Sunday, November 30, 2014

@BobbiInBrooklyn: Two Rusty blackbirds on black tarp just west of three sisters

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fwd: Woodcock

-----Original Message-----
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Sat, Nov 29, 2014 1:24 pm
Subject: Woodcock

After seeing your report, I went to GWC, and got this shot of the American Woodcock.  It was sitting right out in the open, and let Daisy (my wife) and me have a really nice look before eventually flying away.


Ebird yahoo post

An apparent Cackling Goose was seen this afternoon flying north towards Prospect Lake before the V of 23 birds headed west past Greenwood. The Cackling stood out immediately when I noticed the flock because with the naked eye I could barely see it's body. Through 10x42's I could see the body of the goose was roughly half the size of the surrounding geese and when the flock was in good light the breast appeared darker than the Canada's. The neck was short and the combination of the size and shape gave the bird a long winged, fast flapping look. Due to the distance I was not able to ascertain the bill size of shape. It is for this reason alone I often bypass identifying Cackling Geese in flight, but this bird was clearly not an "in betweener." I hope this winter shapes up to be another great goose season!


Sean Sime Brooklyn, NY

GWC to Bush Terminal : staying in the nabe

Rather than take a longer drive to the coast, staying local on this chilly day paid off. Loads of juncos with other sparrows and ducks topping the ten species list fulfilled our satisfaction; if one is content with enjoying the birding day particularly in cold weather,it can be enough to call the day a success.

In Greenwood Cemetery, Mary Eyster and I were treated to a spectacle of DARK EYED JUNCOs in many locations.We estimated at least 800 birds. Along the Sweetgum Path across from the main castle entrance ,Ocean Hill the birdiest and Jasmine Ave, we found sizable flocks of Juncos. Among those birds, we tallied 10 FOX SPARROWS, a single FIELD SPARROW along Ocean Hill Ave. Likely the best bird was AMERICAN  WOODCOCK hiding in open field in leaf clutter ,no way of seeing  till it flushed ,by the Wistaria Path at Jasmine Avenue. Also here we watched an AMERICAN KESTREL mobbed by ten BLUE JAYS. On the latter, this species occurred in many spots, our count easily 45 birds. Its great this gorgeous bird shows up in numbers, always taken for granted.

Greenwood ducks started our day count.HOODED MERGANSER hens and RUDDY in Sylvan Waters supplemented the Bush Terminal  Park ducks ,among them the continuing rarity.

The best Bush Terminal duck is the drake EURASIAN WIGEON. First reported by Mike Yuan this morning,we found it in the  usual broken pier area behind the building with the statue before the park entrance, with some AMERICAN WIGEONS.

Bush Terminal ,just recently opened continued to  impress with ducks. In the west cove ,over 140 BUFFLEHEAD mingled with 23 LESSER SCAUP with a single GREATER. after this ,single KILLDEER on the rock jetty, a high number of 55 GREATER BLACK BACK GULL and a lone RED THROATED LOON were noted. We documented eleven duck species,without even going coastal today.
EURASIAN WIGEON drake continues Bush Terminal Park broken left pier behind statue Bush building
Amer Woodcock Wistaria path by Jasmine Ave GWCemetry east side ent.
Heavy junco action large flicks GWCEMETERY. Ocean hill ave very actve.
@themeowking: Handsome Eurasian wigeon continues at Bush Terminal Park

Friday, November 28, 2014

Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 28, 2014



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From: Kathleen Toomey
Date: 11/28/2014 8:41 PM
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 28, 2014


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Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 28, 2014

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Nov 28, 2014 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
28 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  16
Mute Swan  6
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  40
Northern Shoveler  210
Hooded Merganser  7
Ruddy Duck  20
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  12
gull sp.  100
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  3
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  20
Fox Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  5
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  18
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Purple Finch  3
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  5

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Purple and Red crisp day

A cold crisp day much to my liking led to some very nice birds .Winter means a slower pace and also appreciation for the few good sightings that emphasizes the beauty of the cold season.

En route to the feeders, along the west lake shore I spotted  a raptor. Perched high in a sassafras tree, a mature COOPERS HAWK was busy preening itself in the bright sunlight. Below it was definitely quiet,of course. Later  when I passed the same area on the middle slope path it was active with ground foragers including two FOX SPARROWS. Behind the picnic tables the SWAMP SPARROW reappeared for the second straight day.

