Saturday, January 12, 2013

Prospect Jan 12th: lake gems and redpolls, winter land species

The Daily Chat: Lamppost 249 Picnic Tables (Well Drive) , observer Matthew Rymkiewic;shipping containers , Ryan Bass

 On Prospect Lake on my quick scan after todays' "Mulchfest" , COMMON MERGANSER seen diving in the West Island sector with RED-BREASTED MERGANSER drake nearby. Interestingly , no visible signs of Hooded, the most common species for the Lake. A lone BRANT was very oddly standing on the west shore.See my bad cellphone photo  at the end of the post.



From Keir :

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Jan 12, 2013 9:12 AM - 2:21 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.1

48 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 238

Mute Swan 7

American Black Duck 3

Mallard 122

American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1

Northern Shoveler 5

Bufflehead 2

Hooded Merganser 5

Red-breasted Merganser 1

Ruddy Duck 57

Pied-billed Grebe 1

Double-crested Cormorant 1

Great Blue Heron 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Vale

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Coot 15

Ring-billed Gull 133

Herring Gull 11

Great Black-backed Gull 5

Mourning Dove 9

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 4

Downy Woodpecker 5

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Merlin 1 Long Meadow, favorite snag near Tennis House

Blue Jay 9

American Crow 1

Black-capped Chickadee 12

Tufted Titmouse 13

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Brown Creeper 2 Lookout & south of Rose Garden, path to compost heap by zoo

Winter Wren 1 Singing, Maryland Monument steps

Carolina Wren 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 South of Rose Garden, path to compost heap by zoo

American Robin 23

Northern Mockingbird 1

European Starling 1

Cedar Waxwing 13

American Tree Sparrow 5 Maryland Monument steps, probably more.

Fox Sparrow (Red) 2

Song Sparrow 3

Swamp Sparrow 2 Maryland Monument steps.

White-throated Sparrow 45

Northern Cardinal 24

Red-winged Blackbird 7

House Finch 12

Pine Siskin 4

American Goldfinch 22

House Sparrow 25

From Ryan Bass:

Hi Peter,
Coming in from South Slope, steps away from the Bartel-Prichard entrance, I had (30) DARK EYED JUNCO feeding beneath a Sweetgum tree. Some were actually feeding in the tree itself, which I found a little odd for this ground dweller, but perhaps not with all the pedestrian traffic. Upon further inspection, I realized there were (2) AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and (2) COMMON REDPOLL mixed in. This is an infrequently birded area in the Park... but it confirms that the CORE (and the XBills for that matter) can show up anywhere - they are truly a hit-or-miss species.
The lake turned up the hen COMMON MERGANSER. It was hanging around the drake RBMERGANSER - so the size comparison was notable.
By the shipping containers on Wellhouse Drive, I met up with another birder and we found the YBCHAT around 3:00 pm.
The area of the lake near Wollman Rink (between Peninsula and Breeze Hill) was very productive, there were (18) HOODED MERGANSERS there, all huddled up. eBird indicates that this is a high count for this date/location. A drake LESSER SCAUP was present as well.
Full list:
Brant on shore
Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY
Jan 12, 2013 3:15 PM - 3:35 PM
Protocol: Stationary
14 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
Mallard  X
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Bufflehead  1
Common Merganser  1
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Ruddy Duck  X
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  1
American Coot  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X

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