Friday, December 29, 2023

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

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L109516

Prospect week included bufflehead,American tree sparrow,latter very uncommon.

"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. "

Camille Pissarro,19th c artist, father of Impressionism

   

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Christmas Greetings


The Kingsboider wishes all Merry Christmas and festive joy . As the old scriptural passage says," Peace on Earth, good will to all men and women".

The wreath's circular shape and its evergreen make the wreath a representation of eternal life. It is also a representation of faith as Christians in Europe placed a candle in the wreath to symbolize the light of the world who has come ,Jesus.





 

eBird Checklist - 23 Dec 2023 - Prospect Park - 35 species

https://ebird.org/checklist/S157038888

Christmas BBC walk led by peter d.

A lovely walk with good cheer

List compiled by Lisa Curtiss.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 22, 2023

Happy Winter!

The first full day of the new season, starting last night at 1025 solstice. Now the days hence gain more daylight.

Enjoy.

❄⛄❄⛄❄⛄❄⛄❄⛄❄⛄❄⛄

Aspenglow
See the sunlight through the pineTaste the warm of winter wineDream of softly falling snowWinter's goldAspenglow
As the winter days unfoldHearts grow warmer with the coldPeace of mind is all you knowWinter's goldAspenglow
Aspen is a life to liveSee how much there is to giveSee how strongly you believeSee how much you may receive
Smiling faces all aroundLaughter is the only soundMemories that can't grow oldWinter's goldAspenglow
Aspen is a life to liveSee how much there is to giveSee how strongly you believeSee how much you may receive
See the sunlight through the pineTaste the warm of winter wineDream of softly falling snowWinter's goldAspenglowWinter's goldAspenglow

--John Denver

Aspenglow: sunrise and sunset upon the mountains
--
"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." -- William Blake, artist,author

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Report Kings County Christmas Bird count December 16th

 Thanks to compiler Mike Yuan

Happy Holidays!

Total 136 species

IRR=Irregular 7x last ten years

RARE= 3X last ten years

cw=count week,3 days before and after count day Dec 16th

Brooklyn Xmas Count Annual Report: 2023

Total 

Species Seen

Snow Goose 1801

Brant 11606

Cackling Goose 4 RARE

Canada Goose 4025

Mute Swan 51

Wood Duck 9

Northern Shoveler 305

Gadwall 169

American Wigeon 188

Mallard 405

American Black Duck 766

Northern Pintail 16

Green-winged Teal 110

Redhead 5 RARE

Ring-necked Duck 28 IRR

Greater Scaup 1089

Lesser Scaup 288

Common Eider 15 IRR

Surf Scoter 70

White-winged Scoter 28

Black Scoter 1229

Scoter (sp.) 714

Long-tailed Duck 371

Bufflehead 1863

Common Goldeneye 33

Hooded Merganser 61

Red-breasted Merganser 1390

Ruddy Duck 1088

Wild Turkey 1 RARE

Ring-necked Pheasant 1 IRR

Pied-billed Grebe 7

Horned Grebe 137

Rock Pigeon 1971

Mourning Dove 490

Clapper Rail 2 IRR

Virginia Rail 2 RARE

American Coot 32

American Oystercatcher 35 IRR

Black-bellied Plover 17

Killdeer 8

Ruddy Turnstone 15 IRR

Sanderling 50

Dunlin 121

Purple Sandpiper 33

Long-billed Dowitcher 5 RARE

American Woodcock 6

  Total 

Species Seen

Wilson's Snipe cw IRR

Lesser Yellowlegs 1 RARE

Greater Yellowlegs 4

Razorbill 9 RARE

Bonaparte's Gull 911 IRR

Laughing Gull 1 IRR

Ring-billed Gull 4658

Herring Gull 3263

Iceland Gull cw IRR

Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 IRR

Great Black-backed Gull 352

Red-throated Loon 299

Common Loon 194

Northern Gannet 345

Great Cormorant 32

Double-crested Cormorant 281

Great Blue Heron 40

Great Egret 1 RARE

Black-crowned Night-Heron 10 IRR

Turkey Vulture 4 IRR

Bald Eagle 5 IRR

Northern Harrier 15

Sharp-shinned Hawk 9

Cooper's Hawk 31

Red-shouldered Hawk 2 IRR

Red-tailed Hawk 34

Barn Owl 2 IRR

Great Horned Owl 2

Short-eared Owl 1 RARE

Belted Kingfisher 9

Red-bellied Woodpecker 48

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 23

Downy Woodpecker 62

Hairy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 67

American Kestrel 21

Merlin 5

Peregrine Falcon 18

Monk Parakeet 49

Ash-throated Flycatcher 3 RARE

Blue Jay 96

American Crow 165

Fish Crow 683

Common Raven 11

Horned Lark 71

Black-capped Chickadee 13

Tufted Titmouse cw

Tree Swallow 22 IRR

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 27

  Total 

Species Seen

Golden-crowned Kinglet 32

Cedar Waxwing 169

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 IRR

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Brown Creeper 5

Carolina Wren 81

House Wren 1 RARE

Winter Wren 15

Marsh Wren 1 IRR

Gray Catbird 43

Brown Thrasher 2 IRR

Northern Mockingbird 188

European Starling 1676

Hermit Thrush 21

American Robin 508

House Sparrow 1162

American Pipit 9

House Finch 248

Purple Finch 1 IRR

European Goldfinch 2 RARE

Pine Siskin 1 IRR

American Goldfinch 138

Snow Bunting 41

Lark Sparrow 1 RARE

Chipping Sparrow 12

Field Sparrow 4

Fox Sparrow 12

American Tree Sparrow 14

Dark-eyed Junco 107

White-throated Sparrow 736

Saltmarsh Sparrow cw RARE

Savannah Sparrow 29

Song Sparrow 294

Lincoln's Sparrow cw RARE

Swamp Sparrow 61

Eastern Towhee 7

Eastern Meadowlark 14 IRR

Red-winged Blackbird 93

Brown-headed Cowbird cw

Common Grackle 11

Boat-tailed Grackle 932 IRR

Orange-crowned Warbler 16

Common Yellowthroat 5 IRR

Palm Warbler 3

Pine Warbler 1 IRR

Yellow-rumped Warbler 678

Black-throated Green Warbler 1 RARE

Northern Cardinal 209

  Total 

Species Seen

Species Count: 136

Number Seen: 49,437

NOTE:  "cw" = Count Week only

Fwd: cbc report




How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

Dr. Seuss

   

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Michael Yuan <mjyuan@
Date: Thu, Dec 21, 2023, 5:20 PM
Subject: cbc report
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@gmail.com>


Peter-

Thanks for your patience. Here's the report for the blog.

Thanks,
Mike

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Oragne crowed warbler and "chippies"

 Wickman report 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156750854

Prospect rare duck continues

Common Goldeneye continues this day..Prospect Lake southwest usually near West Island  but reported also at Three Sisters islands..Best views from the "Hammerhead"

https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/checklist/S156751287

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

                                                                            --Carl Sagan

Lefrak ocwa

An Orange crowned warbler is still being reported on top of the Lefrak rink greenroof,at the south end where three Holly trees are together. Ed C saw it yesterday late morn.

the three hollies is to the right of the path coming from the rinks south lawn. 




How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

Dr. Seuss

   

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Prospect lake Common GoldenEye today..great find by Terry Kim.

At west island,photo by Terry Kim
It's been a long while since the last one. I found one here years ago.

update:
The Common goldeneye was found yesterday by  
2023-12-181Elody Gyekis
2023-12-181Joe Gyekis
This is the 9th record for Prospect Park according to Ebird recs.

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

Dr. Seuss

   

Post from The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) west island COMMON GOLDENEYE Drake

The Kingsboider (@BBCKingsbirds) posted at 2:50 PM on Tue, Dec 19, 2023:
Drake Common GoldenEye at Prospect Park lake west island in front of benches pink area ,found byTerry Kim .unusual location here.
(https://x.com/BBCKingsbirds/status/1737198833015087156?s=03)


How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

Dr. Seuss

   

Fwd: Save Community Composting!



---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Green-Wood <contactus@info.green-wood.com>
Date: Mon, Dec 18, 2023 at 4:29 PM
Subject: Save Community Composting!
To: Peter Dorosh <pdorosh@prospectpark.org>


Dear Peter, 

The environmental benefits of recycling food scraps and plant waste into nutrient-rich soil are undeniable. Composting contributes substantially to the health of our urban environment; it simultaneously mitigates food waste from landfills and significantly reduces the greenhouse gasses waste emits, like methane.

In New York City, community composting programs—programs funded by the NYC Community Compost Project, run by GrowNYC and Green-Wood partners Big Reuse and Earth Matter—are what makes this process possible. They collect food scraps (more than 8 million pounds annually!), operate large composting sites, distribute compost, and provide public education.

But the resources composting programs rely on are in the crosshairs. It was announced in Mayor Adams' latest budget for 2024 that funding for NYC Community Composting is slated to be slashed

Green-Wood not only supports these composting programs but depends on them to sustainably manage wood waste that is produced from our annual tree maintenance. We produce over 1 million pounds of wood chips each year. This carbon-rich material is necessary in the composting process to balance the nitrogen-rich food scraps and speed up the process of decomposition. We know firsthand how devastating the loss of these programs will be to the community. 

That's why we're signing GrowNYC's petition to support continued funding for NYC community composting—and we urge you to do the same. Please click here to add your support!


Thank you,


Sara Evans
Senior Manager and Curator of Living Collections

 

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Monday, December 18, 2023

Fwd: Prospect Park South CBC team good bird

Barbara spotted this Red shouldered Hawk in south prospect Christmas count. Its a rarity also spotted in Greenwood. Likely the same bird.




---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Barbara Schelkle <>
Date: Sunday, December 17, 2023
Subject: Prospect Park South CBC team meetup info
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@gmail.com>
Cc: 

Hi Peter and fellow CBC Prospect Park South birders,
I went through some more of my photos from yesterday and found this very blurry shot.
It' a terrible picture, but it looks to me like a red shouldered hawk? 
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https://circc.smugmug.com/Birds
https://mastodon.social/@barbarabrooklyn



How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

Dr. Seuss

   


Saturday, December 16, 2023

Today's CBC short news

Today's kings County Christmas count had a very good number of 136 species.

Prospect had 57 species at orange crowned Warbler and red shouldered hawk the top birds;neighboring Greenwood cemetery despite having only 42 species boasted 6 saves including a very late black throated green warbler.

I should be getting the numbers maybe early next week from the compiler.

Posted on Facebook

The Brooklyn Christmas Bird Count happened today and unofficially set a record species count of 135! Highlights are as followed:

-THREE separate Ash-Throated Flycatchers

-First Wild Turkey on the count

-Black-throated Green Warbler

-Short-eared Owl

-Lark Sparrow

-About a dozen Orange-crowned Warblers (record high)

-Unknown flock of dowitchers

-Virginia and Clapper Rails

Misses on the count included Tufted Titmouse (first ever I believe) and Brown-headed Cowbird. Gulling also was worse this year due to the warm weather. Thanks for everyone who participated!

Kb

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"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." -- William Blake, artist,author

Today is the Christmas Bird count 124 years young

Kings County participates in the 124th  count. Of many teams I'm covering for so many years south Prospect Park.

This great event as described online borne to protest the side hunts before 1900

" The CBC began on Christmas Day, 1900. Previously, many families would have Christmas hunting competitions — known as side hunts — to see who could kill the most birds. Frank Chapman, an early Audubon officer, wanted to offer an alternative."

Chapman wound up becoming the curator directir of the American museum natural history bird exhibitions.

For more read on:

https://www.fws.gov/story/tis-season-christmas-bird-count

🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦🐦🐧



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"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." -- William Blake, artist,author

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Christmas bird count period begins

Wednesday is the first day of the count period for Saturday's kings Christmas bird count- three days before,three days after.

If a species not seen Saturdays count but within the three days,tell your team leader; Of course if you are participating ( you should,its fun!)

--
"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." -- William Blake, artist,author

Ash throated FC owls head

An ash throated fly catcher continues its long stay at isle head park.

It was reported at the base of the slope facing the belt parkway highway,around a pine.

Hopefully it'll stick around for this Saturday's Christmas bird count

--
"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." -- William Blake, artist,author

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Today's Chat at Brooklyn bridge park

It wasn't a conversational moment but rather a bird that graced the habitat at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Mike Yuan happened to come upon a Yellow breasted Chat at Pier 3 before the maze began at the eastern entrance north side of the pier. ; the maze is actually a design at that Pier.

"November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground." Sir Kristian Goldman Aumann

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

JbWr alert

From Russ Comeau:
.
Posting with Admin permission:
This Saturday, 12/2/23 from 11AM to 2PM, the National Park Service is holding an open house at the JBWR Visitor Center. At this drop-in event, NPS is seeking public input on specific resource and visitor management issues in two areas of the Refuge: the East Pond and the North & South Garden areas. We're lucky that NPS is open to input from the birding community, and I'm sure NPS will appreciate all input that you can provide for the benefit of the urban wildlife, the condition and upkeep of the habitat, and wildlife viewing there. More information on the event is available here: https://eastpondopenhouse.eventbrite.com.
 
On a related note, this Thursday evening, 11/30/23 at 6:30PM, the Jamaica Bay Task Force is holding its Annual Fall Zoom meeting. There will be several interesting presentations about environmental projects going on around Jamaica Bay. You can check out the agenda and get the Zoom link to attend at: http://jamaicabayecowatchers.org.
 
Thank you for caring about our beloved Jamaica Bay and its urban wildlife.
 
Russ Comeau, President  
South Shore Audubon Society
"November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground." Sir Kristian Goldman Aumann

Monday, November 27, 2023

Little parks ,big things

Three miles roughly seperate Owls Head and Brooklyn Bridge Park on Brooklyn's west coast.Yet both yield big sightings from time to time.

Owls Head continues to host an Ash-throated Flycatcher. From details the Flycatcher hangs out along the path that parallels the Belt Parkway, near the dog run.

Mean while to the north at Brooklyn Bridge Park two quality gulls were reported at Pier 1 pilings. A known winter roost, this late afternoon Both a juvenile Iceland Gull and an adult Lesser black backed Gull are good finds. 



"November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground." Sir Kristian Goldman Aumatwobmilesnn

Sunday, November 26, 2023

eBird Checklist - 25 Nov 2023 - Prospect Park - 42 species

https://ebird.org/checklist/S155177962

Elman chklist: note Merlin, orange crowned warbler and pine siskin

"November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground." Sir Kristian Goldman Aumann

eBird Checklist - 26 Nov 2023 - Prospect Park - 43 species

https://ebird.org/checklist/S155258113

Wickman chklist: note high # wood ducks, Merlin and purple Finch and orange crowned warbler at/ by feeders

"November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground." Sir Kristian Goldman Aumann

Friday, November 24, 2023

eBird Checklist - 24 Nov 2023 - Prospect Park - 40 species (+1 other taxa)

https://ebird.org/checklist/S155132608

BBC Walk "Turkey trot"
Led by Peter D.