Out on the lake, the new change are the HOODED MERGANSERS. There's a flock of seven led by a single drake.I saw two more hens separately one by Duck island and one in the reeds at the northwest shore phragmites.A  hen BUFFLEHEAD stuck around.

It was at the feeders though where winter cold reveals its best. On the thistle feeders particularly the one closest to the fence,up to 4 PURPLE FINCHES took advantage of the seed. One gorgeous male with three females kept me glued to the scene.It s what the feeders potential does when fewer birds are around in this mean season. With them goldfinches,fox sparrows, white breasted nuthatch,chickadee also happened.

On my way home after a quiet period atop Lookout Hill, I noted a good raptor right near the Coopers spot. A flyover RED SHOULDERED HAWK glided and circled a few times over southwest Lookout Hill.

Its cold yes but soothed by a few good birds makes its worthwhile getting outside.
Red shouldered hawk flyover southwest Lookout hill slope

All 4 PUFI on thistle

Digiscope photo not greatest but its a feast i wanna show n y feeders r a delight all winters seasons


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Purple finch



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Purple finch

Prospect feeders today


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4 PURPLE FINCH inc male@Prospect feeders

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Black Friday

Not my  kind of day,this crazy shopping frenzy but I got this  email of a hi quality Zeiss  bins for anyone interested

Sure to go fast...

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving bluebirds

On this gray and overcast Thanksgiving day ,nothing like some color particularly from our state bird the EASTERN BLUEBIRD.

As I got to the Peninsula sumacs grove, a flash and a female Bluebird perched over the pave path. I was looking for more and got my wish as 5 more appeared at the right end of the grove,some males very bright and very appealing ,making my hour a thankful moment . I absolutely adore bluebirds. The small flock proceeded farther down the path towards the bridge where they feasted on multiflora rose berries.

After the bluebird show,I took off for the feeders where I expected a feast. No disappointment as the feeders were active, I presumed the birds now thankful from their perspective. AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES numbering eleven were on both thistle feeders with a FOX  SPARROW under each.Some RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS with WHITE THROATED SPARROWS completed the table party. Its only the beginning.

One more EASTERN BLUEBIRD appeared by the feeders making it a lucky seven for me.

On the way back to catch some football,I saw a SWAMP  SPARROW behind lamppost #249 picnic tables.

Happy Thanksgiving all

...guess my dinner got away
6 Eastern Bluebirds right of Peninsula sumacs along pave path.eating of course rose berrries

Holiday Greetings

Happy Thanksgiving readers and friends.

We give thanks for the blessings of birds and the people we enjoy birding with.Family and good health, and to this great country we live in.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Prospect wet cold & Bbbbrrrr

I don't mind snow which is the DRY version of precipitation during workdys, but sleety cold rain ?  fuhgettaboouuit ! (tho , I am proudly Winter birder !)

In this miserable weather ( fortunately no driving for me ), just about the best thing to see in Prospect today were the 7 DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANTS that settled in on the lake. A hen HOODED MERGANSER hung by West Island. The usual are out there , Ruddies and Shovelers....

DECEMBER 9th 7 PM BBC evening Program

From Dennis H,

Please Join the Brooklyn Bird Club Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 P.M. at the Litchfield Villa for:

Cuba is the largest country in the Caribbean and accounts for over half of all the land area in the West Indies. The diversity of Cuban birds is considerable, not only in terms of species richness, but also in terms of the number of endemics. The 372 species recorded in Cuba include 285 species that regularly occur. Living endemics 26 species, among them the charming Cuban Tody, the striking and Elegant Cuban Trogon, and the smallest of all birds in the World, the Bee Hummingbird! At the present talk Arturo will present the best itinerary that include the most important birding sites, with photos of most of the important birds you would love to see. 

Arturo Kirkconnell is the bird curator at the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba. His curriculum vitae includes 77 scientific papers and he is author of two books: A Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba, and A Birdwatchers' Guide to Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Caymans. At present, he is working in another project: The birds of Cuba that will be published by the BOU Checklist Series and A photographic Guide to the Birds of Cuba. Arturo has been leading birding tours in his native Cuba since 1988. To date he has guided more than 200 birding groups. He designed the present birding itinerary and the main birding strategies in Cuba. For any information about birding in Cuba, Cuban birds or to assist you to set up your birding trip, write him at:

Feeder setup pics

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Winter Bird Stroll for the Whole Family - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Todays Prospect hilights

Rob Jett on his birding tour reported two good ones. South of the Nethermead Arches,5 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. Then a visit to Butterfly Meadow got him ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER.

