Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fwd: Ridgewood Reservoir walk this morning

From: janets33@
To:; Peter Dorosh
Sent: Sun, Oct 26, 2014 9:52 am
Subject: Ridgewood Reservoir walk this morning

Steve and Heidi led a very successful Ridgewood Walk this morning with 16 people attending, including some new birders.

Steve is multi-tasking below: he was giving a brief history of the site when whoa- an accipitor flew by.  That's a sharpie he shouted and immediately jumped into a demo of the sharpie's diagnostic flight pattern.

The walkways have been redone and are quite nice. 

Highlights of the walk included a small flock of female purple finches and a larger flock of pine siskins.

Phragmites are encroaching on this reservoir pond. Rob says the plan is to remove them.

Ring-necked ducks, Gadwalls, Ruddy ducks, mallards and several pied billed grebes were diving/dabbling in the shallow water.

We had a nice raptor show here: sharp-tailed, Cooper's, Red-shouldered and Red-tail hawks plus a turkey vulture. And a skein of geese.



courtesy of Heidi Steiner Nanz

Ridgewood Reservoir, Queens, US-NY
Oct 26, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3.0 mile(s)
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Mute Swan  8
American Wigeon  1
Mallard (Domestic type)  4
Ring-necked Duck  2
Ruddy Duck  6
Pied-billed Grebe  5
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  4
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Herring Gull  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  6
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6
Hermit Thrush  6
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  X
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  15
White-throated Sparrow  60
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  X
Purple Finch  2
Pine Siskin  25
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X