Friday, May 7, 2021

Birdathon teams


Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) Birdathon teams for tomorrow

Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) tweeted at 8:43 PM on Thu, May 06, 2021:
Our biggest #bkbigday yet! Check out the 13 teams who'll be birding all over Brooklyn on Saturday for the Grassland Bird Trust.

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Fwd: Thursday BBC Walk

Led by Tom Stephenson

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Hi Peter, et al.
Thursday was a superb day, both in terms of weather and birds. I felt like it was the "birdiest" day I'd ever seen in the park, with lots of warblers and other species spread out over the whole place, really highlighting how important the park is for protecting and feeding these migrants.

I logged 85 species including 25 species of warblers. We had a very cooperative and enthusiastic group. About half have only been birding a year, which is really fantastic.

Highlights included an extremely cooperative Worm-eating Warbler, which we had to walk away from... Orange-crowned Warbler, more Prairie Warblers than I've ever seen/heard even at Sterling Forest, a couple of cooperative Blue-winged Warblers, a cooperative Blackburnian, a very cooperative Prothonotary Warbler (you can see the theme...) 
We also found a small hatch-out behind the Well House that included two startlingly bright Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Bunting, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and several Rough-winged Swallows.
A couple of the warblers were unfortunately brief or heard only; and the craziest thing was two or three Red Crossbills that flew over, calling. Didn't get a recording so not sure of the type, but they were of the "dryer" variety.
A Yellow-throated Vireo was singing near the Peninsula Sumacs. Two or more have been seen there over the past week or two. This time the male sang only briefly from a tall tree nearby. I wonder if there is a pair that could be nesting! Worth checking out.

Here's the list. 
Best regards,

Red-throated Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Black-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler brief sighting near GAP
Tennessee Warbler I heard briefly, a couple stayed back and saw it
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler heard only, unfortunately
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler heard only
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
European Goldfinch
Red Crossbill

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, US - eBird Hotspot

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

119 species recorded today.. ( WOW! 😮 )

Prospect briefs

Today as the chill remains, the windy day did produce several good sightings.

Near the Quaker Cemetery likely the main entrance, it was Grosbeak heaven. Ryan M reported three species in a tree over the entrance : Evening, Rose breasted and Blue. That's quite a triple catch!

Three Evening Grosbeaks two female and a male continue in the Vale Cashmere feeding high up.

Across the road from Quaker cemetery, a Hooded Warbler was heard calling up the Lookout Hill slope in dense brush.

Staying with Lookout, Black Billes Cuckoo chimed in. It was spotted on the midslope path above the Wellhouse. Another was reported at Upper Pool.

Now some good warbler rarity. The Prothonotary warbler sticks around if not the same one ,at Peninsula rustic shelter or the tip. Then an interesting good sighting of Orange crowned warbler. Location details were not given but the Ebird map link says at the west end of Lullwater Bridge. Likely it's the trail heading for the Lullwater cove..

On a side note Greenwood Cemetery continues to see Rover the eagle at Crescent water.

Fwd: warbler pictures

Greenwood Cemetery

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Tweet from Caleb Crain (@caleb_crain)

Caleb Crain (@caleb_crain) tweeted at 0:21 PM on Thu, May 06, 2021:
A prothonotary warbler in @prospect_park this morning, on the Peninsula, spotted first by @RoyTsaoNYC.

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Sample list Ryan M. Inc 18 warbler species,3 Grosbeak species

Tweet from Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) pp bbcuckoo

Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) tweeted at 0:31 PM on Thu, May 06, 2021:
Black-billed cuckoo path above the Wellhouse, headed up the hill

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Wet Prospect summary

 From a glance at Prospects checklist it's surprising to see 92 species reported and 17 warbler species within the list today. The weather was heavily overcast and dreary this morning. I didn't think it'll be good birding ( especially with the horrible light above). But I guess the cold front and rain threat pushed some Birds down.

I went for a short spell this morning where I met Kathy T by chance. With her help I was able to see on Lookout hills summit MAGNOLIA,CHESTNUT SIDED WARBLERS and my spark bird SCARLET TANAGER. The warblers add to my seasonal total. When I was much younger and crazier for birds and especially warblers,I used to attain over 32 warbler species every year regardless where.These days I settled for at least twenty with far less energy.I missed out on the summit American Restart, Black throated Green and Northern Parula as it was hard to see the fast moving or hard to see birds. Linda E told me later she heard many Parulas but they were high up and out of sight.

Back to the checklist. The highlights indicated are Cape May,Worm eating,Hooded, Blackburnian and Nashville Warblers,still present Red throated Loon on the lake,Great crested Fly catcher, Eastern King bird, ruby throated Hummingbird,Purple Finch and Red breasted Nut hatch. A Lincoln Sparrow was found by Max E at the Well house area.

Thats the quick summary.Thursday is a better day for sun bathing..😎

Yesterday s Greenwood Cemetery solitary walk

Realizing the winds weren't the greatest ,due north, I settled upon just seeing anything that represents spring migration even if Warblers were absent.

I started at Central Ave overlooking Valley Water. Initially slow going, I walked along the Vale Path. And there I see my first nice bird , a Wood thrush. Quite bright Ruddy brown, the handsome thrush focused my gaze upon it before it flew away.

A little farther up Central Ave , on Greenbough Ave,I find my second cool bird , a sparrow favorite: White- Crowned sparrow. Feeding upon dandelion seed now in fluffy form waiting for the wind to detach the seeds, a Chipping Sparrow looked "tiny" next to the bulky White crowned. 

Then to a high spot near Meadow Ave netted my third quality bird. Sitting in front of several cedar juniper trees, I noted to my right a perched bird on one of the cedars. Even with its back to me,I immediately recognized the form of a Great Crested Flycatcher. It turned a little ,enabling me to see its frontal yellow. Good then, I got my three good birds.

But that wasn't a last gasp for me. I figured let me try the Dellwater before errands beckon. I ran into Rob Jett standing by the wood chips pile. Here I was able to see the Yellow, Ovenbird and Black throated Blue Warblers with the good one coming up. Another Wood Thrush was so close, digging into the leaf clutter. 

We proceeded down the path and with help found again the gorgeous male Hooded Warbler . It been working its way back and forth along this slope ,this time my spot a bright yellow and active watbler against the dark soil. I last saw it disappear behind the ancient Fraser Crypt.

Birding doesn't always mean I have to get everything or rack up big numbers; those days are over for me.It means for me personally enjoying the quality of species and good friends sharing alike,to be out within the realm of nature.

Small patches : McCarren Park

In migration it's not just the big parks that benefit,it's also small patches that see the migrating birds. One exemplary location is McCarren Park on Greenpoint.

A few reports came out with some quality birds; those were today's ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, yesterday's HOODED WARBLER and LINCOLN'S SPARROW. 

Today McCarren saw 45 species .Not bad for a 4 block sized park. Here's the checklist.

Obviously unless you live near the park, one wouldn't go there from afar. But the point is if you live near a small wooded patch, you might get something. Today it was a tree on Ryan M block in western Park Slope. What did he see ? Try 8 warbler species plus EVENING GROSBEAK and YELLOW THROATED VIREO. ( See his tweet in my previous post.)

Tweet from its me ryan (@RyanFMandelbaum)

its me ryan (@RyanFMandelbaum) tweeted at 2:12 PM on Wed, May 05, 2021:
i was so excited to tell you about the birds i saw in prospect park today but then as i came back to my house a bunch of songbirds suddenly descended on my street trees including two kinda rare ones

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Fwd: white-crowned sparrow

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On the Central Ridge.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Wellhouse pine siskins

Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) (6)
- Reported May 04, 2021 09:12 by Daniel Smith
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Still hanging by the well house" 
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) (10)
- Reported May 04, 2021 06:34 by Vipassana Vijayarangan- Checklist:
- Comments: "Opposite the wellhouse. Singing birds

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) GWC

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 8:58 AM on Tue, May 04, 2021:
Not seeing Warblers, but Wood Thrush, White Crowned Sparrow adult and Great Crested Flycatcher will make it an enjoyable morning in Greenwood Cemetery north

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Monday, May 3, 2021

See Kentucky photos

Fwd: damp blue-winged warbler

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Manic Monday

A bad day if you had to work Monday because it was bird manic in our parks most evidently in Greenwood Cemetery. Since the cemetery outshone Prospect regarding numbers and good quality,I'll focus with GWC.

