Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Prospect May 14th Tougher to find birds, but redwoods blossom

It was obvious that bird numbers dropped off dramatically today, but a report from Rob Bate's group thru working harder and with more effort ( especially 16 pairs of eyes) enabled a generous bird list , including 18 species warblers and 77 species overall. A very good effort there including WORM-EATING Warbler in the Ravine Creek  just north of the 3 Arches Bridge. The list is below from Bobbi Manian.

The Dawn Redwoods continue to provide entertainment, a host of warblers with the most active Redwood  at Binnen Falls, and secondly the Redwood next to the Rustic Arbor ( South Lullwater). I found a 3rd potentially good Dawn Redwood , not so active , nevertheless producing PURPLE FINCH, ORCHARD ORIOLE and WARBLING VIREO by 3 Sisters , in line with the Peristyle, this tree next to the bridle trail. A nice trifecta , an emblem of migration. So , for good show, head straight for the redwoods. ( by the way , there are two more redwoods to the east of the last mentioned redwood, along the south shore lake, though empty today might be worth checking.)

Other reports received , in an email from Ania Greszik, a HOODED WARBLER with BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER bathing late in the day at the Ricks Place bridle trail puddle, always a terrific spot to see warblers on the cool ground later in the day when it gets warmer. I saw earlier BLACK-THROATED GREEN  here. So, locations are coming into the scene for good reporting.

Other reports  worth mentioning, Heidi Clevens reported NORTHERN HARRIER again at Binnen Falls, a flyover , though the gender of the species I will find out later.And late PINE SISKIN is still being reported ( I had one as well yesterday at LP 249). Will one get as far as May 22 ? thats the record from 1944 !

Breeding season is in full effect, a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD seen building one. I have great concern though for the Green Heron at the edge of the southeast Nethermead as the Googa Mooga festival comes up this weekend. The nest is in a terrible location for this bird cause the rock stage is in front of it. ( too bad this bird has to suffer).

With reports i get thru text messages, I will from now on , list them in checklist form.Head goes into a dervish at times with texts and tweets...( hard during the workday)

I hear that a weather front ( or "disturbance" ) is supposed to go thru Wednesday eve so maybe Thursday and Friday will be good again for birds. I will check further..

By the way, the Tuesday series walks have ended according to the BBC website. Thursdays continue for two more sessions.

If anybody simply wants to have an informal group walk  as "freinds" or leading, let me know and I will post here and facebook. Might be a late delayed migration this strange spring. Back early in 2013 , who knew ? Cold temperatures and averse winds  cannot be predicted nor any of us have a crystal ball. Maybe I should have bought that back then the fortune teller vendor in Coney Island....


Good birding thru the coming days, but I can't predict such days.... ;)

addenum : WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS reported by Rob Bate


Results of today's Tuesday Walk led by Rob bate, reported by Bobbi Manian.

Hi Peter and Rob,

Results of today's walk.  16 participants were treated to 18 warblers and 77 species... Sorry Rob, we couldn't stop at 75, (even though it was a nice round number).  Kathy and I had GREG on the Lullwater, and i had a Least F/C on PPSW side of Lookout on my way back to car.


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Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 6:39 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, May 14, 2013

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 14, 2013 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:    BBC Rob's Tuesday migration walk
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.2
77 species

Canada Goose  2
Mute Swan  6
Mallard  6
Northern Shoveler  1    See by 12 people on prospect lake
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  1    1 lingers on lake.
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  1
Rock Pigeon  8
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  40
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2    1 seem building nest upper path above Ambergill
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Least Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  1
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5    Greater than normal numbers have been observed for several days now
Veery  2
Swainson's Thrush  2
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  14
Gray Catbird  14
Ovenbird  4
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  7
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  9
American Redstart  5
Cape May Warbler  1
Northern Parula  6
Magnolia Warbler  12
Yellow Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  4
Black-throated Blue Warbler  5
Palm Warbler  1    Observed by 12.  No mistake
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Wilson's Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  2
Baltimore Oriole  3
Pine Siskin  1    Yep
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  X

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 date = 2013/05/15
site = Prospect Park
observers = Twitter and Texts SMS

Common Raven  GWCem :  Cypress Path , Bobbi Mainian
Northern Harrier  flyover Binnen Falls,obs Heidi Clevens,
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Ravine , building nest, RJett
Cape May Warbler Bathing Vale Cashmere , Rob Jett
Hooded Warbler Ricks Pl puddle, Ania Greszik; also Midwood , RJett
Blackburnian Warbler Ricks Pl puddle, Ania Greszik


My list

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 14, 2013
Protocol: Incidental
26 species

Mourning Dove  X
Chimney Swift  40
Warbling Vireo  1     south lake shore,
Blue Jay  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  X
Carolina Wren  1
Veery  2
Swainson's Thrush  1
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
Ovenbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  2
Magnolia Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  X
Orchard Oriole  1     south lake shore,
Baltimore Oriole  1     south lake shore,
Purple Finch  2     seen well in Dawn Redwoood

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14116358

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

2 White-crowned Sparrows in breeding plumage continue on the slope above the fence around the skating rink project between Music Grove and the Lullwater path below Breeze Hill.


From Ania Greszik :

After I had emailed you about the HOODED and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, the puddle at Rick's Place continued to deliver.  If you sit quietly long enough, many, many species of birds come down to drink or bathe. In that spot I saw 11 warblers total, notables include WILSON'S and NASHVILLE in addition to the two above. Also seen there: male and female PURPLE FINCH, and several lingering PINE SISKINS.  22 species total were seen at this popular mud-puddle. 
Saw the WORM-EATING in the Ravine, and also a CAPE MAY in the same spot 2 days in a row: on/around the north stairs between Center Drive and Lookout Hill.  There are some low blooming trees there that are attracting many warblers, kinglets, and orioles.
There was one "little brown bird" that I was having difficulty ID'ing. I think it most closely resembles a white-throated sparrow tan morph, but I'm not totally sold, as it lacks the yellow lores and defined throat. I'm attaching some blurry shots. Do you mind taking a look at them?  Thanks so much!  I have more photos of it, but unfortunately these may be the best.
(It's the top bird in each photo).
Happy Birding,