Monday, October 24, 2011

Prospect Oct 23rd: it's beginning to perk sparrows..

Traditional sparrow locations perked and showed life, particularly the southern park sections reliable for sparrows. IN the course of finding good numbers of  sparrows, the best I seen this fall, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER added its highlight.

The usual sparrow spots of Lamppost #249, Breeze Hill , and the Peninsula Sumacs showed much life. Of these Lamppost #249 , along the Welldrive, showed the most diversity.

Lamppost #249 revealed   : SONG, WHITE-THROATED, SWAMP, DARK EYED JUNCO, CHIPPING and a nearby WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (Toomey and Goldstein).

The Peninsula Sumacs only had SONGS but the numbers were up and hopefully much more in later days with other species drawn in.

Breeze Hill , with its long dirt mounds showed the most numbers. This area was dominated by White-throated and Songs  followed by several SWAMPs but it was an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, a beauty, stealing the limelight, seen quite well and cooperatively at the tail west end of the mound, near the orange/white striped wood beams.

At the corner of west Binnen Bridge, a weedy section with loads of pinkish smartweed harbored alot of White-throated Sparrows. A fallen limb marks the spot and it would be good to check this location regularly.

Later, I swung by the baseball field fence enclosure and found decent numbers of SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Several PALM WARBLERS accompanied these sparrows.

For the day , 9 species sparrows were recorded, a better than nothing result given the poor sparrow numbers this fall.

Also of note, WINTER WREN appeared in several places. The Lamppost #249, Breeze Hill and the fenced in field adjacent to Nethermead Bridge had Winter wrens. Even Mary E's backyard at her home near Bartel Pritchard Square had a Winter Wren.

Speaking of a quintet, 4 PIED-BILLED GREBE now move on Prospect Lake. All four were pretty close together to see in my bins

A terrific fall day and great to see those sparrows finally in flocks, even if small sizes..

Peter's list

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Oct 23, 2011 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

33 species

Canada Goose 9

Mallard X

Pied-billed Grebe 4 lake

Red-tailed Hawk 1 f/o LP249

Herring Gull X

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 sw Lookout Hill

Northern Flicker 2

Eastern Phoebe 3

Blue-headed Vireo 2 -LP 249,

Blue Jay 3

Winter Wren 4 LP249, Breeze Hill, Nethermead Br, Bartel Pritchard

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 17

Hermit Thrush 3

American Robin 2

Gray Catbird 2

European Starling X

Orange-crowned Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 2  LP249, Nethermead br

Blackpoll Warbler 1 Terrace Br

Palm Warbler 5 Baseball field

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 LP249

Chipping Sparrow 14 LP249

Savannah Sparrow 15 Bseball field

Song Sparrow 22

Swamp Sparrow 5--1 LP249, 4 Breeze Hill

White-throated Sparrow 45, many at Lily Pool

Dark-eyed Junco 3

Northern Cardinal 1

Common Grackle 4 flyovers

House Sparrow X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (


From Kathy Toomey

date = 2011/10/23

site = Prospect Park

observers = Kathy Toomey and Emily Goldstein

Pied-billed Grebe

Northern Shoveler

Canada Goose

Ruddy Duck

Mute Swan


Red-tailed Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk

American Coot

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue Jay

Brown Creeper

Carolina Wren heard

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Hermit Thrush

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Common Yellowthroat

Palm Warbler

Northern Parula

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Swamp Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow Wellhouse Drive, by dumpster

Dark-eyed Junco

Field Sparrow

Eastern Towhee

Northern Cardinal

Common Grackle

House Sparrow

From Gabriel Willow:
(Posting to NYSBIRDS Listserve)

Subject: Prospect Park: Field Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler
From: gabriel willow
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 16:02:46 -0700
X-Message-Number: 11

While birding in Prospect Park, Brooklyn late this afternoon, I encountered huge flocks of sparrows throughout the park. Most were Chipping Sparrows; I probably saw 300 or more. I kept hoping to find a Clay-colored among them, but no dice.

However, over by the weed-covered gravel piles on Breeze Hill, I found a Field Sparrow in a flock of 20 or so Chippings; also saw about 25 Song Sparrows, two Winter Wrens, and got great looks at a bright male Orange-Crowned Warbler on the West (weediest) dirt pile.

Hopefully tomorrow will bring more good birds!
Gabriel WillowNYC Audubon