Friday, December 31, 2010

Holiday greetings from the Kingsboider. 1st day birding Prospect

  The Kingsboider wishes all a rich filled 2011 for birds, birding moments , good health and good friends all year !


Traditionally, most birders would bird this New Years Day to get their personal year lists started. But in our case, for today's Brooklyn Bird Club Walk, it is a celebration of another start to an anticipatory year of birding, getting into the great outdoors watching and enjoying our feathered friends. Today's count thru slush , snow and careful walking, 31 species of birds were seen, the best moment observing a gorgeous COOPERS HAWK adult ( with red breast barring, dark cap, and orange eyes) perched first in the tall Tulip tree , then as it flew down, to a limb above water between Three Sisters Islands. Later , about 15 minutes later,we found a juvenile COOPERS HAWK, another pretty specimen at Duck Island. Regardless of the numbers of birds seen or whatever we saw, it was a sentimental yet good start  under crisp yet mild winter conditions.

Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bird Club walk, 7 participants, Peter Dorosh leading.


Observation date: 1/1/11

Number of species: 31



Canada Goose X

Mute Swan 6

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 160

Cooper's Hawk 2

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Coot X

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull (American) X

Great Black-backed Gull X

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 2

Blue Jay 2

Black-capped Chickadee X

Tufted Titmouse 1

American Robin 16

Northern Mockingbird 1

European Starling X

Chipping Sparrow 1

Fox Sparrow (Red) 4

Song Sparrow X

Swamp Sparrow 2

White-throated Sparrow X

Dark-eyed Junco X

Northern Cardinal X

House Finch 18

American Goldfinch X

House Sparrow X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

 
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01 January 2011




Observer: Rafael Campos R.

Left this morning the house to brave the snowy obstacles left by the storm the past week. Prospect Park was white, white, white. Most of the water was frozen, with a small area in the lake as an exception

The bird activity was concentrated, at least while I was there (9 am-12 noon) around the feeders of Breezy Hill, and the open water at the lake

I tallied for the very first day of the year, less than 30 sps. See list below:



Canada Goose (lake)



Mute Swan (lake)



Mallard (lake)



Northern Shoveler (Lake)



Cooper's Hawk (1, Ravine)



American Coot (lake)



Ring-billed Gull (lake)



(American) Herring Gull (lake)



Rock Pigeon



Mourning Dove



Red-bellied Woodpecker (1, behind Well House)



Downy Woodpecker (feeders)



Blue Jay (2)



Black-capped Chickadee (feeders & Well House)



Tufted Titmouse (1, feeders)



Carolina Wren (2, ca Grand Army Plaza)



Northern Mockingbird (1)



Fox Sparrow (2, near the feeders)



Song Sparrow (2 Well House)



White-throated Sparrow (well house, mainly)



Northern Cardinal



House Finch (feeders)



American Goldfinch (feeders)


House Sparrow


Happy birding in 2011, and Brooklyn is good birding, even if the ground is covered by snow!!!

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From Matthew Wills:

Hi, Peter


Happy New Year!

A great blue heron passed over us as we trudged through the snow in the Nethermead this afternoon. Looked like it was flying from the Lake to the Pools.

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From Keir:

Location: Prospect Park


Observation date: 1/1/11

Number of species: 33



Canada Goose X

Mute Swan 2

American Black Duck 1

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler X

Great Blue Heron 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Coot 2

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Great Black-backed Gull 2

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Downy Woodpecker X

Blue Jay X

American Crow X

Black-capped Chickadee X

Tufted Titmouse X

Red-breasted Nuthatch 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

Carolina Wren 1

European Starling X

Chipping Sparrow 1

Fox Sparrow (Red) 2

Song Sparrow 2

White-throated Sparrow X

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) X

Northern Cardinal X

House Finch X

American Goldfinch X

House Sparrow X



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North Shore Brooklyn "L-O-O-ONG" self tour on this Last day of 2010 ; 1 Prospect Report

I did a "warm-up" to my early February Brooklyn Bird Club walking tour of the North Brooklyn Shore today  AFTER accomplishing seeing my 201st Kings County species --a REDHEAD Duck drake at Coney Island Creek early this morning. I wanted to end the year with a flourish :)>

From the very first time I entered Brooklyn Bridge Park all the way to Ikea, with heavy boots on to fight the slush and snow, I must've walked 7 miles  ( I forgot my pedometer ). Not alot of birds to report but there were some very interesting Raptor moments within a span of 20 minutes .

1st sighting: a PEREGRINE FALCON perched on the rooftop of the long abandoned concrete grain processing center ( used to store grains for local distilleries back then) in Gowanus Industrial park ( viewed easily from Ikea at Columbia Ave)

see the link http://www.forgotten-ny.com/STREET%20SCENES/redhook/redhook.html

 Look for Concrete Silo on the link ( the 1922 building has these black rooftop partitions cube)

 2nd sighting: 10 minutes later, I saw a COOPERS HAWK fly over the IKEA parking lot and perched on one of the old tall shipping gray cranes, right on the the actual crane ( above the cab).

After the Coopers, I walked up Columbia Ave and entered Red Hook Park  sport fields , thru deep snow , saw a bird shape on a rooftop water tank for my 3rd raptor sighting. In the ensuing hurry to open the tripod b4 the raptor flew away, I broke the cold handle ( snapped off)  but nevertheless got the tripod extended. The raptor was a Red-Tailed Hawk perched on the water tank that had an advertisement saying "TREASURE ISLAND STORAGE"  Hmmm, wondering what HE was guarding??? Th water tank building was located at Lorraine St and Clinton Street.

Weird kind of day with raptors acting strange in a short span of time....I hope they weren't celebrating too early for New Years....

Also of note were 5 PURPLE SANDPIPERS on an archipelago type jetty at Fairways walkway at the end of Conover Street.
Red Hook is a cool , artistic  yet eccentric  type of place but here and there  you will find the occasional good birding moments.. great views of NY Harbor the statue of liberty, Governors Island....plus Steve's Lime Pie is always a treat.....

list:

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier One


Observation date: 12/31/10

Number of species: 10



Brant X

Gadwall X

American Black Duck X

Mallard X

Red-breasted Merganser X

Double-crested Cormorant X

Black-crowned Night-Heron 1

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull (American) X

Rock Pigeon X


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Location: Red Hook coastal ,Brooklyn


Observation date: 12/31/10

Number of species: 21


Brant 140 on Ikea lawn

Canada Goose X

Gadwall X

American Wigeon 2

American Black Duck X

Mallard X

Bufflehead X

Red-breasted Merganser X

Common Loon 1

loon sp. X

Double-crested Cormorant X

Cooper's Hawk 1 on Ikea crane artifact

Red-tailed Hawk 1 on water tank

Peregrine Falcon 1 on grain silo building

Purple Sandpiper 5  Fairway walkway Conover Street end.

