Thursday, June 30, 2011

final report recommendations on Floyd Bennett

The final report recommendations for Floyd Bennett came out today after much debate. Here is the link to what they suggest for floyds future

Monday, June 27, 2011

Floyd Bennett Campsite expansion: the latest debacle

This is filed under my Brooklyn Conservation Category ( in my mission statement)

The latest if you have followed on the National Park Service (NPS) proposal to expand Floyd Bennett's current campgrounds in 100's of site .See this link (click on it)

regards the lack of workable fire hydrants inside the preserve which the news appeared in today's NY Post

Seems like nobody at NPS did not do any really serious thinking.....


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Floyd Bennett bioblitz survey help need


From Dave Burg who sent me this message:


WildMetro has been organizing what we hope will be the first annual complete bird census of Floyd Bennett Field. We plan to "spot map" all bird use and enter this info on maps using GIS systems. This will be a "citizen science" project The mapping will be done by college interns and volunteers.

We only decided to do this recently, partly in reaction to recent press coverage of plans for expanded use of FBF. For the same reason, we decided to conduct a survey independent of the park service, at least for this year. We hope this will make it easier to use the info we collect to inform our comments on long range plans for FBF. We will be providing birders with basic maps, and if there are enough folks we will divide into groups and tackle sections. We have previously done breeding bird work in the non-grassland part of the property so we have a fair idea of our priority areas. This work is meant to complement Ron and Jean Bourque's terrific long term grassland censuses. We hope to also do a lepidoptera/odonate census in a couple of weeks.

We can use all the good birder help we can get. We will be meeting at the southern entrance of the field at 6 30 am. This is the entrance that is the last left turn before crossing the Gil Hodges bridge, if coming from the mainland (and I am just barely old enough to have seen Hodges play in Ebbets field when I was a kid). My dad, a Bushwick native, was a huge fan.

I would appreciate your forwarding this to all and sundry. In the future, or even now, we would be happy to make this a coop event with the Brooklyn Bird Club and any other appropriate group. We realize that a one day survey this late in the season has it's limitations, but we expect to get some good basic idea of bird nesting across a variety of habitats. We welcome additonal info from anyone who has been birding FBF regularly.

We would appreciate getting an RSVP from anyone planning to join us, but we welcome last minute birders as well. To contact us, email, or call me on my cell at 917 846 8300. Birders who are partying the night before and/or do not want to start that early can start later, just call to coordinate.

All the best,

David Burg



Friday, June 24, 2011

Shorebird workshops

Summer is a season for shorebirds. In what is now a very popular annual event, workshops focused on shorebird identification takes place at Jamaica bay refuge. Here's the info i picked off from the NYS Birds listserve

Subject: workshops

From: Lloyd Spitalnik <lloyd AT>

Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:46:00 -0400

Hi all,

Kevin Karlson and I are holding several Shorebird ID
as well as Photography workshops most weekends in
August. If you're interested in attending,details can be
 found on my


All workshops are geared to both beginners and
 advanced so all are welcome. We look forward to
seeing you. Thanks for looking,


Lloyd Spitalnik Photography

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

types of vacations

You may be wondering why I don't post personal bird reports after spring. Well, I am sort of on a break after a busy ,albeit frenzied spring. Other than a trip I led this past Saturday, it's easy does it.

So , there is : Vacation, Staycation ( especially with the ridiculous gas prices), and one I am going thru now, Birdcation..... :)>

Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer begins today...

Summer begins today, Tuesday, June 21

•The June solstice occurs at 1:16 p.m. EDT. This is the moment when the Sun is farthest north for the year and begins its six-month return southward. Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere, where this is the year's longest day. In the Southern Hemisphere, winter begins.

Nesters will soon become ready to migrate in late July...but we dont want to hurry yet...

GWC report June 20

From Orrin
Greenwood Cemetery

Green-Wood Cemetery this morning at the Valley Water,
Sylvan Water, and the high ground around them. Highlights
were a raccoon in a copper beach tree high above the Sylvan
Water and a a remote-controlled stump grinder like a large
version of a toy racing car but much bigger and slower. As
 for avian species, I saw a green heron, a great egret,
two black-crowned night herons, a Baltimore oriole,
several chimney swifts, a couple of barn swallows,
a northern rough-winged swallow, plenty of cedar
waxwings, a downy woodpecker, and many chipping
sparrows, in addition to the usual suspects.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Reports BBP , BBG & GWC

Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier One: Cedar Waxwings

Posted by: "Larry Zirlin"

Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:20 pm (PDT)

I saw four Cedar Waxwings on Pier One this afternoon. Oddly, for these berry loving birds, they weren't in trees that had any fruit on them. The bushes in the marsh with what I presume were raspberries were full of House Sparrows eating the berries. This the 59th species recorded on the Pier in its brief history as a park.

