYSDEC Wetlands Delineation protection Statement

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Prospect Lake Merg

The drake COMMON MERGANSER continues its remarkable stay on the Lake.

On my quick scan around 355 pm, I could see the Merganser just off the Peninsula thumb. Much nearer a hen American Wigeon and off to the left Well house shore was the lone Pied billed Grebe. These made up for the lack of numbers at that hour.

A tribute to the Ridgewood Reservoir grassroots activism




"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can    change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."                                                                                                           --Margaret Mead

Its not too often that grassroots conservationists win battles to save a precious green space from the wrecking ball, development that threaten one such place on the Brooklyn Queens county line; a battle that took over ten long years to fight. In the end, it's a well deserved tribute to those who stayed dedicated, plugging away in the right civil, constructive manner to save Ridgewood Reservoir.

During my presidency of the Brooklyn Bird Club, I received an ordinary note from dance artist Jennifer Monson I believe is the correct name (apologies if not ) way back around 2007. Being a practical person , I happily passed along the note to friends Rob Jett , Steve Nanz and Heidi Steiner-Nanz at the time ,knowing they had the communicative and organization skills to pursue this matter further. It was a very significant decision as those friends stayed the course for over eleven years to the final victory that resulted in NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Wetland Protection status this past October. From that first years, Rob , Steve and Heidi took the issue to the Queens birders, particularly Christina Wilkinson.  The rest is history as the green treasure was bought to the Community board's attention, the community,  elected officials and other heavy hitters, advocates like NYC Audubon and so on. You can read more in Christina's note on Rob Jett's blog Save Ridgewood Reservoir and Christina's Newtown Historical Society org blog below.

I was happy to play a very minor role in writing well timed letters. It was very important to get the word out and reach many people as possible, community and elected representatives and agency heads.One letter was written during my presidency that was picked up by the Queens local newspapers and newsletters,etc. My most recent letter as President emeritus about  a year and half ago to NYSDEC; I was told  yesterday that letter was formally replied to by NYSDEC. The meetings everyone else went to over the long years is their dedicated effort. I am limited from meetings due to personal communication shortcomings and other practical reasons. Credit also go to my BBC successors Rob Bate and Dennis Hrehowsik with support of the Council in following up .

So, the real credit goes all out to Rob Jett, Steve Nanz, Heidi and Christina and countless others I'm bereft of who was involved. So.. well done and congratulations to all involved in achieving a great victory after a long fight.

In greater significance though, we saved urban habitat for wildlife and birds: that's worth the tireless fight.

--KB

PS.In May we will have a Ridgewood walk . Check out the Brooklyn Bird Club Trips page next month.

http://ridgewoodreservoir.blogspot.com/

Monday, January 7, 2019

Fwd: [Ridgewood Reservoir 877] At long last, Ridgewood Reservoir designated a wetland!

Victory at last,the long fight is finally over!

, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. (r) Indeed, it is the only thing that everhas." --Margaret Mead

-----Original Message-----
From: Christina Wilkinson <nutrichris623@gmail.com>
To: Highland Park-Ridgewood Reservoir Alliance <ridgewoodreservoir@googlegroups.com>
Sent: Mon, Jan 7, 2019 05:48 PM
Subject: [Ridgewood Reservoir 877] At long last, Ridgewood Reservoir designated a wetland!


Dear all,

Happy New Year!

I'm pleased to report that the Ridgewood Reservoir was officially designated a wetland on 10/24/2018. The Queens Parks Commissioner received a notification letter on 12/21/2018 from the DEC. We obtained a copy of this just today from her office: 


Congratulations to us and everyone who helped along the way since way back in 2007. The wetlands designation request was actually submitted some time in 2010 which means it only took 8 years for them to get serious about it.

Christina
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Two Monday notables

Prospect Monday starts off the week with the continuing COMMON MERGANSER and a nice surprise BALD EAGLE.

First seen on New Year's Day,the drake Merganser casually patrols the Lake from Duck Island to West Island cove.Its an unmistakable bird to spot with its white body and green head.