From Central Ave ridge in perfect eye level view of the oaks canopy , a fallout concentrated along this ridgeline . Multiple warblers could be seen with Cape Mays figuring in prominently. In different areas, BLACKBURNIAN,WILSONS ,PROTHONOTARY, HOODED,& PRAIRIE Warblers were noted.  A large movement of Yellow rumped Warblers was observed.

Of Greenwoods fame for birds, the Dellwater really shone. A KENTUCKY WARBLER entertained birders playing hide and seek behind the wood chips piles as well as a male HOODED WARBLER following suit along with WORM EATING on the curvy slope. I saw luckily the last two species after my morning stint at my less birdier Prospect ( my bad luck 😆). Also in the Dellwater, Wilson's, Magnolia , Black throated Green accompanied Rose breasted Grosbeak. I don't have all the information but you get the picture of the quality reported there.

Not to knock Prospect as it had birds, there are several observations. The Vale Cashmere appeared hot with a two female EVENING GROSBEAKs feeding up on the elm trees. Cape May Warblers also surfaces in a number of spots,including the Rose Garden above the birdy Vale. A quick look at the checklust looks easily 20 species Warblers.

Prospect also showed some " blue" technically speaking. A first year Blue Grosbeak briefly showed up in Butterfly Meadow. Indigo Buntings was somewhere. 

 A surprising ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER joined in the party at the Vale Cashmere. See the photo in the PP checklist . Also a nice appearance : flyover NORTHERN HARRIER.

And a last note: be sure to visit the mudhole on the bridle trail next to Rick's Place.. I was informed that migrating birds visited this mudspot to bath. I have to kick myself for forgetting this spot but everything happens on a whim.

So far Greenwood Cemetery recorded 103 species.

PP list

Tweet from Ornithologicaljustice (@Ornithologica19)

Ornithologicaljustice (@Ornithologica19) tweeted at 2:27 PM on Mon, May 03, 2021:
Fort Greene- this is a mega - day, as I like to formally call it. RED HEADED WOODPECKER seen over tennis court at Fort Greene park briefly at 12:45. Not refound . 12 species of Warblers including Nashville, yellow, parula, bl-thr-blue, CANADA, and tons of rose breasted grosbeaks

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Tweet from Debby Van Enkenvoort (@DKV1958)

Debby Van Enkenvoort (@DKV1958) tweeted at 4:48 PM on Mon, May 03, 2021:
Evening Grosbeak in the VOC, Prospect Park earlier today. There was also a Rose-breasted Grosbeak that didn't want to stick around long enough for me to get a good shot. Nice talking to Chip and nice meeting Ryder.

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Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) (3)
- Reported May 03, 2021 07:45 by Valerie Masten

- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist:
- Comments: "females on elm tree in vale. unmistakeable large beak, white and black wing, and golden yellow neck. photos." 

Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) (2)
- Reported May 03, 2021 06:42 by Richard Fleming- Checklist:
- Comments: "Presumably continuing from yesterday. Initial id by Doug Gochfeld by call note at the Vale of Cashmere, almost at the very moment we were discussing the tendency of Evening Grosbeak to often be a one-day wonder during spring migration. Two females either new arrivals or, likely persisting thanks to plentiful food, possibly elm buds."

Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2021 07:45 by Valerie Masten- Checklist:
- Comments: "Continuing on the vale. streaked finch with yellow on wings"

American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2021 07:54 by Zachary Koeber- Checklist:
- Comments: "Vale"


I had no luck as I got there later but Dellwater was pretty productive Inc male hooded warbler

Kentucky Warbler (Geothlypis formosa) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2021 07:41 by Russ Alderson
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Warbler with olive bak, yellow front with curving black mask popped up very briefly SE corner of Dell water on ridge. Never refound despite others helping to look." 

