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

-----Original Message-----
From: Tina Alleva <>
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Sat, Feb 16, 2019 03:37 PM
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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