Saturday, March 25, 2023

Tweet from Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) video ICGU at Bay ridge pier

Brooklyn Bird Alert (@BirdBrklyn) tweeted at 8:59 PM on Thu, Mar 23, 2023:
This long-time visitor, Iceland Gull, doesn't seem to be in a rush to go back to where it came from. It is enjoying the world-famous Bay Ridge Cuisine, on the rocks of the water treatment Plant, facing the harbor, being seen from Veterans Memorial Pier today. Video by Gus Keri. https://t.co/27mK0PRAbg
(https://twitter.com/BirdBrklyn/status/1639069442826203136?t=MPejjIr9xVPD4cNba6tMiA&s=03

Tweet from Richard Nelson (@Richard36971987) photo sooty fox Sparrow at BBP

Richard Nelson (@Richard36971987) tweeted at 10:10 PM on Fri, Mar 24, 2023:
Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier #3     03/24/23
Sooty Fox Sparrow Mega Rare (2nd NYS sighting?)
Open shot within 10 minutes of arrival but in shade with backlight and no unobstructed views after that.
@BirdBrklyn https://t.co/ttsbgb0YLC
(https://twitter.com/Richard36971987/status/1639449691505979392?t=LKfaN2c9IIn4DjoMMO-zeQ&s=03

eBird Checklist - 21 Mar 2023 - Prospect Park - 31 species

https://ebird.org/checklist/S131509171

I don't always check the list but nite flyover 175 snow geese from last Tuesday.

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

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L109516

Note pine warbler, ring necked ducks,woodcock,green winged teal recent sightings

**Mega rarity at Brooklyn bridge park Pier 3 SOOTY FOX SPARROW

The north coast of Brooklyn has seen it's third megararity of late winter into spring with yesterday's find by Doug Gochfeld of Sooty Fox Sparrow.

The subspecies of the Fox Sparrow family from the Pacific Northwest is only the 4th northeastern USA record.

Look for the bird at Pier 3 southwest corner, skulking in the underbrush by junipers.

Sooty Fox sparrows are blander brown back with gray faces compared to our eastern redder Fox sparrows.

Check the link:




Fwd: Divergence of Birds website feedback


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Carolyn Monastra <cmonastra4@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Mar 25, 2023, 10:55 AM
Subject: Divergence of Birds website feedback
To: Carolyn Monastra <cmonastra4@gmail.com>


Hello birders!

I hope you all are well and enjoying Spring! I look forward to seeing some of you out on the trails soon. 

I am writing to all of you because we have been on birding walks or CBCs in the past. I am looking for feedback on a new dedicated project website for Divergence of Birds - my project about birds being impacted by climate change. If you are free on this Sunday or Monday night around 7:30 EST- it would be great if you could drop in to the below Zoom meeting to give me your thoughts on how it's coming so far!  I am especially interested in getting feedback from birders as I hope this site will be of interest to many of you as we work to protect our avian friends.

I will stay in the Zoom meeting both nights for about an hour so if you can't make it right at 7:30 - join in when you can.

No need to commit but it would be helpful to know ahead of time if you think you can make it to either "focus group." And you don't have to stay the full hour! I will give a brief run-through of the site as it currently is and then ask for feedback - so you can give your 2 cents and leave if your time is tight. 

If you are unfamiliar with my project - see link to my Carolyn.Monastra.com website below and make sure to also scroll down and read the statement for this project. 

Thanks in advance, 
Carolyn Monastra

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

GC Kinglets


Kathy mentioned 8 Golden Crowned Kinglets were seen this afternoon. Its migration time for this winter species as the early spring birds come in.

69 species reported as a microcosm this week in Prospect.


Sunday will be the nicer day ..Enjoy!
--
" Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot,the only home we've ever known"

                                                                            --Carl Sagan

Feeders last seed

The prospect feeders were refilled with the LAST seed for the season. As each feeder empties, it will be taken down .  The new season resumes in late November.

Its time for the birds to find their own food as spring blooms

-kb



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

                                                                            --Carl Sagan

Pine Warbler in Greenwood Cemetery

Noted presence of several seen


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

                                                                            --Carl Sagan

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Tweet from Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) gwc piwa

Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) tweeted at 0:48 PM on Tue, Mar 21, 2023:
Two pine warblers still hanging out alone Vine Ave at at Ft Ham entrance to Green-W.  Thank you, Radka!
(https://twitter.com/KingsKathy/status/1638220952382193666?t=vcvCBeBtoohTC6OZgg7wkA&s=03

Monday, March 20, 2023

Fwd: New Clapper Rail

BBC latest Clapper Rail newsletter

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Ryan Goldberg <ryan.goldberg@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 20, 2023 at 10:16 AM
Subject: New Clapper Rail
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@gmail.com>


Hi Peter,

Here is the new Clapper Rail if you would like to share it on your blog. It has a full recap of the Christmas Bird Count.



