Saturday, December 2, 2017

Fwd: Prospect Park Club Walk Report: Saturday, December 2nd 2017

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From: "Sean Zimmer" <>
Date: Dec 2, 2017 8:58 PM
Subject: Prospect Park Club Walk Report: Saturday, December 2nd 2017
To: "Peter Dorosh" <>

Hi Peter,

Overall a very quiet morning in the park, with unusually low bird activity. Even the feeders were unoccupied when we went by! Despite this, our very small group of 4 managed to enjoy the clear weather and make some good sightings. We got some very good long looks at perching Red-Tailed Hawks at a few different locations, allowing us to study the differences between juvenile and adult birds. Lexy had the sharpest eye of the day, picking out a perched Cooper's Hawk through some dense branches near the Upper Pool. We found a second perched Cooper's while patrolling the southern shore of the Lake. A pair of Carolina Wrens practically dive-bombed us as we left the Vale, and this species was a first-time sighting for one of our participants and his son. My personal favorite sighting was near the end of our walk, when a visit to the Butterfly Meadow on Lookout Hill turned up 3 Fox Sparrows, one of my favorite winter species.
Many thanks to our small but enthusiastic group!
Full list below; 28 species in total.


Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue Jay
European Starling
American Robin
House Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Mourning Dove
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper's hawk
1 unidentified raptor species; fast flyover of Vale.
Carolina Wren
Northern Mockingbird
House Finch
Canada Goose
Northern Shoveler
Pie-billed Grebe
Ruddy Duck
Wood Duck
American Coot
Great Blue Heron
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull