Thursday, December 31, 2020

Prospect Park, Kings County, NY, US - eBird Hotspot 2020

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L109516?yr=cur&m=&rank=mrec&sortBy=spp

It appears Prospect had a very good year with 204 species pending moderator review.

It helps having many good birders around

New Year Greetings

 The Kingsboidet wishes you a year full of hope,good health and memorable moments in boiding.

Let's pray for 2021 as a healing year and closer ties with life back to nolmacy.

Cheers

KB




PP. hen Hoodie

A female Hooded Merganser lurks near 3Sisters islands eastern island

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

Iceland gull staying at BAT Pier4. If you like gulls,this pier,bush terminal pier park and veterans pier (65th st) are all within a 2 mile stretch 

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*** Species Summary:

- Iceland Gull (1 report)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <hourly> Kings County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Kings County.  View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35645
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Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (1)
- Reported Dec 30, 2020 15:20 by Juan Salas
- Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.646519,-74.026074&ll=40.646519,-74.026074
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78292531
- Comments: "Continuing possible Kumlien, 1st winter.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/23604521@N00/50780735618/in/datetaken-public/" title="V28A5673 Iceland Gull Brooklyn Army Terminal 20201230"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50780735618_8c628da013_c.jpg" alt="V28A5673 Iceland Gull Brooklyn Army Terminal 20201230" /></a>"

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Bald Eagle high over BkBrPk

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (1)
- Reported Dec 29, 2020 09:08 by Heather Wolf
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6996104,-73.9973745&ll=40.6996104,-73.9973745
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78202983
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Soaring super high over Pier 5. Eventually flew west toward lower Manhattan. Have photos." 

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds). PEFA @ LP249

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 11:01 AM on Tue, Dec 29, 2020:
Peregrine falcon perched high to left of prospect well Dr picnic tables ( lamppost249)
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1343950282535948290?s=03)

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GWC Bald Eagle report

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (1)
- Reported Dec 28, 2020 14:00 by Diana Quick
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6514855,-73.9904778&ll=40.6514855,-73.9904778
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78193146
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "A bald eagle has been an on-again off-again visitor to Green-Wood cemetery since spring 2020. In that time, his plumage has changed from mostly brown to a lot of white on head and tail." 

Monday, December 28, 2020

Black headed gull ,K Eider

Veterans pier is extension of 65th St Bay ridge, King Eider continues at Bush Terminal Piier park south cove  and BAT Pier 4 today

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) (1)
- Reported Dec 28, 2020 11:54 by Ryan Mandelbaum
- American Veterans Memorial Pier, New York US-NY 40.63925, -74.03714, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.639255,-74.037137&ll=40.639255,-74.037137
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78151921
- Comments: "immature. bulky red bill on a chroicocephalus gull. pics." 

Sunday, December 27, 2020

King Eider continues at Bush Terminal Pier Park south cove

The rider duck going back and forth from. BAT pier 4 to here.

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) (1)
- Reported Dec 27, 2020 11:12 by The Wildlab
- Bush Terminal Piers Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6541609,-74.0204451&ll=40.6541609,-74.0204451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78059913
- Comments: "The continuing immature male resting on rocks with some Wigeon." 

Friday, December 25, 2020

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Christmas Greetings!

 


The Kingsboider wishes all a Merry and festive Christmas!
Peace,Love and Good Will with the very best wishes for a happy and safe holiday!









The gift of feeders



“Glory to God in the highest and on earth PEACE and goodwill toward men” (Luke 2:14). 

As a devout Roman Catholic, I dwell on the rich symbolism of my religious faith the wisdom spoken in the New Testament. There is the great commanment that is the golden rule to our neighbors ".. do unto others what you would have want them to do unto you."

And what does that rule have to do with my feeders? Well,plenty of symbolism there. Like the gift of the Christ child, we reciprocate with gifts to each other in whatever form. My feeders is my gift to birders and strangers, and neighbors who come to watch birds. And birds gift us with their beauty of color and personality; Or just being in the presence of birds and the surrounding solitude is nature's gift to us as well, How or what we receive out of our enjoyment of the scenery depends on the individual.

Since the feeders been up,it warms my heart to see a multitude of people from the elderly to little children delight in those feeders. The joy it bring is immeasurable.

But its important that we not keep our enjoyment and delight to ourselves,to hold our Sense of wonder within.We should share it ! How we do this? Simply. We  keep each other company,with respect -regardless of skill level-- and converse warmly about happenings and bird stories,however it goes. But its equally important to be humble.

One of the drawbacks since birding become so competitive is the danger of elitism and egotism. Those without knowing it can become innately self focused, exclusive and downright petty: we start looking  for the high clouds instead of the good earth below where beginner birders and ordinary people!e live. That's what " Good will " means in the Christmas refrain spoken by those angels that divine holy night. We treat each other warmly and respectfully and we will be remembered well after we leave this good earth. We'll have peace as well when we show compassion to our fellow beings and neighbors. More people will remember compassion kind hearted people than unkind folks.

On this Christmas Eve,lets remember that sentiment to be kind and respectful to all. 

Merry Christmas everyone.

BAT Pier 4 ICGU continue

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (2)
- Reported Dec 24, 2020 09:50 by Jennifer Kepler
- Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.646519,-74.026074&ll=40.646519,-74.026074
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77915320
- Comments: "One seen right after the other in separate locations on the pier. Photographed each."
 

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

A spectacular Underside view

 Following up on Dan Smith's report of Iceland Gull on Prospect Lake,I went for a go see. And the result was pure luck and irony thanks to a timely Peregrine Falcon raid.

In midafternoon I'm standing on the lake western shore close to the rustic shelter, looking at a mass of gulls. I focused on the close ones as I didn't bring my scope because I have Christmas shopping to do later. With binoculars it's hard to pick out the distant rare gull without black wingtips.

Then all the gulls flew up into a frenzied mess. I knew it was raptor time.

Searching for the hunter,I found my bird,a well defined grayish blue falcon called a PEREGRINE FALCON.The bird swooped from the west thru the gull mass and chased a few gulls as I tried hard to stay with it; I was amazed I did for awhile. I figured no Iceland well I got a beautiful falcon instead. On the contrary.

As all the gulls settled back down the ice,I looked for my target gull hoping to get lucky. The irony was this: the ICELAND GULL was not on land ,but by air. I happened to look up by lucky chance and here's an all white gull flying right over me! It's the ICELAND! WHOOHOO! The wings looked so clean.

I followed thru my bins --like I did successfully with the Peregrine-- the Iceland over the Lake till it disappeared, a tinier hazy blob over Duck Island on Prospect Lake's southeast section. Gulls massed over there and likely the Iceland Gull joined them.

For me how I got so lucky with the gull directly over me? As I tell friends: the quest of getting a good bird comes down to where you are,being in the right place and looking in the right direction( like up πŸ‘†)

On an additional note I ran into Marc Brawer on Well Drive. Two good boids he found .Along the Peninsula lake shore just beyond the drive,an AMERICAN WOODCOCK flushed. Furthermore as it rains it pours the saying goes, in the same general area,Marc found by the mudflat within the phragmites a RUSTY BLACKBIRD. Three good birds at days end is pretty darn good.

Fwd: Brooklyn CBC post count reports and update revised number

137 final total #species per compiler Mike Yuan

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From: Michael Yuan <mjyuan@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 23, 2020, 11:50 AM
Subject: Brooklyn CBC post count reports and update



Feel free to share with your teams:

I'm sorry to report that due to a compiling error on my part (leaving scoter sp. as "countable"), our revised grand total is 137 species, not 138. We still topped our old record by 3 species and lowered the bar just a bit for topping it again next year! To avoid future totaling discrepancies, I'm making coding changes in the database to disregard "sp" categories from the annual total by default.