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

                                                                            --Carl Sagan

Tweet from Elizabeth Paredes (@ElizabethP501) early pine warbler gwc

Elizabeth Paredes (@ElizabethP501) tweeted at 4:46 PM on Sun, Mar 19, 2023:
My first of the Season #pineWarbler by Pierrepont monument @GreenWoodHF https://t.co/14qQKue2Ya
(https://twitter.com/ElizabethP501/status/1637556154183176194?t=X33uBlCMB7dhEmqMa16Ehg&s=03

Owl etiquette and other issues

Spring begins today 524 pm Happy Spring! πŸŒ·πŸŒΌπŸ¦‹πŸ¦

The vernal (or spring) equinox, which arrives March 20 at 5:24 p.m. Eastern time, signals the end of winter and first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.2 hours ago
https://www.washingtonpost.com › s...
When winter ends: A guide to Monday's spring equinox 

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Third time is a charm and the kindness of strangers ( who are birders)

My pursuit-- the third attempt- of Bush terminal park's winter celebrity Western Meadowlark is quite a story in itself. And it wouldn't been had without the sharp eyes of a young girl birder and her dad.It was their kindness helping me getting a kings County tick bird my 299th ( though unofficially I'm past 300 due to undocumented records before eBird started.)

But getting this bird was hard work! I went by subway to avoid losing a parking spot only to find that the Bay ridge bound R train wasn't stopping at 9th street.My bad not checking the mta alerts. So up to 5th ave to get the B63 bus; however that wasn't running according to schedule,it was very late. Rather getting on a packed bus with a scope on my back,I elected to walk to 43rd street. Two miles and not a single bus passed me!

In the park now, I hoped to find this very elusive measowlark. Information passed on by birders leaving the park pinpointed the lark in the grassy salt marsh strip. And there I stood entrenched waiting,waiting and..waiting. A father birder ,Ben and his daughter Asher a child about 8 years old were with a photographer friend- all from Upper Manhattan. So I struck up a conversation with them, having never met them before. We parted after ten minutes they to the last cove,me to check the vacant lot. They come back along the grassy strip and my return as well when I noticed Asher pointing. Shes got the meadowlark! But in flight, the lark flew to the lot. ( dang it!).

After 15 minutes, I joined the three at the lot edge when apparently Asher thinks she spots the lark. Yep there it goes! And back to the grassy strip we go!

And almost immediately Asher and  her dad spots the western meadow lark on a driftwood but unfortunately I dont. I cant pick out the camouflaged bird against the sandy beach. The glare is too strong to see the faded bird. I was desperately looking despite the fathers instructions where. Then an idea came to me: I asked the father who was taking photos to zoom in on the bird so I can watch the back of his camera. Once I saw where the bird was , my eyes adjusted and finally I got my nemesis tick bird.

The bird stayed on that driftwood for 5 minutes.Amazingly, the strong wind didn't impact our excellent observation. And the kindness of strangers, especially the sharp eyes of a young girl who has great potential is what makes birding great, a shared effort that is beautiful for people's generosity.

I'm happy as a lark.πŸ€—

--
"The stormy March has come at last,
With winds and clouds and changing skies;
I hear the rushing of the blast
That through the snowy valley flies."
― William C. Bryant

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) western Meadowlark pm

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 4:32 PM on Sun, Mar 19, 2023:
Third time a charm .Western meadowlark continues in wind swept marsh by chain link in Bush term park,a difficult bird to pick out against sandy ground!
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1637552592673816578?t=jX4O0dD06EeI9CtS0BOeXw&s=03

More details WEME behavior

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Mar 18, 2023 09:30 by Gerry Farley

- 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/S131227001
- Comments: "Waited and walked all around for 2 hours before it flew from the vacant lot to the trees by the bathroom. Then returned right away to a rock pile in the lot where I was able to get a couple of decent pics through the fences. It only stayed briefly before flying to a tree near the caboose then into the grassy shrubs." 

Continuing swainsons ( SwHA)

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 19, 2023 07:15 by Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
- Sims Municipal Recycling, Sunset Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6624882,-74.0090782&ll=40.6624882,-74.0090782
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S131262987
- Comments: "Continuing mega-rarity that has been hanging around both sides of the Verrazano this winter.  Perched just below roof of recycling plant, viewed from industry city parking lot on 2nd Ave.  immature buteo with incipient bib and diffuse spotting.  Bad photos later.  Life bird, and nice to get in my old neighborhood, although Industry City is gross AF."
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Saturday, March 18, 2023

PpRubl

Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2023 13:07 by Anonymous eBirder
- 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/S131120780
- Comments: "Adult male. Medium sized bird smaller than a robin with a clear white eye. Too small of a beak to be a common grackle. Seen in a bush in the entrance to the cemetery."

Prospect chklist Paula Waldron

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Fwd: eBird Report - Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Mar 12, 2023 BBC Walk

Led by Dennis and Bobbi

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Roberta Manian <r
Date: Tue, Mar 14, 2023, 6:41 PM
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Mar 12, 2023
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@gmail.com>, Dennis Hrehowsik <


Hi Peter and Dennis,

here is list from Sunday's walk!  only one Tdoodle but lots of fun beating the bushes!

best,
Bobbi

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <do-not-reply@ebird.org>
Date: Tue, Mar 14, 2023 at 6:40 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Mar 12, 2023
To: <roberta.manian@gmail.com>


Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, US
Mar 12, 2023 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
29 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  2
Mourning Dove  4
American Woodcock  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull (American)  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk (borealis)  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Monk Parakeet (Monk)  21
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  4
crow sp.  2
Black-capped Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  11
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  4
Carolina Wren  1
European Starling  X
Northern Mockingbird  2
American Robin  11
House Sparrow  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  8
White-throated Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica)  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  4
Common Grackle  1
Northern Cardinal  6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S130929869

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

Monday, March 13, 2023

Checklist - 13 Mar 2023 - Prospect Park - 41 species (+2 other taxa)

https://ebird.org/pnw/checklist/S130870455

Note duck variety & numbers

Prospect feeders

Enjoy the next two weeks as the feeders wind down around spring equinox.

Its time for birds to do their thing naturally as the spring rolls around.

Plus....I need a vacation.

-kb

--
""What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."

- John Steinbeck

theme for WMBD

 I received in the mail today the catalog for World migratory bird day.

This years theme celebrates "Water: Sustaining Bird Life"

Birdathon day is May 13th, usually the second Saturday in May.






Prospect Lake mergansers 3/13

 Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)

- Reported Mar 13, 2023 13:15 by Kevin Cabano
- 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/S130847097
- Comments: "male, known/continuing on Lake"

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (3)
- Reported Mar 13, 2023 11:00 by Linda Ewing
- 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/S130846563
- Comments: "Continuing by 3 Sisters. Initially seen from across the lake; high-contrast male identifiable even at a distance, 2 female types IDd by association. Later got better looks from other side of lake, white chin on one of the females seen well…other F not in view."

Tweet from Suresh Subramanian (@sureshsubra1) Swainsons pics sims recycling facility 29th st

Suresh Subramanian (@sureshsubra1) tweeted at 4:20 PM on Sun, Mar 12, 2023:
Finally made my way to Brooklyn to see the Swainson's Hawk. The nudge from @koolshark2 helped ! @BirdBrklyn #NaturePhotography https://t.co/B6wVmg5CwI
(https://twitter.com/sureshsubra1/status/1635012895850524674?t=3DRdm9dxLba02ax1pDxqOw&s=03

Tweet from Trevor Jay (@BirdinOut) gwc woodcock

Trevor Jay (@BirdinOut) tweeted at 11:41 AM on Sun, Mar 12, 2023:
The woodcocks are back in Brooklyn! Great walk through Greenwood Cemetery with the Brooklyn bird club. ⁦@BirdBrklyn⁩ #birdcp https://t.co/d3aaQvrv20
(https://twitter.com/BirdinOut/status/1634942797206659073?t=MteMReStHtMeRAnTQA1cCA&s=03

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Latest

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 12, 2023 09:25 by Gail Benson
- 29th Street Recycling Center, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6616336,-74.0061979&ll=40.6616336,-74.0061979
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S130797545
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing rarity, heavily patterned underparts especially sides of breast.  Long, pointed wings in flight.  Photos."


Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Mar 12, 2023 10:25 by Gail Benson

- Bush Terminal Piers Park, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6552114,-74.0198734&ll=40.6552114,-74.0198734
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S130798004
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing rarity.  Even dark barring on tail.  Photos." 

continuing PPLake COME

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2023 12:50 by Nate L-S
- 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/S130774650
- Comments: "On the south shore of the lake, seen from the north end. Dark read heads with clearly seen white chins" 

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (3)
- Reported Mar 12, 2023 09:31 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/S130779904
- Comments: "Continuing male and two females on lake. Photos available."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2023 11:26 by Ruth Rioux
- Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6553787,-73.9686421&ll=40.6553787,-73.9686421
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S130777916
- Comments: "male swimming in lake and diving then joined by female Saw very clearly Orange beak on both male and female clearly seen  Continuing"

Bush terminal park rarity continue

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Mar 12, 2023 12:30 by Ryan McGrady
- 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/S130766298
- Comments: "Female with visibly warmer head than nearby American wigeons. Seen from 51st st"

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Mar 12, 2023 12:30 by Ryan McGrady
- 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/S130766298
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen by many." 

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) swainsons hawk Sunday 2 pm

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 1:54 PM on Sun, Mar 12, 2023:
SWAINSONS hawk at end of 29th Street above checkpoint booth , in tower
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1634976087670419456?t=RdRJKznzlMgw8H3HqbLqHw&s=03

Migratory birds take breaks to boost their immune systems, shows study

Saturday, March 11, 2023

3COME

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (3)
- Reported Mar 11, 2023 09:09 by E Nichols
- 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/S130653507
- Comments: "1 male 2 female middle of the lake" 

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Btpp weme

 Western Meadowlark continuing today at Bush terminal pier park per report I read .no details wherein.

Topping prospect chklist

https://ebird.org/checklist/S130554916 

Note rusty blackbird,high # wood ducks and Cooper's hawk nest

Yuan bbp chklist

https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S130536932 

Note thrasher,Raven and waterthrush

Soaring black vultures in Pp

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 09, 2023 10:50 by chel sea
- 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/S130526030
- Comments: "Two black vultures soaring high over the lake, noticeably short stubby tails, black flight feathers with grey-ish silver wing tips." 

Continuing swainsons hawk at sims

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 09, 2023 09:20 by Anonymous eBirder
- 133 29th St, New York US-NY 40.65909, -74.00165, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.659093,-74.001647&ll=40.659093,-74.001647
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S130512911
- Comments: "Continuing bird at sims recycling" 

Wickman Prospect chklist

https://ebird.org/checklist/S130513647 

Note quality ducks, raptors and typical March migrants like creeper and winter wren

Ducks of prospect

During peak time, we're always on the lookout for migrating ducks. In Upper Pool , three species is a crowd!

I passed by Upper pool miafternoon. My target was the Ring-necked Ducks. I found 7 of them. They mingled among the Canada geese. Then there was a Drake bufflehead, I assumed the same bird all winter. To add the third species, Northern Shovelers found their niche here, four birds all together. That's a alot for smallish Upper Pool.

Later I read the hen Common Merganser stuck around on Prospect Lake. It's a pretty good day duckwise for Prospect.Park.

Bklyn bridge birds

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

COME continues prospect Lake Wickman checklist

https://ebird.org/checklist/S130448247


also note ringnecks, hoodies, hermit thrush,coopers hawks and other incoming early spring migrants

1st if season (FOS) Eastern Phoebe GWC

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Mar 08, 2023 08:06 by Benjamin Forbes
- 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/S130444554
- Comments: "Dale Ave, just up from Crescent Water. Grey above, slight yellow wash on lowers, tail bobbing." 

Cackling goose report in Prospect

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Mar 07, 2023 12:55 by E R

- 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/S130428335
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "more photos of the same bird Matthew and Kathy reported from 3/6 and 3/7. Seemed smaller than Canada Geese, but hard to judge, and seemed to have steeper forehead, short neck (even when moving neck around/preening) and shortish bill, but bill not as notably short as other Cackling I've seen. Even with head tucked in, this bird did stand out as having a bit of a lower profile on the water, a bit of a silvery or contrasty look that sort of popped...but while staring at this flock a lot of the birds started to look weird. When I saw that Kathy had picked out the same individual I felt slightly more confident that I wasn't imagining things. (The jagged lower edge to the white on its cheek matches her contender)"
 

Tweet from Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) Ring-necked s coming thru

Kathleen Toomey (@KingsKathy) tweeted at 11:56 AM on Tue, Mar 07, 2023:
Nine ring necked ducks in the lake out from the Wellhouse containers
(https://twitter.com/KingsKathy/status/1633149705562517510?s=03

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Prospect hen COME continues

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Mar 07, 2023 07:54 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/S130381464
- Comments: "Continuing hen on SW side of the lake. Too far from Peninsula for good photos but longer than nearby female Hoodeds with more contrast between reddish-tan head and gray body." 

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) robins!

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 7:32 AM on Tue, Mar 07, 2023:
Spring is near ,over 60 American Robins northwest corner prospect ballfields
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1633083122039357440?t=zJLU3mEne5e0kwEksHORAg&s=03

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Other rarities in local nabe

Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2023 10:04 by Isabel Conte

- 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/S130269099
- Comments: "Near feeders, redwing size, unglossy, white eyed, thin billed."

Orange-crowned Warbler (Leiothlypis celata) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2023 10:25 by Barbara S
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6680222,-73.96367&ll=40.6680222,-73.96367
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S130270403
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Mostly hidden in bush at 40.66556°N 73.96348°W.  Took some time to get a halfway decent photo. Pale grey/greenish/yellow warbler, more grey on the head and more yellow and white underneath. Constantly moving within the bush." 

Chklist Inc WEME

Continuing western meadowlark

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2023 08:10 by Jim Schlickenrieder

- 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/S130262298
- Comments: "Seen very well perched on shoreline driftwood & later perched in deciduous tree. 
Extremely pale gray-brown meadowlark, yellow malar." 

Continuing swainsons

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2023 07:14 by Jim Schlickenrieder

- South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6603108,-74.0112605&ll=40.6603108,-74.0112605
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S130261356
- Comments: "observed perched on the fence that was adjacent to the recycling center building.
juvenile.   fine looks at chest bib, long wing tips nearly reaching end of tail." 

COME again!

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 05, 2023 13:55 by Maureen Matthews

- 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/S130262691
- Comments: "Shaggy cinnamon head contrasted with light body, patch on cheek." 

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2023 14:58 by Gab C- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S130267148
- Comments: "Female in middle of lake with bushy red head, white chin and orange bill. Photos available"

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert


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*** Species Summary:

- Swainson's Hawk (2 reports)
- Western Meadowlark (1 report)

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Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 04, 2023 09:58 by Nick B
- South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6603108,-74.0112605&ll=40.6603108,-74.0112605
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S130124164
- Comments: "Continuing rarity. Atop chain link fence at south side of facility."

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 04, 2023 09:56 by patrick horan
- South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6603108,-74.0112605&ll=40.6603108,-74.0112605
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S130121577
- Comments: "Continuing"

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Mar 04, 2023 10:00 by Angela Panetta
- 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/S130122331
- Comments: "Continuing at small grass patch and parking lot"

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Friday, March 3, 2023

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

Take your pick of rarities today.

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*** Species Summary:

- Swainson's Hawk (3 reports)
- Marsh Wren (1 report)
- Purple Finch (1 report)
- Lincoln's Sparrow (1 report)
- Western Meadowlark (4 reports)

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Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2023 07:50 by Kathleen Coyle
- 11232, New York US-NY 40.66139, -74.00571. Recycling plant, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.661394,-74.005707&ll=40.661394,-74.005707
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S130057341
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing buteo, sitting on shadowed eave of recycling building. Prominent supercilium, dark throat/bib, long winged, heavily streaked underparts. Poor distant photos."

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2023 07:50 by Darlene McNeil
- 11232, New York US-NY 40.66139, -74.00571. Recycling plant, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.661394,-74.005707&ll=40.661394,-74.005707
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S130052265
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing buteo, sitting on shadowed eave of recycling building. Prominent supercilium, dark throat/bib, long winged, heavily streaked underparts. Poor distant photos."

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2023 10:40 by Bill and Amy Magnus
- 29 street recycle plant, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6617458,-74.006356&ll=40.6617458,-74.006356
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S130057760
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing at recycle plant. Many thanks to birder that pointed it out."

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2023 08:59 by B F
- 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/S130055107
- Comments: "Likely continuing.  Chipping and very briefly popped out of phrags across from Wellhouse."

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2023 08:59 by B F
- 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/S130055107
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing.  Female with bold white supercilium foraging on bridge near feeders.  Photos."

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2023 10:16 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/S130058105
- Comments: "Smallish sparrow with fine streaking on breast and a notably peaked crown. Seen clearly."

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2023 09:30 by Bill and Amy Magnus
- 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/S130057327
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, Thanks for the point out"

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2023 08:41 by Adrian Burke
- 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/S130056460
- Comments: "continuing vagrant today seemingly favoring the vacant lot area around caboose here (40.6537005, -74.0165975), occasionally perching up in trees/on caboose, otherwise hiding in herbaceous veg. It did make one brief appearance at the shoreline grassy area here (40.6537781, -74.0190701). overall a pale/washed out looking meadowlark with low-contrast head. yellow underparts and throat perhaps bleeding slightly into the malar (I seemed to detect yellow in the bird's right malar but not left malar). subtle yellow in supraloral. pale brown above with feathers in wings and central tail showing thin dark bars lacking extensive dark centers. apparently limited white in outer tail feathers relative to EAME when seen in flight but not great looks at this. rather direct flight with less of a stiff-winged SPSAesque vibe than EAME"

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2023 06:34 by Darlene McNeil
- 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/S130052261
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Previously reported rarity. Poor backlit photos."

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2023 06:34 by Kathleen Coyle
- 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/S130057810
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Previously reported rarity. Poor backlit photos."

