Thursday, December 15, 2011

Orange crowned Warbler settling in

Looking good for the xmas count ( I hope fingers x)

From Chris Elliot:

Hi Peter,

The Orange-crowned warbler was still hanging on in Prospect Park
at dusk this evening. At first it was east of Lamppost 249, in the scrub
behind a small mound about fifteen feet west of the large storage container
 which is between LP249 and the Well House. Flushed by dog-walkers at
one-point, it flew, twittering, across the road to the shrubbery and
phragmites along the lake-shore. For the remaining time until dusk it was
 foraging on the lake side of the road, immediately behind the
 “Danger Thin Ice” sign which is right across from the storage container.

 It would go minutes without appearing, and then partly emerge to glean
some higher branches. Twice it popped up straight vertically about five
feet to hawk something out of the air, then immediately dropped out of sight.

Photos are here and .

The Park seemed very quiet overall this afternoon, including the lake, though a Sharp-shinned tore through overhead as I was watching the warbler, and both Ruddy and Pied-billed were on the Lake.


Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Dec 14, 2011 3:05 PM - 4:33 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.85 mile(s)

Comments: clear sky, but approaching dusk at the end, with early sunset

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 40

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 5

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 32

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1

Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 34

Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1