Count week is now over. Species include: Bald Eagle (NS), Ring-necked Pheasant (MP), Wilson's Warbler (SC), Laughing Gull (RP)

Every sector achieved above-average species totals.

Spring Creek and Jamaica Bay tied for the highest species count with 76.
North Shore and Breezy set all-time species highs. Owls Head, Floyd, and Spring Creek matched their all-time highs.
With exponentially more visibility than last year, the Kayaking/BOAT crew more than doubled their 2019 total.

Attached are 3 post-count reports that summarize the count totals are break down results by sector. If there are any other data points you're curious about, let me know.

Terrific job everyone. I look forward to 2021! 

Thanks,
-Mike

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) PPlake IceGull

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 2:54 PM on Wed, Dec 23, 2020:
Flyover ICELAND GULL Prospect lake,banked left flew towards Duck Island
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1341834526079762435?s=03)

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Prospect Lake Ice Gull today

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2020 09:48 by Daniel Smith
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6602841,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77883507
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "White-winged gull in large flock of mixed RBGU, HEGU and GBBG which made for easy size and head shape comparison. Couldn't tell if the yellow beak seemed any smaller than Herring. I've been seeking this white gull all week and this bird jumped out at me." 

Continuing K.Eider and Iceland Gull at BAT Pier 4

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2020 11:05 by Jeremy Thorp
- Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.646519,-74.026074&ll=40.646519,-74.026074
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77882440
- Comments: "Transitional male. Photos to follow"

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2020 11:05 by Jeremy Thorp
- Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.646519,-74.026074&ll=40.646519,-74.026074
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77882440
- Comments: "Briefly at the north base of Pier 4." 

Summary of today's good sightings Dec 22

  A few places in the news lately yielded good birds,some regular other new.

Bush Terminal Pier Park hosted the continuing KING EIDER early morning . The duck was spotted in the south cove along with Lesser Scaup. The other good sighting is ICELAND GULL there reportedly was in the center cove with the Jetty walls and osprey nest platform. A late report from Joe  Borker --looking for the Eider --took a photo of an EURASIAN WIGEON in the south cove.There's been speculation about hybridization of this duck but well see later about that.

A half mile south the Brooklyn Army Terminal pier had the same two species  King Eider and Iceland gull.The Eider moved there; and likely the rare gull a second Iceland Gull.

Meanwhile Greenwood Cemetery bored some fruit with exotic winter finches.Two COMMON REDPOLLS were found feeding on Sweet gum tree seed balls opposite the Dell wood path on Dell Avenue,connected to Central Ave. The birds did come down to the ground for great looks by finders Rob Jett and Mike Yuan. In other sweet gums PINE SISKINS are news as well.

Sticking with Greenwood,Ryan Mandlebaum spotted a single RED CROSS BILL in the Dell water/ Crescent water area.

And last ,Brooklyn Bridge Park has been pretty good lately ( its Xmas count found first time count Veery and Lincoln Sparrow). Today an ICELAND GULL found its way there in a gull roost between piers 3 & 5. Pier 1 posts roost is very good for late afternoon returning gulls settling in for the night.

So all good for these venues all on the west Coast Brooklyn: BAT pier,Bush Terminal park,Brooklyn Bridge Park and interior Greenwood Cemetery.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

eBird Checklist - 22 Dec 2020 - Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn - 28 species

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77855239 

Photos of Common Redpolls ,click on checklist

Fwd: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider & Iceland Gull Kings Co.



But frost, like the crystallized dreams of autumn, began to coat the clearing with its sugar glaze.     
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Subject: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider & Iceland Gull Kings Co.


Posting because I just encountered a number of people looking for the continuing immature drake King Eider, at Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4.

The Eider, is currently just up the road at Bush Terminal Park. It is near where the Scaup and Bufflehead usually gather. 

Also earlier, a continuing Iceland Gull was also observed at Bush Terminal Park.

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Fwd: BREAKING NEWS on Plum Island!

