Thursday, October 6, 2011

Prospect 10/6 : A sparrow rarity named "Nelson's"

The rarest sparrow family ( or genus) in the northeast and most anticipated is the Ammodramus. For Prospect, its a bonus fall sighting since only one such ammodramus species is seen yearly ( most years) .That occurred today with the sighting of NELSON'S  SPARROW seen 2:35- ish by Rob Jett , along with Rob Bate at the baseball field's northeast fence enclosure, a somewhat annual fall tradition of these fence enclosures donefor reseeding purposes producing October rarities whenever on that now famous baseball venue.

Keir Randall reported a very good day today, with 16 species warblers and 11 species sparrows to his credit. Among the latter genus, LINCOLNS, WHITE-CROWNED & FIELD are his good sightings and a fleeting glimpse of NELSONS, once combined with the Salt-marsh Sharp tailed Sparrow before the "split" of the races.

For a profile of Nelson's from Cornell Ebirds, check this link

From Keir:

hi Peter

Glad I took today off work - 16 sp of warbler and 10 sp of sparrow on same day! Around 8-9am birds were streaming through the north end of the Rose Garden, especially BT Green & BT Blue warblers, both kinglets and BHVI. Nashville Warblers were everywhere. Later, good numbers of sparrows on the meadow edges, Sparrow bowl etc. In late afternoon I rechecked one of the fenced off reseeded areas of Longmeadow (nr the dog beach) I found the 2 Robs who had seen a Nelson's Sparrow. I got some flight views of a very skulky bird...



Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Oct 6, 2011 7:45 AM - 4:45 PM

Protocol: Traveling

4.0 mile(s)

69 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 20

Mute Swan 3

Wood Duck 3

Mallard 20

Northern Shoveler 10

Ruddy Duck 1

Pied-billed Grebe 1 Lullwater

Double-crested Cormorant 2

Osprey 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Peregrine Falcon 1

Laughing Gull 1

Herring Gull 1

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove 8

Monk Parakeet 13 flyover, Rose Garden

Chimney Swift 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3

Downy Woodpecker 1

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 10

Eastern Phoebe 25

Blue-headed Vireo 4+

Red-eyed Vireo 1

Blue Jay 6

Black-capped Chickadee 5

Tufted Titmouse 2

House Wren 2

Winter Wren 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 10+

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15+

Swainson's Thrush 1

Hermit Thrush 3

American Robin 15

Gray Catbird 5

European Starling X

Ovenbird 1 Peninsula tip

Northern Waterthrush 1

Black-and-white Warbler 2

Tennessee Warbler 1 Lookout switchback trail

Nashville Warbler 10+, often in groups of 2 - Rose Garden, Lookout, Peninsula

Common Yellowthroat 4

American Redstart 1

Northern Parula 2

Magnolia Warbler 2

Blackpoll Warbler 3

Black-throated Blue Warbler 7+

Palm Warbler 10

Pine Warbler 1 Peninsula tip

Yellow-rumped Warbler 5

Black-throated Green Warbler 8 incl 4 together Rose Garden am

Wilson's Warbler 1 Lookout switchback trail

Chipping Sparrow 2

Field Sparrow 1 Sparrow bowl

Savannah Sparrow 5

Song Sparrow 12

Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Sparrow bowl am and mid pm

Swamp Sparrow 4

White-throated Sparrow 100

White-crowned Sparrow 2-- 1 very bright adult and 1 Imm, S. Rose Garden to N. Vale path

Dark-eyed Junco 2 Ballfields

sparrow sp. 1 flight views of what was certainly Nelson's Sparrow - seen better by others - reseeded area, Long Meadow

Eastern Towhees 2

Scarlet Tanager 1 Butterfly Meadow

Northern Cardinal 5

Indigo Bunting 1 behind green containers nr L249

Common Grackle 4

House Sparrow 40