Thursday, October 20, 2011

Oct 20th Prospect; blustery day

From yesterday's rainy day to today's blustery day, hopefully tomorrow a "sunny" day. Today's strong winds impacted birding, as birds usually hunker down. With sparrow numbers way down for puzzling reasons this season, birders do the best with whatever conditions.

With whatever sparrows around, the best in the "field" as follows:In the fence enclosure at Sparrowbowl ( Tennis House north), about 12 CHIPPING SPARROWS spooked easily by a high school racing competition after I left work .They mostly perched in the mesh fencing. An even better observation, two FIELD SPARROWS right behind the East Wood Arch building, along the upper path or next to that low roof building by the boathouse. SWAMP SPARROWS were spotted in several places, including the weedy field adjacent & west of Binnen Bridge.

A report from Larry revealed a few nice warblers : PINE, NASHVILLE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN , a late bird and NORTHERN PARULA; on the latter , Eni Falci reported several Parulas

The wind must have driven down Wood Ducks. From the west lake shore, I spotted inside the Three Sister strait or in front , 11 WOOD DUCKS. Nearby the assortment of RUDDY and NORTHERN SHOVELERS were the best right now.

From Larry:

Good to see you this morning. Activity picked up later on, especially at the Sparrow Bowl and the Vale.

Larry Zirlin

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Oct 20, 2011 8:25 AM - 12:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
37 species

Canada Goose 50
Mute Swan 10
Wood Duck 2 Upper Pool
Mallard 55
Northern Shoveler 20
Ruddy Duck 15
Double-crested Cormorant 1
American Coot 7
Spotted Sandpiper 1 Duck Island
Rock Pigeon 5
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 10
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Hermit Thrush 1 Lower Pool
American Robin 17
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 10
Nashville Warbler 1 Near G.A.P. entrance
Northern Parula 1 Vale
Blackpoll Warbler 1 Sparrow Bowl
Palm Warbler 4
Pine Warbler 1 Sparrow Bowl
Yellow-rumped Warbler 8
Black-throated Green Warbler 1 Sparrow Bowl
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 3
House Sparrow 35

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Peter's list
Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Oct 20, 2011 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
26 species

Canada Goose 22 lake
Mute Swan 4
Wood Duck 11 Three Sisters Isls
Mallard X
Northern Shoveler 13 Lake
Ruddy Duck 9 Lake
Double-crested Cormorant 1 West Isl
Great Blue Heron 1 West isl ( early am)
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Lake
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Breeze Hill flyby
Rock Pigeon X
Mourning Dove X
Blue-headed Vireo X Eni sighting
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 Breeze Hill
American Robin X
Gray Catbird 1 Binnen br
Common Yellowthroat 1 Binnen br weeds
Chipping Sparrow 12 Sparrowlbowl
Field Sparrow 2 East Wood Arch building
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 6
White-throated Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 1 sparrowbowl
Northern Cardinal X
Indigo Bunting 1 Breeze Hill mounds
House Sparrow X

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