Great news for birds!! ( North fork LI)

But frost, like the crystallized dreams of autumn, began to coat the clearing with its sugar glaze.     
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From: Chris and Louise at Save the Sound <info@savethesound.org>
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, Dec 22, 2020 10:33 AM
Subject: BREAKING NEWS on Plum Island!


Congress opens path to permanent conservation

After eight years of advocacy, it's official: no auction for Plum Island! Now the next steps can begin.

Last night Congress passed a federal budget package that repeals the auction of the island. Now the path is finally open for permanent protection of this unique place and its critical habitats, endangered wildlife, and cultural history. Read more in our Preserve Plum Island Coalition press release.

This wouldn't have happened without the leadership of our partners in Congress. The entire New York and Connecticut delegations have worked tirelessly, and on this latest effort we especially owe gratitude to Senators Schumer, Murphy, and Blumenthal, and Congressmen and -women Zeldin, DeLauro, Lowey, and Courtney. 

And it also couldn't have happened without immense support and consistent action from all of you. If you ever emailed your senator or representative, signed a petition, supported Save the Sound's advocates with your membership dollars, or joined a Plunge or Paddle for Plum Island, you helped make today's victory happen.

THANK YOU!

Now the next steps—finding the right long-term owner for this special place and implementing the Envision Plum Island plan—can begin. We can't wait to work with you to ensure Plum Island stays in the public's hands forever.

 


As always, for questions about Plum Island contact:

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Fwd: King Eider's photo!



But frost, like the crystallized dreams of autumn, began to coat the clearing with its sugar glaze.     
---Victoria Steele Logue, author






-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Tang <charles.tang@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <Prosbird@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, Dec 22, 2020 08:31 AM
Subject: King Eider's photo!


Hi Peter, 
Nice seeing you yesterday! It was a great day to the KING close-up.
Have a Wonderful Christmas!
Charles

Monday, December 21, 2020

Summary west coast Brooklyn piers

I'm on vacation this week so some relaxing birding helps make the staycation. And for me getting a new county bird its a good start.

On my two visits to Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) Pier it was my second visit in the afternoon that bought a winner. Thanks to Bobbi Manian pointing my scope towards the back seawall in south cove,I got my new county boid, the King Eider . I was able to view it multiple times the celebre to get the sun on my back for better light on the rare duck. It was working the area, even going into the smaller cove in front of the NYPD boats. It eventually came out and crossed the water to the pier.

Two ICELAND GULLS were reported at BAT and Bush Terminal Pier Park. Both were immatures ; given the short time between the BAT bird and Bush it's likely two Iceland Gulls.

I would have spent more time at Bush Terminal Park but all the parking lot spots were taken by employees of the nearby businesses. I was under the understanding these spaces were for the park visitors.Weekdays are horrible for visiting by car so arrive early as possible to bird Bush Terminal park.

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert **KING EIDER reports


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Subject: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert <hourly>
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*** Species Summary:

- King Eider (2 reports)
- Iceland Gull (2 reports)
- Orange-crowned Warbler (1 report)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <hourly> Kings County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Kings County.  View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35645
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated.

eBird encourages our users to bird safely, responsibly, and mindfully. Please follow the recommendations of your local health authorities and respect any active travel restrictions in your area. For more information visit: https://ebird.org/news/please-bird-mindfully

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) (1)
- Reported Dec 21, 2020 13:45 by Peter Dorosh
- Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.646519,-74.026074&ll=40.646519,-74.026074
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77804756
- Comments: "Imm Drake bird continuing ,seen by several other birders,duck was working the south cove near BAT building to NYPD boats and back to pier. Nice eye ring,yellow bill,mottled white breast low neck ,brown bodied. County bird 1st for me &#x1f917;"

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) (1)
- Reported Dec 21, 2020 11:00 by Kathleen Toomey
- Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.646519,-74.026074&ll=40.646519,-74.026074
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77805619
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Brown sea duck with dense white speckles on its chest, a white eyering and a partly orange bill. Photos"

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (1)
- Reported Dec 21, 2020 11:00 by Kathleen Toomey
- Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.646519,-74.026074&ll=40.646519,-74.026074
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77805619
- Comments: "All white gull with dark bill, about the size of nearby Herring Gulls"

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (1)
- Reported Dec 21, 2020 14:26 by Aimee Lusty
- Bush Terminal Piers Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6541609,-74.0204451&ll=40.6541609,-74.0204451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77804849
- Comments: "All white gull with some light gray flecking, pink legs. Preening on the jetty with the BRAN."

