Thursday, October 3, 2013

Prospect, Root Canal, Merlin, birds, and a Sora to throw in

My dental appointment was 1:45 today. I was expecting a tooth extraction after I broke it eating corn flakes this morning ; to relive the sinus pressure and pain that has beset me the past few weeks, the sinusitis that impacted the bad tooth's nerves,it was inevitable it had to go. Instead I got a Root canal (yay! gulp and 9 needle shots). So, to make myself happy afterwards enduring the dental experience, I went birding in the park , straightaway from the dentist on 9th Street. And for that dental experience , nothing like a few good birds to forget the stressful memory.

The perimeter of the bandshell was pretty active. First  a COMMON NIGHTHAWK flew over. Then in the oaks at the back , facing the bandshell, a number of warblers, some I couldn't see in the thick Linden tree and Oaks. But one warbler, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER happened to be a beauty, still showing the breeding field mark rust on its sides. Kinglets are  ubiquitous, PALM WARBLERs too. But a glance towards the sky over the Tennis House showed more nighthawks.

Getting over to the Long meadow, next to the ballfields, I spotted a total of 6 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS. Better late then never as they patrolled the sky for insects . But seeing my favorite raptor has to make the pain a forgettable thing as novocaine wore off. In the snag towering over the Tennis House, a female MERLIN is like a banner, paying no mind to the scolding BLUE JAY.

Sparrows are coming in, no numbers but a little variety. The best sparrow species today was WHITE-CROWNED and LINCOLNs. I think I saw 7 species. 

More stuff along the way, but I will enter the list below. 

Of course,seeing  a SORA helps like a painkiller. Monica Berger got to see it with me 6 pm and Martin from the Bronx on his first attempt. Great to hear about that for a fellow borough-er

In other news, in brief notes, Tom Stephenson's BBC Thursday walk were successful seeing the SORA after a morning unfruitful wait but a successful early afternoon sighting. Also in their bird list of 69 species, a BALD EAGLE and 15 species warblers, pretty good at this time. Pics later , from work.


From Tom 

Hi Peter,
Good seeing you today. We had a very pleasant walk..lots of Kinglets, Phoebes, and Palms but still no flood of Blackpoll or Yellow-rumps. The park was fairly birdy in spots, and the weather was great.
We had 69 species total, including 15 sp of warblers. The highlights were Sora..!  (pictures attached)..great looks two different times; an adult Bald Eagle flying over the sparrow bowl area; Kestrel calling a couple of times, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Ruddy Duck, et al.

List below. Let me know if you have any trouble with the zipped Sora photos.

Best regards,

Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Northern Shoveler
Ruddy Duck
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Herring Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

From Larry Zirlin ( visiting from Jersey)

My list, FWIW:
30 species
Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  1
Mallard  20
Northern Shoveler  7
Ruddy Duck  6
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Rock Pigeon  3
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2    Heard
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  5    Heard
Carolina Wren  2    Heard
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  2    Heard
European Starling  2
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1    Upper Pool
Palm Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Chipping Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Common Grackle  5
House Sparrow  10


My list :

NYC Bird Report

date = 2013/10/04
site = Prospect Park
observers = Peter , incidental and traveling BRC, ARC ( RC= Root canal)

Black-crowned Night-Heron 3 sisters
Northern Shoveler 15 flyover Peninsula
American Black Duck 
Canada Goose 22 Lake
Ruddy Duck 8 Lake
Osprey f/o Nethermead ARC
Sharp-shinned Hawk f/o Nethermead BRC
American Kestrel f/o 9th St Lafayette Statue ARC
Merlin female Tennis House snag, ARC
American Coot lake FOS ?
Sora Peninsula marsh as usual, , with Monica Berger, Martin of Bronx
Mourning Dove 
Common Nighthawk 6 f/o Long Meadow
Chimney Swift common flyovers
Eastern Phoebe 6, ballfield 2 had 4, 2 later elsewhere
White-eyed Vireo LP 249  BRC
Red-eyed Vireo forget where
Blue Jay 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 16
American Robin 
Gray Catbird 4
European Starling 
Black-and-white Warbler Bandshell oaks
Black-throated Green Warbler Ballfield #2 BRC,on ground
Common Yellowthroat 5
Palm Warbler easily 35, ballfield 2 and 15 Nethermead
Chestnut-sided Warbler Bandshell oaks
Magnolia Warbler Bandshell oaks
Pine Warbler Ballfield #2 BRC,on ground, 3 , 2 bright, 1 drab  BRC
Yellow-rumped Warbler 20
Swamp Sparrow Peninsula lawn edge
Chipping Sparrow Ballfield #2 BRC,on ground, 6
Lincoln's Sparrow Steve Nanz reported , at Sparrowbowl
White-throated Sparrow Upper Pool, 1
Savannah Sparrow Ballfield #2 BRC,on ground, 1
Song Sparrow 2 Wildlflower meadow Upper Pool
White-crowned Sparrow juvenile Ballfield #2 BRC,on ground,
Northern Cardinal 2
House Sparrow 
Indigo Bunting , Steve Nanz


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