Friday, October 22, 2010

Prospect October 22nd: one new rarity, another sticks around; BBG-GWC reports

An EASTERN MEADOWLARK (P.Dorosh) was sighted when it flushed and landed quickly unto the lawn very early this morning next to the Rink fence facing the water, or more specifically right under the "Labella Point " green sign, . But apparently it didn't stick around long after, perhaps spooked by a park worker making too much noise with a nearby dumpster cover, despite the lawn area not encroached.

Other highlights are a good variety of sparrows , especially a continuing VESPER SPARROW  (M.Eyster, G.Shrank) at the ball fields fence enclosure along with small numbers of Juncos, Savannah Sparrow and Chipping Sparrow . List will be forthcoming.

Also, WOOD DUCK is quite present and enchanting as they hide out or showcase their plumage; today ,two different groups totaling 15 were seen, one at the Upper Pool island, the other in the Lullwater, in front of the north cove. A species worth watching under brisk conditions.

This brisk chilly day is a harbinger of winter coming, so be on the lookout for species usually triggered by cold fronts, especially far northern raptors and very high birds ( like Snow Geese) .In other words, look up often.


From Larry:

Hi Peter,
Still a few warblers around. Didn’t find the meadowlark though.

 Location:     Prospect Park
Observation date:     10/22/10
Number of species:     39

Canada Goose     40
Mute Swan     6
Wood Duck     1     Drake on Upper Pool
American Black Duck     2     West Island
Mallard     45
Northern Shoveler     60
Ruddy Duck     50
Great Blue Heron     1     Upper Pool
Black-crowned Night-Heron     1     Flew from West Island to phragmites across the lake
Red-tailed Hawk     3     Hovering over ball field fence
Merlin     1
American Coot     9
Ring-billed Gull     21
Herring Gull     1
Rock Pigeon     30
Mourning Dove     3
Northern Flicker     1
White-eyed Vireo     1
Blue Jay     6
American Crow     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     4
House Wren     1     Rocky Pass
Golden-crowned Kinglet     9
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     4
Hermit Thrush     6
American Robin     8
Gray Catbird     1
Northern Parula     1
Black-throated Blue Warbler     1
Yellow-rumped Warbler     3
Common Yellowthroat     1
Chipping Sparrow     60
Savannah Sparrow     1
Song Sparrow     12
White-throated Sparrow     80
Dark-eyed Junco     60
Northern Cardinal     4
American Goldfinch     2
House Sparrow     75

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From Orrin:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 10/22

More birds today, primarily sparrows.

Mallard duck
Cooper's hawk (juv)
Mourning dove
Red-bellied woodpecker
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
American crow
Black-capped chickadee
Brown creeper
Hermit thrush
American robin
Ruby-crowned kinglet
European starling
Yellow-rumped warbler
Palm warbler (many)
Red-winged blackbird (flock over, north end)
House sparrow
Dark-eyed junco
Chipping sparrow (several)
Field sparrow
White-crowned sparrow (juv.; several)
White-throated sparrow
Song sparrow

Peters List Prospect

Location: Prospect Park

Observation date: 10/22/10

Number of species: 42

Canada Goose 90 Lake

Mute Swan 6 Lullwater

Wood Duck 15--6 Upper Pool island; 9 Lullwater cove

American Black Duck 2 Lake

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 85 Lake

Ruddy Duck 73 Lake

Pied-billed Grebe 2 Lake

Great Blue Heron 2--1 upper pool isl;1 lake shore

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 f/o ballfields

Cooper's Hawk 1 f/o PPSW Ave

Red-tailed Hawk 2-- one perched above Terrace Br; one f/o Lullwater

Merlin 1 well drive/Mary Monument, swiped at perched RT Hawk
American Coot 14 south lullwater

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Hairy Woodpecker 1 midwood

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15

Hermit Thrush 9

American Robin X

Gray Catbird 2 rink

Northern Mockingbird 1 Boathouse

European Starling X

Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 "sparrowbowl"

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Ballfields

Palm Warbler 2 Ballfields

Common Yellowthroat 2 south lullwater

Eastern Towhee 1 above Cleft Ridge span, male

Chipping Sparrow X Ballfields

Vesper Sparrow 1 Ballfields fence enclosure 1:15 ( also Bob Oneill)

Savannah Sparrow 8 Ballfields

Song Sparrow 45  common in various spots but Peninsula sumacs had 15, Breeze Hill 10

Swamp Sparrow 3

White-throated Sparrow X

White-crowned Sparrow 2--1 peninsula sumacs, 1 "I forget where"

Dark-eyed Junco X common

Northern Cardinal 3

Eastern Meadowlark 1 Rink

House Sparrow X

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From Rob Jett:

Greenwood Cemetery

Location: Greenwood Cemetery

Observation date: 10/22/10

Number of species: 40

> Sharp-shinned Hawk 5

> Cooper's Hawk 2

> Red-tailed Hawk 2

> American Kestrel 2

> Merlin 1

> Herring Gull (American) X

> Rock Pigeon X

> Mourning Dove X

> Great Horned Owl 1

> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

> Northern Flicker 5

> Eastern Phoebe 2

> Blue Jay 5

> American Crow X

> Black-capped Chickadee 4

> Tufted Titmouse 1

> Red-breasted Nuthatch 2

> White-breasted Nuthatch 1

> Golden-crowned Kinglet 25

> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 12

> Swainson's Thrush 1

> Hermit Thrush 23

> Wood Thrush 2

> Northern Mockingbird 2

> European Starling X

> Cedar Waxwing 6

> Yellow-rumped Warbler 40

> Palm Warbler 21

> Palm Warbler (Western) 1

> Eastern Towhee 2

> Chipping Sparrow 150

> Savannah Sparrow 5

> Song Sparrow 2

> White-throated Sparrow 50

> Dark-eyed Junco 300

> Northern Cardinal 1

> Purple Finch 2

> American Goldfinch 12

> House Sparrow X

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