Dan Smith during his observation of the Merganser spotted a flyover Bald eagle over the Lake this morning. It was heading west, towards Greenwood Cemetery airspace.

Two Fox Sparrows spiced things up at the feeders with the usual winter avian visitors.

Otherwise,it's quiet Monday ,yet a few good birds to be glad seeing.

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 1:44 PM on Mon, Jan 07, 2019:
Continuing Prospect lake Common Merganser drake diving between duck island & peninsula thumb
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1082347328269414401?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Egmail%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3)

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Invitation to Brooklyn bird club leaders

I'm extending an invitation to anyone to lead a walk for the club on these two dates:

May 12th (  Mother's day). Doodletown  trail ,Harriman state park

May 25 or 26 or 27 memorial day weekend Brooklyn Plumb Beach shorebirds and other plumb sites

Since it saves me time asking individually with these holiday dates,best asking here to the general public. And hope I get someone

I can give more details.

My email is prosbird@aol.com


COME PP LAKE continues

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 10:00 by Dennis Hrehowsik
- 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/S51416662
- Comments: "Continuing drake found on Jan 1st BBC walk."

Saturday, January 5, 2019

PP COME continues

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 13:22 by Emily Nichols

- 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/S51347134
- Comments: "continuing bird

Top 10 Winter Bird Foods And The Birds That Love Them - Farmers’ Almanac

Fwd: Re: Red-shouldered Hawk

Red shouldered Hawk seen near Prospect feeders,photo'd by Charles. Confirmed by consensus experts on Facebook raptor group

Very uncommon particularly perched!



-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Tang <charles.tang@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Fri, Jan 4, 2019 01:16 PM
Subject: Re: Red-shouldered Hawk


See the facial pattern and it is also smaller than the Redtail. I think it is the Red-shouldered. 



On Fri, Jan 4, 2019, 11:26 AM Charles Tang <charles.tang@gmail.com> wrote:
Yesterday, there was a Red-shouldered Hawk eyeing the birds at the birds' feeders.



Friday, January 4, 2019

Continuing Common Merganser

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Jan 04, 2019 10:11 by Jennifer Kepler
- 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/S51296274
- Comments: "Previously reported. Drake. Green head white chest dark upper parts. Photos "

Juv White crowned Sparrow from early in week by feeders

Charles Tang photo

(bird found by R Bate)


Raven

Common Raven (Corvus corax) (1)
- Reported Jan 04, 2019 08:35 by kristin costello
- D K home, New York US-NY (40.6615,-73.9596), Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.66148,-73.959617&ll=40.66148,-73.959617
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51294442
- Comments: "Croaking from perch on top of our building. Perched and croaked and then flew to Lincoln rd briefly perched on building at corner of Flatbush and Lincoln before continuing toward park."

Native Shrubs and Why They're Essential for Carbon Sequestration - Resilience

Tweet from Heidi (@heidicleven) Red tailed hawk video

Heidi (@heidicleven) tweeted at 10:47 PM on Thu, Jan 03, 2019:
Red-tailed Hawk, Prospect Park today. https://t.co/F2ZCjwgSdy
(https://twitter.com/heidicleven/status/1081034238248579073?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Egmail%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3)

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Fwd: BBC Sunday Walk 10am



"To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold."
- Aristotle



-----Original Message-----
From: Tina Alleva <tinamariealleva@gmail.com>
Sent: Thu, Jan 3, 2019 02:20 PM
Subject: BBC Sunday Walk 10am


Happy new year friends!
Join us this Sunday January 6th, 10am at the Prospect Park boathouse for the first Sunday walk of the year. Special guest Michele Dreger will be leading this month's walk. Come catch up with our beloved migrant leader and get a start on your 2019 list!

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 3:58 PM on Thu, Jan 03, 2019:
At least drake COMMON MERGANSER still seen prospect lake center
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1080931384988962817?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Egmail%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3)

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