Tuesday, August 23, 2022

A Black Tern in Prospect

Today's 7th historical sighting  of Black Tern was spotted by Terry Kim, the rarity patrolling the waters near Music Island . Fortunately a photo of the smallish tern was verified by Peter Paul late morning.

This is the first sighting since September 2013 so it's a good rarity. Unfortunately today's bird did not stick around.

Other records for Prospect is listed below.

Sept 10 ,2013
August 28, 2011
May 18,2011
Sept 16 1953
Oct 13,1950
Sept 9 and Oct 9,1949 ( same bird??)


Ebird report  (click on checklist for photos)

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) (1)
- Reported Aug 23, 2022 08:30 by terry VP
- 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/S117460605
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "black billed smudgy darker tern by music island (seen from peninsula). lots of diving and staying close to water surface like hovering. behavior caught my interest so took photos and determined later w/ID help, thx PP."