Monday, July 15, 2013

Prospect Lake morning sightings

During a work relevant waterfowl check along the lake shores and perimeter, a very productive birding list  , surprisingly the list topped by a rare PIED BILLED GREBE.

In the middle of the lake just after spotting a LEAST TERN on the red ball buoy, the striking outline of a PIED -BILLED GREBE was seen, which very rarely is seen midsummer here. Where this bird comes from is undetermined. It could be an early migrant or a "floater" , an unattached male or female that didn't succeed pairing  or perhaps its been lost all this time. Interesting to speculate.

Along with the regular LEAST TERN hunting over the lake , a FORSTER'S TERN flew by. This followed previously an observed GREEN HERON on a small limb in the cove just west of 3 Sisters Islands, on the "Hammerhead" Peninsula.

The last interesting sighting concerns WOOD DUCKS , 5 birds in the Duck Island channel. Rob Bate mentioned 4 are fledglings so we could say there was a successful breeding record , likely Duck Island the host for the nest as there are some wood duck boxes maybe well hidden...

Its hot out there, but in the cool mornings , there are good sightings to behold.

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY
Jul 15, 2013
Protocol: Incidental
16 species (+2 other taxa)

Mute Swan  10
Wood Duck  5
American Black Duck  X
Mallard  X
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  X
American Black Duck/Mallard  X
Pied-billed Grebe  1     
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Green Heron  2 ( other in Lullwater)
Laughing Gull  2
Least Tern  1
Forster's Tern  1
Rock Pigeon  X
Chimney Swift  X
Barn Swallow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  3

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