Saturday, December 10, 2011

Prospect December 10th: stick around fella

In a promising sign for next Saturday's 112th Christmas Bird Census, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER appeared late this morning at the Lamppost 249 location, aka the picnic tables Well Drive area; The rare warbler was seen along the fence, working thru the mugwort/blackberry brambles before a group of birders ( from the Audubon center) and myself. [So, stick around fella for next Saturday] Also seen yesterday mid morning at this "hot" spot was Brown Thrasher and Carolina Wren, LP #249 is appearing to be the best spot thus far in this low activity passerine of late season.

Speaking of LP 249, earlier, Anne Murray ( who alerted me to the good birds at LP 249) spotted an adult COOPER's HAWK perched nicely in a big Cherry tree, basking in the sun which i was able to enjoy as well. Later at the feeders, an immature COOPER's HAWK comes flying in and perched, ruffling its feathers abit and looking for prey before taking off thru the woods. The feeders has for some reason not attracted any numbers  ( i have yet to refill them since 11/24) , the strange phenomenon of fewer birds around except the occasional drat squirrel that must have pogo sticks on its legs as it raided one of the mesh feeders.

The lake isn't looking productive for the upcoming count , only 6 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 3 or 4 PIED-BILLED GREBES to boot. In past years, I think the decade at least , 100's of Shovelers would be on Prospect Lake now. Looks like that trend has ended. I guess this species stripped the underwater plant life clean or maybe the new Lakeside rink construction might be a factor. There's is no certainty why...I guess nothing lasts forever...But then its a another day on December 17th.  We'll see.



Peter's list
Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY

Dec 10, 2011 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.5 mile(s)

24 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 7 lake

Mute Swan 8 lake

American Black Duck 3 lake

American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1

Mallard X

Northern Shoveler 6 lake

Ruddy Duck 2 lake

Pied-billed Grebe 3 lake

Double-crested Cormorant 1 at 3 sisters

Great Blue Heron 1 Pools isthmus

Cooper's Hawk 2-Adult LP 249;immature Feeders  also obs Anne Murray

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Kestrel 1 yesterday f/o Litchfiled Villa

American Coot 21

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Rock Pigeon X

Hairy Woodpecker 4 rept by Eni Falci, Michele Dreger  Audubon walk group

Hermit Thrush 1 rept by Anne Murray at feeders

Orange-crowned Warbler 1 LP 249 Well dr picnic tables

White-throated Sparrow 3

Northern Cardinal 5 West Isl sweetgums

House Finch 8 West Isln sweetgums

American Goldfinch 2  ( Lily Pool ; also Obs Anne Murray)
House Sparrow X

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From Rafael:

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY

Dec 10, 2011 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 kilometer(s)

29 species

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) X

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 4

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1

Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1

American Coot (Fulica americana) X

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) X

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) X

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) X

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1

Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) 2

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) X

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 1

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) X

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) X

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) X

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) 2

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) X

Brooklyn is good birding!!!