RHWP in ft Greene park

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2021 08:23 by Adam Cimino
- Fort Greene Park, New York US-NY 40.69080, -73.97422, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.97422&ll=40.690803,-73.97422
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Feeding on trunk of tree ne of tennis courts" 

Sunday, May 2, 2021

KEWA details

Kentucky Warbler (Geothlypis formosa) (1)
- Reported May 02, 2021 06:40 by MI YU

- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist:
- Media: 2 Audio
- Comments: "Heard singing two-part slurry down-up song, moving quickly through area below Butterfly on the north slope of Lookout. Gave a few fleeting looks, showing black crown and yellow spectacles. Solid olive back and brighter yellow breast seen in flight." 

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Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, US - eBird Hotspot 

Greenwood Cemetery didn't do so shabby today as it reached 103 species including like Prospect 20 species Warblers and good birds to boast.

For brevity , among the good Warblers:Hooded,Cape May and Prairie are quality species. Check the checklist link for more.

Other good birds worthy of the list:Scarlet Tanager,Wood Thrush,Field Sparrow,Indigo Buntings,Brown Thrasher,Yellow throated VIREO,Purple Finch and Lincoln Sparrow.

Good boiding no matter where you go nowadays in peak migration season!

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

A good day for Sunday birding as I read the latest checklist for Prospect.

Birders collectively saw 104 species including a fantastic 20 species Warblers with some good ones in there.

The best of the Warblers was highlighted by a singing Kentucky Warbler heard on Lookout Hill's northwest slope. It made its way up to the slope between the summit and Butterfly Meadow. Last it was reported on the south descending path below Butterfly Meadow.

Also heard or seen on Lookout south slope was a Hooded Warbler. Else where , Chestnut- sides,Black throated Blue,Blue- winged, Cape May,Louisiana waterthrush and Pine Warblers were reported.

Furthermore other rarities were seen. Most prominently an Evening Grosbeak was spotted by 3 Sisters Islands by Kiki; a female EVENING Grosbeak found by Dennis appeared in the Vale Cashmere.Continuing Yellow tones ,a Yellow throated VIREO and Orchard Oriole ( female) surfaced. 

Of a different plumage, flyover Broadwinged Hawk ,Rose breasted Grosbeak added to a nice list.

Over in Greenwood Cemetery, a few sparrows got my notice as I took a family drive to see the blooming azaleas. As I forget where there was an adult WHITE crowned Sparrow; and while driving south of the Hillside Mauseleum I flushed up at least a 100 Chipping Sparrows feeding on the road beneath the oak trees 

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Notables from yesterday

Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus) (1)
- Reported May 01, 2021 08:55 by Deborah Martin
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.96367&ll=40.6680222,-73.96367
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Cuckoo with black bill - photo obtained by member of group"

Chuck-will's-widow (Antrostomus carolinensis) (1)
- Reported May 01, 2021 08:22 by Jennifer Kepler

- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Photographed, large confirmed by others with large, flat head and large body compared to whip poor will"

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) (1)
- Reported May 01, 2021 08:00 by Matthew Wills
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist:
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Distant view. Dark wing-tips, "commas" in wings; banded tail. No patagium marks as in Red-tailed." 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Fwd: 5/1/21 walk

BBC Saturday walk

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Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Subject: 5/1/21 walk
To: Peter Dorosh <>, Roberta Manian <>, Tom Stephenson <>


Windy day birds made us work early but we were rewarded with bald eagle, purple finches, bank swallow, raven and Chuck Will's Widow for 73 Species. Looking forward to big Day in the park next week!

Dennis W Hrehowsik 
President Brooklyn Bird Club

Prospect Park, New York US-NY 40.65679, -73.96990
May 1, 2021

4 Canada Goose
2 Mute Swan
5 Wood Duck
4 Mallard
1 American Black Duck
3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
3 Mourning Dove
1 Chuck-will's-widow -- Nightjar larger than a whippoorwill not a nighthawk above my pay grade other than that. Found by Akilah Lewis near paved path above wellhouse. 
3 Chimney Swift
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
3 Spotted Sandpiper
5 Laughing Gull
1 Herring Gull
1 Red-throated Loon
2 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Egret
2 Green Heron
1 Black-crowned Night-Heron
3 Turkey Vulture
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Bald Eagle
2 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Belted Kingfisher
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
3 Northern Flicker
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Eastern Kingbird
1 Blue-headed Vireo
3 Warbling Vireo
4 Blue Jay
1 Common Raven
2 Tufted Titmouse
2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2 Tree Swallow
1 Bank Swallow
3 Barn Swallow
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 House Wren
1 Carolina Wren
4 European Starling
3 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Mockingbird
2 Wood Thrush
10 American Robin
4 House Sparrow
3 Purple Finch
7 American Goldfinch
3 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
8 White-throated Sparrow
3 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
3 Eastern Towhee
2 Baltimore Oriole
3 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
7 Common Grackle
2 Ovenbird
1 Northern Waterthrush
2 Black-and-white Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Cape May Warbler
4 Northern Parula
3 Yellow Warbler
3 Black-throated Blue Warbler
2 Palm Warbler
5 Yellow-rumped Warbler
3 Prairie Warbler
2 Black-throated Green Warbler
3 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 73

" Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot,the only home we've ever known"

                                                                            --Carl Sagan

A tanager and a goatsucker

No matter what birders saw today despite strong northwestern winds that stunted migration ,you can't beat watching a SUMMER TANAGER and an ultra rare CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW. What's remarkable is both species are primarily southern breeding species. Obviously over shoots, we birders can't complain.

I first made the early morning  trek to Greenwood Cemetery to find the tanager. I ran into my good friend Marc Brawer. He spotted the Summer Tanager as we conversed on the south side of Dellwater.It flew into a bush tree adjacent to the bee hives.I initially could not see it no thanks to the strong bright sun glare.

. But on a second try after a fly out and back in, I spotted it thru my bins,the molting yellow red bird perched on an inside limb.. Its a first summer bird and I wound up seeing it again later in the same tree bush, aided by my following the photographers chasing it..I even got to see it fly down to a bee hive and snatch a bee! Excuse my poor pun if I say " it must bee delicious" ( groan).😣

Then off to errands for my sister and mother to take them to Lowes with a stop at church for mass. Just before services started,I get a tweet that a "chuckie" ( chuck wills widow) is being seen.Of course I shut off the phone 😇

After arriving home,it was out again to get the Chuckie in Prospect.This ultra rare and reclusive  species belong to a class that mythologically or aptly termed old wives tales were called goat suckers. And on my slow walk as I knew this bird is good to get as long as nothing flushes it  ;it will stick around. Imagine to my great surprise to see it so close to the midslope path and so open. It was an amazing sight. The bird sat contently under an American horn beam tree that provide deep shade, up from the Well house. Just 25 feet from the path edge,many birders saw it well and no doubt counted it as a life bird.Thanks to a birder name Akilah for spotting it and Jen Kepler getting the word out.

And now here's the great irony: today's tree the summer tanager used for bee snatching is the same tree of Greenwood Cemetery s last Chuck wills widow sighting a few years ago. Now that's a good  boiding story!

On a last note in my previous post, the Chuckie is Prospects fifth record. Imagine how special this spring is already getting a Whip poor will as well ,seen at Boulder Bridge two weeks ago? That does not happen too often!

" Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot,the only home we've ever known"

                                                                            --Carl Sagan

Fwd: Chuck-will's-widow - Photos

From Marc 

A cool.bird to see!  

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" Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot,the only home we've ever known"

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Prospect Chuck will Widow records

 Today's sighting marks it the 5th time this species appeared in Prospect,making it an ultra rarity. Birder named Akilah spotted today's bird.

The last sighting was May 5th 2014 when two individuals were reported by Doug Gochfeld

Here are the other dates

April 30th 2011

May 6 1995

April 2nd 1961

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Chuck-Wills-widow still content under Hornbeam tree 25 feet from road midslope path above Wellhouse prospect

Tweet from RobBate (@robsbirder) prospect **CHUCK WILLS WIDOW at Wellhouse

RobBate (@robsbirder) tweeted at 0:06 PM on Sat, May 01, 2021:
Chuck wills widow roosting on ground just below the path above the wellhouse 40.6573498,-73.9701429

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) gwc orchards

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 9:56 AM on Sat, May 01, 2021:
M,f Orchard Orioles west crescent water crabapples GWCem

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) GWC SUTA

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 9:41 AM on Sat, May 01, 2021:
GWCem summer tanager been visiting tree Bush next to beehives Dellwater

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BirdCast - Bird migration forecasts in real-time 

It should be good birding the next few days according to Birdcast...