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull (American) X

Great Black-backed Gull X

Rock Pigeon X

Northern Mockingbird 1

Dark-eyed Junco 1

House Sparrow X


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From Rob Bate:

Peter - 3 Siskins on the feeders at one time, otherwise all the usual suspects.


Happy New Year





Number of species: 34



Canada Goose X

Mute Swan X

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler X

Sharp-shinned Hawk X

American Coot X

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Great Black-backed Gull X

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Red-bellied Woodpecker X

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker X

Downy Woodpecker X

Hairy Woodpecker X

Blue Jay X

Black-capped Chickadee X

Tufted Titmouse X

Red-breasted Nuthatch X

White-breasted Nuthatch X

Carolina Wren X

American Robin X

European Starling X

Chipping Sparrow X

Fox Sparrow X

Song Sparrow X

White-throated Sparrow X

Dark-eyed Junco X

Northern Cardinal X

Red-winged Blackbird X

House Finch X

Pine Siskin X

American Goldfinch X

House Sparrow X

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Latest attack on a Brooklyn preserve , one with "Forever Wild" status

see the link from my Conservation blog

http://bbcnewsboard.blogspot.com/2010/12/again-four-sparrow-marsh-under.html

This weekend walks in Prospect; Brooklyn Bridge Park posting;Prospect bird report

Saturday January 1st , 2011 New Years "First" Day birding in Prospect Park


No registration required. Meet 9 am at Bartel Square park entrance (opposite Pavilion Movie Theater at 15th St and Prospect Park West / Southwest Avenues)

Trip Leader: Peter Dorosh

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Sunday at 10 am for Sunday


We will meet at the Boathouse on Sunday, January 2, 2011 - 10am


Hope you can make it.

Have a healthy and happy new year!

michele dreger   (leader)

prospect park audubon center


 Note the link on the Brooklyn Bridge Park website about the count and the team that covered the area on the Dec 18th Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Members and CBC team-ers Janet Zinn, Alan Baratz, Jerry Layton and Eric Salzman are in the photo gallery (begins with the House Sparrow).

http://www.brooklynbridgeparknyc.org/events/recreation/bird-watching



From Larry Zirlin:

Location: Prospect Park


Observation date: 12/30/10

Number of species: 21



Mute Swan 6

American Black Duck 1

Mallard 200

Northern Shoveler 100

Merlin 2 One chasing the other over Boathouse pond.

American Coot 6

Ring-billed Gull 700

Herring Gull 50

Great Black-backed Gull 3

Rock Pigeon 7

Blue Jay 4

Black-capped Chickadee 5

Tufted Titmouse 1 Lullwater Trail

White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Lullwater Trail

Carolina Wren 1 Trail above Wellhouse

American Robin 3 Lily Pond, Lullwater

European Starling 31

Song Sparrow 1 Near Wellhouse

White-throated Sparrow 50

Northern Cardinal 5

House Sparrow 10


Feeders

Observation date: 12/30/10

Number of species: 13



Mourning Dove 2

Downy Woodpecker 2

Black-capped Chickadee 10

Tufted Titmouse 1

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Song Sparrow 2

White-throated Sparrow 23

Dark-eyed Junco 3

Northern Cardinal 6

Red-winged Blackbird 1

House Finch 4

American Goldfinch 3


This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

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From Eni Falci:

Hi Peter-


Had a chance to walk by the Vale and Nelly's Lawn today.The sap was running on the maple tree the sapsucker had tapped and all the birds were taking advantage of the treat. The usual winter denizens were around lots of chattering white breasted nuthatches, chickadees, cardinals, downy woodpeckers and titmice. Juncos and white throated sparrows on the ground by the road but the surprise and treat was to see Nelly the red tailed hawk and her mate "Ned" carrying sticks to the previous year's nest, despite the pine tree being dead and needle-less.

Eni

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 29th Prospect

From Rob Jett:

Location: Prospect Park


Observation date: 12/29/10

Number of species: 31



Canada Goose X

Mute Swan X

Mallard X

Hooded Merganser 3

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Merlin 1

American Coot 4

Ring-billed Gull 800

Herring Gull (American) 200

Great Black-backed Gull 3

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Great Horned Owl 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2

Downy Woodpecker 3

Blue Jay X

American Crow X

Black-capped Chickadee 30

Tufted Titmouse 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 4

Carolina Wren 2

American Tree Sparrow 1

Fox Sparrow 12

White-throated Sparrow 75

Dark-eyed Junco 12

Northern Cardinal 8

Red-winged Blackbird 3

House Finch 14

American Goldfinch 10

House Sparrow X



This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

December 28th post Blizzard's good offerings

Winter Sentinel watching the lake. Should I tease those gulls again?


The post period of Sunday's massive blizzard continues to bring good luck to Prospect. On the second consecutive day, after yesterday's observations of Red-shouldered Hawk, Common Merganser along with unseasonal Gray Catbird ( seen again today), Eastern Towhee ( near the Catbird), and  Chipping Sparrow , the biggest surprise today was an AMERICAN PIPIT seen initially across the lake from Well drive ( but thought to be a Rusty Blackbird from that distance) thru my scope but confirmed later when I went over to investigate.

On my usual start from the Well Dr /Lake Dr junction, I aimed for the feeders again. Gray Catbird continues its winter survival ability, seen feeding on porcelain berries above the Lamppost #249 site. A Red Tailed Hawk was my next observation , perched at its usual general abode ( see pic above). It was at this point, I scoped the lake for anything good but it  wasn't on the water that caught my attention but a smallish bird ( from that great distance under clear skies) seen walking along the ice edge thru the strait of 3 Sisters islands. I thought initially Rusty Blackbird but it wasn't a sure thing till I told myself : " get thee over there".But that will wait. I need to look at the feeders first.

The feeders continue to amaze me with its bird numbers and diversity.Thanks to Rob Bate, the seed he filled yesterday got these birds really lively ! And besides the good birds I see like continuing Chipping Sparrow, it must be good stuff Rob added because I see a new visitor on the feeders: an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW !  After 30 minutes viewing of watching high activity ( see my list below), back thru the deep snow again though there is a trampled down trail with some off trail deep snow walking thru, I headed for 3 Sisters to check out my good bird .

It took me abut 30 minutes ( about in my terms "feeder time" ) to get to the Three Sisters islands south shore. I get there and I don't see the bird. I waited. About 15 minutes patient waiting, I see a odd bird walk up unto the east island  and it flew to the other side. I incredulously thought Pipit ? Its an odd , unusual spot to see this species here ; my accustomed thought to seeing these birds is on open spaces  like lawns, scrub meadows and so on. But I was confident that it was a Pipit. I walked along the shore to look around the island. No luck. I figure maybe it flew; so I started back homeward , but along the shore. About 30 paces later, I looked back and see the bird where I was just a minute ago. Its walking on the ice towards the water edge I first spotted from across the lake, the now confirmed Pipit looking into some leaf clutter frozen to the ice edge. Obviously looking for food, I got terrific close looks at this AMERICAN (WATER ) PIPIT . It stayed in the back channel of the islands,  even by and inside the sparse phragmites patch.

