Friday, October 25, 2013

Presidential whirlybirds and a Baltimore bird

ON a historic day the President of the U.S. visited Prospect park, a BALTIMORE ORIOLE figures why not join in.

Down at Lamppost 249 , Well Drive, Kathy Toomey and Kathy O'Hearn observed a female ( as it appears to me) BALTIMORE ORIOLE, a tad late bird which sometimes overwinter on rare occasions. See the photos below Kathy O'Hearn took

I didn't stick around for the Marine One presidential entourage as the security detail greatly restricted viewing from the west side of the ballfields where the copters I took off..But I did see one helicopter fly near my home , a Sikorsky twin propeller.

Not much birding for me today  as we couldn't move around, but Kier reported LINCOLN SPARROW at the dirt pile near LP 249, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at Breeze Hill dirt mounds  ( also reported by Kathy Toomey ).  See the previous post.

I did see a flyover COOPERS HAWK and an "amazing" for the park lately 42 AMERICAN CROWS that harassed a RED-TAILED HAWK at the "Propsite".

Inside the rink grounds, along the shore , sparrows were highly active and this is a good omen for the future. The native grasses and aquatics means good coverage and highly attractive for rare species as long as it isn't too crowded with people. A brisk weekend that should be good birding....
look at the season's first fall FOX SPARROW today.

Photos by Kathy O'Hearn

List from Kathy Toomey:

date = 2013/10/25
site = Prospect Park
observers = Kathy Toomey

Pied-billed Grebe, three
Double-crested Cormorant 
Great Blue Heron 
Northern Shoveler 
Canada Goose 
Ruddy Duck 
Mute Swan 
Red-tailed Hawk 
American Coot 
Herring Gull 
Mourning Dove 
Downy Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 
Eastern Phoebe 
Blue-headed Vireo 
American Crow, heard
Blue Jay 
Black-capped Chickadee 
White-breasted Nuthatch, heard
Brown Creeper 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 
American Robin 
Hermit Thrush 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Swamp Sparrow 
Chipping Sparrow 
Lincoln's Sparrow, dirt pile near container on Wellhouse Drive
White-throated Sparrow 
Song Sparrow 
Fox Sparrow, in the grass and leaves near Bartel Pritchard Circle
White-crowned Sparrow, Breeze Hill and near Lamp post 249
Dark-eyed Junco 
Field Sparrow, near Maryland Monument 
Northern Cardinal 
Baltimore Oriole, in a tree behind the fence near picnic tables by Lamp post 249
House Sparrow