Thanks to Ryan G keeping the list

"November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground." Sir Kristian Goldman Aumann

Need a new calendar ?

https://www.zazzle.com/store/jczinn135

"November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground." Sir Kristian Goldman Aumann

Thursday, November 23, 2023

eBird Checklist - 22 Nov 2023 - Prospect Park - 40 species (+5 other taxa)

https://ebird.org/checklist/S154991952

From yesterday ,note 15 wood ducks and oc warbler

"November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground." Sir Kristian Goldman Aumann

Thanksgiving greetings

 πŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒ( alot of turkeys πŸ˜€)



Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Owl etiquette

  from black swamp observatory

This time of year many people start to notice owls. Here are some tips to watch these captivating birds in an enjoyable and responsible way.


πŸ¦‰Keep quiet

πŸ¦‰Maintain a respectful distance-if the owl reacts to you, you're too close

πŸ¦‰Do not call, lure, or bait/feed an owl or attempt to make it fly

πŸ¦‰Respect private property boundaries and public lands

πŸ¦‰Be respectful of other observers

πŸ¦‰NO PICTURE OR CLOSER VIEW IS WORTH JEOPARDIZING THE WELFARE OF THE BIRD



Monday, November 20, 2023

The winter tradition continues Feeders season begins

Birders of Prospect

The Prospect Park feeders are now up!

We give thanks to birds enriching our lives.

A few reminders: please do not enter the feeding perimeter. I've given Ryan Goldberg permission to enter if necessary as he will be my backup.

Email me if you see anything amiss.

The feeders is contingent upon your donations after the Brooklyn Bird Club will give me a startup donation. The rest is up to you whether cash or black oiled sunflower seed. 

For any questions email the Brooklyn Bird club info page.

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the new season! πŸ¦πŸ¦ƒ

The Kingsboider 😎




"November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground." Sir Kristian Goldman Aumann

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Raptor ID – HawkWatch International

https://hawkwatch.org/raptor-id/

Free app

"November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground." Sir Kristian Goldman Aumann

Monday, November 13, 2023

Fw: Join the 124th Audubon Christmas Bird Count




"That soft autumnal time, the woodland foliage now is gathered by the wild November blast."            --  John Howard Bryant
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "membership@brooklynbirdclub.org" <membership@brooklynbirdclub.org>
To: Membership <membership@brooklynbirdclub.org>
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2023 at 01:15:21 PM EST
Subject: Join the 124th Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Dear Brooklyn Bird Club member,

The annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the nation's longest-running community science bird project, where birders across the continent conduct a bird census that helps Audubon and other organizations assess the health of bird populations and guide conservation actions. This year's count will be held Saturday, December 16th.

https://www.audubon.org/ conservation/science/ christmas-bird-count

The Brooklyn CBC count circle is made up from 12 different count sectors that includes parks, cemeteries, and significant coastline on the bay and the ocean, and there is a team for all skill and commitment levels. Grab your binoculars and come out and join us.

Please contact the Teams Organizer, Bobbi Manian, to join a team.  The cut-off for team registration is December 13th.
Teams organizer: Bobbi Manian roberta.manian@gmail.com
Compilers: Chris Laskowski celaskowski@yahoo.com; Mike Yuan mjyuan@gmail.com

Compilation Dinner: Pot-luck dinner and a live compilation of the day's sightings will be held for participants at the Prospect Park Picnic House.

Note: Some teams begin at 7:30 or earlier. Plan for 4-8 hours of birding. Rain or shine.

Sunday report

ash throated flycatcher still being reported at owls head park north west area




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"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." -- William Blake, artist,author

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Two for one park

Owls head park continues hosting an Ash throated flycatcher. Bit even better there's two!

Reported in the same location along the chain link fence on the north section, both fly catchers are hanging ill ut together.

