Monday, October 10, 2011

Reports received while I was away leaf peeping the western Catskills

Before I post the local reports, a note on what I saw up in the colorful Catskills

5 Wild Turkeys on the road edge ( as I drove by) and best birdy one today,  a Bald Eagle taking off from the Beaverkill Creek , a famous trout fishing tributary.The adult eagle ( carrying a fish, probably a prized Brown Trout ) was so close as I drove by. Perfect timing !

Now here are the local reports from oldest email to newest:

From Michele Dreger : BALD EAGLE flyover Boathouse 10/8 230pm

At that same general time 227 pm, Steve Nanz reports via text message a BALD EAGLE flyover Lookout Hill, carrying a big fish ( My presumption was the fish was over the legal limit)

From Michele:

After my walk I stopped for an ice tea at the center. Karen Meyers ask me what that hawk was that was leisurely flying over the boathouse. Unmistakable adult bald eagle flying towards the lake. Low enough to identify without binoculars. Score!!!!

Other observers : Adam Goldberger and nephew Leo, Keir

From Keir:

hi Peter

Another great day in Prospect. I finally caught up with the Hooded Warbler in the regular spot then John Ascher and I found an active spot above the Boathouse. An Orange-crowned Warbler, a Tennessee too (which caused some initial confusion but then allowed us great comparisons) plus a Nashville. There was also the danger of standing on a Golden-crowned Kinglet, one of which we which we photographed on the ground at 1 ft distance!

As I headed home via Long Meadow a Broad-winged Hawk flew over quite low, I picked up my FOS Brown Creeper in the Vale and as I exited at Grand Army Plaza an adult Bald Eagle flew directly over towards Park Slope - my first for Brooklyn :)



Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Oct 8, 2011 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

54 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 5

Mute Swan 3

Mallard 10

Northern Shoveler 2

Ruddy Duck 1

Double-crested Cormorant 2

Osprey 1

Bald Eagle 1 Adult flyover Grand Army Plaza, heading SW over park Slope, 2.30pm

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Cooper's Hawk 2

Broad-winged Hawk 1 Juv. quite low over Long Meadow, heading south, 2pm

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Rock Pigeon 10

Mourning Dove 10

Chimney Swift 15

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 6

Eastern Phoebe 2

Blue-headed Vireo 3

Red-eyed Vireo 2

Blue Jay 8

crow sp. 1

Black-capped Chickadee 4

Brown Creeper 1 Vale, pm

House Wren 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 15

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5

Swainson's Thrush 1

American Robin 10

Gray Catbird 1

European Starling 1

Black-and-white Warbler 1

Tennessee Warbler 2 Lookout switchback trail & slope above Boathouse

Orange-crowned Warbler 1 slope above Boathouse, looked like celata female

Nashville Warbler 2 Lookout switchback trail & slope above Boathouse

Common Yellowthroat 5

Hooded Warbler 1 continues in fenced in area s. of Nethermead Arches

American Redstart 1

Northern Parula 4

Magnolia Warbler 2

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 fenced in area s. of Nethermead Arches

Black-throated Blue Warbler 3

Palm Warbler 6+

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2

Black-throated Green Warbler 1 bottom of Lookout switchback trail

Savannah Sparrow 3 reseeded field, Long Meadow

Song Sparrow 4

Lincoln's Sparrow 1 fenced in area s. of Nethermead Arches

Swamp Sparrow 3

White-throated Sparrow 30

Northern Cardinal 5

American Goldfinch 1

House Sparrow 30

Other Text messages

Greenwinged Teal at Three Sisters islands --John Ascher