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

New Finches book coming out in 2024

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Swainson Hawk continues at 29th/2nd as well as western meadowlark at Bush Terminal Pier park


Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2023 12:27 by Mary Beth Kooper
- South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6603108,-74.0112605&ll=40.6603108,-74.0112605
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S130001707
- Comments: "Continuing in this area at least since Sunday. Longer and a little slimmer looking than a Red-tailed, lots of streaking on upper chest but no belly band, longer tail than Red+tailed. While in flight wings looked pointier than Red-tailed and no patagials seen. Face had pattern including white eyebrow. Thanks to Adelia for letting me look through her scope."
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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

SWAINSONS and meadowlark

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2023 11:00 by Kathleen Toomey
- 472 2nd Ave., SIMS recycling, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6616834,-74.0072383&ll=40.6616834,-74.0072383
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S129951623
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing rarity, perched on light fixtures within the recycling plant, occasionally flying around.  Viewed from the side, its dark overall color and hunched, no necked posture was evident, as well as its long wings, and heavily splotched throat.   Photos"

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2023 13:00 by D. J. Nyochio
- South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6603108,-74.0112605&ll=40.6603108,-74.0112605
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S129947675
- Comments: "Continuing rarity; perched on light pole in front of high bay recycling facility building 

continuing


Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2023 06:50 by ♏️ ©️
- 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/S129908716
- Comments: "Female type with brownish head. Seen with AMWIs first thing in the morning."

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2023 07:30 by Anthony V. Ciancimino
- 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/S129908748
- Comments: "*Very rare, first NYC record. Seemingly the same bird discovered by Andrew Baksh some time ago, great job by Josh Malbin for closer scrutinizing the bird. Meadowlark with reduced white outer retrices, faint eye stripe, & overall, quite a pale bird. Distinct narrow barring on upperparts and central tail feathers. Seen in flight initially, located the bird on various perches in the vacant lot here: (40.65330° N, 74.01812° W). The bird eventually flew back to the grassy strip between the walkway and the water. Photos."

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2023 06:50 by ♏️ ©️
- 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/S129908716
- Comments: "Photos."
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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Summary of Western Brooklyn shoreline mega rarities

This morning both Swainsons Hawk and presumed Western Meadowlark were reported in their usual locations. A few other quality birds surfaces at one of the spots.

The Swainsons continue to hang out at the Sims recycling center, seen from 32 ND street and 2nd Ave.

To the west ,Bush Terminal Pier park continues to yield the Western Meadowlark. I'm told the bird frequents the grassy shoreline opposite the orange bathrooms, along the path.

Two other notables worth pursuing at Bush TPP is the hen Eurasian Wigeon and Lesser Black backed Gull. On the latter, gulls are Bush's strong point despite construction enclosures.

Western Meadowlark reported today at BTPPark, continuing

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2023 12:01 by Alan V. Bacchiochi

- 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/S129812564
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Tail feathers look pale. Cheek is streaky and dark. Post Ocular line is brown rather than black.  Yellow throat extends a bit into malars. Also basing ID on overwhleming consensus of birding community that were also observing this bird on Monday, 2.27.23."


Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2023 10:18 by Linda Ewing

- 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/S129697907
- Comments: "Originally listed as Eastern, because what else would it be? I had only a brief look in flight before it disappeared into grass along shoreline. Josh M got a better look + photo, and flagged it as a possible Western. It's my understanding that subsequent photos have supported that ID." 

Monday, February 27, 2023

BTPP ICGU

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2023 13:23 by MCHL ____
- 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/S129803565
- Comments: "Continuing. Image."

Update

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2023 16:45 by Ryan McGrady
- South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6603108,-74.0112605&ll=40.6603108,-74.0112605
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S129806906
- Comments: "Continuing bird around the recycling center. Photos"

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2023 11:17 by MI YU
- South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6603108,-74.0112605&ll=40.6603108,-74.0112605
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S129807897
- Comments: "Continuing immature. On recycling plant building. Long folded wings, giving tapered look. Pics."

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2023 11:32 by MI YU
- 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/S129808541
- Comments: ""Mega" for bk and the state. Sniffed out JM/DG, discovered by ???  Seen toodling around the grassy area on cove south of the piers. Yellowish malar, hard to discern in strong light. White flanks, not buffy. Some personal photos show horizontal barring in central tail feathers. Others show slight barring in outer white tail feathers that EAME doesn't have. Mostly undiagnostic pics."

Birding News brought to you by American Birding Association - Kings *Western meadowlark bush terminal piers park

"has been seen regularly at the park since December) and flagged by Doug
Gochfeld this AM. Close-ups of the tail seem to show horizontal barring,
rather than a dark vertical stripe with ribbing, and dark edging on all of
the tail feathers.