Orange-crowned Warbler (Leiothlypis celata) (1)
- Reported Dec 21, 2020 11:13 by Paul Sweet
- 702 Monroe Street, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6877209,-73.9285886&ll=40.6877209,-73.9285886
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77805541
- Comments: "Quick non binocular view of a drab warbler probing in potted hens and chicks plant about 3 meters away. Grayish with greenish mantle. Broken white eye ring. NOT Ruby crowned Kinglet or Pine Warbler"

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North Brooklyn patches rarities.

Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) (6)
- Reported Dec 21, 2020 09:22 by Paul Sweet
- Cemetery of the Evergreens, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6818476,-73.9015532&ll=40.6818476,-73.9015532
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77788560
- Comments: "Feeding on Sweet Gum seeds. Small, streaky finches with notched tail. Dark chin patch and red crown. Strong wing bars. A couple with pink wash on breast. May have been more than 6."

Orange-crowned Warbler (Leiothlypis celata) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2020 11:00 by Al Duvall
- Bushwick Inlet, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.7242629,-73.9577373&ll=40.7242629,-73.9577373
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77788695
- Media: 1 Photo 

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) BAT PIER 4 KING EIDER

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 1:46 PM on Mon, Dec 21, 2020:
King Eider continues at BAT pier 4 south cove ,along wall now inside NYPD boat dock cove
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1341092781847146496?s=03)

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Tweet from Charles Tang (@charlesbrooklyn) king Eider photo

Charles Tang (@charlesbrooklyn) tweeted at 9:35 PM on Thu, Dec 17, 2020:
King Eider at Brooklyn Army Terminal. https://t.co/OWGXPXB34b
(https://twitter.com/charlesbrooklyn/status/1339761251241644035?s=03)

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Fwd: King's CBC results

From compiler Mike Yuan. Thanks to him and Chris Laskowski..

a fantastic record setting,one for the books in this exceptional consequential year...

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Michael Yuan <mjyuan@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Dec 20, 2020, 5:27 PM
Subject: CBC results
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@gmail.com>, Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster@gmail.com>


Peter-

We had 138 species on this year's count, an all-time high!

Added two new birds to the count - MEW GULL and VEERY.



Thanks,
-Mike

Brooklyn Xmas Count Annual Report: 2020
Species 
Total 
Seen
Snow Goose 1264
Brant 10015
Canada Goose 3512
Mute Swan 169
Wood Duck 2
Northern Shoveler 513
Gadwall 116
American Wigeon 88
Mallard 758
American Black Duck 1049
Northern Pintail 12
Green-winged Teal 75
Ring-necked Duck 1 RARE
Greater Scaup 761
Lesser Scaup 249
King Eider 5 RARE
Common Eider 67 IRR
Surf Scoter 17
White-winged Scoter 14
Black Scoter 196
Scoter (sp.) 135
Long-tailed Duck 153
Bufflehead 927
Common Goldeneye 44
Hooded Merganser 72
Common Merganser 3 IRR
Red-breasted Merganser 748
Ruddy Duck 576
Ring-necked Pheasant 0
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Horned Grebe 100
Red-necked Grebe 1 IRR
Rock Pigeon 1070
Mourning Dove 213
Clapper Rail 1 RARE
American Coot 92
American Oystercatcher 1 IRR
Black-bellied Plover 22
Killdeer 6
Ruddy Turnstone 4 IRR
Sanderling 279
Dunlin 37
Purple Sandpiper 28
American Woodcock 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1 RARE
Greater Yellowlegs 1

