Friday, November 4, 2011

November 4th Prospect : Windy day,raptor rewards

Before a summary of today's sightings, Monica Berger passed me a note about WiFi in Prospect. This news is a good thing to know if those who are not on my textblast group or Twitter can check my prospect sightings blog or the local birding listserves when in the Picnic House area.

Hi Peter: You *might* want to mention on your blog
that the Picnic House now has wifi. This is very useful
to those without smart phones,data plans or cell phone
plans like myself who only have a iPod touch
and have to pay by the text on their cell.

thanks, Monica

A windy day under clear conditions is something to note because if you look up, good raptors may be passing over.
This morning , Mary Eyster and Russ Alderson saw an Eagle species flying over the 9th Street park entrance, in this case BALD EAGLE. There were several other distant raptors, one other likely eagle species which was too far to determine its identity ( because Golden Eagles pass thru around this time).
The next best thing is RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. This bird was spotted by me over the Boathouse East Drive area, a circling soaring bird that veered southwestward. Later , Rob Bate reported seeing a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at 12:15 pm over the Long Meadow.This likely is a second bird since the first was seen 10:47.
Other raptors on my day off include several Red-Tailed Hawks and a soaring PEREGRINE FALCON. These two species just happened to soar over me as I was lunching at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden cafe ( great food!). A Sharp-Shinned Hawk over Breeze Hill , American Kestrel at the Sparrowbowl ( Bate) added to the list of hawks for today.
Two VESPER SPARROWS, no doubt very wary of those hawks, continue their remarkable stay residing at the ballfields fence enclosure ,perched on the snow fence, reported by Russ.
On the terrestrial level,well more like aquatics sense, 5 BUFFLEHEADS --1 drake, 4 hen --sailed along on Prospect Lake, while a WOOD DUCK drake shot off over the south lakeside. About 35 RUDDY DUCKS dispersed throughout the lake. But most amusing has to be 5 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS flocking on the electric tour boat canopy.It must be messy up there.

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Nov 4, 2011 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

4.0 mile(s)

35 species

Canada Goose 102  Parade grounds

Mute Swan 9  lake

Wood Duck 1  lake , drake

Mallard X

Bufflehead 5, 1 drake, 4 hen Lake

Ruddy Duck 35 lake

Pied-billed Grebe 2 lake

Double-crested Cormorant 5 on Lake boat

Bald Eagle 1 west woods 9th street ent per Mary Eyster, Russ Alderson

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 breeze hill

Red-shouldered Hawk 2--one over boathouse (dorosh); 1 Long Meadow (Bate)

Red-tailed Hawk 2

American Kestrel 1 sparrowbowl per Rob Bate

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Great Black-backed Gull 1

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

Downy Woodpecker 1

Eastern Phoebe 1

Blue Jay 2

Black-capped Chickadee 1 breeze hill

Brown Creeper 1 south Lakeside

Winter Wren 1 south Lakeside

Golden-crowned Kinglet 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4

American Robin X

Northern Mockingbird 1 Peninsula

European Starling X

Chipping Sparrow 1 at LP 249

Vesper Sparrow 2 baseball fields per Russ Alderson

Song Sparrow 5  breeze hill

Swamp Sparrow 1 breeze hill

White-throated Sparrow X

House Sparrow X

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Kings, US-NY

Nov 4, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

9 species

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Peregrine Falcon 1

Brown Creeper 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 6

American Robin 45

Northern Mockingbird 1

European Starling 1

White-throated Sparrow X

House Sparrow X

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