Monday, October 31, 2022

A navy yard bird

Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) (1)
- Reported Oct 30, 2022 12:42 by Augie Kramer
- Brooklyn Navy Yard, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6999351,-73.9716053&ll=40.6999351,-73.9716053
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S121597337
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "late, bright adult male in stand of trees on far west side of navy yard, eating insects and loosely associating with yellow rumps"

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Fwd: Saturday at the cemetery with Brooklyn bird club

Led by Ed Crowne

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Ed Crowne <erc310@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Oct 30, 2022, 12:06 PM
Subject: Saturday at the cemetery
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@gmail.com>


Hello, Peter

We enjoyed the sunny, slightly cool day at Green-Wood Cemetery. We managed to see 41 species of birds overall. Highlights included two American Woodcocks, the first pursued by a somewhat determined but unsuccessful Red-tailed Hawk, and a male Eastern Bluebird fly-catching and vocalizing. Many thanks to all our participants and especially to Kathy Toomey.

Here is the link to my eBird list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S121567795

Best regards, Ed

Tweet from Elizabeth Paredes (@ElizabethP501) gwc ,fox sparrow ( arrived this week)

Elizabeth Paredes (@ElizabethP501) tweeted at 9:50 PM on Sat, Oct 29, 2022:
#foxsparrow today at @GreenWoodHF https://t.co/KoYIOeX00p
(https://twitter.com/ElizabethP501/status/1586535967988789248?s=03)

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Tweet from Elizabeth Paredes (@ElizabethP501) gwc woodcock

Elizabeth Paredes (@ElizabethP501) tweeted at 7:22 PM on Sat, Oct 29, 2022:
#AmericanWoodcock seen today at @GreenWoodHF https://t.co/PPAhYXdLhK
(https://twitter.com/ElizabethP501/status/1586498742206619648?s=03)

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Saturday, October 29, 2022

Birding briefs

 A long day with the family leaf peeping in Jersey so just. A few briefs after posting the evening Grosbeak info.

-an American Bittern was reported perched in a tree at Bush Terminal Pier Park

Late birds reported includes scarlet tanager, ovenbird, cape may warbler, ruby throated hummingbird in prospect,greenwood cemetery ,owls head park and Brooklyn bridge park.

More later..I need to πŸ’€πŸ˜΄


Cook Prospect Chklist Inc Evening Grosbeak,vesper sparrow,woodcock,east bluebird

*EVENING GROSBEAK Prospect park

Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) (1)
- Reported Oct 29, 2022 09:32 by Matthew Cook
- 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/S121521765
- Comments: "The irruption is here! Have been keeping an eye out the past couple of weeks as a wave of birds has moved south through New England and now down into the Mid-Atlantic states. Thought I heard EVGR 'jeer' calls several times this week near the Cemetery but didn't manage a recording or get visual confirmation. A few other eBirders noted possible heard-only birds this week too. Finally saw a single bird rocketing out of the Cemetery around 11:30am. Top-heavy, bulky-bodied, dark-headed, electric yellow and jet black finch (male, evidently). Black tail, white secondaries. Flew directly overhead and off to the north across the Nethermead. Sighting was brief, no vocalization, but there aren't really any similarly patterned or structured birds that would be a source of ID confusion. Ran into Forrest W. and Eleanor later, and they'd also observed a probable EVGR earlier in the day with Mike E." 

Thursday, October 27, 2022

See All A Tree Can Be

https://www.arborday.org/a-tree-can-be/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=paid-social&utm_campaign=08616&utm_content=S0004201-awareness&fbclid=IwAR1RkaCFrb0AaCIVB5hs3ikaIvHdg7pEWfQwspA1YqJszHYvsht125mOgvs

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

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L109516

A nice number of quality species today including across from the well house dickcissel, marsh seen in the phragmites and eastern bluebirds in the sumac

White crowned sparrow, lincolns sparrow rusty black bird green winged teal are other pursuits

Irruption Alert: Waves of Evening Grosbeaks and Purple Finches Are Streaming Southward - FINCH RESEARCH NETWORK

https://finchnetwork.org/irruption-alert-waves-of-evening-grosbeaks-and-purple-finches-are-streaming-southward%EF%BF%BC 

Interesting one possible report this morning at Maryland Mont for evening Grosbeak.

Keep your eyes and ears open!