Two ducks remain of note ,GADWALL in Upper Pool and drake HOODED MERGANSER in the Lake

New Prospect Park website

Just rolled out. Check out the birdwatching link

Fwd: today's birds--BBG

From: Orrin Tilevitz 
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Tue, Nov 25, 2014 10:47 am
Subject: Fw: today's birds--BBG

BBG this moring

Ring-billed gull
Red-tailed hawk (picture)
Purple finch (2; pictures)
Fox sparrow
Song sparrow
White-throated sparrow
Tufted titmouse
Northern cardinal
Black-capped chickadee
Red-bellied woodpecker
Mourning dove
European starling
American robin

Prospect feeders

Enjoy the new season.....


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Fwd: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 24, 2014

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From: kathleentoomey@
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 1:50 pm
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 24, 2014

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Date: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 24, 2014
To: Kathleentoomey@

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Nov 24, 2014 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
37 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  5
Mute Swan  4
Wood Duck  1
Gadwall  2     Back of the Upper Pool, females
American Black Duck  5
Mallard  70
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Northern Shoveler  40
Hooded Merganser  1     by 3 Sisters Islands
Ruddy Duck  40
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  30
gull sp.  150  
Mourning Dove  15
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  8
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  3
European Starling  11
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Fox Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  30
Dark-eyed Junco  20
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Purple Finch  3     by the 3 Arches Bridge, females
Pine Siskin  1
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  14

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Fwd: Peacock, in P Park?

Not countable. ;-)

-----Original Message-----
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 4:01 pm
Subject: Peacock, in P Park?

Seriously. Up a tree along the path behind the zoo at dusk, presumed to be on the lam. (poor light-picture quality) 

Ducks of Prospect

If one looks carefully and is content to just seeing one species , you can find a number of ducks in Prospect different from the usual Mallards.

Casually scanning the waters of Prospect, I was able to find HOODED MERGANSER, AMERICAN WIGEON and GADWALL in the mix with the SHOVELERS and RUDDIES. Three Sisters Islands had the drake HOODED and hen WIGEON in its perimeter; the GADWALL hen  in the Upper Pool with Black Duck

So , counting those, I was content with 7 duck species.

Northern Shoveler 
American Black Duck 
American Wigeon 
Hooded Merganser 
Ruddy Duck 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fwd: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 23, 2014

From: joshuamalbin@
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 1:22 pm
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 23, 2014

I spent about an hour and a half mostly circling the south side of the lake. Highlights were a large mixed flock in a feeding binge on a sweetgum tree, including three female Purple Finches, and a little farther on a flock of six Rusty Blackbirds perched in the reeds. Also a banded Red-tail was hunting from very low perches, but I couldn't ever read the band.
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Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Nov 23, 2014
To: <>

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Nov 23, 2014 3:16 PM - 4:43 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
26 species

Canada Goose  33
Mute Swan  4
American Black Duck  5
Mallard  125
Northern Shoveler  105
Ruddy Duck  32
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1     Not one of the usual residents. This bird was banded, although someone deliberately scared it off by throwing his keys at it before I could read the band. South side of the lake, seemed to like to perch low if anyone is around and wants to try to read it. I got part of it, what appeared to be 1918.
American Coot  34
Ring-billed Gull  120
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  5
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Hermit Thrush  1
European Starling  X
White-throated Sparrow  16
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Rusty Blackbird  6     South side of the lake near 3 sisters.
Purple Finch  3
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  X

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3 fnches at an urn

A stone urn full of water in Greenwood Cemetery was the scene of three finch species during our short afternoon visit to Dellwater. While watching the American Goldfinch flock actively moving around and to the water edge some clutching to the stone wall,three female PURPLE FINCHES joined in and then two PINE SISKINS fulfilled the trifecta.

To make our visit even better as temperatures started to drop,all three species though not the same time visited the water urn along the Primrose Path ,in front of the Simpson crypt on the south side of the pond. At one point the three Purples were present and we watched one snapped aggressively at a goldfinch. Winter drama at its best with these winter finches.