Bonaparte's Gull 2789 IRR
Laughing Gull cw RARE
Mew Gull 1 RARE
Ring-billed Gull 6523
Herring Gull 3808
Iceland Gull 2 RARE
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 RARE
Great Black-backed Gull 541
Red-throated Loon 154
Common Loon 165
Northern Gannet 2
Great Cormorant 31
Double-crested Cormorant 121
Great Blue Heron 37
Great Egret 1 RARE
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2 IRR
Turkey Vulture 2 IRR
Northern Harrier 42
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9
Cooper's Hawk 21
Red-shouldered Hawk 7 IRR
Red-tailed Hawk 32
Barn Owl 3 IRR
Great Horned Owl 1
Short-eared Owl 1 RARE
Northern Saw-whet Owl 1 IRR
Belted Kingfisher 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 42
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 13
Downy Woodpecker 112
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 61
American Kestrel 20
Merlin 11
Peregrine Falcon 8
Monk Parakeet 7
Blue Jay 192
American Crow 303
Fish Crow 248 IRR
Common Raven 9 IRR
Horned Lark 305
Black-capped Chickadee 344
Tufted Titmouse 88
Red-breasted Nuthatch 15 IRR
White-breasted Nuthatch 55
Brown Creeper 5
Winter Wren 13
Marsh Wren 1 RARE
Carolina Wren 89

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
Veery 1 RARE
Hermit Thrush 16
American Robin 265
Gray Catbird 24
Northern Mockingbird 143
European Starling 1247
Cedar Waxwing 15
House Sparrow 470
American Pipit 78
House Finch 130
Purple Finch 4 IRR
Common Redpoll 7 RARE
Red Crossbill 7 RARE
Pine Siskin 11 IRR
American Goldfinch 96
Lapland Longspur 1 RARE
Snow Bunting 214
Chipping Sparrow 10
Field Sparrow 10
Fox Sparrow 55
American Tree Sparrow 140
Dark-eyed Junco 201
White-crowned Sparrow 1 IRR
White-throated Sparrow 943
Savannah Sparrow 113
Song Sparrow 480
Lincoln's Sparrow 3 RARE
Swamp Sparrow 58
Eastern Towhee 13
Yellow-breasted Chat 1 RARE
Baltimore Oriole 3 IRR
Red-winged Blackbird 407
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Rusty Blackbird 1 IRR
Common Grackle 7
Boat-tailed Grackle 650 IRR
Ovenbird 1 RARE
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 2 IRR
Palm Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1 IRR
Yellow-rumped Warbler 278
Wilson's Warbler cw RARE
Northern Cardinal 313

Species 
Total 
Seen
Species Count:
Number Seen:
138
45,944 total birds
NOTE: "cw" = Count Week only


Tweet from MI YU (@themeowking)Tweet from MI YU (@themeowking).KINGS CBC #UPGRADED

MI YU (@themeowking) tweeted at 5:38 PM on Sun, Dec 20, 2020:
What an amazing Brooklyn Christmas Bird Count! 138 species set our all-time high. Massive thanks to the BK birders and @BklynBirdClub who make it al happen! https://t.co/7ajMyhgklF
(https://twitter.com/themeowking/status/1340788650754396166?s=03)

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Prospect Park Christmas count tally breakdown

Attached are the totals for the bird species seen on PP CBC  🏞

cloudy part sunny cold

Prospect Lake was 96% frozen

Highlights or Target /Quality birds are in UPPER CASE CAPTION

54 species

SNOW GOOSE   juvenile west shore PP Lake

Canada Goose 311

Mute Swan 4

WOOD DUCK 1  Binnen Pool

Mallard 234

American Black Duck 10

Ruddy Duck 1

Rock Pigeon 72

Mourning Dove 48

American Coot 10

Ring billed Gull 536

Herring Gull 18

Great Black Backed Gull 1

Great Blue Heron 1

Coopers Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 4

Red bellied Woodpecker 23

Yellow bellied Sapsucker 5

Downy Woodpecker 23

HAIRY WOODPECKER 1 Lookout Hill top (SAVE bird, only place reported)

