Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Geminids Meteor showers; Orange-crowned Warbler reappears;surprise B&W Warbler

An off topic , of course , but for you nature oriented, tonight into tomorrow eve is the Geminids meteor showers despite a full moon impact, bright meteors can be seen. For more:


In a surprise appearance , a very late BLACK & WHITE WARBLER was spotted today by the Pagoda Concert Grove, somewhere near the water fountain ( I presumed the one by Binnen Pool with the dog fountain on the ground). The good sighting for this out of season species was first seen by Peter Coen  in the back woods along the bridle path of Lily Pool  and Binnen water last Thursday & Friday.Today Elyse Taylor  reports the bird . This would definitely be a potential highlight for Prospect's Xmas count.It is certainly hanging around.

Today's Black & White Warbler is the lastest record for Prospect Park. ( fingers crossed for more reports)

From Elsye:

Hi Peter,

I saw the new birder Peter  and saw the picture of the
black & white warbler.He was taking pictures at the lilly ponds.

When I left him and past the concert grove I saw a
black & white warbler fly past me and land in the tree
next to the drinking fountain.

Thanks for letting me know about Peter and the warbler.

We saw a few other birds, titmouse, chickadee, downy
woodpeckers, goldfinches at the ponds.

happy birding,


In other news, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER is still around !  Adam Welz reported the bird opposite or across the Well Drive roadway , from Lamppost #249 ( western Well Drive) in the phragmite marsh edge. So , two Prospect warbler species potentially "save" birds for the upcoming count.

Also of note , late GRAY CATBIRD, same spot as the Orange-crowned Warbler.

Report from Adam:

A few interesting-ish things in the Park this morning:

- Ruby-cr Kinglet @Pink Beach (peninsula)

- Wood Duck @Rustic Arbor

- Belted Kingfisher @southern end of Lake

- Hooded Merganser @southern end of Lake

- Catbird @Lake /well drive (I havent seen one in a while)

- Lotsa Hairy Woodpecker in the Lookout/feeders/Penisula area

and the Orange-crowned Warbler, still by it's usual spot.




Date: Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Dec 13, 2011

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Dec 13, 2011 9:10 AM - 10:50 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments: clear day

32 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 95

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 8

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 1

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 1

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 1

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 30

American Coot (Fulica americana) 7

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 2

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 8

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 2

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 3

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 12

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 14

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X

Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1 long-staying bird, seen in Phragmites over street from regular spot

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 10

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 5

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)