You can find Josh's photos here
https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S129688926

i have close-ups of the tail pattern here
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/540172271

Looking forward to seeing more photos and further confirmation from others.
Good luck if you go."
https://www.aba.org/birding-news/#:~:text=has%20been%20seen,if%20you%20go.

Two Mega rarity now on west Brooklyn coast Swainsons hawk and *Western Meadowlark

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2023 12:44 by Avian Garn
- 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/S129789546
- Comments: "32 st and first ave brooklyn"


Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2023 11:23 by Paul Sweet

- South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6603108,-74.0112605&ll=40.6603108,-74.0112605
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S129786497
- Comments: "Continuing from yesterday on roof of recycling facility."

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2023 11:49 by MCHL ____
- 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/S129790237
- Comments: "Spotted by Richard and Jeff. Image."

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2023 12:26 by Max Epstein
- 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/S129786656
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "long continuing meadowlark sp., first alerted by Josh M photos and Doug G alert. Photos - pale meadowlark with less white in tail feathers than eastern and obvious barring on tail, rather than ribs with dark stripe down the middle" 

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Tweet from Jer Thorp (@blprnt) crowded bridge

Jer Thorp (@blprnt) tweeted at 2:22 PM on Fri, Feb 24, 2023:
This is just wild. It appears that two peregrine falcons are nesting about 100 ft from a pair of ravens, on the East Tower of the Brooklyn bridge.

The Ravens are near the top, under the flag. The peregrines are in the little alcove you can see about halfway down the left arch. https://t.co/eq1WQSGexR
(https://twitter.com/blprnt/status/1629200005310316544?t=3JSEbiwhW-cqG6Qxh5GLqQ&s=03

Tweet from brklynbirder (@wildinbrklyn) photo of SWAINSONS Hawk

brklynbirder (@wildinbrklyn) tweeted at 1:47 PM on Sun, Feb 26, 2023:
After spotting a hawk that didn't make sense on the @GreenWoodHF Birding in Peace Walk, a group effort was made to confirm this was the Swainson's Hawk- and was confirmed.  Later on, Josh found the bird at the waterfront on a light- that's where this pic was taken πŸ˜€ https://t.co/0ivVJRh7F8
(https://twitter.com/wildinbrklyn/status/1629916157338583041?t=lixRgF3c3A9nl-A5nyq4AA&s=03

More details SWAINSONS HAWK GWC to sunset park coast

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2023 12:25 by E R
- 80 29th St, New York US-NY 40.66063, -74.00485, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.660634,-74.004855&ll=40.660634,-74.004855
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S129703398
- Comments: "Amazing spotting by Josh M- thanks!! Bird was perched on a light post near a windmill along the industrial waterfront, viewed by many. Mobbed at times by crows. Will add photos"


Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2023 12:25 by Sara Stokes
- 80 29th St, New York US-NY 40.66063, -74.00485, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.660634,-74.004855&ll=40.660634,-74.004855
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S129705207
- Comments: "Amazing spotting by Josh M- thanks!! Bird was perched on a light post near a windmill along the industrial waterfront, viewed by many. Mobbed at times by crows. Will add photos"


Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2023 06:50 by Angela Panetta

- 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/S129697617
- Comments: "Around valley and Sylvan"


Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2023 06:45 by Russ Comeau

- 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/S129704698
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen by 12 on Rob Jett's birdwalk. Flew directly overhead from NW low and slow just above treetops- made a U-turn and flew back overhead again. Noticeably different flight style (less flappy) and body shape (longer, lanky wings, longer tail) than Red-tailed Hawks. Group has photos."


Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2023 12:13 by Daisy Paul
- Recycling Center Industry City, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.659932,-74.00569&ll=40.659932,-74.00569
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S129704782
- Comments: "After all this time, we've finally learned that this bird likes to recycle. Amazing find by Josh after another brief sighting by Rob's group earlier today in GWC. The bird was sitting on top of a lamp post just inside the recycling center.  No-necked hawk with heavily streaked throat and long wings. Eventually chased off by Fish Crows, and we lost track of it behind a building. Many photos."


Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2023 12:13 by Peter Paul
- Recycling Center Industry City, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.659932,-74.00569&ll=40.659932,-74.00569
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S129704781
- Comments: "After all this time, we've finally learned that this bird likes to recycle. Amazing find by Josh after another brief sighting by Rob's group earlier today in GWC. The bird was sitting on top of a lamp post just inside the recycling center.  No-necked hawk with heavily streaked throat and long wings. Eventually chased off by Fish Crows, and we lost track of it behind a building. Many photos."


Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2023 12:58 by R M
- South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.6603108,-74.0112605&ll=40.6603108,-74.0112605
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S129703204
- Comments: "Probably long continuing bird, seen today on Rob J's greenwood walk and major props to Josh M for putting in the work to relocate it. Immature raptor with long wings and streaking up to breast, photos. Was on it for a minute and then fish crows scared it off"


Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2023 12:28 by Nick Dawson
- Swainson's stakeout, Kings, New York
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.661174,-74.005128&ll=40.661174,-74.005128
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S129700587
- Comments: "Great refind by Josh Malbin. Ran from a social gathering to see it and then had to leave immediately again … &#x1f926;&#x1f3fb;‍♂️Photos."


PP Rusty Lullwater

Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2023 12:19 by R M
- 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/S129698918
- Comments: "Male, breeding plumage. glossy, red-winged sized blackbird with yellow eyes, perched on north side of lullwater associating with the other blackbirds" 

Wickman Prospect chklist

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Matthews Prospect chklist

https://ebird.org/checklist/S129613931 
Note high number titmice,rusty blackbird

Gochfeld BBP chklist

https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S129604682 

Note eagle, thrasher, peregrine

Shorebird identification shortcuts the easier way

 We are always learning, never too early to learn for this year's migration ( shorebirds are present now into peak May, then June fall migration into peak August).

Here's Cornells guide





Friday, February 24, 2023

Upper pool beauty

On my way to fill the feeders, I stopped by the Upper Pool. And with delight, an uncommon duck species for this pool adds beauty.

Five Ring necked ducks dove frequently near the dog beach fence, four drakes and a Single hen did ring around the Rosie witha pair of Northern Shovel ers doing their rotary motion. It was a cool sight to see especially for this small pond.

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""What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."

- John Steinbeck

Venus and Jupiter low western sky , esp March 1st

Tweet from Jane Kratochvil (@JaneKratochvil) Ravens nest building πŸŒ‰

Jane Kratochvil (@JaneKratochvil) tweeted at 5:10 PM on Thu, Feb 23, 2023:
Ravens building their new nest today at the Brooklyn Bridge! #birdwatching #birdtwitter #twitternaturecommunity @BirdBrklyn https://t.co/lzhcZuoDjL
(https://twitter.com/JaneKratochvil/status/1628879918909083650?t=j5wO-0LFU7wXqS6JcCQ8rw&s=03

Tweet from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds)

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) tweeted at 4:02 PM on Fri, Feb 24, 2023:
5 Ring-necked ducks prospect Upper Pool
(https://twitter.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1629225227916812289?t=YmPw9-yDRteW3ONi6t3mYg&s=03

Silber PP Chklist

https://ebird.org/checklist/S129506684 

Note 7 ring-necked ducks,4 wood ducks, continuing bald eagle

Prospect ice bald eagle this winter

https://fb.watch/iUnjOcOAaa/?mibextid=6aamW6

eBird Checklist - 23 Feb 2023 - Prospect Park - 40 species (+2 other taxa) Terry's pp list

https://ebird.org/checklist/S129476501

All 3 merganser species today feb23
Note also wood ducks

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Fw: National Park Service open house at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Feb. 25

Fyi important meeting about JbWr refuge

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it; the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show."

- Andrew Wyeth"


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "membership@brooklynbirdclub.org" <membership@brooklynbirdclub.org>
To: Membership <membership@brooklynbirdclub.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 10:06:30 AM EST
Subject: National Park Service open house at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Feb. 25

Dear Brooklyn Bird Club members:
 
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input on habitat and management issues at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR) and is holding an open house this Saturday, February 25, from 11-2pm, at the JBWR visitor center on Cross Bay Blvd. in Broad Channel. We think this is a great opportunity for the NPS to hear from our community, since active management is key to ensuring that the refuge remains the gem that is, for birds and birders. If you can't make it on Saturday, you can send comments to Gateway_Feedback@nps.gov.
 
Below is the NPS announcement:
 
The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to invite visitors and stakeholders to the West Pond Habitat and Viewshed Management Open House on February 25, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. At this drop-in event, NPS is seeking public input on specific habitat and viewshed management issues along the West Pond Loop Trail from Bench 1 to Bench 13 to support the development of a Stewardship Plan for the East and West Pond area of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at Gateway National Recreation Area. The Stewardship Plan aims to define the future of this beloved area by identifying and developing strategies and management actions related to mowing, viewshed, and habitat management as a means for enhancing resource protection and the visitor experience. During the Open House, NPS staff will be available for one-on-one conversations related to these issues and how they can be addressed or evaluated in the broader East and West Pond Stewardship Plan effort. 

Interested stakeholders may also submit questions and comments by email to Gateway_Feedback@nps.gov, or in writing at Daphne Yun, Gateway National Recreation Area (ATTN: East and West Pond Stewardship Plan), 210 New York Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10305. More information about the Stewardship Plan process can be found here.