Tuesday, August 23, 2011

August 23rd Prospect "It rocks"

On a day  that a rare Eastern United States quake hit --magnitude 5.8-- Prospect also "rocks" with a rarity not seen since 2009 on top of 16 + species warblers reported today.

The hi light no doubt was GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, a male seen gleaning dead leaves on Lookout Hill's south slope above the Well house. Phil Pane , a long time Prospect regular and warbler specialist reported the rare bird . In addition to that Golden bird, HOODED WARBLER in the Midwood was also reported by Phil, a very good day for him who relayed to me 16 species seen by him . Mary Eyster aslo saw some of those birds, including a early PALM WARBLER.  Other nice birds to mention: Wilson's , Canda, Magnolia, Blue-winged to name some.

Another terrific bird reported on the hot switchback trail ( starts at the Maryland Monument), was MOURNING WARBLER, seen first by Keir at the Butterfly Meadow, was seen again by Rob Bate at the top of the Switchback.

I am aslo reporting two female ORCHARD ORIOLES feeding among mugwort stands below the Maryland Monument about the same time.

Getting back to the Golden -winged, it was the first time since Sept 4th 2009 that this rare species appeared in Prospect. Before that May 2009 's report (Eddie Davis, PDorosh) with a Lawrences in early May , the latter came close to half a bird and the last year this species was seen.

Keep posted to the Northwest winds weather reports for more good stuff to come. I will try to post in the upper side bar if Northwest winds are predicted. 

Good birding



From Keir:

Great morning in PP - wish I could have stayed!



Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Aug 23, 2011 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

45 species (+1 other taxa)

Mute Swan 7

Mallard X

Double-crested Cormorant 2

Green Heron 1

Black-crowned Night-Heron 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Spotted Sandpiper 1

Laughing Gull 1

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Chimney Swift X

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Downy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1

Great Crested Flycatcher 2

Eastern Kingbird 3

Warbling Vireo 1

Red-eyed Vireo 3

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 1

Barn Swallow X

Black-capped Chickadee 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Carolina Wren 1

House Wren 2

American Robin X

Gray Catbird X

European Starling X

Cedar Waxwing 1

Ovenbird 1

Blue-winged Warbler 1

Black-and-white Warbler 4

Common Yellowthroat 1

American Redstart 4

Magnolia Warbler 2

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1

Canada Warbler 2

Wilson's Warbler 1 (MM switchback trail)

warbler sp. 1 (would've liked a longer look - almost

certainly a 1st yr Mourning Warbler,

Lookout Butterfly Meadow)

Northern Cardinal X

Red-winged Blackbird 1

Common Grackle 2

Baltimore Oriole 6

American Goldfinch 5

House Sparrow X


From Phil:
Following is the list you requested:


Golden winged-male

Hooded - female- Midwood


Parula-Center Drive


Common yellow throat-3

Redstart >25

Black and white-15


Great day!


 From Rob Bate:

Good numbers of warblers and some other migrants,

the highlight for me was the Mourning Warbler at the switchback on Lookout Hill.

36 species

Green Heron 1

Rock Pigeon 6

Mourning Dove 8

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker 5

Northern Flicker 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1

Eastern Kingbird 1

Red-eyed Vireo 2

Blue Jay 3

Black-capped Chickadee 1

Carolina Wren 1

House Wren 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4

Veery 1

American Robin 75

Gray Catbird 15

European Starling 16

Cedar Waxwing 1

Ovenbird 1

Black-and-white Warbler 7

Mourning Warbler 1

American Redstart 16

Magnolia Warbler 5

Blackburnian Warbler 1

Chestnut-sided Warbler 6

Black-throated Blue Warbler 2

Canada Warbler 4

Scarlet Tanager 1

Northern Cardinal 7

Common Grackle 1

Brown-headed Cowbird 2

Baltimore Oriole 6

American Goldfinch 4

House Sparrow 10

From Adam:

Missed all the amazing action this morning, could only get into the

park in the evening, but David Burg and I had a Mourning Warbler as

our last bird of the day!



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Date: Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Aug 23, 2011

To: adamwelz@gmail.com

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Aug 23, 2011 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 kilometer(s)

Comments: sunny, low wind

21 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X plus hybrids

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5

Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) 1

Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 5

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1

Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.) 1

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 5

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 15

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 3

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) 1 At back end of Lily

Pond in Prospect Park. Seen well over a period of about 10 minutes

from a range of about 5 yards, clear broken eye ring, jizz correct,

plumage of hatch-year female.

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1

Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) 2

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 1

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

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


From Kathy:

NYC Bird Report

date = 2011/08/24

site = Prospect Park

observers = Kathy Toomey

empidonax sp.

Great Blue Heron

Canada Goose

Mute Swan


Spotted Sandpiper

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Eastern Kingbird

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

House Wren

American Robin


Gray Catbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow Warbler

American Redstart

Black-and-white Warbler


Canada Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Blue-winged Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Northern Cardinal

Baltimore Oriole

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow


Peter's list from various diff hrs:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Aug 23, 2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Protocol: Random

1.0 mile(s)

33 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard X

Double-crested Cormorant 1 at 3 sisters

Green Heron 1 sout Lake

Common Nighthawk 4 evening, 2 Lake, 1 Penisula, 1 Nethermead

Chimney Swift X

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 6 various, mostly Butterfly Meadow where budleia, rept by Mary, Kathy, I saw one

Downy Woodpecker 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Lookout

Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's) 1 Lookout

Least Flycatcher 1 Lookout

Eastern Kingbird 1

Warbling Vireo 1

Red-eyed Vireo 2

Barn Swallow X

Black-capped Chickadee 1

Carolina Wren 1

House Wren 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 Lookout, alos obs MEyster)

Veery 2

American Robin X

Gray Catbird X

European Starling X

Cedar Waxwing X

Blue-winged Warbler 1 Lookout

Black-and-white Warbler 3

Common Yellowthroat 1 Mary Mt

American Redstart 2

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 Lookout

Canada Warbler 2 Lookout

Wilson's Warbler 1 Lookout

Common Grackle 1

Orchard Oriole 2  Maryland Monument, 2 females

Baltimore Oriole 1

American Goldfinch 4

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