Thursday, October 28, 2010

October 28th Prospect's excellent rarity : AMERICAN BITTERN ; BBP report

One of the year's really good birds for Prospect, an AMERICAN BITTERN flew low over the lake and landed somewhere in phragmites on the west side of the Peninsula "thumb" mid morning. Rob Bate was fortunate to see the Bittern fly right in front of him near the shore by the Wellhouse, very close to him before the large heron veered off to the right. However, a further search proved unsuccessful but its likely and possibly in any of the phragmites patches along the north shore of the Lake (Peninsula side).

Today's sighting represents the 18th record ,and continuing the good streak of 6 straight years ( since 2005) of a Prospect sighting for American Bittern , a rare species for here given its rarity, its secretiveness and hidden abilities in marsh habitats.The last sighting was last year's May 2009 bird in the Peninsula tip and Duck Island area.


From Rob Bate:

Prospect Park

Besides the American Bittern, other birds of note were a Blackpoll Warbler and our continuing Baltimore Oriole.I saw no Robins today.

From Rob's posting summation to NYS LISTSERVE

Subject: American Bittern - Prospect Park

From: Robert Bate
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2010 17:22:06 -0400

Today while moping about the waning of fall migration by
the lake's edge in Brooklyn's Prospect Park I looked up to
see a large heron-like bird flying across the water. At first I
thought Green Heron, a common enough bird in this urban park,
because of the chest streaking. However the bird was huge,at
least for a Green Heron. The dark band along the back of it's wing
identified it as an American Bittern. It flew around the lake and
headed straight for my position but it may have been startled to
see a human in Prospect Park and quickly reversed course
disappearing around a bend of the shoreline.

Word went out and Rob Jett and Peter Dorosh
joined me in an attempt to relocate the bird, unfortunately to no avail.

Rob Bate

Brooklyn, NYC

Observation date: 10/28/10

Number of species: 45

Canada Goose X

Mute Swan X

Wood Duck X

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler X

Ruddy Duck X

Pied-billed Grebe X

Double-crested Cormorant X

American Bittern X

Great Blue Heron X

Cooper's Hawk X

Red-tailed Hawk X

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Belted Kingfisher X

Red-bellied Woodpecker X

Northern Flicker X

Eastern Phoebe X

Blue Jay X

American Crow X

Black-capped Chickadee X

Tufted Titmouse X

White-breasted Nuthatch X

Brown Creeper X

Carolina Wren X

Golden-crowned Kinglet X

Ruby-crowned Kinglet X

Hermit Thrush X

Gray Catbird X

European Starling X

Yellow-rumped Warbler X

Blackpoll Warbler X

Common Yellowthroat X

Chipping Sparrow X

Field Sparrow X

Song Sparrow X

Swamp Sparrow X

White-throated Sparrow X

Dark-eyed Junco X

Northern Cardinal X

Baltimore Oriole X Wellhouse

American Goldfinch X

House Sparrow X

Peter's list:
Location: Prospect Park

Observation date: 10/28/10

Number of species: 27

Canada Goose X

Mute Swan 7 lake

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler X lake

Ruddy Duck 135 west sector lake

Pied-billed Grebe 2--one lullwater, 1 lake

Double-crested Cormorant 8 perched or near 3 Sisters Islands

Great Blue Heron 1 lake

American Coot 7 lake

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Black-capped Chickadee 1 maryland monument

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2

Hermit Thrush 1 peninsula

European Starling X

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 south lakeside

Blackpoll Warbler 1 south lakeside behind 3 Sisters Islands

Chipping Sparrow 20 peninsula meadow

Song Sparrow X

Swamp Sparrow 1 rink

Dark-eyed Junco X

Northern Cardinal X

Red-winged Blackbird X f/o south lullwater

Common Grackle 17 Peninsula

House Sparrow X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(


From Larry Zirlin:

Brooklyn Bridge Park

It was only a matter of time before a Peregrine Falcon
added itself to the Pier 1 roster. One flew in off the East
River in just about the same "flyway" as the Kestrel I saw
last week, then flew into and perched in a tree on the

Other new species for the park: A Northern Flicker
was briefly faked out by the wood telephone poles that are
used as light stanchions in the park (I assume the poles are
treated to make them impervious to insects), and
2 Black-capped Chickadees were on the hilly part of the

List for the day:

Number of species: 17

Canada Goose 3 Flyover

American Black Duck 4

Mallard 5

Double-crested Cormorant 9

Peregrine Falcon 1 Flyover then into the Heights

Ring-billed Gull 5

Herring Gull 1

Rock Pigeon 4

Northern Flicker 1

Black-capped Chickadee 2

Northern Mockingbird 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2

Palm Warbler 3

Song Sparrow 6

White-throated Sparrow 9

Dark-eyed Junco 3

House Sparrow 40


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