Monday, July 8, 2013

July 7th Hot for the cuckoo

July 7th    Prospect 

The First Sunday Walk from the Boathouse,led by Paul Keim, has its highlight with a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO reported on the Peninsula base by the asphalt road vicinity. Neal Frumkin mentioned this observation to me today with details it may be a young bird as its under tail plumage wasn't fully developed. This is an interesting development to look carefully for this species at this spot no record I believe of breeding YBCU here. Also mentioned was GREEN HERON fledglings at  the woods trail on the west side of the Lull water Bridge.

I ventured out for casual walks , even a sitting in the late eve and best was at 417 pm, a single LEAST TERN patrolling and feeding in the usual southwest section of the Lake. GREAT BLUE HERON like clockwork , flew in and roosted in Three Sister Islands. The RUDDY DUCK hen is sticking around, a rare species for this time of the year here.

It slow summer days and humidity at its worst, even for cuckoos.


Peter’s list  below

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY
Jul 7, 2013
Protocol: Incidental
14 species (+1 other taxa)
Mute Swan 6
Mallard X
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1
Ruddy Duck 1 present for two weeks
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Laughing Gull 1
Herring Gull 3
Least Tern 1
Chimney Swift X
Barn Swallow X
American Robin 1
European Starling X
Common Grackle 4
House Sparrow X
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