Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Prospect sparrow fizzle, BBPark report

It appears my prediction went "Phlop" ...

Sparrow migration of recent years is unpredictable and erratic, also puzzling. If you are talking about sheer numbers, usually in early October or at least by now, the numbers would support the peak sparrow migration, particularly on a north wind. That didn't commence this day. Nature is unexplainable and chaotic...

There was though , a correct prediction with north wind spurred migrants, so at least I was right in a way. If you are thinking about YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS (YRWA) , then Lookout Hill was full of them. Rob Bate tweeted a message to twitter that it was loaded up on the hill with YRWA . Rob Jett also tweeted that Greenwood cemetery was "birdy".I guess it was a matter of location, location, & location.

Meanwhile to Prospect's east , Brooklyn Bridge Park is having a good day. Mike Yuan reported one of the better days there at that small coastal park, still young regarding its habitat. Its a vastly under birded park and hopefully some birders who live nearby , content with just seeing birds might report the park birds more often. One day, Brooklyn Bridge Park as it expands in acreage and matures in its habitats will get a great bird. It depends on getting a good birder in that day.

Oh, just received a text now (2:59) from Steve Nanz: 2 COMMON RAVENS over his Windsor terrace home, flying west towards Greenwood Cemetery. Maybe Edgar  Allan Poe is over there in spirit.

From Mike Yuan in Brooklyn Bridge Park

About the birdiest as I've ever seen it.  Multiple mixed flocks on the edges of the fields and assorted goodies in the brush and trees.

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Date: Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 9:23 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier One, Oct 9, 2013

Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier One, Kings, US-NY
Oct 9, 2013 7:10 AM - 7:54 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments:     <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.6.3
26 species

Canada Goose  8
Gadwall  2
Mallard  8
Double-crested Cormorant  17
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  6
Rock Pigeon  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Eastern Phoebe  5
Blue Jay  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Common Yellowthroat  5
Northern Parula  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  6
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  14
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  2
House Sparrow  1

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