Monday, December 12, 2011

December 12th Prospect

As holidays approach, the focus looks toward the upcoming Christmas Bird Count. The anticipation and the participation look towards a great day and whatever quality birds will be around for this Saturday's count.

Winter birds of the common variety and the usual species looks promising (see Rob Bate's report) , with the lake not looking up to a promising potential with the absence of Northern Shoveler and Ring-necked Duck Brooklyn birders have enjoyed in the past. But there is always hope.

A quick look at the Lake while working the southern area revealed 3 HOODED MERGANSERS, a distant PIED-BILLED GREBE  and 206 Canada Geese that flew in.

WOOD DUCK reported by Rob at the Boathouse is a good bird for the Xmas count, most years a "save" bird for the count, meaning the only location to report a single species to save the day's overall list..So, at least maybe Prospect Park has something up her sleeve after all.

From Rob Bate:

It was nice to be in the park again, seems very wintery, few birds outside of lake activity.

36 species

Canada Goose 10

Mute Swan 7

Wood Duck 1 With begging ducks at Audubon center

Mallard 20

Ruddy Duck 9

Pied-billed Grebe 1

Red-tailed Hawk 3

Peregrine Falcon 1 On police radio tower

American Coot 3

Ring-billed Gull 40

Herring Gull 10

Great Black-backed Gull 2

Mourning Dove 25

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 3

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 7

American Crow 2

Black-capped Chickadee 1

Tufted Titmouse 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

Brown Creeper 1

Carolina Wren 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

American Robin 2

Gray Catbird 1

European Starling 5

Fox Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 2

White-throated Sparrow 8

Dark-eyed Junco 2

Northern Cardinal 6

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 3

House Sparrow 5

Plus House Finches, Goldfinches, WBNHs, Downy WP, Chickadees and WT Sparrows at the feeders.

Peter's list:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY--LAKE

Dec 12, 2011

Protocol: Incidental

14 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 206

Mute Swan 9

American Black Duck 1

American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1

Mallard X

Hooded Merganser 3

Ruddy Duck 15

Pied-billed Grebe 1

Double-crested Cormorant 1

American Coot 10

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Rock Pigeon X

Mourning Dove X

White-throated Sparrow X south lakeside

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (