Thursday, February 28, 2019

eBird Checklist – Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings County, New York, US – Thu Feb 28, 2019 – 10 species

Highlight. Red brested Merganser diving between the common Mergansers off the Peninsula thumb.  All three Merganser species seen simultaneously in that area.

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 3:58 PM on Thu, Feb 28, 2019:
2 drake COMMON MERGANSER S at Three Sisters islands prospect lake. All 3 merg species seen today

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Windy West Island Sanctuary

The ducks couldn't have picked a better spot to get the heck out of the wind.

On this very blustery and nerve-wracking day as I had to wear a hardhat, I found something special after lunch. A tight flock of RING NECKED DUCKS accompanied by a drake Bufflehead.. Until I looked closer at one of the "Ring necked' drakes and upon closer scrutiny, saw it was instead a drake LESSER SCAUP.  Getting to the other side, I saw the Scaup  much closer before it noticed me and waded away fast as the wind!

The West Island cove was pretty duck diversified. Besides the Shovelers,Ruddy and Mallards, a hen American Wigeon also surfaced. In that little cove, that's seven duck species,thanks to the wind .. None of the ducks were out on the open water, marked by whitecaps and mini waves with the lake so turbulent. Only those crazy gulls don't care...

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 1:35 PM on Mon, Feb 25, 2019:
Together at prospect west island: drake Lesser Scaup,drake Bufflehead with 7 Ring necked Ducks ( 6 d,2 h)

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Fwd: red-breasted nuthatch


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Also, a couple of courting red-tails and lots of American goldfinches

Thursday, February 21, 2019

RN Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks are back - four on Prospect Lake

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

eBird Checklist – Prospect Park, Kings County, New York, US – Tue Feb 19, 2019 – 21 species

Note Three species Merganser day list submitted by Kathy Toomey


Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Feb 19, 2019

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Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, New York, US
Feb 19, 2019 11:22 AM
Protocol: Incidental
1 species

Common Merganser  2     Large white bodied duck drake with clean crisp green head, hen Reddish head,less white. Striking even from distance

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 11:21 AM on Tue, Feb 19, 2019:
Drake and hen COMMON MERGANSERS Prospect lake along Peninsula shore

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BBC evening program tonight

7 pm at grand army plaza library

Monday, February 18, 2019

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) Tuesday Eve BBC program

Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) tweeted at 8:18 PM on Mon, Feb 18, 2019:
Tomorrow Night! Tuesday Feb 19th 7PM. BBC Evening Presentation! Eric Powers: Quail vs Ticks .

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Last day GBBC

 I decided to go lazy today,not wanting to count everything like the lake or park on this dreary day. I aimed just for the feeders.

Typical as it has been at the feeders all winter,the usual suspects ruled. There was one bird "dressed" for the occasion. This was the Red bellied Woodpecker. I could see well a deep reddish color on the bird's belly; it's head look bright red as well. I guess it's ready for the breeding season, so an early start helps. The Red bellied out did the two GRACKLES, Red winged Blackbirds and Fox Sparrow.

Here's my list

Karen O'hearn had a nice spectacle at 230 pm. She spotted a flyover Bald Eagle chased by close number of 50 Fish Crows,heading south southeast over Prospect Lake. Not everyday one sees that!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Talkin' Birds: The Great Backyard Bird Count : NPR

Our Brooklyn Bird Club Prospect walk was profiled on National Public Radio, walk led by Cyrus Baty and Tina Alleva

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Fwd: Great Backyard Bird Count Prospect Park. BBC WALK

You can't get too much winter in the winter. 
---Robert Frost

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Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count Prospect Park

Hi Peter,

It was a beautiful day in Prospect Park to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. 9 people met Cyrus & I and we recorded 43 species between the morning and noon beginner walk. Red-tailed hawks were noticeably abundant and seemed to be everywhere we turned. 

At the lake we caught sight of the Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers, then 5 European Goldfinches next to the wellhouse container as well as a Hermit Thrush. In the Nethermead we got close looks at a perched Merlin, while yet another Red-tailed hawk kept watch from nearby.

On our second pass of the lake with the noon beginner group, we were able to pick up the elusive Ring-Necked ducks off 3 sisters, as well as a swamp sparrow. 5 Common Grackles were also enjoying the feeders the second time around. 

The park today was full of bird song, surely a sign that spring is coming! 

Prospect Park, Kings, New York, US
Feb 16, 2019 8:49 AM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Great Backyard Bird Count BBC walk. Lullwater, Feeders, Peninsula, Lake, Lookout, Nethermead & Ravine pools. 
42 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  101
Mute Swan  2
Northern Shoveler  34
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  20
American Black Duck  3
Ring-necked Duck  3
Hooded Merganser  3
Red-breasted Merganser  4
Ruddy Duck  26
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  15
American Coot  8
Ring-billed Gull  37
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  3
Merlin  1     Nethermead 
Blue Jay  20
crow sp.  8
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Carolina Wren  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  60
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  24
European Goldfinch  5
American Goldfinch  1
Fox Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  5     Feeders
Northern Cardinal  8
House Sparrow  25

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Prospect Park, Feb 15, 2019

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Prospect Park, Kings, New York, US
Feb 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  178
Mute Swan  2
Northern Shoveler  132
Gadwall  1
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  40
American Black Duck  4
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)  2
Hooded Merganser  4
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Ruddy Duck  20
Mourning Dove  3
American Coot  5
Ring-billed Gull  70
Herring Gull  13
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  4
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  35
European Starling  53
European Goldfinch  1
American Goldfinch  10
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  16
Red-winged Blackbird  37
Common Grackle  3
Northern Cardinal  3
House Sparrow  13

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GBBC Day 1 Soaked ground

Super saturated ground highlighted my first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. For a typical winter day in Prospect, the flooded west Nethermead took top honor for best action.

After my spell along the lake west edge and feeders, I took my route through the Nethermead. From the Mead's center grass ,I found a blackbird flock feeding along Western sector edge near the road. Among 53 starlings , over time as they joined in, 37 Redwinged Blackbirds weree joined by 3 Common GRACKLES. The flock eventually dissolved and moved around as the birds were wary and spooked easily.

Along the Lookout Hill edge o the Nethermead,snow ice melt filled up the super soaked ground. One GRACKLE walked thru a large puddle; 8 Goldfinches bathed beneath an oak tree; Robins were all around. Along the woods edge,I caught sight of a HERMIT THRUSH with White Throated sparrows.

At one of the Center Drive big sweetgums, the Goldfinches were joined by a single European Goldfinch. I'm told by a friend he saw much more of the latter at the Well house Sweetgums. I'm not surprised with the growing numbers as this hardy european species cause it has plenty to eat.

Venturing farther,I stopped by the Upper Pool. A single drake GADWALL was sort of a surprise there.

The lake continues to host both Hooded and Red breasted Merganser. However there was no sign of the Ring necked Ducks. ButBu did see 2 hen American Wigeon along the west shore and an impressive 132 Northern Shovelers

Yesterday Green winged teal

Seen by Orrin Tilevitz at Greenwood Cemetery Sylvan water

Thursday, February 14, 2019

feeders all filled;lake ducks continue

I refilled all the feeders for the 4 day Great Backyard Bird Count, adding two new feeders for the big occasion. Don't forget to record your sightings on or use the usual Ebird report that is interfaced with GBBC. Have a fun time with the birds!

Today I was told that the RED BREASTED MERGANSER,HOODED MERGANSERS and RING NECKED DUCKS remain on Prospect Lake, all nice birds to record for the GBBC event.

to celebrate , join the Prospect Park Brooklyn Bird Club walk Saturday led by Cyrus Baty and Tina Alleva

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 10:00 AM on Thu, Feb 14, 2019:
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Green-winged teal Sylvan Water greenwood cemtery

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Common Goldeneye duck

Jean Shum reported a hen near the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Great Backyard Bird Count

Starting this Friday thru Monday. Enjoy this terrific fun 4 day event regardless where you are ,even from your window.

