Saturday, November 19, 2011

Nov 19th Prospect; A rarity, an uncommon , and a good possibility

An exhausting work week kept me close to home, with mostly spent energy reserve that was enough to get me around Prospect this morning. And the stay at home mindset paid its reward with quality birds.

Beginning with the rarity, found behind the Lamppost #249 picnic tables ( Well Drive), I pished for the heck of it, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER appeared quite close. After its initial perch, the rare warbler flew back of the woods , towards the slope, where I saw it feeding in a cherry tree. It's highly likely the same bird seen last weekend

Prior that very good sighting, a uncommon find regarding the species and the number of individuals. A small dark flock in Prospect Lake's middle by Three Sisters Islands, turned out to be 7 GREEN-WINGED TEALs, with 4 drakes. I was more surprised with the 7 number though anything has to happen these years with passing through birds.

And last, a strong possibility reported to me from the Audubon walk group with PINE SISKINS. Given the time frame for this species now, Eni Falci reported along with Anne and Michele, two seen feeding on Ash tree seeds. So, if you are out there, look for these birds as well as other possible winter finches.


Peter's list:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Nov 19, 2011 8:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Protocol: Traveling

4.0 mile(s)

35 species

Canada Goose X

Mute Swan 7 lake

Mallard X

Green-winged Teal 7 Prospect Lake

Bufflehead 2 yesterday Lake, hens

Ruddy Duck 31 Lake

Pied-billed Grebe 1 Lake

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 stooped for prey Breeze Hill

Cooper's Hawk 1 f/o Breeze Hill

Red-tailed Hawk 2  soaring most of morning Well dr/Lookout Hill

American Coot 8 Lake

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Great Black-backed Gull 1 lake

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove 7 Peninsula Sumacs

Monk Parakeet 4 Yesterday  f/o Garage 9th st

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Terrace br

Downy Woodpecker 1 Sumacs

Blue Jay 2

Black-capped Chickadee 3 Breeze Hill

White-breasted Nuthatch 1 heard by Anne

Winter Wren 1 Maryland Monument, spotted by Anne

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Peninsula sumacs

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Peninsula Sumacs

Hermit Thrush 1 Peninsula sumacs

American Robin X Sumacs

European Starling X

Orange-crowned Warbler 1 woods behind LP 249 ( well dr picnic tables)

Yellow-rumped Warblers- 2 Peninsula Sumacs

Fox Sparrow 1 Peninsula sumacs

Song Sparrow 2

White-throated Sparrow 30--2 flocks, lookout hill south, breeze hill mounds

Dark-eyed Junco 9 LP 249

Northern Cardinal 2 LP249

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From Eni Falci;
Hi Peter-

Michele's noon walk had some nice looks at both kinglet types and a fox sparrow in the sumac edge at the Peninsula lawn. We also had late robins, yellow rump warblers and white throat sparrows here.

On our way from the pools young great blue heron here, to the ravine -the stream at the Ravine Bridge was active with 2 hermit thrushes and downy woodpecker bathing.

Michele, Anne and I think we had 2 pine siskins up in the trees there -any confirmations? Distinctive narrow beak, streaked breast and very notched tail eating ash tree seeds.