Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Prospect October 11: A good sparrow ...make that 2 of one kind; misc reports

A reward  after work on this warm Indian Summer day were at least 2 VESPER SPARROWS at the well known "Sparrowbowl" , inside the black mesh fence enclosure adjacent & north of the Tennis house. This kettle pothole spot is very good for sparrows, and other things as well.

As my initial sighting, the sparrows with the prominent eye rings and white tail retrices flew over the mesh fence unto the grass lawn. I went over there to get closer but it was hard to see the rare sparrows in the un-mowed grass. I thought there was a third VESPER  but this was undetermined  as the easily spooked hidden birds split up , one flying into the tree next to me.

After a  group text , Rob Jett showed up and we searched in vain.By then all the multitudes of high school track runners converged unto the general region. And it also didn't help having a female SHARP-SHINNED HAWK fly over and perched in an nearby Oak.

ON the lake, 5 WOOD DUCKS, 13 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 1 AMERICAN COOT ( a first of year ?)  were seen, the latter waterbird means I am not ready for winter just yet.


Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Oct 11, 2011 3:35 PM - 4:45 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

30 species

Canada Goose 21 Lake

Mute Swan 1

Wood Duck 5 Lake

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 13 Lake

Ruddy Duck 3 Lake

Great Blue Heron 1 f/o Lake

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Sparrowbowl

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Coot 1 lake

Spotted Sandpiper 1 lake

Ring-billed Gull 3

Herring Gull 1

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Eastern Phoebe 7

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3

Hermit Thrush 1 Sparrowbowl

American Robin X

Common Yellowthroat 1

Palm Warbler 3 Sparrowbowl

Vesper Sparrow 2 outer Sparrowbowl

Savannah Sparrow 3 Baseball field

Song Sparrow X

Swamp Sparrow 1 Sparrowbowl

White-throated Sparrow 50 various

Dark-eyed Junco 5

Eastern Towhee--Arlene's grove

Northern Cardinal 2

House Sparrow X


From Orrin 
at BBGarden

About 90 minutes in BBG this morning yielded the following:

Mallard duck (half a dozen)

Northern flicker (1 flock in lilacs)

Red-bellied woodpecker

Mourning dove

Eastern phoebe (2)

American crow

Blue jay

White-breasted nuthatch

Brown creeper

Ruby-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned kinglet (many)

Gray catbird

Northern mockingbird

American robin

Northern parula (3)

Yellow-rumped warbler (several)

American redstart

Black-throated blue warbler

Nashville warbler

Common grackle

European starling

House sparrow

Northern cardinal

House finch

Eastern towhee

White-throated sparrow (everywhere)

Swamp sparrow


From Larry
at Brooklyn Bridge park

A late afternoon walk around Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier One found

a lot of activity. Unfortunately the birds were very skittish because of

the constant thrum of those useless (and apparently deadly) tour

 helicopters.A Golden-crowned Kinglet was working the bushes by

 the pond. A Phoebe was on the lawn, as were quite a few

White-throated Sparrows and my first juncos of the season. 4 species

of warbler plus one that I didn't want to call as an orange-crowned

though that was the only feasible ID I could come up with.

Golden-crowned Kinglet is the 63rd species recorded at Pier One.

I'm moving to NJ soon so I won't be birding Pier One much longer.

I'm happy to see that some other birders check out pier occasionally

and hope they'll continue to bird this surprising hot spot.

Larry Zirlin