Fwd: GWC

-----Original Message-----
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 8:55 am
Subject: GWC

Green-Wood Cemetery.  It took me almost 3 hours, but I saw over 23 species, pine siskins (in three places) and a wood duck.  Here is the list:

Red-bellied woodpecker
White-breasted nuthatch
Blue jay
Dark-eyed junco
Black-capped chickadee
Northern cardiinal
Red-tailed hawk
American goldfinch (flocks in sweet gums and at Crescent Water)
Pine siskin (end of Heath Path in sweet gum, at Crescent Water, and on Landscape Avenue above the Sylvan Water)
Fox sparrow
Wood duck (on Dell Water)
Red-winged blackbird
Chipping sparrow
song sparrow
Hooded merganser (3 hens on Sylvan Water)
Canada goose
Northern mockingbird
Ruddy duck
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
Tufted titmouse
Monk parakeet
White-throated sparrow  (total of 3)

Plus the species I just emailed you.

No American robins, feral pigeons, or house sparrows

Fwd: Prospect Park 11/23



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------ Original Message ------
From: Sean Zimmer
Date: 11/23/2014 11:32 AM
Subject: Prospect Park 11/23


Hi Peter,    A belated report from my early afternoon walk in Prospect Park yesterday. The highlights:  -3 Fox Sparrows and a Tree Sparrow along the Ambergill Stream, among a mixed flock of WT sparrows, juncos, chickadees, GC kinglets and nuthatches.   -A Merlin dove at a flock of sparrows on the peninsula meadow   -2 Cooper's Hawks above the lake    A beautiful day in the park overall.    -Sean       

Saturday, November 22, 2014

EUWI at Bush terminal

As of yesterday, EURASIAN WIGEON was reported at Bush Terminal park by Bobbi Manian

Friday, November 21, 2014

FW: December 11th Prospect Park Alliance Event with Artist Rebecca Jewell; 6-8 pm

From: Eve Schwartz
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:27 AM
To: Milena Popov;; Rosie Teverow;; alexandra buffet; Kerstin; Deborah Wooten; Ava Hamilton; Ajamu Brown; All Staff
Subject: December 11th Prospect Park Alliance Event with Artist Rebecca Jewell; 6-8 pm

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Please Join us on December 11th for a Conversation with Artist Rebecca Jewell and AMNH Curator Jenny Newell

Above Image: Cape of No Hope, 2014.  Copyright Rebecca Jewell, courtesy of Rebecca Hossack Gallery.  
Thursday, December 11th  |  6-8pm

Artist Rebecca Jewell will be speaking about her unique work inspired by historical references and anthropology of birds.  She is the first artist to print images onto feathers.  Joining her will be Jennifer Newell, Curator of Pacific Ethnography at the American Museum of Natural History.

This is a free event open to those 21 and over.
Wine and light refreshments will be served. 

The event will be held at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at the Boathouse, located inside the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance.

For reservations, please contact Eve Schwartz at

To see more of Rebecca Jewell's work,
visit her exhibition From Nests to Nets from December 10, 2014-January 6, 2015
at Rebecca Hossack Gallery, 262 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012. 
Visit for more information.
For directions and more information on the Prospect Park Audubon Center at the Boathouse, go to

Goldfinch puddle party

Today's guest of the Propsite work area puddle frequented by a flock of American Goldfinches are three , including one bright male PURPLE FINCHES.Yesterdays Siskin wasnt around but might be. At least 20 goldfinches were seen , acting skittish and nervous as they came to the shrinking water puddle now supplied  by rain water as our pipes been shut off for the winter.

Later as i made my rounds, I counted 8 more goldfinches in the sweet gum grove at West Island shelter.So...bottom line?  Check those sweet gum trees as the spiny seeds have now ripened for edibles....

The lake is about the same , shovelers, ruddies, 3 cormorant and the hen BUFFLEHEAD. Lots of gulls but nothing different but continuing checking might be a lucky moment for the observer

Fwd: Cedar Waxwing

-----Original Message-----
From: Orrin Tilevitz 
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 10:49 am
Subject: Fw: Cedar Waxwing

BBG this morning.  Surprisingly productive in 45 minutes.

Coopers Hawk
Fox sparrow
song sparrow
white-throated sparrow
swamp sparrow (several)
Black-capped chickadee
Cedar waxwing (small flock)--picture
Blue jay
American robin
Tufted titmouse

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pine Siskin

In the restricted Propagation area ( "Propsite) , a group of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES kept coming to a water puddle when I went to pick up work materials. Among them , I could see a single PINE SISKIN.

Keep your eyes open I always tell folks....

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A very brief stop at the lake

After a very tiring day,the best i could manage was birding briefly the Lake. Among those twirling Shovelers and dissipated Ruddies,I caught notice of a few different ducks

In around 250 feet from the western shore, 3 GADWALL were including a hen AMERICAN WIGEON in their party. Nice to see the Gadwalls but two different quality species for Prospect Lake is nice.
And after my spot, an adult COOPERS HAWK comes flying in and landed in the tree above me.It stayed there abit while I was able to enjoy watching it.

