Sunday, August 28, 2011

Prospect Irene's avian gifts: August 28th

Not to spend too much time here over elaborating but getting to the gist of it regarding Irene's impact. There were numerous reports around of pelagic birds dumped ahead of Irene's furious path , particularly out in the Jones Beach area. Also on the East River ( Sooty Tern) .See this link for those details

But centering on Prospect, the terrific observation came initially from Rob Bate, a juvenile BLACK TERN seen on the big Lake. At least several birders were lucky after my tweets and alerts, especially myself seeing my first in the park. Two FORSTERS Terns accompanied the Black Tern. The Black Tern --when I saw it --was fly feeding in light sun-glazed mist, such a pretty sight to see.

Also of note was PURPLE MARTIN reported by Rob Bate over the lake between the Peninsula Point and Duck Island.This is the year 's first and a real rarity. All told, a great morning for the park before I head ed off with friends to Floyd Bennett ( see my twitter list for the highlights)

Untold tree damage was seen, particularly in the Peninsula lake side, a massive Dawn Redwood toppled along with part of a White Ash that blocked off the "thumb" . Rob Jett told me a Willow tree was resting on the Peninsula shelter...I haven't even see the rest of the park..( don't wanna know)


Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY

Aug 28, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Protocol: Stationary

Comments: Hurrincane Irene impact

13 species

Gadwall 1

Mallard X

Double-crested Cormorant 1

Herring Gull X

Black Tern 1

Forster's Tern 2

Mourning Dove X

Chimney Swift X

Tree Swallow X

Bank Swallow 2

Barn Swallow X

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1

American Robin X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2 (