Sunday, July 31, 2022

Louie in town

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 31, 2022 08:23 by Forrest Wickman
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist:
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Back of Lily Pond. Early/dispersing? Photos. A possible Louisiana was reported by Linda Ewing in the same general area yesterday. Northern Waterthrushes seem to be more common at this time of year (and I had a Northern by the Lullwater), and I'm by no means some sort of Waterthrush Expert, but the strong tail end of the white supercilium, esp. when combined with the apparent lack of spots on the (white, as opposed to yellow) throat, suggests Louisiana." 

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Louisiana WT continues at BBrPk pier 1

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 26, 2022 07:05 by MI YU
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9973745&ll=40.6996104,-73.9973745
- Checklist:
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Slightly early but typically expected in the area in late July. Detected around the pier 1 long pond by its deep, hollow chip. Seen on the small mudflat a short while after. White supercilium, while not flaring towards the rear, extended to the upper back and did not taper. Dull pink legs. Thick, sparse breast streaking, but mostly unstreaked throat."


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Saturday, July 23, 2022

Free Milkweed Seeds & contributions for Live Monarch Foundation- Get your milkweed seeds for the Monarch Migration

We need your help. Plant Milkweed everywhere!

Send one self addressed, stamped envelope for Milkweed or mixed seeds appropriate for your area to:


Live Monarch - 2022 Seed Campaign

PO BOX 1339

Blairsville, Georgia 30514

- Please note our new address - Please update any postings! -

We welcome you share our website link,
but NOT our PO Box Information Online

Prospect Parula

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Jul 23, 2022 10:13 by Radka Osickova
- Prospect Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9689534&ll=40.6602841,-73.9689534
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Quakers cemetery, first heard, then saw with two warbling vireos."

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Monarch butterfly species on endangered list

From Charly Harper Facebook page

We just heard the devastating news that monarch butterflies have been officially placed on the endangered species list because of their fast-dwindling numbers. It's hard to believe (and digest) all of the human-driven destruction of this lovely planet that has occurred in my relatively short lifetime alone. Charley too felt the ache in his heart and wrote, spoke, and painted about this devastation throughout his lifetime.

If you feel called to join the fight to save these beauties, here are some things you can do: 

*Remove non-native plants from your land - and plant natives! Check out for pollinator conservation resource, (or google your location + native plants for local orgs and sources)!

*PLANT MILKWEED native to your region (and cut back when called for based on location). Use The Xerces Society Milkweed Finder ( It's not too late to plant!

*Plant nectar plants (asters, goldenrods, etc) for their fall trip home

*STOP using insecticides and pesticides 

*Look out for Black Swallow-Wort. It's an invasive plant with flowers that are very attractive to monarch butterflies, who lay their eggs on it, but it's toxic & kills the eggs. If you want to help monarch butterflies, kill all the black swallow-wort you see.

*Use the app iNaturalist! It's a community-based scientific tool that allows people to study insect populations, such as the Monarch, by using the data collected by community members using the app. You can submit observations of plants, animals and insects.  Having this date is invaluable in determining where conservation projects can be most beneficial and where Monarchs are (and are not).

*Support legislation and leaders that put conservation and protection over profit

(Pictured here is Charley's "Blue Skies and Butterflies". So bittersweet today)

1st fall migration Louisiana waterthrush ,at BBrP

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 20, 2022 19:35 by Doug Gochfeld
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9973745&ll=40.6996104,-73.9973745
- Checklist:
- Comments: "**Scarce southbound migrant in NYC, though some scarcity may be attributed to its relatively early fall migration through this area, when birder coverage in appropriate wooded habitats is low. Detected because it was giving contact calls at dusk, and after that I had two brief sightings. Then it gave another bout of loud calling. Eastern edge if Pier 1, around the shaded pond along the main path, viewed from the small footbridge directly on the south side of that pond. No camera, but two audio recordings." 

