Tuesday, October 8, 2013

After work birding.....

Leaving the Tennis House, the area along the perimeter I mentioned still resound with sparrow activity. However, the rest of the park  is plagued with noise.

The Long meadow was invaded by a track meet. 100's of kids are running  with high energy, making the fields a non sparrow land. Nothing against kids getting exercise which we  all want to  see for healthier kids. The Upper Pool meadow was devoid of any birds,so was Breeze Hill dirt mounds.

And noise was deafening at the Peninsula meadow. There is a tree cutting/chipping operation by Parks Forestry right next to the Sora spot, the result of all the tree surveys and city's determination for public safety. ( we need that too). The negative on the Sora  has been no news for three straight days. So assuming the bird is gone after a good run, the 7 day experience might be the 3rd longest in Prospect's history. Its possible the bird is still here but its an unknown right now.I'll keep checking the other marshes like I did tonight.

 Speaking of marsh, the one opposite the LP 249  site had an elm quite active, mostly with 7 RUBY CROWNED KINGLETS. I say it was a slugfest with bugs and one BLACKPOLL WARBLER . Its a small elm at the edge of the phragmite marsh, with cobwebs of some sorton the sapling.The best  bird though was a spectacular looking male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, with  a larger than usual " handkerchief".

Hopefully it will be quieter tomorrow ,  the human created noise that is.

date = 2013/10/09
site = Prospect Park
observers = Peter Tennis House / Sparrowbowl sightings

Red-tailed Hawk 2 f/os
Eastern Phoebe 
House Wren 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
American Robin 
European Starling 
American Redstart 1
Ovenbird 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler On Tennis House handrail, female
Common Yellowthroat 1 breeding plmg male
Palm Warbler 6
Northern Parula 
Magnolia Warbler 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 10+
Song Sparrow 6
White-crowned Sparrow 1 juv
Dark-eyed Junco 1
House Sparrow 10

date = 2013/10/09

site = Prospect Park
observers = Peter;post work

Double-crested Cormorant Lake
Northern Shoveler 8 Lake
American Black Duck West Island
Canada Goose 16 lake
Ruddy Duck 7 Lake
Mute Swan 4 lake
Cooper's Hawk f/o Breeze Hill
American Coot 2 Lake
Ring-billed Gull 
Herring Gull 
Mourning Dove 
Belted Kingfisher 3 Sisters Isl
Downy Woodpecker west shore phragmites
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7 west shore phragmites elm
American Robin 
Gray Catbird west shore phragmites
American Redstart Tennis house
Black-and-white Warbler west shore phragmites
Blackpoll Warbler west shore phragmites
Black-throated Blue Warbler west shore phragmites, bright male
Common Yellowthroat west shore phragmites
Palm Warbler 
Northern Parula 
Magnolia Warbler 
Northern Waterthrush west shore phragmites
White-throated Sparrow 
Northern Cardinal west shore phragmites
House Sparrow