Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's Day 2013 "new" birds

Its a tradition of sorts that birders get the first day a start on the new year's birds, sometimes for big years and sometimes just a celebration of birding and new life. My bird club walk for example  this day , rescheduled from earlier postponement from February 2012 celebrates such an idea, not focused for rarity but all birds we cherished. ( by the way, it was a exhilarating windy cold 14 miles walk from Owls Head to Coney Island ! List on the trips blog to be posted soon).

Prospect Park is one terrific site to celebrate the beauty of birds on the first day. New Years Day saw the likes of good birds, beginning with the very active feeders , seeing 6 PINE SISKIN, picking up from the previous day, COMMON REDPOLL, PINE SISKIN ,WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL ( Rose Garden west slope, also Ricks Place) and a terrific, astounding record for its numbers seen, AMERICAN PIPIT , 36 reported in both the ballfields and Tennis House (Rob Jett) ; later, 22 seen on the Nethermead and surrounding open fields. This is a great start to 2013 ! What better  location to start than Prospect Park for firsts dibs to a new year of birding.

From KeirRandall:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Jan 1, 2013 1:20 PM - 4:04 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments: <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.1

44 species

Mute Swan 9

American Black Duck 1

Mallard 34

Northern Shoveler 62

Bufflehead 1

Hooded Merganser 5

Ruddy Duck 17

Pied-billed Grebe 2

Double-crested Cormorant 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

American Coot 8

Ring-billed Gull 180

Herring Gull 12

Mourning Dove 5

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 4

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Merlin 1

Blue Jay 4

Black-capped Chickadee 12

Tufted Titmouse 9

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Winter Wren 1

Carolina Wren 1

American Robin 2

European Starling 12

American Pipit 22 On Nethermead ranging from baseball fields to the sparrowbowl. Probably more, Photos.

American Tree Sparrow 3 Peninsula meadow

Fox Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 1

Swamp Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 26

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 2

Northern Cardinal 9

Red-winged Blackbird 11

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

House Finch 13

White-winged Crossbill 8 4pm. Feeding in sweetgum on slope between south end of Rose Garden and BBC plantings by Nellies Lawn. Photos.

Pine Siskin 6 Together at feeders

American Goldfinch 6

House Sparrow 27

From Rafael:

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY

Jan 1, 2013 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling

Observer: Rafael G Campos R.

3.0 mile(s)

Comments: My first walk in Prospect Park for the year 2013. The best bird sps was a small flock of Common Redpolls feeding on a gum tree, near the Quaker Cemetery. Also in the same tree were Pine Siskins, American Goldfinches, & Black-capped Chickadees. And the big surprise, no starlings at all.

35 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) X

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 6

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 10

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 1

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) X

American Coot (Fulica americana) 4

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X

Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) X

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 2

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 2

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) X

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) X

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3

Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) 1

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2 Heard only, by the Music Pagoda, and another by the Quaker Cemetery.

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1

Fox Sparrow (Red) (Passerella iliaca iliaca/zaboria) 2

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) X

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) X

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 5

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) X

Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) 6 A small flock of about 6, feeding on a gum tree.

Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 6 Two seen at the Breezy Hill feeders, the rest at the gum tree with the redpolls.

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) X

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!!!

Happy New Year!!!

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