Birthday greetings

A Happy Birthday to Mary Yrizarry, legendary conservationist of Sterling Forest and wife of legendary birder and Brooklyn Bird Club President Emeritus John Yrizarry ( mid 1960s)


Sunday, July 17, 2022

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert early "flagged" local birds

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*** Species Summary:

- Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 report)
- White-throated Sparrow (1 report)
- Ovenbird (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 17, 2022 07:29 by Angela Panetta
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist:
- Comments: "By winter walk"

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 17, 2022 08:29 by Heather Wolf
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9973745&ll=40.6996104,-73.9973745
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Heard singing at Pier 3."

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 17, 2022 08:29 by Heather Wolf
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9973745&ll=40.6996104,-73.9973745
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Continuing at Pier 3."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Jul 17, 2022 07:29 by Angela Panetta
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Winter walk"


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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Good gwc sighting for July

Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) (1)
- Reported Jul 11, 2022 12:00 by Matthew Wills
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map:,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist:
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "An immature female, I think. Perched high in vicinity of several other species yelling at young Red-tailed Hawk." 

Tweet from Heidi (@heidicleven)

Brooklyn  ( and me) says goodbye to Heidi Cleven ( and her terrific bird videos ) . 

We wish her good luck and much success and happiness in Norway.


Heidi (@heidicleven) tweeted at 2:58 PM on Wed, Jul 13, 2022:
My family moved to Oslo, but I will miss NYC terribly, especially my friends and all the amazing people I've met there over the years! I'm also going miss the wonderful parks and the unbelievable birds - here's just a small sample. You might recognize some that came to visit us!

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Fwd: Shane Blodgett , an appeal to help fight his illness

An appeal for Brooklyn's best birder , Shane Blodgett. Please help.Thanks

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From: Rachel Maurer, VP, Park Slope Parents <>
Date: Wed, Jul 13, 2022 at 1:35 PM
Subject: Shane Blodgett

This is Rachel, Shane Blodgett's wife of almost 32 years.

I'm sorry for this email -- and some of you may already have this information - or may not know or recall who Shane is .... If that's you -- I'm sorry for spamming you here -- Please delete this message.
I wanted to update those who weren't aware of his current situation which is detailed here

If you'd like to reach out to him, please do so at 646 344 0768 or you can always send a note to :

Shane Blodgett
1 74th Street, apt 6G
Brooklyn, NY 11209

I know he'd love to hear from you.

Thank you!

Rachel Maurer

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

                                                                            --Carl Sagan

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Looking back in time

 An exception here with today's post of the Webb Telescope first image. An image or section of the sky the size of a grain of sand at arms length, the light seen in the photo took 4.6 billion years to reach Earth ,which was only being born when light left those galaxies. ( each with billions of stars)

Its the farthest back in time we've seen.

Mind blowing! 

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Tweet from Pete Brush (@PeteBrush) cobble hill kestrels

Pete Brush (@PeteBrush) tweeted at 3:46 PM on Sat, Jul 09, 2022:
The Cobble Hill Kestrels are fun to watch. This one seems to be learning either to hunt or to make a nest. It seemed perplexed after it dropped its stick @BirdBrklyn #Birding #Birds #BirdTwitter

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Friday, July 8, 2022

From Friends of Liberty State Park..

Know it's Jersey but... Migrating Birds don't discern state lines.. a reststop is a crucial thing.. destruction of habitat is devastating to birds.. 

Friends of LSP Facebook post

"Powerful Jersey Journal editorial on Senator Brian P. Stack crucial protection bill for LSP's Caven Point Natural Area -and urging no backroom deals in legislature. Governor Phil Murphy -this is another true colors test for you after you failed to support the LSP Protection Act!  Will you support protecting this natural urban treasure for people & wildlife & finally say NO to Paul Fireman and his paid or bought off surrogates' lies about LSP?

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Wildflower planting event at JBWR July 7 10 am

Interested in planting wildflowers in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge? Join us and the American Littoral Society - Northeast Chapter in front of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 10am on Thursday, July 7. The planting will take place on sandy soil, and should be fairly dry.

What to wear:
Bring a hat, water, closed toed shoes, and, if comfortable, long pants. It gets a little warm on the planting spot, so dress for sun and sand.
We will provide trowels, gloves, and a water jug, so we encourage you to bring a refillable bottle. Rules of the refuge for any personal trash is carry in carry out!

To sign up, please reach out to