What I got for this cold but clear beautiful winter day was an ALL-AMERICAN DAY ( Tree Sparrow and Pipit). That's really cool.

Methinks it should snow more often... ;)>

Location: Prospect Park--Feeders


Observation date: 12/28/10

Number of species: 16


Mourning Dove 28

Downy Woodpecker 2

Black-capped Chickadee 9

Tufted Titmouse 1

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

American Tree Sparrow 1

Chipping Sparrow 1

Fox Sparrow (Red) 1

White-throated Sparrow 23

Dark-eyed Junco 6

Northern Cardinal 5

Red-winged Blackbird 1

House Finch 13

American Goldfinch 12

House Sparrow 5


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Prospect -Elsewhere
Location: Prospect Park


Observation date: 12/28/10

Notes: Lake is frozen 85% , gulls roosting on it.

Number of species: 21


Canada Goose 80 by Three Sisters islands

Mute Swan 6 lake

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 90 lake

Ruddy Duck 1 Three Sisters straits

Red-tailed Hawk 1 ad perched near Wellhouse

American Coot 18 scattered lake
Ring-billed Gull 1800 Lake

Herring Gull (American) X

Great Black-backed Gull 9 lake, one seen eating a dead Coot ( either killed or expired naturally)

Rock Pigeon 45

Mourning Dove X

crow sp. 2 on Lake

Black-capped Chickadee X

White-breasted Nuthatch 1 West Island

Gray Catbird 1 LP 249 upper slope, in tangles

European Starling X

American Pipit 1 behind 3 Sisters Island, walking on ice

White-throated Sparrow X

Dark-eyed Junco X

Northern Cardinal X

American Goldfinch 1  LP 249



Yesterday's gusty wind effect: sweetgums seed ball drop near West Island shelter and good sparrow feeding

AM WATER PIPIT now bhind

AM WATER PIPIT now bhind 3 Sisters islands on ice edge in strait by shore

AM WATER PIPIT on 3

AM WATER PIPIT on 3 Sisters islands last seen on east isl also on ice edges

Southern Prospect Winter images from yesterday's snowshoe journey

All the following photos were taken by my cell phone.
Gulls astray by passing overhead Red-tailed Hawk at Prospect Lake


Wind art upon a snowdrift, powered by very gusty forces!

Wellhouse Icicles, which i sensibly kept my distance ;)

Lamppost #249 winter wonderland

Monday, December 27, 2010

December 27th Prospect's blizzard-ly wonderland




Expectations for bird life after a major blizzard were low as I set out for the arduous trek into the deep depths of snow. Battling high gusty winds, swirling snow and occasional mini whiteouts, I don't know how I managed. But I was exhausted when I got back home.

With my snowshoes to aid me , though not the "missing I-COULD-NOT-FIND " wooden old fashioned "tennis rackets"  :( that would have given me wider area  and less sinking with each step, I exerted more energy with each step thru the deep snow with the second pair of aluminium lightweight snowshoes. It took me almost an hour  (well...I had a little fun zigzagging on the way thru the woods) for a normally 15 minute trek from my Greenwood Ave entrance to the feeders that were near empty as reported earlier. I had new seed , but this last minute purchased seed I bought were too large --Striped Sunflower--for the mesh feeders' holes ( so I made makeshift carton ones ) since my work stored seed is inaccessible for me as I am off today .

En route, several surprising birds revealed themselves, not something I expected with all this heavy snow around and after effects. By the Well Drive picnic tables , as I heard the joyous cries of kids and toddlers sledding down the popular hill, a CAROLINA WREN perched in a birch tree ( later on the return home, 6 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES were feeding upon birch catkins, something we should look for with Redpolls feeding on the same staple if they passed thru). Farther up , by the Ginkgo grove, overshadowing the three shipping containers, a GRAY CATBIRD somehow braving the harsh elements , worked its way up the slope. Then , as I near the Maryland Monument, a midsized raptor flew down above the slope by the monument, the hawk flying over the Terrace Bridge and southern Lullwater; I caught sight of the bold upper wing crescents, and basing on its body /wing shape as well as the longish tail , I concluded it was a juvenile RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. Totally unexpected !

Finally, arrival at the feeders found me gazing at the high bird activity for almost 20 minutes from afar before I attempted a seed refill with the new feeder cartons I had. While watching , I observed a blackbird invasion of COMMON GRACKLE and RED-WINGED battling out with the usual bird feeders;but also well noted, single  CHIPPING SPARROW on the ground and single PINE SISKIN on the thistle sock before the latter flew away to the larger feeder and attempted to pull out a black sunflower seed...I asked myself how in the devil will it....? I figured winter's cold play will do anything to birds psyche. I couldn't even put up the new emergency feeders due to high winds that would simply blow out all the new seed. But I received word Rob Bate refilled the feeders from seed he received as a gift.It will be good for now till Wednesday when I get back to work.

Facing the long difficult trailblazing home a little tired, I met another surprise from the Peninsula lakeshore, a species I didn't see earlier on the lake. Against the backdrop of over 250 wind battled Canada Geese huddling against Three Sisters Island shore, a lone hen COMMON MERGANSER was never expected by me. It glided in the now much wider open water, along ice edges for a good 10 minutes until it reached the southeast end of the water before it simply took off. I watched it faithfully with frostbitten cold fingers ( blame it on multiple text messages with my very small qwerty board I can't press with gloves on) until it disappeared in the winter western sky. Wow....

All I can say for this very surprising morning that was bird rich after a blizzard impacted day : Thank goodness someone invented snowshoes!


Location: Prospect Park--Feeders  (note new Ebird category)


Observation date: 12/27/10

Number of species: 15



Mourning Dove X

Downy Woodpecker 1

Black-capped Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 1

Chipping Sparrow 1

Fox Sparrow (Red) 3

White-throated Sparrow 7

Dark-eyed Junco 5

Northern Cardinal 8

Red-winged Blackbird 3

Common Grackle 5

House Finch 11

Pine Siskin 1

American Goldfinch 12

House Sparrow 3

Prospect -elsewhere


225 Canada Goose --against 3 sisters island shoreline


X Mallard

125 Northern Shoveler  lake west shore

1 Common Merganser  hen middle Lake, subsequently flew out after 10 minutes

1 Red-shouldered Hawk  juv flyover Maryland -Terrace Bridge

1 Red-tailed Hawk  perched above Wellhouse

X American Coot

X Ring-billed Gull

X Herring Gull

2 Great Black-backed Gull lake

X Rock Pigeon

X Mourning Dove

X Black-capped Chickadee

1 Carolina Wren  Well Dr Picnic Tables

1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet  Peninsula lakeshore

1 Gray Catbird  Lookout Hill south slope by Ginkgo grove

X European Starling

1 Song Sparrow

X White-throated Sparrow

X Dark-eyed Junco

X Northern Cardinal

14 Common Grackle  reported at Mary Eyster's feeder

6 American Goldfinch  Well Dr picnic tables, in birch trees, feeding on catkins


Total species reported: 23





From Rob Bate :

I filled the feeders with the seed mix, the birds seemed happy and the seed should last a day or two.


I saw the Pine Siskin and also a Chipping Sparrow, maybe the same one that has been around recently. Also, back at Winthrop St we had a Brown-headed Cowbird eating cheap seed with the House Sparrows. There were 20 House Finches and 10 Goldfinches on the feeders at one time and about 20 White-throated Sparrows feeding with Juncos and 2 Fox Sparrows below the feeders.



From Adam Welz December 26th report

Hi Peter

I made it out to the park today as the snow was getting going well. Made a trip to the feeders and had a look at Prospect Lake.

Notable: A small group of Pine Siskin in company of a larger group of Goldfinch at the feeders. A single Jay heard nearby -- haven't seen them much lately. I saw some Shoveler flying off the lake and northwards -- have no idea where they were going in the blizzard, but good luck to them. No Mourning Dove anywhere.
Cheers

Adam

Date: Sun, Dec 26, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park , 12/26/10



Location: Prospect Park

Observation date: 12/26/10

Notes: Snowing heavily, many observations of passerines made at feeders.

Number of species: 21



Canada Goose - Branta canadensis X not fully counted -- over 50 birds

Mute Swan - Cygnus olor 5

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos X not fully counted -- over 50 birds

Northern Shoveler - Anas clypeata X not fully counted == probably over 200 birds

American Coot - Fulica americana 7

Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis X not fully counted -- approx 100 birds?

Herring Gull - Larus argentatus X about 10 birds? Not fully counted

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus varius 1

Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens 2

Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata 1

Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus 20

White-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta carolinensis 1

Carolina Wren - Thryothorus ludovicianus 1

Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia 1

White-throated Sparrow - Zonotrichia albicollis 20

Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis 10

Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis 6

House Finch - Carpodacus mexicanus 6

Pine Siskin - Spinus pinus 5

American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis 10

House Sparrow - Passer domesticus 3




From Doug Gochfeld:

Hey Peter,


Wandered through the Park with my Dad late this afternoon and we had a couple of incidental sightings:

South slope of Lookout (between Wellhouse and Lamppost 249): Eastern Towhee, Gray Catbird, 2 Fox Sparrows

Feeders: Chipping Sparrow

Happy Holidays

-Doug




COMMON MERGANSER hen on PPLake

COMMON MERGANSER hen on PPLake middle-also great diversity at feeders inc PINE SISKIN

Friday, December 24, 2010

December 25th : Season's Greetings !





Season's Greetings , Good Will, and Best Wishes on Christmas Day to all my readers and fellow birders everywhere



                                                                --The Kingsboider



Location: Prospect Park--Feeders


Observation date: 12/25/10

Number of species: 12



Mourning Dove 10

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 3

Black-capped Chickadee 14

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Northern Mockingbird 1

White-throated Sparrow 4

Dark-eyed Junco 3

Northern Cardinal 1

House Finch 14

American Goldfinch 18



Location: Prospect Park


Observation date: 12/25/10

Number of species: 17


Canada Goose 45 lake

Mute Swan 4 lake

American Black Duck 3 lake

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 290 Lake

Red-tailed Hawk 1 above Wellhouse

American Coot 20

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull (American) X

Great Black-backed Gull 15 lake

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

American Crow 1

Fox Sparrow (Red) 1 near West Island


Song Sparrow 1   near West Island


Swamp Sparrow 1 near West Island


White-throated Sparrow 8 near West Island

December 24th Christmas Eve feast

I didn't even fathom a few years back how popular the feeders have become these days but the birds are enjoying a holiday feast . At least 90 birds seen this morning, whether on the feeders or on the ground bring much company to the feeders and the surrounding quiet winter woods , opposed to low bird activity seen throughout Prospect elsewhere. It's good to see not only the many birds thrilled to see the nourishing seed but also provide enjoyment to the number of birders and visitors stopping by ,curious seeing this high flurry spectacle.

Christmas Eve is a time of family and good friends , a gathering symbolic of the holiday season. As with people, the same holds true for birds, even though its the food that attracts them; in that case, the sentimentality falls upon nature lovers coming by, perhaps sharing their visual experience with others, watching these birds in their finest revelry, in Nature's festive sphere.


Location: Prospect Park--Feeders


Observation date: 12/24/10

Number of species: 11



Mourning Dove 28

Downy Woodpecker 1

Black-capped Chickadee 6

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Fox Sparrow (Red) 1

White-throated Sparrow 4

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 6

Northern Cardinal 2

House Finch 18

American Goldfinch 22



Location: Prospect Park-elsewhere


Observation date: 12/24/10

Number of species: 12



Canada Goose 122 Lake

Mute Swan 6 Lake west shore

American Black Duck 1 Lake west shore

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 280 Lake west shore

Red-tailed Hawk 1 perched above Well Dr; flew over lake 3x, flushed gulls

Ring-billed Gull 850 lake

Herring Gull (American) X

Great Black-backed Gull 11

Rock Pigeon X

Blue Jay 1 Well drive

Black-capped Chickadee X


Thursday, December 23, 2010

December 23rd Prospect : "It isn't a reindeer"

Early this morning, en route for work, I entered the park from the 16th street/ Terrace Place entrance. About 50 feet in, at the pedestrian road junction with the drive, I noticed some whitewash splatter - three separate round "splats". Thinking maybe a late in the day ( for a nocturnal creature) owl, I looked up. There was a shape but it wasn't an owl; just 15 feet up, an adult COOPER'S HAWK bristled at my spotting him. It ruffled its feathers , then jumped up to another higher branch. My guess was the three "splats" belonged to him, a reminder it left "behind".

Well, at least it didn't have a red nose, lest it would have made the daily news.

--Kingsboider

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Brooklyn Christmas Bird Count 2010 total numbers

Attached is the overall Brooklyn numbers  (JPEG scan) followed by the list for Prospect Park.

CLICK ON  the Link after the Legend list. ( Thanks to Rob Jett for providing an improved scanned document much easier to read CBC species list )
                                                                                            
Legend 

NS = North Shore
PP = Prospect Park
GW=Greenwood Cemetery
OH= Owls Head
MP= Marine Park
FB=Floyd Bennett
BB= Bergen Beach
SC =Spring Creek
JB =Jamaica Bay
RP =Riis Park
BP=Breezy Point


Click on ------> http://tinyurl.com/36qs8pn


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Location:
Prospect Park
Observation date: 12/18/10

Notes: CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, PART OF OVERALL KINGS COUNTY CBCNumber of species: 47


Canada Goose 333

Mute Swan 7

American Black Duck 1

Mallard 194

Northern Shoveler 408

Great Blue Heron 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk 3

Cooper's Hawk 2

Red-tailed Hawk 3

American Kestrel 1

Merlin 1

American Coot 31

Ring-billed Gull 985

Herring Gull (American) 75

Great Black-backed Gull 10

Rock Pigeon 166

Mourning Dove 31

Great Horned Owl 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 9

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4

Downy Woodpecker 6

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 9

American Crow 15

Black-capped Chickadee 34

Tufted Titmouse 11

Red-breasted Nuthatch 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 9

Brown Creeper 1

Carolina Wren 5

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

Hermit Thrush 2

American Robin 42

Gray Catbird 1

Northern Mockingbird 4

European Starling 76

Fox Sparrow (Red) 7

Song Sparrow 6

Swamp Sparrow 3

White-throated Sparrow 114

Dark-eyed Junco 36

Northern Cardinal 36

Red-winged Blackbird 9

House Finch 12

Pine Siskin 4

American Goldfinch 27

House Sparrow 98


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December 21st Prospect :1st day of Winter

Before the bird sightings report, a recommendation for winter reading on this first day of Winter. If you are curious about how animals survive in harsh winter, I highly recommend this book that is a National Bestseller.

Bernd Heinrich's "The ingenuity of animal survival : Winter World" (click on link)

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Winter-World/Bernd-Heinrich/e/9780061129070/?itm=1&USRI=winter+world

Now today's report:

The lake showed more open water but very slightly out in the northwest section. The usual Shovelers are present but  appeared to have diminished numbers. But at the open water next to the west shore, a very close look at the drake HOODED MERGANSER for anyone passing by.

A meeting with Rob Bate on the Well Drive opposite the three shipping containers prove the spot to meet. We saw subsequently, GRAY CATBIRD under the multi flora bush, FOX SPARROW and WINTER WREN on the other side of the road , under the dormant Magnolia trees and Rob caught sight also of  GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. Later , meeting Rob again and Tracy , I found they were looking at a COMMON GRACKLE on Breeze Hill near the feeders, still active as always. They were refilled after a fast consumption. Speaking of feeders, my thanks to Isabel Conte and Gil Shrank the latest to contribute donations for bird seed, joining Rob Bate ,Tracy Meade and Nancy Tim.

No late word on the possible Northern Goshawk seen early this morning. Mary Eyster reported a very large raptor with a long tail overhead near Bartel Pritchard before the hawk flew into Prospect.I am hoping it stuck around, enticed by Prospect-ive" meaty offerings...plenty of food to go around....So keep your eyes open.

But , it was wonderful to see the perched RED-TAILED HAWK above those 3 shipping containers on Well Drive. The sun was bright, and the cold wind not much of a bother for two RT hawks before one flew out  towards the lake in the early afternoon.For some reason, the gulls didn't take off from their icy roost ...hmm, it must be icicles in their eyes....

Location: Prospect Park--Feeders


Observation date: 12/21/10

Number of species: 9



Mourning Dove X

Downy Woodpecker 1

Black-capped Chickadee 6

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

White-throated Sparrow X

Dark-eyed Junco X

House Finch X

American Goldfinch 2

House Sparrow 3



Location: Prospect Park


Observation date: 12/21/10

Number of species: 21



Canada Goose 320 feeding on Peninsula Meadow late afternoon

Mute Swan 5 lake

American Black Duck 1 Lake

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler X Lake

Hooded Merganser 1 drake Lake

Cooper's Hawk 1 F/O Peninsula

Red-tailed Hawk 2 perched high Well Dr

American Coot X

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull (American) X

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Black-capped Chickadee X

Winter Wren 1 Well Dr ( RBate)

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 Well Dr ( RBate)

European Starling X

Fox Sparrow (Red) 1 Well Dr ( RBate, Pdorosh)

White-throated Sparrow X

Dark-eyed Junco X

Common Grackle 1 Breeze Hill ( RBate, TMeade, Pdorosh)



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From Adam Welz

report from yesterday 12/20

Hi Peter


a little late, but here are my sightings from yesterday.

Noteworthy for me was a single Brown Creeper on a tree by the feeders -- as far as I remember not a single one was seen in Brooklyn during the Xmas Bird Count, and I have not seen one in the park in the park for weeks. Also a single Redbr. Nuthatch & a single Fox Sparrow at the feeders.

There was a single Ruddy Duck scrumming it with the Mallards on Prospect Lake. Funny that it didn't take off with the rest of em.

Cheers

Adam


Location: Prospect Park

Observation date: 12/20/10

Notes: Half of the survey period was spent at a feeder station, where the majority of the passerine species were seen.

Number of species: 25



Canada Goose - Branta canadensis 80

Mute Swan - Cygnus olor 5

American Black Duck - Anas rubripes 1

American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) - Anas rubripes x platyrhynchos 5

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos 120

Northern Shoveler - Anas clypeata 250

Ruddy Duck - Oxyura jamaicensis 1

Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis 2

American Coot - Fulica americana 15

gull sp. - Larinae sp. 5

Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura 20

Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens 2

Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus 20

Tufted Titmouse - Baeolophus bicolor 2

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta canadensis 1

White-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta carolinensis 2

Brown Creeper - Certhia americana 1

Carolina Wren - Thryothorus ludovicianus 1

European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris X

Fox Sparrow - Passerella iliaca 1

White-throated Sparrow - Zonotrichia albicollis 15

Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis 20

Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis 6

Red-winged Blackbird - Agelaius phoeniceus 5

House Finch - Carpodacus mexicanus 4

American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis 2

House Sparrow - Passer domesticus 4


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Possible Northern Goshawk flyover near

Possible Northern Goshawk flyover near Bartel Pritchard into park..per Mary E.. Not a RTHA

Today is Winter Solstice

At 11:38 tonight, Winter officially begins ( but we felt long before it already....) 

As you have noticed, in parallel with the season, the blog colors reflect snow, ice and crystals and maybe perhaps ocean if you want to see that  as well since winter birding is quite productive on the coast. Of course ,  my picture stays the same ( I can't put on a parka in that lush rain forest....).

Lets hope its a season of great bird sightings and tranquil yet anticipatory birding as well.

--Kingsboider

Monday, December 20, 2010

Lunar Eclipse tonight

This is an off topic , but technically, since birds use the Moon as a migration guide  its eligible as information news ;)>  I am posting this celestial event that is the first occurring on the Winter Solstice in over 3 1/2 centuries -- last in 1638--( but first in three years for northern North America), a Lunar Eclipse where the moon turns deep reddish. Its only the second winter solstice lunar eclipse in the last 2000 years..Of course the drawback is you have to be a true "nightowl"  to see it and hope its clear seeing.

The lunar eclipse totality phase starts at 2:41 AM , peaking at 3:17 AM. 

here's the info link --> http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/observingblog/111597159.html

news story --> http://tinyurl.com/33y4evf

Sunday, December 19, 2010

December 18th Christmas Count Day early con"sensus"; latest CBC update, all species list


 The early reports which I will detail later when I get the full file from compiler Rick Cech, was my surprise  regarding Prospect 's low species count the lowest I recalled in many years when we only tallied 45 species. But in a paradoxical  twist, Brooklyn came thru with one of its highest counts in years with 125 species..

Yet despite its low species list ( like not including Brown Creeper , nor was this seen at all in Brooklyn) , Prospect included some quality. The best  bird , last seen ten or eleven years ago on a Count day was GREAT HORNED OWL. Following that sighting,  4 PINE SISKIN seen on the thistle feeders might have been the Brooklyn region only "save" bird ( it saved the list with the only species at one location) back by a single GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET , the only bird for the count. The Lake's frozen almost totality impacted waterfowl except those determined Northern Shovelers, 408 bird  really crammed in the only two small open water spots , and 328 Canada Goose, obviously many migrated birds.

On the overall Brooklyn count, exceptional sighting a COMMON RAVEN harassed by crows at Floyd Bennett Field near the main southern entrance dead pines hits the cake icing, possibly Brooklyn's first count species record. Other terrific observations I was able to remember from my groggy nite :  KING EIDER (1st yr male , jetty near Fort Tilden fisherman lot ), HARLEQUIN DUCK ( same as previous), RED CROSSBILL, BLACK SKIMMER (Coney Island Beach , 3 rare) , a spate of Red-shouldered Hawks and so on...( I forget the rest but I will detail more soon when i get Rick's report)

My 8 mile walk (I used a pedometer) inside Prospect was worth the effort so as of now, I am beat. More later.

--Kingsboider


Listserves posting  sent by Peter

Dear birders and CBC coordinators,








This is a brief, preliminary report pending end of Count Week , new reports and follow up






My thanks to Rick Cech, our compiler for his hard work and effort in the compilation and data organization with assistance from Paul Keim doing roll call.. Thanks also to Heidi Steiner for teams organization and Mary Eyster for the Count Dinner setup. Also thanks to all the volunteers and all the teams for participating in Brooklyn's 101st count and dinner preparations.






Also, I express my gratitude to the Prospect Park Audubon Center ( or better known as the Boathouse ), director Maria Cobo and the Prospect Park Alliance and President Tupper Thomas for allowing us to hold the dinner and count event at their beautiful venue. There is no better place to have this great event in Brooklyn, particularly at Prospect Park, the official home of the Brooklyn Bird Club.


Hi lights from the December 18th Brooklyn Christmas Bird Count include the following: COMMON RAVEN, a first in our count history, in Floyd Bennett Field , perched on a dead pine, calling , while harassed by American Crows and later in Fort Tilden, when the same bird flew over there, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK in Fort Tilden, 2 GREAT HORNED OWLS, Common Eider ,Common Merganser, Redhead,Great Egret ,Black-legged Kittiwake,Short-eared Owl ,Orange-crowned Warbler ( to name several among our irregulars),rare species of American Oystercatcher, Black Skimmers ( 3,Coney Island Beach), Turkey Vulture, Pine Warbler, Lincoln Sparrow, Red Crossbill .A BLACK-HEADED GULL seen yesterday at Owls Head pier for Count week. Please check the list attached for the complete tally.


The total was 125 species.


Good birding and happy Holidays,


Peter Dorosh


Pres. Brooklyn Bird Club




List provide by Rick Cech, compiler.

Brooklyn Christmas Count: 2010




Preliminary Count Compile



Snow Goose


1,522



Brant

11,124



Canada Goose

2,583



Mute Swan

82



Gadwall

114



American Wigeon

89



American Black Duck

925



Mallard

744



Northern Shoveler

772



Northern Pintail

5



Green-winged Teal

400



Canvasback

13



Redhead

10

IRR



Greater Scaup

7,405



Lesser Scaup

296



King Eider

1

RARE



Common Eider

82

IRR



Harlequin Duck

1

RARE



Surf Scoter

347



White-winged Scoter

13



Black Scoter

2,591



Scoter (sp.)

510

IRR



Long-tailed Duck

113



Bufflehead

1,559



Common Goldeneye

18



Hooded Merganser

68



Common Merganser

5

IRR



Red-breasted Merganser

1,982



Ruddy Duck

730



Red-throated Loon

15



Common Loon

47



Pied-billed Grebe

6



Horned Grebe

120



Red-necked Grebe

1



Northern Gannet

15



Double-crested Cormorant

100



Great Cormorant

51



Great Blue Heron

14



Great Egret

2

IRR



Black-crowned Night-Heron

4



Turkey Vulture

1

RARE



Northern Harrier

13



Sharp-shinned Hawk

18



Cooper's Hawk

18



Red-shouldered Hawk

7

IRR



Red-tailed Hawk

20



American Kestrel

8



Merlin

11



Peregrine Falcon

8



American Coot

80



Black-bellied Plover

35



Killdeer

14



American Oystercatcher

3

RARE



Greater Yellowlegs

2



Ruddy Turnstone

10

IRR



Sanderling

199



Purple Sandpiper

23



Dunlin

19



American Woodcock

5



Black-legged Kittiwake

1

IRR



Bonaparte's Gull

35



Black-headed Gull

cw

RARE



Ring-billed Gull

7,309



Herring Gull

3,789



Lesser Black-backed Gull

1

IRR



Great Black-backed Gull

272



Black Skimmer

3

RARE



Rock Pigeon

1,212



Mourning Dove

449



Monk Parakeet

50



Great Horned Owl

2

RARE



Short-eared Owl

1

IRR



Belted Kingfisher

3



Red-bellied Woodpecker

44



Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

6



Downy Woodpecker

47



Hairy Woodpecker

4



Northern Flicker

25



Blue Jay

71



American Crow

155



Common Raven

1

NEW FOR COUNT



Horned Lark

82



Black-capped Chickadee

294



Tufted Titmouse

15



Red-breasted Nuthatch

37



White-breasted Nuthatch

29



Carolina Wren

43



Winter Wren

2



Golden-crowned Kinglet

1



Ruby-crowned Kinglet

6



Hermit Thrush

12



American Robin

128



Gray Catbird

7



Northern Mockingbird

107



Brown Thrasher

1

IRR



European Starling

2,793



American Pipit

97



Cedar Waxwing

35



Orange-crowned Warbler

6

IRR



Yellow-rumped Warbler

271



Pine Warbler

2

RARE



Palm Warbler

2



Common Yellowthroat

2

IRR



American Tree Sparrow

26



Chipping Sparrow

4



Field Sparrow

5



Savannah Sparrow

13



Fox Sparrow

34



Song Sparrow

207



Lincoln's Sparrow

1

RARE



Swamp Sparrow

17



White-throated Sparrow

503



White-crowned Sparrow

4

IRR



Dark-eyed Junco

217



Snow Bunting

1



Northern Cardinal

239



Red-winged Blackbird

80



Eastern Meadowlark

3



Rusty Blackbird

8

IRR



Common Grackle

26



Boat-tailed Grackle

42



Brown-headed Cowbird

452



House Finch

115



Red Crossbill

1

RARE



Pine Siskin

6

IRR



American Goldfinch

215



House Sparrow

687





Total Species:

125



Total Numbers:

55,331





NOTE: "cw" = Count Week only

Friday, December 17, 2010

December 17th, Prospect , the day before the Kings County Christmas Count

Sunrise today seen from the Tennis House, my office

Tomorrow is the annual Christmas Bird Census in Kings County or better known as "Brooklyn" . It will be our 111th count carried out by  Brooklyn Bird Club members and friends.Typically, a count compiler will choose any day between December 14th and January 5th , the period the National Audubon designates. Traditionally, Brooklyn chose the 1st Saturday after the 14th. It'll be a duty faithfully carried out with much anticipation as well as doing it for the greater purpose of science. Wish us the best of luck.
I will post here the results for Prospect tomorrow late eve and then later a day or so after the count dinner, the Brooklyn results and rarities, highlights and whatever else information I hear.

Here's a link about the CBC----->  http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count

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Today's feeder bird was the American Goldfinch, 12 individuals easily outnumbering the reliable Chickadee. Goldfinches zealously went for the thistle feeders, which I should mention are quite close to the fence so if you want to see them, check from afar , and then move slowly in towards the fence. It was a long busy day for me, so not much else to report. I heard from Rob Bate it was quiet. But I am superstitious, so I rather  that today be quiet and tomorrow much more active. But I hope the lake will be open more but doubt the hard freeze will melt quickly enough. But there were plenty of gulls on the ice so maybe we will see a good one.Thae's how it goes..."whatever".

Happy Counting if you are out there....

--Kingsboider

Location: Prospect Park--Feeders


Observation date: 12/17/10

Number of species: 12



Mourning Dove 5

Downy Woodpecker 1

Black-capped Chickadee 9

Tufted Titmouse 1

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

White-throated Sparrow 6

Dark-eyed Junco 1

Northern Cardinal 2

House Finch 4

American Goldfinch 12

House Sparrow 1



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From Anne-Katrin

Friday - December 17 10:00AM



7 Mute Swan on nearly frozen lake

1 Great Blue Heron looking perplexed on a Three Sisters Island

Hooded Merganser - drake on Peninsula near tarps

1 Wood Duck on hill at Boathouse

Anne-Katrin

Thursday, December 16, 2010

December 16th Prospect "feeding frenzy"

Cell phone photo today of three Black-capped watching me to see I don't steal any of their seed...Vale Cashmere
No winter passerine species in my opinion most epitomize the winter feeding frenzy like the Black-capped Chickadee. This remarkable little bird requires a ton of food relative to its weight to compensate for heat loss overnight; hence why they are like gluttons when it comes to eating.

I was told today by Rob Jett about the Vale of Cashmere seed depot upon the three stone pillars at the north end of the pool. So I went over there to check besides a little work to be done hanging up "Habitat Restoration " signs. Sure enough, as Rob said it was ,  a "JFK Airport" bird feeding frenzy spurred by presence of seed I don't know who is putting down , nevertheless a good thing for birds and the environment. [ Note: Any other feeders besides the ones I maintain are taken down; only one feeder set now is permitted by the park boss].

So if you are intrigued by winter behavior like eating, go to the feeders or the Vale and watch with delight how the Black-capped Chickadee devours the seeds with so much energy.


for more on BCCH winter feeding and nighttime survival briefing , click on this -->

http://www.4peaks.com/fkchick.htm#food

Location: Prospect Park--Feeders


Observation date: 12/16/10

Number of species: 13



Mourning Dove X

Downy Woodpecker 1

Black-capped Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 1

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Fox Sparrow (Red) 1

White-throated Sparrow X

Dark-eyed Junco X

Northern Cardinal 3

Red-winged Blackbird 2

House Finch 9

American Goldfinch 3

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Elsewhere
 
Location: Prospect Park


Observation date: 12/16/10

Number of species: 15

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Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Cemetery

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Cemetery

Downy Woodpecker 2 Cemetery

Blue Jay 2 Cemetery

Black-capped Chickadee 7 Vale Cashmere

Tufted Titmouse 1 Cemetery

American Robin 5 Cemetery

Northern Mockingbird 1 Cemetery

European Starling X

Fox Sparrow (Red) 3 Cemetery

White-throated Sparrow 15 Cemetery

Dark-eyed Junco X

Northern Cardinal 3 Cemetery



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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December 14th Prospect

Northern Cardinals bring great color , a winter delight , to the feeders. At the end of my workday this afternoon, I stopped by the feeders and noted six of them, at least four on the feeders, one on the ground, another whizzed by. Two bright males were on the adjoining feeders, both birds surprisingly bright red for this very cold day. I can always count on the Northern Cardinal bringing cheer on wintry , bitter cold days.When I was a child growing up in the shadow of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, a Cardinal was a BIG thing. Whenever my Mom spotted one out the back window and saw a Cardinal in my yard (but don't tell any Bluejays, another favorite visitor way back then) , she would hurry and fetch me, because it was a rare visitor for my backyard near the industrial area dominated by the Brooklyn Navy Yard  in a neighborhood called "Wallabout" , the name of the bay the navy yard adjoins. There is still buzz when that happens where I lived now, a much smaller yard nowadays.

So, whenever you see a cardinal, think of winter's bright ambassador, a reliable and beautiful species I often associate with the holiday season. ( for proof, check out any holiday cards you might have received with the Northern Cardinal)

--Kingsboider

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Cardinal/id


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Peter'st list feeders


5 Mourning Dove


1 Downy Woodpecker

7 Black-capped Chickadee

1 Red-breasted Nuthatch

2 White-breasted Nuthatch

2 Fox Sparrow (Red)

9 White-throated Sparrow

4 Dark-eyed Junco

6 Northern Cardinal

1 Red-winged Blackbird

1 American Goldfinch

Total species reported: 11

 Elsewhere

Location: Prospect Park



Observation date: 12/14/10

Number of species: 19



Canada Goose 228 Lake

Mute Swan 5 lake

American Black Duck 1 Lake

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 215 Lake

Hooded Merganser 1 drake Lake

Ruddy Duck 7 Lake

Pied-billed Grebe 1 Upper Pool

Great Blue Heron 1 f/o Terrace Br

Red-tailed Hawk 1 f/o Lookout Hill

American Coot 3 south lullwater

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull (American) X

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

European Starling X

Swamp Sparrow 1 Peninsula shore

Red-winged Blackbird 12 Rink cove phragmites

House Sparrow X



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Also a side note: Yesterday when I exited the park in late afternoon  and walked along Greenwood Ave, a COOPERS HAWK flew over the street down Sherman Ave , towards Ocean Parkway.. I guess the bird was expanding its horizons beyond park borders.  ;)>

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From Rob Bate:

Very cold in the park but feeders very active including a Brown-headed Cowbird.
Also, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Winter Wren behind the Wellhouse.
No Siskin, no Rusty BB



Observation date: 12/14/10

Number of species: 32



Canada Goose X

Mute Swan X

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler X

Ruddy Duck X

Cooper's Hawk X

Peregrine Falcon X

American Coot X

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Great Black-backed Gull X

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Downy Woodpecker X

Blue Jay X

Black-capped Chickadee X

White-breasted Nuthatch X

Carolina Wren X

Winter Wren X

Ruby-crowned Kinglet X

Northern Mockingbird X

European Starling X

Fox Sparrow X

Song Sparrow X

White-throated Sparrow X

Dark-eyed Junco X

Northern Cardinal X

Red-winged Blackbird X

Brown-headed Cowbird X

House Finch X

American Goldfinch X

House Sparrow X



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Sunday, December 12, 2010

December 12th Prospect + Brooklyn Bridge Park

 A rain soaked sleeping Red-tailed Hawk atop an air conditioner in Boerum Hill last night, photo sent to me today. Poor bird!

Finally as the rain ended, a brief mid afternoon walk under dreary skies to look  for anything still dry (I doubt it). Most interesting was the juvenile Red-tailed Hawk atop a cut off snag along the path from Terrace Bridge to the rink, that was feeding on prey.At one time, as the hawk fed, it almost slipped off the wet snag , just grabbing the bark at the last moment and flapping its wings to stay aloft. Must be a heck of a comedian to his folks.

In that area, an adult Coopers Hawk perched  at the hilltop. But it didn't stayed long.The juvenile Red tailed tried to intimidate it by flying all around and above it, finally chasing off the Coopers from its turf. I guess the Coopers wasn't amused.

No sign of the Rusty Blackbird as reported perhaps storm weary after a week's stay. But along that path , a flurry of birds that included Fox Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow and a female Red-winged Blackbird instead of its better cousin. But as I was viewing the action along with new birder Eric, a Golden-crowned Kinglet flew over, momentarily perched in a Hawthorne, before taking off up the hill.

On the lake, much open now, a lone drake HOODED MERGANSER and the usual population of Northern Shovelers. Better weather ahead but colder on Tuesday might be good for ducks spurred by a polar clipper. But I heard maybe in the long term forecast rain next weekend..Not a good sign for the Brooklyn Xmas Count...lets hope the storm misses..

Location: Prospect Park


Observation date: 12/12/10

Number of species: 28



Canada Goose X

Mute Swan 4 Lake

American Black Duck 2 Lake

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 175 Lake

Hooded Merganser 1 drake Lake

Ruddy Duck X

Cooper's Hawk 1  Breeze Hill

Red-tailed Hawk 1 juv south lullwater


American Coot 5 Lake

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull (American) X

Great Black-backed Gull 2

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove 24  West Island triple sweetgums

Black-capped Chickadee X

Tufted Titmouse 2  south lullwater


Golden-crowned Kinglet 1  south lullwater
 
European Starling X

Fox Sparrow (Red) 2--West Island triple sweetgums, 1 south lullwater


Song Sparrow 1

Swamp Sparrow 3--2 West Island triple sweetgums,1 south lullwater


White-throated Sparrow 15--10 West Island triple sweetgums, 5 south Lullwater


Dark-eyed Junco X

Northern Cardinal 3

Red-winged Blackbird 3--one south lullwater,2 West Island triple sweetgums


American Goldfinch 10  West Island triple sweetgums

House Sparrow X


Feeder
 
Location: Prospect Park


Observation date: 12/12/10

Number of species: 4


Downy Woodpecker 2

Black-capped Chickadee 6

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

American Goldfinch 2



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Brooklyn Bridge Park birding , reported by Larry Zirlin

(Ebirds listerve posting)

From: Larry Zirlin


To: ebirdsnyc@yahoogroups.com

Sent: Sun, December 12, 2010 4:07:54 PM

Subject: [ebirdsnyc] Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, 12/13


The latest bird to arrive at Pier 1 is a drake Bufflehead,

seen swimming and diving among the pilings. This brings

 the number of reported species at this (relatively) new site

up to 49. I'm hoping for a nice even 50 before year's end.

I've seen Mergansers nearby in the past so that's a possibility

A Gadwall was also present.Between Piers 3 & 4 there

were three more Gadwalls plus another drake

Bufflehead, and off Pier 6, yet another Bufflehead.


Birds on the ground were sparse--only sparrows and pigeons.

Number of species: 9

Gadwall 1

American Black Duck 6

Bufflehead 1

Double-crested Cormorant 8

Ring-billed Gull 35

Herring Gull 2

Great Black-backed Gull 1 On Manhattan shore beneath Brooklyn Bridge

Rock Pigeon 24 All but one on old National Cold Storage site

White-throated Sparrow 5 Larry Zirlin

http://birdsandwords-larryz.blogspot.com/

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Prospect December 11th OCWA reported;feeders Pine Siskin, Rusty BB continues

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER reported by Russ Aldertone today. See his note to me for more details

Highlight for me was an Orange-Crowned Warbler on
the Lookout Hill side of Wellhouse Dr. across from the
 reeds.

Russ

List

Location: Prospect Park


Observation date: 12/11/10

Number of species: 28



Canada Goose X 1 Hybrid. Looked like possible Canada X Snow Goose

Mute Swan 2

American Black Duck 1

American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 3

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 50

American Coot 10

Ring-billed Gull 100

Great Black-backed Gull 5

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove 10

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 2

American Crow 5

Black-capped Chickadee 40

Tufted Titmouse 4

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Carolina Wren 1

Northern Mockingbird 1

Orange-crowned Warbler 1

Fox Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 6

Dark-eyed Junco 10

Northern Cardinal 2

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 4

House Sparrow 20



This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org/)

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From Rob Bate:

There was a Pine Siskin on the thistle feeders and


Rusty Blackbird continues on the Lullwater between the

rink and Terrace Bridge.


Rob