--
"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." -- William Blake, artist,author

Feeder birds reference

https://feederwatch.org/learn/common-feeder-birds/?fbclid=IwAR1R0dA7klTA_VLUu0_UWxgCPNHWU0Je0X0P0QJPgWd-jAvPFGegjQR4O0g

"November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground." Sir Kristian Goldman Aumann

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Ash throated fc in owls head

 Owls Head Park answered Greenwood Cemetery with its own Ash throated Flycatcher.

Observer Bobbi Manian found the bird along the path at the northern fringes of the park. It's not a big park but owls head has its share of goodies over the years.

🐦

"November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground." Sir Kristian Goldman Aumann

eBird Checklist - 7 Nov 2023 - Prospect Park - 41 species (+1 other taxa)

https://ebird.org/checklist/S153967905

Note late red eyed video and orange crowned warbler

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

A special gull for brooklyn

With a rare gull coming down the Hudson River ,Enrico L from his NYC spot reported a Black legged Kittiwake. Even better the bird landed in Brooklyn waters.

And that Brooklyn spot happened to be Veterans pier. One of the best gull roosts around, Veterans pier near Owls head park hosted the kittiwake offshore. Seen in the distance first north of the pier, it ventured closer before seen on a flyby at Bush Terminal Park; then it flew back to Veterans.

A mostly pelagic gull,seeing a Kittiwake in close confined NYC Waters is indeed special. Too bad most of us have to work.


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"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." -- William Blake, artist,author

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

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L109516

Ducks making their move. Ringneck,hooded merganser, shovelers in Prospect Lake.

"November. Crows are approaching, wounded leaves fall to the ground." Sir Kristian Goldman Aumann

Monday, November 6, 2023

the 124th CBC

Start planning for this great event

The Christmas Bird COunt, only 5 weeks away.

https://brooklynbirdclub.org/event/124th-audubon-christmas-bird-count/

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

                                                                            --Carl Sagan

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Gotcha Ash-throated !

 Thanks to Rob J who during my family relaxation sitting at a bench at Greenwood Cemetery s Crescent Water ,alerting me to the bird, I was able to find a good bird found by Michael S.

 Funny thing while I was birding Dellwater as my mom and sister sat at Crescent, Rob J and I met. Rob showed me a photo of a Eastern Bluebird sitting on a section sign with an Ash throated Flycatcher seen over a week ago. So when I rejoined my family after seeing a bathing Red tailed Hawks in Dellwater, Rob came back alerting me of the ash throated.

So natch I went for it. Parking at Sylvan water at the bottom, the bird was actually on the rise ,southwestern ridge of Sylvan . There i found Michael S who took me to the bird spot. It was posing nicely within low colorful oak leaves. A opportunity turns into reality for this autumn prize with plenty of charitable help. Thanks!

🍁🐦



Saturday, November 4, 2023

Quiet Saturday

Nothing fantastic reported today but for some birders, something is better than nothing.

At Greenwood Cemetery Dellwater, 7 Purple Finches were reported, all females except one.

I visited Governor's island today. During my time sauntering I ran into a birder named Loyan who alerted me about two Eastern Meadowlarks on Fort Jay's eastern slope area. I lucked out looking for them. πŸ˜•

I did get to see Ruby crowned kinglet, winter wren and a low fly out of a Sharpshinned Hawk in The Hills section. A lovely place to  visit.

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished" --Lao Tzu

Inside the AOS Recommendation to Change Common Bird Names | All About Birds All About Birds

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/inside-aos-recommendation-bird-common-names/#

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished" --Lao Tzu

Friday, November 3, 2023

Jupiter shines very Bright

Tonight with clear skies because it's in Earth's opposition.

🌎 πŸ”΅

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished" --Lao Tzu

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Good sparrows

On Halloween, nothing scary but two good sparrows provided a treat,excuse the pun.

At Sunset Park ,reported at the park summit, A VESPER SPARROW was seen.

In a more appropriate holiday spot, Greenwood cemetery hostes a CLAY COLORED SPARROW ,fittingly at Janets Meadow by Valley Water.