Late tanager

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2022 08:29 by Ant Tab
- 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/S121387822
- Comments: "***Late, yellow medium-sized passerine with dark (but not solid black) wings, so presumably a female. Seen briefly along the Lullwater between the Terrace Bridge and the Peninsula. No photos, unfortunately 

Watch "North Shore Audubon Presents Shai Mitra: FInding, Identifying and Appreciating Sparrows" on YouTube

Prospect peninsula Dickcissel

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2022 07:53 by Forrest Wickman
- 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/S121389780
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "On peninsula between Well House and phragmites, in mixed flock of (mostly Chipping) Sparrows. Seemingly an immature. Photos. 

Marsh wren in PP

 Linda E reported one at the Well drive phragmites opposite the well house yesterday. A good bird for the park.


Forest bathing and its benefits

 Something to think about even for birding, soak in all the nature to keep ourselves calm and healthy

a link sent to me from fellow BBC member Lisa D,


https://www.bbg.org/news/shinrin_yoku_spending_time_in_nature_as_a_form_of_meditation?utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Shinrin-Yoku%3a+Spending+Time+in+Nature+as+a+Form+of+Meditation&utm_campaign=Members%e2%80%99+News%3a+Shinrin-Yoku%3a+Spending+Time+in+Nature+as+a+Form+of+Meditation

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enjoy autumn colors

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

PP chklist

GWC chklist

https://ebird.org/checklist/S121310314 

Note blue Grosbeak, white crowned Sparrow

Sunset vesper

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
- Reported Oct 25, 2022 08:41 by The Wildlab
- Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6479975,-74.0038026&ll=40.6479975,-74.0038026
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S121292571
- Media: 1 Photo 

Tweet from Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy)

Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) tweeted at 3:58 PM on Tue, Oct 25, 2022:
Two rusty blackbirds also in the Nethermeade in almost bare maple tree
(https://twitter.com/KingsKathy/status/1584997886009364480?s=03)

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Tweet from RobBate (@robsbirder) PP Bartel sparrows

RobBate (@robsbirder) tweeted at 1:39 PM on Tue, Oct 25, 2022:
Fenced in area along PPWest between Bartell Pritchard circle and the band shell is teeming with sparrows. New trees and new native weeds and a protected area. Towhees and white throats mostly. Worth a scan.
(https://twitter.com/robsbirder/status/1584962770361274369?s=03)

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Sunday, October 23, 2022

Of note to readers Birdability

https://www.birdability.org/

GWC Blue fridge am dellwater

Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2022 08:13 by Richard Fleming
- Green-Wood Cemetery--Dell Water, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6492286,-73.9952976&ll=40.6492286,-73.9952976
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S121179703
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Presumed continuing bird, as there were several sightings at Dell water yesterday. Female / first winter male type; warm sandy-cinnamon buff overall, with oversized beak and faint wingbars. Still present about an hour later. Photos tba."

eBird Checklist - 23 Oct 2022 - Prospect Park - 56 species (+2 other taxa) wickman chklist

https://ebird.org/checklist/S121180434

Note high count tufted titmice


Here's something I volume online of such an irrupition in 1978, written by NYC peter post


Google Tufted titmice irruption and look for the below title


[PDF] An irruption of Tufted Titmice in the Northeast sora.unm.edu › files › journals › nab



eBird Checklist - 22 Oct 2022 - Prospect Park - 22 species

https://ebird.org/checklist/S121136827

Note late yellow warbler

eBird Checklist - 22 Oct 2022 - Brooklyn Bridge Park - 27 species

https://ebird.org/checklist/S121135705

Note late chat at Brooklyn bridge park.

Friday, October 21, 2022

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

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L285884

Note Eastern meadow lark and American pipit

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

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L109516

72 species today inc White crowned and Lincoln
Sparrows, purple finch, indigo bunting

* WESTERN TANAGER in Greenwood Cemetery today.

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2022 07:45 by MCHL ____
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6523083,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S121045222
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Orange in bill. White tertial wing tips. Seen at SW corner of Sylvan." 

Continuing vespers

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (2)
- Reported Oct 21, 2022 09:15 by Forrest Wickman
- 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/S121053023
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "At least two continuing on Nethermead where they were first spotted by Spencer H on Wednesday morning, just slightly north of where they were initially spotted. Was mostly walking around listening to the new Taylor tbh but one stepped into the light so I snapped a couple of photos."
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Thursday, October 20, 2022

Nethermead Vespers continue

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (3)
- Reported Oct 20, 2022 07:56 by Forrest Wickman
- 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/S120988332
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At least three continuing in same general location as yesterday, in large mixed flock around the SW corner of the Nethermead. Slightly larger size than nearby Song and Savannah sparrows, with bolder white eyering. I snapped a quick ID photo of one 

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Noted species today

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (3)
- Reported Oct 19, 2022 10:00 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/S120962462
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "two seen together and 1 far enough away that it was likely a different bird."

Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2022 13:30 by E R
- 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/S120961978
- Comments: "Flagged, late. pier 3 maze. Saw it first with naked eye, it was so close -- clunky, long-tailed bird larger than a warbler, bright yellow chest and vivid white spectacles." 

Nethermead vespers

The western Nethermead transformed into a sparrow hotspot that showcased a variety of species that included a remarkable 4 Vesper Sparrows. The location is perfectly suited for the emberizae genera.

The early morning report of Vesper Sparrows together would intrigue birders as this is a typically rare species,only most times occuring in Octobers. It likes the open spaces so today's birders were treated to generous views.

 Along the grass edges Pine and Blackpoll warblers mingled with the Chipping and White throated sparrows. I found a Winter Wren on the fence at the  meadow donor trees at the far west corner .


Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) Nethermead vesper sparrows

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 2:44 PM on Wed, Oct 19, 2022:
4 Vesper sparrows remain from this morning rept Prospect west Nethermead b/w path and lookout hill
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1582804956830003200?s=03)

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Monday, October 17, 2022

PP Vesper

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (2)
- Reported Oct 16, 2022 07:24 by Spencer Hildie
- 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/S120863402
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Foraging together at 8:55 on the lawn on the west side of the Nethermead, here (40.6600364, -73.9703709). Unfortunately, they were immediately flushed by dogs and flew off high to the NW with a few CHSP and didn't come back. White outer tail feathers seen in flight."

GWC Clay colored sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2022 10:27 by MCHL ____
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6523083,-73.9904281&ll=40.6523083,-73.9904281
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S120852541
- Comments: "Seen briefly at dell water. Similar to chipping, but eye-line did not carry forward." 

City of Forest Volunteer event past saturday

 On Saturday October 15th , over 95 volunteers answered the call to crib a desire line and trail for  erosion, mulch woodland trails and remove Norway and sycamore maples in the northwest sector of lower Lookout Hill ..A great job by all. and thanks for their help in restoring Prospect Park habitats


See the news link video


https://www.ny1.com/nyc/brooklyn/news/2022/10/15/first-city-of-forest-day-in-nyc

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Bridge vesper sparrow

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 16, 2022 02:00 by Jeremy Thorp
- 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/S120796702
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Foraging on the west side of the Pier 3 lawn. Streaky light brown sparrow with clear eye ring. Flushed into tree."

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Fwd: Thursday Fall finale. BBC Walk


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Ed Crowne <erc310@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Oct 13, 2022, 6:11 PM
Subject: Thursday Fall finale
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@gmail.com>


Greetings, Peter

With the threat of rain on a relatively warm, somewhat windy and generally overcast day we set out in search. Thankfully the rain held off until after after our bird walk was completed. Highlights included lingering warblers and Chimney Swifts, plus one each of Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Scarlet Tanager. Perhaps most notable of all was a roosting Common Nighthawk in a tall horse chestnut tree at the north end of the vale. Meanwhile, the sparrows may have been at least slightly subdued by a scrutinizing sparrow hawk (American Kestrel) that made an unsuccessful swipe at a small flock of mixed sparrows on the fenced-in ballfield.

Here is my checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S120614427

Best regards, Ed

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Tweet from Wild Bird Fund (@wildbirdfund) mealworms needed

Wild Bird Fund (@wildbirdfund) tweeted at 8:45 AM on Tue, Oct 11, 2022:
We need mealworms! We have a LOT of migrators to feed. If you'd like to help, please order live worms from our wishlist: https://t.co/ftlofm928u https://t.co/0w00YFR5ui
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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

A timely coffee break

I was working at the Bartel Park entrance when I opened my what App and saw Carl B's tweet. He is observing a Lark Sparrow, a rarity for the park.It was very near my usual coffee break so it's a timely coincidence.

After my Connecticut Muffin visit-- I was in no rush--its head on for ball field 2. This field along with field 3 has been hot lately. When I arrived at field 2 outfield I ran into Joshua who said the Lark Sparrow was hanging around  1st base. Two other birders staked out their spots at the chain link fence.It only took a moment to find my prize.

At the infield edge of the 2nd baseman spot, the Lark Sparrow fed upon grasses near a wooden stake. But patience is required until soon the bird was out in the open . Just a beautiful sparrow to behold.

The other beauty among sparrows today is Lincolns Sparrow. I found one at northwest Nethermead, inside the donor grove ( there's 3) fence enclosure closest to Lookout Hill. Perfectly perched in the fence, this adult bird with beautiful buff ochre breast color through streaks got to me.

Sparrows are in.They're pretty much everywhere. Katie C for example today found a Vesper Sparrow at the Peninsula Sumac grove grassy edges. So I presume you get the idea.

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"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." --F.Scott Fitzgerald

Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Oct 11, 2022. BBC walk

Led by Bobbi M.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Roberta Manian <>
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Oct 11, 2022
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@gmail.com>,

Hi Peter,
today's walk began w/ a dumped-duck rescue.  Phil Hore noticed 3 baby domestic ducks clearly in distress, peeping incessantly on the path in by Vanderbilt Playground.  Dennis and Terri went in search of a cardboard box to put them in, and i called Marty who said she'd be right there.  While we waited i fed them my breakfast sandwich to keep them from wandering away.  passers by were incredibly respectful, especially the dog walkers.   Dennis returned first w/ a box and we scooped up the poor babies and had them waiting for Marty when she arrived.  hopefully they find a good home!
on to birds!  we saw the Lark Sparrow by the ballfields.  Dan found us a YB cuckoo by Fallkill falls and we scared some poor women who was just minding her own business on a bend as we crowded around her.  Oops...  many Common Nighthawks still flying in the daylight.  i guess it's a thing this time of year.

we had a visitor from Scotland today for whom most of the birds were lifers, and that's always rewarding.   
thanks to Kathy Willens for keeping todays list!
b.
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Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Oct 11, 2022
To: <roberta.manian@gmail.com>


Prospect Park, Kings, New York, US
Oct 11, 2022 7:34 AM - 1:28 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.834 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:     Almost all birds seen with Brooklyn Bird Club Fall Migration walk led by Roberta (Bobbi) Manian.
63 species

Canada Goose  1
Mute Swan  2
Wood Duck  11
Northern Shoveler  4
Mallard  13
Ruddy Duck  12
Pied-billed Grebe  2     Two individuals swimming together in Prospect Lake, seen clearly from Peninsula tip's 'Pearl Point' rustic shelter.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  10
Mourning Dove  5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1     Found by Dan Smith. High up in a tree northeast of Fallkill Falls. Yellow bill clearly visible but briefly. Brown back, white belly, long tail.
Common Nighthawk  11     Flagged for high count and late season sightings. Boomerang-shaped bird, with  vertical white wing patches, much  bigger than chimney swifts in vicinity. Eight seen flying over West Drive at Wellhouse Drive by prospect Lake. Three seen flying over Center Drive at Three Arches Bridge earlier in walk.
Chimney Swift  1
American Coot  1     Continuing on SW side of Prospect Lake.
Herring Gull  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  1     Flyover, soaring, bird had gray trailing edge of flight feathers, not just on fingers.
Osprey  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2     Flagged for being late. Long wing projection, looking around, buffy eye arc, incomplete. Small, slightly dusky vest.
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  13
Tufted Titmouse  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  9
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Brown Creeper  6
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
European Starling  12
Gray Catbird  3
Eastern Bluebird  1     Female bluebird possibly flagged for early and infrequent appearance in park. On a fence post at western edge of ballfields 2 or 3 (both are under construction).
Swainson's Thrush  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  4
House Sparrow  19
House Finch  1
Purple Finch  1     Notched tail, strong, dark brown streaking on breast and flanks, white eyebrow and white malar.
American Goldfinch  6
Chipping Sparrow  10
Lark Sparrow  1     Bold face pattern. Feeding at edge of ballfield  2 or 3. Larger sparrow, clean buffy & white breast, strong white eyebrow and moustache in malar area. Black eyeline from lores to back of head. Thick rufous median stripe. Slightly peaked head, white eye arcs and white throat. Found Tuesday by Carl Biers, maybe earlier by Linda Ewing?
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-crowned Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  13
Savannah Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  2
Common Yellowthroat  3
Northern Parula  3     Flagged for "high@ count at this late date?
Magnolia Warbler  3
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  3     1 male, two females
Palm Warbler  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler  7
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S120513767

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



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"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." --F.Scott Fitzgerald

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) Nighthawks over nethermead

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 5:10 PM on Tue, Oct 11, 2022:
Common Nighthawks over prospect nethermead.nearby  Birder says att least 8
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1579942582679109632?s=03)

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Monday, October 10, 2022

Sometimes its a little bit of luck

In the course of birding,sometimes you get lucky:Not just seeing the good bird but getting a very close look as well. Luck means being in the right place at the right time and looking in the right direction.

That lucky charm for me was the Vesper Sparrow. I stood in the shade of a tree while facing the chain link fence that closed off Prospects ball field 2 & 3. I watched chipping sparrows in different spots , a golden crowned kinglet, a palm warbler but right in fronts of me perched low in the fence for 5 seconds I say was a sparrow with a bright huge white eye ring: the Vesper. It was quick, and soon it was gone ,flying into the outfield. I just was lucky looking that way.

In the next whole hour, I was fortunate, with birding tips to see a young Tennessee Warbler and Eastern Blue bird; thanks to rob Bate and Terry Kim for the sightings. The bluebird perched on  field 2s chain link (1st base side) and the wooden stakes inside.

I don't bird long days much but a few hours with a few great birds is satisfactory for me.

Later information from Ryan M confirmed the Vesper staying put along with Clay colored Sparrow in fields 2/3.

Be sure also to check the island enclosures donor tree sections at Northwest nethermead. Acting on Robs tip, I found magnolia warbler, House wren and blue headed vireo in there. Ill be checking them out from time to time.

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"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." --F.Scott Fitzgerald

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) field 2 E. bluebird 1st base side chain link on top post

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 10:46 AM on Mon, Oct 10, 2022:
Eastern. Bluebird field 2 chain link same prospect area as vesper. Tennessee warbler as well.
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1579483480916127745?s=03)

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) PP Vesper sparrow ballfield 3

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 9:57 AM on Mon, Oct 10, 2022:
Prospect ballfield #3 by 3rd base spot Vesper Sparrow perched in chain link fence
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1579471242939498497?s=03)

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Sunday, October 9, 2022

Sundays cemetery gems

Greenwood cemetery had the good day compared to Prospect with several great birds. Its best when theres not many people around on this crisp sunny day.

For beginners, a Yellow breasted chat is a good one. This reclusive species was spotted by the Grassy Path near Meadow Ave, hiding  in an Euonymous bush.

Following up the chat,  a Blue Grosbeak surfaced on the Cemetery's west border, on Maple Ave just before Spruce Ave. Another Blue Grosbeak showed  in the Dellwater where also Purple Finch male hung look out. The aeeds inside the dellwater is laden with Gold finches and a birder mentioned seeing Wilsons warbler.

Very close by adjacent to the Tunnel at 4th/ 36th st entrance, an Eastern Meadow lark appeared.

Prospect had its own rarity, a Clay colored Sparrow. One was found on the Ball fields at field 2 and 3 along the chain link fence. Add Eastern Bluebird, two birds seen here as well using the fence as a perch.

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"It is the glistening autumnal side of summer. I feel a cool vein in the breeze, which braces my thought, and I pass with pleasure over sheltered and sunny portions of the sand where the summer's heat is undiminished, and I realize what a friend I am losing." – Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Sparrowy Locust Grove

Looking to relax the day after coming home on a long drive, I simply wanted to get out and bird. Acting on a tweet yesterday to get motivated I decided to try my luck for Greenwoods Lark Sparrow.

Locust Grove on the GWC map is bordered by Southwood,Locust and Vale Avenues. It has paths named after the seasons that I think is pretty cool. I started my entry on the Summer Path where purportedly the Lark Sparrow was.Some sparrows were on the slope --among them a cool looking juvenile White crowned Sparrow with Songs.

 At the junction of Summer and Spring paths there was an abundance of sparrows hiding in the slope edges and crypt wall. Hence I turned about and waited. The patience for the next half hour produced Lincoln, Field, Chipping and White-throated sparrows , the latter three in single number each feeding above the short wall behind the bench. Just delightful. Later on the wall I leaned against, several Savannah sparrows perched on that wall.

In all at Locust Grove,I counted eight species sparrows, adding Juncos.

 A number of flickers and robins and always the favorite Blue Jay added quaint fall moments.

At Dellwater,  though the sun glare was too strong for me to see, a Summer Tanager became a good catch of the day by birders stationed there. In the weeds inside the pond Goldfinches and maybe one or two Indigo Bunting continued feeding. I was happy to see ruby crowned kinglet on the ground adding to my personal list Golden crowned seen earlier on Cypress Ave.

It was a perfect birding day meeting friends and other acquaintances on this gorgeous autumn day.

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) GWC Sparrows

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 11:51 AM on Sat, Oct 08, 2022:
Locust Grove ( as gwc map says) has 8 species sparrows Inc field,Lincoln's , savannah adding to prev White crwnd
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1578775078510075904?s=03)

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Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) WCSP GWC

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 10:48 AM on Sat, Oct 08, 2022:
Juv white crowned sparrow along Summer Path b/w southwood and locust aves Greenwood cem. New grave sevt
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1578759159775797249?s=03)

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Friday, October 7, 2022

Fridays goodies

After several days leaf peeping in the Catskills, I found out that a couple of good birds were reported in Prospect Park and greenwood cemetery.

Starting with Prospect, one location yielded two goodies. A Clay colored Sparrow followed by Blue Grosbeak were found in the Sparrow bowl, the vale between the Picnic and Tennis Houses. The sparrow perched in birches at the left upper corner.

Likewise with two goodies of its own, Greenwood in the same general area gave up continuing Dickcissel and a welcomed Lark Sparrow. Look for the Dickcissel in the weedy patch at Dellwater; for the Lark Sparrow , head north from Crescent water to Southwood Ave by the new mauseleum .

Fwd: BBC Thursday's Bird Trek

Led by Ed Crowne

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From: Ed Crowne <erc310@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Oct 6, 2022, 7:05 PM
Subject: Thursday's Bird Trek
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@gmail.com>


Hello, Peter

With the rain departed, we enjoyed a relatively warm, sunny day to look for birds in Prospect Park. We saw 64 species overall. Highlights included several Common Nighthawks (Long Meadow), a pair of Common Ravens (Nethermead), Philadelphia Vireo, Purple Finches (Sparrow Bowl) and a White-crowned Sparrow (Peninsula). Here is the link to my eBird list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S120099116

Best regards, Ed

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Fwd: LMCC Open Studios 10/16 - 12-5pm. Bird art


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Date: Thu, Oct 6, 2022, 2:36 PM
Subject: LMCC Open Studios 10/16 - 12-5pm
To: Peter Dorosh - BBC <prosbird@gmail.com>


LMCC Fall Open Studios 10/16/22 - 12-5pm Please join me for the Open Studios event during my Fall artist residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Co

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LMCC Fall Open Studios 10/16/22 - 12-5pm

Please join me for the Open Studios event during my Fall artist residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Center on the exquisite Governors Island - a short ferry ride from downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn.

I will be showing work from several projects and highlighting work from my Divergence of Birds project that focuses on the threat of species extinction due to climate change. I will have new Divergence photos made in Canada this summer (see image below) as well as other surprises including a raffle.

Come early and plan to make a day of it! There are more than a dozen other artists participating in the Open Studios, the Take Care series will be in full swing, and there are three exhibits in the LMCC art gallery + dozens of fun activities to do/see on Governors Island. If you've never been - now is your chance to see why it's a gem of a place to visit.

Please forward this email to others you think might be interested in my work. And, if you can't make it on the 16th but would still like to have a studio visit - send me an email to try to schedule a time.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 16th

12:00 - 05:00 PM

LMCC Arts Center / Governors Island, NYC

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Hope to see you there,

Carolyn Monastra
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Monday, October 3, 2022

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) canceled BBC walk Tuesday

Brooklyn Bird Club (@BklynBirdClub) tweeted at 5:26 PM on Mon, Oct 03, 2022:
BBC Tuesday fall migration walk in Prospect Park is canceled tomorrow, 10/4 due to weather
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Fwd: Big Sit 10/8/22 volunteers needed


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From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Oct 3, 2022, 3:23 PM
Subject: Big Sit 10/8/22
To:


Hey all Shirley chisholm park is again holding a big sit this saturday oct 8th from 7am-7pm and is looking for BBC members to volunteer and help with id throughout the day. if you would like to participate please write back and i will connect you with the park rangers for this fun event.

Many thanks,

Dennis

Sunday, October 2, 2022

greenwood waters

Two notables reported at Greenwood Cemetery sister ponds would grab attention on another wet day.

The Clay colored sparrow continues, seen at the Niblo crypt next to Crescent Water.

A short distance away , at Dellwater, a birder reported a Dickcissel. It's a good weedy patch over there ,just perfect for the sparrows.

FeederWatch - Count Feeder Birds for Science

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Officially starts November 1st

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

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L109516

Crummy weather day still sees 76 species reported variety sparrows and warblers