Sunday, October 6, 2013

BBC Leaders Choice bird list tally 10/5; todays under the weather birds; "be good eyes"

Leader Sandy Paci forwarded her bird list  from her BBC trip yesterday. Highlights continues to be -for the third consecutive BBC walk (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)- the cooperative SORA rail on the Peninsula. So, many members were treated to this rare bird, for some a life bird. The SORA is here for the 7th straight day. Also a rare find is VESPER SPARROW as seen in Sparrowbowl and reported with the photo in the previous post.

I went out for a short spell under gray skies late morning; it appears the birds were under the weather as well. Slight mist and very little bird movement with little cooperation everywhere ( but high  movement especially humans); The best I could say for birdy-ness was at the Breeze Hill dirt mounds where I spotted an elusive WINTER WREN. This area will be the best sparrow spot in the coming weeks.Other than that, the most beautiful sight were 5 WOOD DUCK drakes on the fallen oak limbs in the back of the Upper Pool. Exquisite scene ! Made it a good walk then for me.

And one last issue. As birders concerned with conservation and habitats, we should be "good eyes" to report things that are dangerous or troublesome in the park, especially this early evening when a bonfire was spotted on the Peninsula meadow next to the woods, spotted by a birder who contacted me and sent me a pic. Fortunately and thanks to the birder, the fire department came as well as the police when he called.

Just call from a safe distance, don't go near or confront any perpetrators/miscreants. see the fire picture at the bottom

BBC Walk list ( compiled by Sandy Paci)

We had a very successful walk today in Prospect Park with a group of about ten birders besides myself. We started the day with the contributing Sora at the lake near the Wellhouse shortly after 7am and ended with a first of season Vesper Sparrow at around 2:30pm in the Long Meadow. The birding was a little slow at times but through patience and persistence, and thanks to some skilled eyes and ears, we eventually netted  68 species including 12 warblers. Hope everyone had as much fun as I did!

Special thanks also to our sacrificial birders who left early and did not get the Vesper Sparrow. Those of us who remained appreciate it!

Hope to see everyone again soon,

Sandy Paci

68 species

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck (11 by my count - 3, 5 & 3 in the pools)
Northern Shoveler
Ruddy Duck
Pied Billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Double Crested Cormorant

Accipiter sps (probable Sharp Shinned)
Red Tailed Hawk (H)
Anerican Kestrel

SORA (continuing bird)
Spotted Sandpiper
Herring Gull
Ring billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood Peewee
White Eyed Vireo
Red Eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Black Capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White Breasted Nuthatch (H)
Carolina Wren
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Golden Crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Swainsons Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing (H)
European Starling
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black Throated Blue Warbler
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Black Throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
VESPER SPARROW (on Long Meadow between Sparrow Bowl and Ravine. Originally spotted near the fenced in, newly seeded area. Then flew to large tree in front of the Picnic House)
Savannah Sparrow 
Swamp Sparrow
Song Sparrow

White Throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Red Winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch (H)
House Sparrow
my list (pending)

date = 2013/10/07
site = Prospect Park
observers = Peter
Double-crested Cormorant Lake bouy
Canada Goose 
Wood Duck 5 drake Upper Pool
Mourning Dove 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Lookout Hill, looking at New England Asters
Northern Flicker 14 Breeze Hill
Blue Jay several
Winter Wren Breeze Hill dirt mound
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 
Gray Catbird 3
European Starling 
Common Yellowthroat 3, 2 Breeze Hill
Palm Warbler 2
Swamp Sparrow Butterfly Meadow
Chipping Sparrow  Breeze Hill , 1
White-throated Sparrow Butterfly Meadow
Song Sparrow 
Eastern Towhee Sparrowbowl, female
House Sparrow 

Photo of Peninsula bonfire. 

Bonfire (got larger after) back meadow Peninsula, tonight eve

First Sunday walk
leading Vinnie Falci

I lead the walk today. We had 25 attendees including one child. List is as follows:
1) Oven Bird
2) Black Throated Blue
3) Black and White
4) Magnolia
5) Common Yellow Throat

6) Phoebe
7) King fisher
8) Great Blue Heron
9) Green Heron
10) Great Egret
11)Pied billed grebe
12) Rudy duck
13) Northern Shoveler
14) Mallard
15) Canada Goose
16) Swan
17) Carolina Wren
18) Ruby Crowned Kinglet
19) Golden Crowned Kinglet
20) Northern Flicker
21) Downy woodpecker
22) Gold Finch
23) Cardinal
24) Blue Jay
25) White Throated Sparrow
26) Swamp Sparrow
27) House Sparrow
28) Cat Bird
29) Robin
30) Pigeon
31) Starling
Vinnie Falci