Halloween wishes to you!πŸŽƒπŸ‘πŸ‘ΎπŸ‘»πŸƒπŸŽ­

--
"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." -- William Blake, artist,author

Monday, October 30, 2023

around the nabe

Here are highlights of late:

At Greenwood cemetery Dellwater, an ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER was photographed nicely in the brush there.

Owls Head Park was full of sparrows including a VESPER SPARROW.

And yesterday, a belated report of a MARSH WREN working the fenceline in Sunset Park near the 41st st and 6th Ave entrance.

--
"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." -- William Blake, artist,author

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Fwd: Saturday's BBC Green-Wood Cemetery Walk

Led by Valerie Masten in her BBC debut.

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished" --Lao Tzu

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Valerie Masten <valerie.masten@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Oct 28, 2023, 6:05 PM
Subject: Saturday's BBC Green-Wood Cemetery Walk
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@gmail.com>
Cc: >


Hi Peter, 

It was an absolutely gorgeous day at Green-Wood, making for a quite enjoyable day though not super birdy. We had an extra large group today, and I'm so appreciative of Ryan Goldberg, Michele T, Radka, Jeremy and the many others that helped manage and spot at the times we became almost 2 groups: front and back. Winds haven't been favorable to blow in the next round of migrants, it seems, but there were some life birds in the group, which included some new birders, and made me happy! Highlights were field sparrows in 2 locations, a Belted Kingfisher, an awkwardly-posing Great Blue Heron, Towhees and a few Purple Finches on Dell. For the smaller group who continued past the 'ending' time, we had Eastern Bluebirds on Morse Monument.  Thank you for believing I could manage this! Birding and leading at the same time is genuinely HARD. Here is the list, and the link to the ebird list; if anyone asks, i'm happy to share:

Canada Goose
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Great Blue Heron (not sure if there is someone to report this to, but a non-BBC person at Sylvan approached the bird dangerously close, even with us yelling to stop; it flew into the big tree across and seemed to be trying to cool off, folding its wings inward and doing gular fluttering - which i just googled BTW)
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Monk Parakeet
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Winter Wren
Carolina Wren (we had one calling at Sylvain AND a mockingbird doing a Carolina Wren call at Crescent, which was very cool!)
European Starling
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
House Finch
Purple Finch
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal


Have a great weekend!
Valerie



Friday, October 27, 2023

Prospects Henslow Sparrow records

Well, the last time a Henslows Sparrow appeared in Prospect Park ,you have to go back 60 years!

October 10th,1963 is the date. A very long time. Kudos to Michelle and Jeremy for their spectacular find.

It's the 7th record.
1963-10-101NYC Bird Report Data
1962-10-251NYC Bird Report Data
1953-10-031NYC Bird Report Data
1953-10-021NYC Bird Report Data
1946-10-191NYC Bird Report Data
1945-05-121NYC Bird Report Data
1940-05-141NYC Bird Report


"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished" --Lao Tzu

Prospect scores sparrowy Big

The Prospect ballfields of west Long Meadow is in my opinion the best sparrow spot in the park. Those fences do wonders attracting  sparrows and this afternoon it scored big with HENSLOWS SPARROW.

Give credit to Michelle Truong and Jeremy Nadel in possibly finding the first HENSLOWS in Prospect in decades ( I'll check later)

The bird was cooperatively seen along the path between fields 4&5 a short walk from the dog beaxh.. A Vesper Sparrow was also seen in field 5.

Over at Greenwoods Janet's Meadow ( Valley Water) the LARK SPARROW resurfaced if the same one a week ago.

If you wanna chat, that's around too. In Sunset Park along 41st Street between 5th and 6th aves, a YELLOW BREASTED CHAT popped in view in one of the slope shrubs if I recalled the landscape  there.

Indian Summer magic occurred today.

 



"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished" --Lao Tzurhw