Two PIED BILLED GREBES continue to plow the waters .

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fwd: raptors

From Tinsley Perky

Coopers Hawk in Evergreen cemetery

-----Original Message-----
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Tue, Nov 18, 2014 1:04 pm
Subject: raptors

Hiya, it's cold, but raptors have been plentiful on the Evergreens Cemetery-Ridgewood reservoir side of Brooklyn. A kestrel flew off but this coopers was in no hurry.


A surprising CYT in Butterfly Meadow

A very late and surprising COMMON YELLOWTHROAT popped upon the fence surrounding Arleen's Pine Grove,     the bird eventually working the southern edge of the meadow before taking off down the southern upper flank of Lookout Hill.[9:15 am]

Bird....winter is coming , get the heck outta here !

Very late male Common Yellowthroat Arleens Pine grove,flew to south perimeter/ upper slope

Monday, November 17, 2014

RBGulls invade the soaked.ballfields

Rainy day bought in a mass of gulls.Earlier same area a Merlin zipped by while i was counting a high number 63 Mourning Doves


Something to read on this rainy day; Allan Cruikshank

Written by a birding legend and a major contributor to the Kings County Xmas count, ornithologist Allan Cruikshank wrote this great book "Birds around New York City ", now an E- Book

bio brief on Allan Cruikshank

Rain Rain rain ( blah!)

The rain dampers the day alot. But through it, a few RUSTY BLACKBIRDS mitigated the dreariness .As I was checking trash areas along the south lake shore, I stopped by Three Sisters Islands, and nearest to the phragmites patch at the western island the 3 birds flew up their perch in a mulberry. Just a minute for viewing before the blackbirds took off towards the Parade Grounds, whether they went over that or turned, I couldn't tell. At least we should be on the lookout for them now.

The Lake stays the same with Shovelers and Ruddy Ducks. One hen BUFFLEHEAD came away from the south shore of the "hammerhead " peninsula ( west of Three Sisters) with Ruddies.Two PIED BILLED GREBE and 4 DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANT are some other waterfowl sightings.

3 Rusty Blackbirds south shore bhind 3 Sisters islanfs; perched,flew out towards Parade grnds

Sunday, November 16, 2014

time to shift towards winter mode

Although i had a very late start, there was too much quiet.An overcast day doesn't help. What settles in is the mindset that winter is coming and the need to accept more patience more focus on winter birds.Take for example the ducks here in Prospect.

The Shovelers and Ruddies continue their ways on the Lake but theres more I see. Along Three Sisters Islands, there are three  GREENWINGED TEAL with one hen BUFFLEHEAD. I' ll take that for today. Nothing else is moving so a few nice ducks makes it worthwhile to getting out and finding someone of value.

Fwd: Kinglet & Orange crowned Warbler

Photos taken by Marc Brawer
Orange crowned warbler

RC Kinglet

-----Original Message-----
From: satchmo0802@
To: prosbird
Sent: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 8:58 am
Subject:  kinglet &orange crowned warbler

      I took these on the Peninsula in Prospect Park  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A new park starts off with aplomb

It didn't take long  for Bush Terminal Park to shine a little bit. Our eagerness to see this new park netted us a great bird for this 40 acre park though sparse with forest yet dominated by waterfront.

The only entrance at 43 rd street and 1 st avenue was where the access road leading straight to the  water got us the good bird. Spotted by Mary Eyster, we watched a drake EURASIAN WIGEON sail across towards the dilapidated broken pier . The rare duck spent much time behind pilings with American Wigeons. Look for the Bush Terminal Company  building with the statue of Irving Bush for the pier beyond. To the left is the park entrance.

Spending a little time here in this new park,we saw some inaugural species. Two AMERICAN KESTRELS,one staying put to hunt,Swamp Sparrow and LESSER SCAUP with BUffleheads in the west cove. Then at the rock impoundments,resting on a crossover ,6  KILLDEER mingled. Off in the bay, we found 2 HOODED MERGANSERS odd to see there but marking our ninth duck species at Bush Terminal Park. Also of note ,on pilings or dock works,8 GREAT CORMORANTS.