Brooklyn Bird Club walk on Saturday in Prospect.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Greenwood Cemetery

ToDay per Orrin. Cooper's hawk Sylvan Water. Chipping Sparrow I was told is hanging out at the Crescent water feeders ,on n off

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Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub)

Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) tweeted at 10:38 AM on Mon, Feb 11, 2019:
BBC Evening Presentation! Eric Powers: Quail vs Ticks Tuesday Feb 19th 7PM at Brooklyn Central Library.

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Canada Goose band report

Below is the certificate of the Band I reported several weeks ago on the CAGO


Sex Male
Banding Data
Band Number 1078-14416 Y3T4 Banded 07/02/2013


Encounter Data
Location 0.4 mi WNW of FLATBUSH, KINGS Encountered 01/10/2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Top birds in our local area

On this crisp chippy day, birders reported top quality birds in our local area.While it may mean sprring migration is in the very early stages or not,nevertheless the midwinter blues are mitigated.

A terrific find today at Bush Terminal Park unlike my dreadful experience with yesterday s winds is a hen EURASIAN WIGEON. Bearing a reddish head compared to the gray of the American,it was seen in the north cove. Both Kevin Topping and Tripper Paul were the observers.

 Moving to the east at Greenwood Cemetery, both a BLACK VULTURE and CHIPPING SPARROW were seen. Kevin saw the flyover vulture and Chris Laskowski with the Sparrow.

Then as it has been reported through the winter with many reports,an overwintering EASTERN PHOEBE continues it presence,one bird at Brooklyn Botanic Garden ,spotted by Danielle Gustafson.

With only a half a day to do something,I took my usual spell into Prospect. Delighted to see the same ducks yesterday, the single drake RED BREASTED MERGANSER is now outflanked by 6 HOODED MERGANSERs - up 4 from yesterday's number
,and 5 RING NECKED DUCKS hugging Three Sisters eastern island. The latter species up 3 birds were all drakes.

On a side note,the first I've seen the west island sweetgum tree Grove quite active this winter, 2 striking European Goldfinches mingled with the American Goldfinches, working hard on  the seed balls.

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2019 11:50 by Kevin Topping
- Bush Terminal Piers Park, Kings, New York
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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Prospect lake late afternoon "duckversity"

After my respite from my wind blown morning,I decided to visit prospect lake to see what the wind might've blown in
 It did.

First distant looks had me suspecting Red breasted Merganser and likely Ring Necked ducks.I already identified Hooded MERGANSERS in the lake center.So wanting to verify my sightings,it was best to get closer

At the Hammerhead peninsula,I was right about the Ring neckeds. A drake pair appears from the confides of Three Sisters.Prospect just had to outdo the lone Greenwood Cemetery bird I found earlier. The pair even joined up with the Hooded Mergansers.

But I wasn't satisfied.I still needed to verify the Red breasted. Getting to the east side of Three Sisters it took me ten minutes,but soon enough the drake Red breasted Merganser showed up while I was being batted by the still irksome winds.

Where's the windblock?

I love winter. It's in my genes as the season provides beauty,mystique,solitude and much quietude. But when it's windy, especially high winds,it's unforgivable. Whether it's me or the ducks,one smart strategy is get out of the winds' onslaught: seek wind block spots.

I took a ride to Bush Terminal Park. Because it's a great winter spot and I haven't been there awhile,I thought for a proximate location, it always offer nice birding. But as soon as I got out of my car,40 mile gusts slammed into me. Not good; as expected it was Jack Frost's naughtiness.I had to battle the frigid winds along the shore as several GADWALLS flew away.

In the second cove ,inside the rocky safe harbor,ducks sought wind block as well. Stationed on the leeward side of the rocky mound, AMERICAN WIGEONS,GADWALLS and plenty of the usual gull species rested. In the water close by a few good looking RED BREASTFED MERGANSERS provided nice looks from my wind block spot on the back side of the hill.

I continued on to the last cove at Bush. Unsurprisingly, the strong  winds continued unabated. But not before my retreat, i looked through my shaking scope Scaup , of both species numbering 8 all told. Riding the waves vastly outnumbering the Scaup,had to be about 130 BUFFLEHEADS. Their smart strategy was point their compact small bodies into the wind,as they bobbed up and down , occasionally diving. A wonderful winter scene with common species you can't appreciate enough.

Changing plans of heading to the Army Terminal and Bay Ridge pier,i opted for Greenwood Cemetery. I was curious about feeders there that i have yet to see. And feeders i did see at Crescent Water: at least ten of them !  It appears GWC officials want to not only attract birds but birders to come. I saw the usual titmice, goldfinches,chickadee, house finches and blue Jays. Most notably ,plenty of American Robins adding life to a dead winter locale. A note to add about the Robins in a second. But before i drove off, i noted two large blackbirds on a feeder. To my surprise,a pair of COMMON GRACKLES, holding off a stern looking BLUE JAY, obviously dismayed it had to deal with something bigger than itself.It appears the GRACKLES are a vernal omen! The groundhog may be right after all.

Getting back to the Robins, food is critical for these birds in midwinter.Adjacent to the Dell Water ( I'm hoping I got the names right), a mature bountiful berried Holly Tree was the main draw. In and out of this Holly tree sometimes hidden by its thick foliage, Robins foraged crazily. From a crypt's steps offering more me eye level seeing,I delighted watching a Robin gulped down the bright red Holly berries.

A last good bird before I left Greenwoods main gate at 5th Ave, was a duck that caught my gaze. A drake RING NECKED DUCK happened to be near the shore of Valley Water. A late word alerted me it flew to the Sylvan water to the south.

The life of winter; more enjoyable though without the high winds.

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 0:04 PM on Sat, Feb 09, 2019:
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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ridgewood reservoir ducks

Reported today as ice melted in the middle basin ,a mixed flock of REDHEAD and RING NECKED DUCKS ( T.Perky)

Tweet from Heidi (@heidicleven)

Heidi (@heidicleven) tweeted at 9:38 PM on Wed, Feb 06, 2019:
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Fort Greene Park today. What a tongue!

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An ICGU Back in Greenpoint

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (1)
- Reported Feb 06, 2019 15:30 by Alan V. Bacchiochi
- Austin Nichols House, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9652481&ll=40.7191302,-73.9652481
- Checklist:
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Bird landed on pier around 16:00. Its pale wingtips caught my attention. Wings when folded had white primaries with grey bars (3-4).  Legs were a bright pink The yellow bill had a green tinge and a reddish gonydeal spot. Size was just smaller than a Herring Gull. There were RBGUs, HERGs and a GBBG nearby for easy comparison of size."

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Prospect Lake

Water opened at the center adjacent to Three Sisters Islands. With the Shovelers, a pair of Hooded Mergansers sailed around. The drake and hen are having a go at enjoying the open space.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Fwd: Fwd: Cooper's Hawk Prospect Park 2/3/19

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park--Feeders, Feb 2, 2019

Note 6 Fox Sparrows

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Prospect Park--Feeders, Kings, New York, US
Feb 2, 2019 11:22 AM - 11:37 AM
Protocol: Stationary
13 species

Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Fox Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  5
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Northern Cardinal  3
House Sparrow  17

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Nature Walks with Bradley Klein: Winter Nature Walk III - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

If it's a tundra,it must be still winter

On a day the groundhog says spring will be early, it's still though Winter. And winter visitors like a Brooklyn TUNDRA SWAN makes that case as Bush Terminal Pier Park hosted a single individual today.

First seen by Linda Ewing,confirmed later by Shane Blodgett,the rare swan was found in the inlet cove by the park entrance. It only stayed briefly before birders thru the grapevine responded to its sighting and the search was on.

Hours later,Joshua Malbin found the Tundra from the Columbia St Pier in Red Hook, the swan was inside the bulkheads docks adjacent to Sunset Park's Industry City near 33rd St. Unfortunately access was restricted.

However good news and maybe a Sunday treat, Mike Yuan reported the Tundra Swan back in its original spot at Bush Terminal Park near 4 pm. Closing time is about this time for the park.

Good luck

Happy Groundhog day!

According to reports, both celebre grounhogs-- Staten Island and Punxsutawney -- saw no shadow; therefore spring is arriving early!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Fwd: Winter asterism

A prominent pattern in the winter night sky ( if you are courageous to tempt the cold night!)

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