Northern Flicker 3

Merlin 3

Peregrine Falcon 1 perched in tree above Well drive picnic tables

Blue Jay 91

American Crow 38

Black Capped Chickadee 64

Tufted Titmouse 38

White breasted Nuthatch 23

Brown Creeper 3

Winter Wren 7

Carolina Wren 6

Ruby Crowned Kinglet 3

Hermit Thrush 8

American Robin 1

Gray Catbird 5

Northern Mockingbird 6

European Starling 194 

House Sparrow 116

House Finch 10

American Goldfinch 9

RARE species 3 out of every 10  years

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK   flyover Wellhouse 

COMMON REDPOLL  1 at Breeze Hill feeders

OVENBIRD Vale Cashmere



Saturday, December 19, 2020

PRELIMINARY RESULTS KINGS and Prospect Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

 The ZOOM virtual CBC Kings tally has just finished. Breakdown for Prospect will be later but as it  stands

for KINGS COUNTY CBC

135 species birds

48,125 individual birds

Prospect Park had 54 species

The rare species ( 3 x or less in 10 years ) in KINGS CBC circle are as follows

5 KING EIDER

 1 RING NECKED DUCK

1 CLAPPER RAIL

1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER

2 ICELAND GULL

1 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL

1 GREAT EGRET

1 SHORT EARED OWL

1 MARSH WREN

9 COMMON REDPOLL

7 RED CROSSBILLS

1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR

2 LINCOLN SPARROW

1 YELLOW BREASTED CHAT

1 OVENBIRD


Hopefully i'll get a full list from the compilers.

Prospect Park details again later...i need to sleepπŸ’€πŸ›Œ



Prospect Xmas count bird of the day COMMON REDPOLL*


Click on checklist for photos.

Seen in area of feeders,perhaps attracted to thistle.

Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2020 07:07 by karen o'hearn
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6602841,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77677318
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "flew into a tree near the feeders.  stayed for less than 4 seconds.  i saw in my bins and managed to bang out a few sad pictures before it flew off.  yellow bill, red cap and rosy tinge to breast and a tad on the cheek." 

Friday, December 18, 2020

Fwd: Clapper Rail link

Newest BBC Newsletter The Clapper Rail.

Courtesy of Editor Ryan Goldberg

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Ryan Goldberg <ryan.goldberg@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Dec 18, 2020, 6:43 PM
Subject: Clapper Rail link
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@gmail.com>


Hi Peter,

Here is a link for the new Fall Clapper Rail if you'd like to post on your blog:


Have a great CBC tomorrow!

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

King Eider reported at Two locations before skedaddling a longer way south towards the Verranzano Bridge... Too bad... hope it comes back or stick to Brooklyn coast

First usual original BAT Pier 4 before it flew south to the Veterans Pier ( 65th street terminus and sewage treatment station)



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- King Eider (2 reports)
- Bald Eagle (1 report)

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King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2020 09:25 by MI YU
- Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.646519,-74.026074&ll=40.646519,-74.026074
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77644059
- Comments: "1st winter, continuing and spotted by B. Manian as it headed west up the north side of the pier. Banked south and continued on, apparently, as it was later spotted at Veterans Memorial Pier, just south of this location. Orange atop bill, pale axillaries."

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2020 12:53 by MI YU
- Veterans Memorial Pier, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6391393,-74.0369531&ll=40.6391393,-74.0369531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77644175
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Immature male on the water north of the pier, with the black ducks. Took off and headed south towards the Verrazzano Bridge."

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2020 09:25 by MI YU
- Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.646519,-74.026074&ll=40.646519,-74.026074
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77644059
- Comments: "Immature with not much white underneath, over the western end of the pier."

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