Saturday, September 24, 2011

Prospect Sept 24th: migration stalls, but birds are waiting...

The best location today  though I did not bird completely Prospect is the southeast end of south Lakeside, between Three Sisters islands and West Island. Given overcast  skies, the birds are waiting, typically in the southern end of the park for takeoff when winds become favorable.

Rob Bate and I ( acting on a tip from Anne who saw YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO near West Island cove and warbler action) accounted for at least 14 species warblers down at that region. Most dominant was BLACKPOLL WARBLER, easily confused of the "baypoll " series. This species ran the show  along the south lakeside with NORTHERN PARULA its nearest competitor in numbers, though low. BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER made an appearance there, and later at the broken cheery next to the short steps by Maryland Monument. A young male WILSON'S WARBLER inside Butterfly Meadow is another quality bird for today.

A report from Keir of BLUE-WINGED WARBLER which generally a late species this far into Fall ( though only on the second fall day).

Scaring those warblers,a COOPERS HAWK swooped in and perched momentarily down at south lakeside, before taking to the air and soaring.

A foreboding of winter: Rob spotted a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, the fall season's first as we watched it  within the Willow tree by 3 Sisters. Perhaps a 2nd RCKI seen on Breeze Hill ( Keir)

Keir also reported OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, a quality species seen at the Vale of Cashmere.

For water birds, two WOOD DUCKS hiding out inside Three Sisters islands, and a lone sleeping NORTHERN SHOVELER on a floating driftwood is the most the Lake offers up .

Overall, I spotted 15 species warblers today, a good number given the poor light and overcast skies.

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Sep 24, 2011 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.5 mile(s)

45 species

Obs Peter and Rob Bate

Canada Goose 21 lake

Mute Swan 3 lake

Wood Duck 2 at 3 sisters

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 1 lake

Double-crested Cormorant 1lake

Osprey 1 f/o Lake

Cooper's Hawk 1 South lake

Red-tailed Hawk 2 south lake

American Kestrel 1 f/o Maryland Mont

Spotted Sandpiper 1 Duck Isl

Laughing Gull 6 f/o lake

Herring Gull 1

Mourning Dove 2

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 spotted by Anne, West Isl cove

Chimney Swift 8 f/o

Northern Flicker 2- duck Isln, Lookout Hill

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Mary Mont

Blue Jay 2

American Crow 4 Lookout

Barn Swallow 1 lake

House Wren 1 south lookout hill

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 Mary Mont

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 south Lakeside

Veery 1 West Island

American Robin X

Gray Catbird 4

European Starling X

Northern Waterthrush 1 south Lake

Black-and-white Warbler 1 sou lake

American Redstart 3 so lake

Northern Parula 10 lakeside

Magnolia Warbler 4 lakesdie

Blackburnian Warbler 2 , so lake, mary mont

Yellow Warbler 2 so lake

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 so lake

Blackpoll Warbler 25  so lake into West isln majority

Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 so lake

Pine Warbler 1 Well dr

Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 so lake

Black-throated Green Warbler 1 so lake

Canada Warbler 1 so lake

Wilson's Warbler 1 Butterfly meadow

Northern Cardinal 1

House Sparrow X

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From Keir:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Sep 24, 2011 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.5 mile(s)

46 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 30

Mute Swan 7

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 1

Double-crested Cormorant 1

Green Heron 1

Osprey 1

Spotted Sandpiper 1

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Chimney Swift 5

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker 2

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 12

Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 Vale Pool

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1

Empidonax sp. 1

Eastern Phoebe 1

Blue-headed Vireo 1 Lookout top meadow

Red-eyed Vireo 5

Blue Jay 10

American Crow 12

Black-capped Chickadee 5

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Carolina Wren 3

House Wren 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Breeze Hill

American Robin X

Gray Catbird 8

European Starling X

Blue-winged Warbler 1 Broken steps, Battle Pass West

Black-and-white Warbler 4

Common Yellowthroat 4

American Redstart 8

Northern Parula 4

Magnolia Warbler 2

Blackburnian Warbler 1 top of switchback trail, Lookout

Yellow Warbler 1

Blackpoll Warbler 15+

Black-throated Blue Warbler 1

Black-throated Green Warbler 2

Wilson's Warbler 2 switchback trail & top meadow, Lookout

Northern Cardinal X

American Goldfinch 4

House Sparrow X