This is more a park that would do well from mid autumn to early spring.But lack of forest  doesn't mean birds wont drop in anyway in this  open area

To reach this park via public transportation,take the R train to 45th St stop walk west at least 5 blocks then 2 to 43 rd and 1st Ave chain link entrance. Parking for cars is along 1st ave.check regulations. Its advised to travel with friends in this commercial area on weekends.
Bush term pier park Lesser scaup with buffleheads west cove
Eurasian wigeon Bush terminal pier park entrance.pier bhond Bush hq building.straight n 43rd st

Friday, November 14, 2014

photo of the autumn season

gorgeous photo by Marc Brawer

Hermit Thrush in fall Bald Cypress .Prospect

Nat Geographic video on bird friendly glass

Fwd: Grasshopper Sparrow from Brooklyn Bridge Park

From Heather Wolf

-----Original Message-----
From: Heather Wolf 
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 1:56 pm
Subject: Re: Grasshopper Sparrow

HI Peter,

Thanks! I didn't get any good photos. But what I have is attached! 

I'll add you to my phone and will text you if I see anything rare.


Brooklyn Bridge Park yesterday

I received word that a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen in this park by regular observer Heather Wolf. There was a photo I saw .I hope to get it after I contact Heather.

The bird was not seen this morning.

A great bird for this infant park !


Fwd: BBG

Note Orrin mentioned a juvenile grosbeak species in the Pine barrens /grassland ( new section) with sparrows in the Native Flora section.. if someone goes, please get a picture .thanks

Grosbeak species was in the new native plant garden, near the fence with the old native plant garden.  


-----Original Message-----
From: Orrin Tilevitz 
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 11:00 am
Subject: Fw: BBG

BBG this morning

Red-bellied woodpecker
Palm warbler (10 meters north of where I saw one yesterday, probably the same bird)
Fox sparrow (2)
Field sparrow
Swamp sparrow
White-throated sparrow
Dark-eyed junco
Song sparrow
Blue jay
Hermit thrush (2)
American goldfinch
Tufted titmouse
Northern cardinal

Thursday, November 13, 2014

"Overcrowded" Upper pool

Using the term in a droll way,the Upper pool had 5 species ducks . Not known for diversity ,anytime I can count that milestone its a eye opening ! ;-)

Beginning with the 3 GREEN WINGED TEAL, a hen HOODED MERGANSER joined the crowd. RUDDY DUCK and MALLARD were the common residents .Then careful scanning,I saw the pair of partially hidden WOOD DUCKs sitting on a willow snag.

The Lake with it complement of NORTHERN SHOVELERS and   RUDDY  also had  PIED BILLED GREBE.

On the Peninsula meadow,one or two WINTER WRENS were present.Other that the birding was really quiet.

Fwd: BBG

From: Orrin Tilevitz 
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 11:29 am
Subject: Fw: BBG

--Decent selection, for mid-November, of birds in BBG this morning, including a palm warbler, carolina wren, and a small flock of cedar waxwings.

Song sparrow
White-throated sparrow
Fox sparrow
European starling
Mourning dove
Ruby-crowned kinglet
Cedar waxwing
Palm warbler
Blue jay
Hermit thrush
White-breasted nuthatch
Red-tailed hawk
Tufted titmouse
Black-capped chickadee
House sparrow
Red-bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Carolina wren
Northern cardinal
Common grackle (small flock)
American robin
Northern flicker


prospect lake Nov 12th

Seen with scattered Ruddy duck flock western sector,


earlier 3 GREENWINGED TEAL in Upper Pool

 ( looks like grebe came up one short)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

3 Greenwinged Teal continue Upper Pool backshore

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

my list today

Highlights were two PURPLE FINCHES and the three GREENWINGED TEAL

To resolve the flooding on Lake Drive by Park Circle entrance the NYCDOT created a bluewater type flood drain wheareas water goes into the soil thru curb cut thru, and new plants will absorb excess water in the created trough. To back up the drain sewer.

3Green winged teal feeding east shore Upper Pool prospect. 2D,1H

As a birdwatcher, why should I care about invasive plant species?

A good primer to read from the link

Fwd: GWC

-----Original Message-----
From: Orrin Tilevitz 
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 11:05 am
Subject: Fw: GWC

Green-Wood Cemetery this morning.

Monk parakeet
Red-bellied woodpecker
Blue jay (many)
White-breasted nuthatch (many)
Mallard duck
White-throated sparrow
Northern flicker
American crow (flock of about a dozen)
Dark-eyed junco
American robin
Northern cardinal
Hermit thrush
Belted kingfisher
Song sparrow (see photographs)