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Friday, August 31, 2012

This Blog has moved

This blog has moved due to Google phasing out the product in the near future.

 For reports on Prospect sightings, go to

http://prospectsightings.blogspot.com/

--KB

Thursday, August 30, 2012

BLOG CHANGE- NEW VERSION

Dear Prospect Sightings readers

Due to my difficulty entering new posts on the old blogger where the menu sort of disappeared today, I CREATED  a NEW BLOG under the upgraded google version. Google said the old blogger will be discarded in coming months. Don't know if it will be easier for me but in the future, I will be posting to this new blog design.The new version looks raw right now until i have more time to customize and add new features over time this will do for now. Right now, I have to finish the BBC newsletter by the weekend.

Keep both the old and new bloggers as bookmarks for now.

The new Blog is called PROSPECT PARK & NORTH BROOKLYN

the  new html address is http://prospectsightings.blogspot.com/

Hoping its smooth sailing from here on...(fingers crossed)

Peter

PS.. There is an email address gmail account listed on the new version.Thats for the google account,please do not email at that address, I dont read emails on Gmail.

Thanks

Prospect August 30th; records, reports

What a difference a day makes!

Yesterday, I counted 9 tweets to twitter followers and my network for rare birds reported or seen  in Prospect. Today none of the sightings warrant a tweet ( exceptt the birds ).

First a note about the Yellow-throated Warbler. Yesterday's sighting was only the third fall sighting-Kathy , Bob O and Fr Steven F joining the history books with the likes of two legendary Prospect birders, Marty Sohmer and Olney Raymond. Marty --considered among the greatest field birders of Brooklyn and NYC and Olney a long time birder of the 1950s and 60s saw Yellow-Throated whose records were valuable,  on fall dates respectively Sept 21 2003 and Oct 5 1963 where the latter , 3 birds were reported.  Good company !

Today was a much reduced activity day. There were birds and warblers reported around by a few birders . I received a second hand report of Hooded Warbler by the southeast corner of the cemetery which is where the bridle trail enters the woods.

A note about locations that you should know about or been off grid for awhile that should get more attention.
Along the southeast bridle trail right off the Center Drive, there is a few trees encased by native Virginia Creeper that is in fruit, now attracting birds. This is where the 1st Philadelphia Vireo was seen. Secondly, just east of the Dongan Oak eagle monument, a devils walking stick called Hercules Club, or aralia is also fruiting, the whitish crowned  tall sumac like plant  with dark ringed berries. We saw Cape May Warbler here . More aralia is below the giant Willow Oak just below the Rose Garden ( east of ValeCashmere). Its advised to go with friend(s) here in this remote spot.

The last spot that hasn't seen much reporting in a while is SparrowBowl , the kettle between the Tennis House and Picnic House. This afternoon after work, I swung by this very convenient location and saw BLUE-WINGED WARBLER in very good views as the bird pursued the dead leaves. Then moment later, a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH popped up for good views , clear throat, whitish overall complexion, and hefty body anatomy , and more field marks that satisfied my identification.

UNfortunately , "Sparrowbowl " isn't a good morning spot of recent months due to now regular dog runs here by a few habitual owners. Its best to bird this spot after off leash hours , maybe mid morning. This is an excellent birding fall spot , in the past saw Connecticut and Mourning Warblers and mini fall outs.

And a last note. i ran into a new birder Ania Griszek who was sitting at the Nethermead Osage Orange tree.Apparently , a number of warblers were in the surrounding lawn trees. Among those , best one was a CAPE MAY WARBLER, a good plumage specimen. Ania also described a dark large bird up high in the sky with whitish mottling in mid afternoon. This may a a Bald Eagle, which is the right time for this species.

And the final word. I was experiencing technical problems with the blogger today so it may mean that eventually the old blogger  ( u are reading now ) will phase out into a new one which I can upgrade now, but which the new software is not compatible with the original blogger setup Prospect Sightings. I'm not a computer geek so I have to see what happens as I experiment..It may mean a new blogger reset..Dunno yet will tell you  then.

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from Adam

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Aug 30, 2012 6:50 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Warm, still, birded alone and with others inc. Keir Randall
52 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X     hybrid with Dutch Quacker-type
white domestic duck. No option to list in eBird.
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
gull sp. (Larinae sp.)  2
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  20
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  4
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)  1
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  3
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  8
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  10
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  1
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  5
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  X
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  3
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  5      Everywhere!
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)  2     One at Midwood
stairs, other on Lookout
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  10
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  2     2 in same bush on
Lookout switchback trail
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  5
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  25     approx count
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  3
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  3
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  1      near 3 Arches Bridge
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  2
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  1     Breeze Hill
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  1      Midwood stairs
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X
European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)  2     pair seen with Keir
Randall on Lookout Hill. Have been seen here regularly & recently by
others
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Prospect August 29, It's Northwest & a most fantastic day....

A northwest wind that highly fulfilled expectations creating a fantastic day for warbler variety and good  birds in Prospect.

Today's full day for most Prospect birders combined a collective 26 species warbler among them a big surprise in YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, hoped for MOURNING WARBLER, and continuing GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERs with TENNEESSEE, NASHVILLE ,WILSON's and BLUE-WINGED for good measure.

Details on the rare warblers:

YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER  was seen late afternoon in close proximity and eye level along the creek on the south side of 3 Arches /Nethermead Bridge, by 3 longtime experience birders. (KToomey, B Oneill, Fr SFerrari)

MOURNING WARBLER, a male adult seen by multiple observers, first spotted by Paige Linden after a fleeting glimpse possibility hours earlier by Keir Randall & Rob Bate, along the Ambergill Creek; the bird was seen well and photographed in the small peninsula with the bald cypress tree, about 150 feet south of the Esdale Bridge, path going into the Ravine.

GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, 2 seen in Ricks Place bridle trail mud puddle, after an initial earlier sighting of the female along the south edge of Ricks Place ( RafaelCampos). Both male and female were at that bridle trail spot later ( Tom Stephenson).

Speaking of that mud trail puddle, multiple observers were treated to 7 species warbler all seen at the same time, inc Golden-winged , Blue -winged , Chestnut Sided, Redstart, B&W,Parula & Magnolia

Of the non warbler sightings, some really good stuff. These are YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER  & 4 species empidonaxes, YELLOW-BELLIED, ACADIAN, Least, Traill's. IN the late afternoon, Matthew R reported 10 COMMON NIGHTHAWK flyovers over western Long Meadow towards Bartel Sq. 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOs were seen i being lucky to spot both , both seen quite well, a drab adult on Center drive edge and the other much brighter, the latter at the Esdale Br's Ambergill creek, the bird bathing  there.

A long day for me, 615 am till 12 hours later when I got home, glad I saw the winds forecast last night , posted it on my blog and asked for a vacation day off at my "office" Prospect Park.

good birding

Peter
BBC

Master list --all observers, collectively

date = 2012/08/29
site = Prospect Park
observers = Multiple observers

 
European Goldfinch (Exotic)
Wood Duck 8
Mallard
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo -Butterfly Meadow ( PColen)
Common Nighthawk 10 late afternoon Nethermead f/o ( MRymkiewicz)
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Traill's species Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher - south side Nethermead Bridge mObs
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher - south Midwood bridle tr  mObs
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - bottom Tunnel Arch stairs
White-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo 2-- one bridle tr Ctr Dr  woods; 1 Esdale Br Ambergill crk
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin
Veery
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Prairie Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Tennessee Warbler 4
American Redstart
Black-and-white Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Ovenbird
Canada Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Cape May Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Nashville Warbler 5
Golden-winged Warbler 2
Northern Waterthrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Pine Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Song Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Pied-Billed Grebe
Green Heron
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Multiple reports below


From Rafael

Prospect Park, Brooklyn; Kings Co., NY
29 August 2012
Observer: Rafael G Campos (+ Peter, Keir, Rob, & several others)

With the advise from P.D. (BBC) that the winds from N-NW would bring some migrants to PP, I went there around 10 am.  Since I started walking around Grand Army Plaza to the Vale, the number of individuals & species of warblers were amazing.  I tallied almost 8 sps in this part of my walk.

In the Vale, I got excelent views of 1 Bay-breasted, Wilson's.  These 2 were the most unusual.  Add to these, Northern Parula, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Magnolia, Canada, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-white.

From the Vale to Rick's Place.  Here, surprise I saw 1 female Golden-winged Warbler was seen, plus others. the time was ~9:45 am.  Few minutes later, I saw Peter and other birders.  We went back to Rick's Place, and all together we saw ±8 sps of warblers, including the female Golden-winged.  Another sps of interest was 1 Blue-winged.

From Rick's place back to the Vale via Midwood (in part), and along this walk we saw Cape May, Tennessee.

Other sps worth mentioning were: Red-eyed Vireo, Swainson's Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Eastern Wood Pewee.

In total, I tallied 16 sps of warblers, and as a group, by the time I left, at leas 24 sps of Warblers.

Brooklyn is great birding!!!

Peter: some of the birds sps, specially warblers, were seen together with the group

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Aug 29, 2012 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Observer: Rafael G. Campos R
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
32 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  1
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)  1
Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera)  1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  4
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  X
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  5
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  3
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  5
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  4
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  2
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!

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From Rob Bate:

20 Warbler species for me and a Philadelphia Vireo!
49 species

Canada Goose  X
Wood Duck  X
Mallard  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  5  
Downy Woodpecker  1  
Hairy Woodpecker  2  
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2  
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1  
Great Crested Flycatcher  1  
Warbling Vireo  3  
Philadelphia Vireo  1  
Red-eyed Vireo  5  
Blue Jay  2  
House Wren  X
Carolina Wren  X
Veery  2
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  3     )
Northern Mockingbird  1  
European Starling  5  
Cedar Waxwing  2  
Ovenbird  1  
Northern Waterthrush  1  
Blue-winged Warbler  1  
Golden-winged Warbler  1  
Black-and-white Warbler  5  
Tennessee Warbler  2  
Nashville Warbler  1  
Mourning Warbler  1  
Common Yellowthroat  2  
American Redstart  10  
Cape May Warbler  1  
Northern Parula  2  
Magnolia Warbler  2  
Blackburnian Warbler  1  
Yellow Warbler  1  
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1  
Blackpoll Warbler  1  
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1  
Black-throated Green Warbler  1  
Canada Warbler  1  
Northern Cardinal  2  
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  20    



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From Adam:

Wow -- shaping up to be a great migration day! I was focusing on the
warblers so have a few gaping holes in the list & unfortunately I have
work to do, so did not see as much as some others out there. Please
add this list to the day list!

Cheers

Adam


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  <do-not-reply@ebird.org>
Date: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Aug 29, 2012

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Aug 29, 2012 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Occasionally windy, clear, lots of movement of migratory
birds, sometimes birded with others.
41 species (+2 other taxa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
gull sp. (Larinae sp.)  X
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  X
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  6     Numerous Empids migrating
through, one probable Least, others unidentifiably far away
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  2
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  3
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  8
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  X
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  X
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  1
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  X
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  5
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  20
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  5
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  6
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  3
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  2
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  2
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

This report was generated automatically by eBird


Hi Peter

Please add to the master list my FoS Pied-billed Grebe, adult in
non-br plumage seen just off the Peninsula late this evening, and
Green Heron, seen nearby.

Also you can add to my list (somehow forgot to put it on) the very
early Yellow-rumped Warbler that I saw on the Lullwater this morning.
A dull female.

Cheers!

Adam

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From Keir:

What a day!
Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Aug 29, 2012 6:45 AM - 7:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
65 species (+3 other taxa)

Wood Duck 8
Mallard 4
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Laughing Gull 1
Rock Pigeon 15
Mourning Dove 10
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 Bare snags above Binnen Water, below Nethermead Arches
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1 Broken Steps, Battle Pass West. Seen very well and photographed - yellow throat, very green back, eye ring off white with eyedrop to rear.
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1
Least Flycatcher 2
Empidonax sp. 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1 Calling bird missing most of it's tail, Breeze Hill
Warbling Vireo 4
Philadelphia Vireo 1 Ambergill, seen very low and close - stubby short bill, short tail, head and face pattern all obvious.
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 4
crow sp. 6
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
Veery 3
Swainson's Thrush 1+
American Robin 14
Gray Catbird 6
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 12
Cedar Waxwing 8
Ovenbird 2
Worm-eating Warbler 1 Lookout Hill, early
Northern Waterthrush 2
Blue-winged Warbler 2
Golden-winged Warbler 1 Female with big warbler flock at Rick's Place puddles
Black-and-white Warbler 6
Tennessee Warbler 3 2 together Lookout Switchback trail early, 1 Willow Oak, south of Rose Garden noon
Nashville Warbler 1
Mourning Warbler 1 Ambergill.
Common Yellowthroat 4
American Redstart 25
Cape May Warbler 2 Lookout early, Midwood nr Battle Pass West later
Northern Parula 5
Magnolia Warbler 5
Blackburnian Warbler 1 Female type early, Lookout Switchback trail
Chestnut-sided Warbler 4
Blackpoll Warbler 1 Esdale Bridge.
Black-throated Blue Warbler 5
Prairie Warbler 1 Binnen Pool pines.
Black-throated Green Warbler 1 Lookout, early
Canada Warbler 3
Wilson's Warbler 2 Together in the BBC plantings, Nellie's Lawn near Vale pool
Song Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 1 Male, Switchback trail, early
Northern Cardinal 7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Common Grackle 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 15


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From Joshua Malbin:

I also had a Pine Warbler today, not far from where the Mourning Warbler was seen. I didn't see that on your list, so that would make 26
Matthew~FWD: COMM NIGHTHWKS over Lookout, flock of 10 flew over towards Bartel Pritchard --Matthew R
KathyT~YELLOWTHROATED WARB @ 3 arches nethermd br south side creek by short stairs
Ricks place horse puddle hot inc goldwing bluewing +6 warb species
Rafael~GOLDWINGwarb steps to midwood frm ricks pl
PHIL A VIREO @esdale br crk