The hybrid family of American Black Duck (drake) and Mallard with 3 ducklings were in the water picking whatnot from a gray skein of scum and garbage.

Larry Zirlin


From Elyse:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Hi Peter,

Last night after eating at the Botanic Garden cafe, Lenny and
I went to the Japan garden pool and sat inside it to watch for birds.
being chased by a dark bird all around the pond.Every time it
landed we got right near it.

There was also a kingbird flying and landing.

It made our night to see such bird entertainment,



From Orrin:

Green-Wood Cemetery this morning. Most of the interesting
 activity was  at the Sylvan Water, in the skies above it and in
the high ground surrounding it:

Cedar waxwings (young being fed)

Monk parakeet

Northern mockinbird

Mourning dove

Northern cardinal

House wren

Warbling vireo

Northern rough-winged swallow

Barn swallow

Black-crowned night heron

House sparrow

Double-crested cormorant

Canada goose

House finch

American robin

Great egret

Baltimore oriole

Song sparrow

Chipping sparrow

Downy woodpecker

European starling

Monday, June 13, 2011

GWC report June 13th

From Orrin:

Green-Wood Cemetery this morning, about 7:15-8:30, in the northwest quadrant,
roughly in the order I first saw the birds:

Northern mockingbird

Chimney swift (several)

European starling

Monk parakeet

Common yellowthroat (1 juv.)

Chipping sparrow (many)

Common grackle

Mallard duck

Canada goose

House wren (many singing)

Red-bellied woodpecker

Blackpoll warbler (1 singing)

House finch

Northern cardinal

House sparrow

Cedar waxwing (many heard)

Mourning dove

American robin

Gray catbird

Black-capped chickadee

Sunday, June 12, 2011

BTB Warbler sighting 6/12

Adam Welz reported a singing Black throated Blue Warbler on the south Breeze Hill slope nearest the concert grove sycamores. For a late bird, it would be intriguing to see if there is a breeding potential. The location was near the failed RedTailed Hawk nest.

If anyone goes by there and note the BTB warbler ,watch and see if there is breeding behavior or a nest .

 -- Kingsboider

Saturday, June 11, 2011

June 10th Common Nighthawk flyover

From Rob Jett's Park Slope home rooftop, a COMMON NIGHTHAWK flyover over Long Meadow.


Robin and I were just sitting up on our roof and I
 spotted a Common Nighthawk calling &
flying over the Long Meadow. I believe that this
is a first for the year as I don't recall reading any
reports of nighthawks around NYC this Spring.


The City Birder Weblog

Friday, June 10, 2011

BBCuckoo report Prospect June 10th

Russ Alderson reports a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO along Center Drive adjacent to the Quaker Cemetery. Observation around 11 am. This is the west T junction of the two drives.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Heat wave ...forget birding.

With this mini heat wave, who has the stamina or courage to birdwatch ?

Janet Zinn reports seeing at 5:30 pm, two TURKEY VULTURES passing by in the sky heading south, seen from her apartment window this afternoon.

Right now, I welcome the evening cold front coming thru....

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

American Kestrels in the 'Hoods..

I received a few emails from birders about Kestrels in the neighborhood.

One report from Eni Falci tells of an offshoot pair likely nesting by Carlton Ave. /Flatbush Ave. /Prospect Pl. triangle ( near the Flatbush Mall and new sports arena). They were seen hunting together every morning. There was a parental pair last year by Vanderbilt Ave and Plaza Street area. (GAP pair)

And an email from Mike Corzine, see his posting below:

"I've been seeing a Kestrel, at times a pair, from my window in Ditmas Park, for the past few weeks. Sometimes as close as 40 feet. They seem to favor the old TV antennae and cell towers on some of the roofs that my living room looks out on. I haven't seen the female in 2 weeks and I'm hoping she's sitting in a nest."

Dr Bob DeCandido runs a Kestrel newsletter and keeps track of this species in NYC. You should report to him any sightings for the record. See his latest newsletter and info details for letting him know from the link below ( clickon).


Monday, June 6, 2011

Important note about the future of North American Birds; Eve watch

Please click on this link from my Conservation blog

My list Eve watch 6/6

Location: Prospect Park Lake

Observation date: 6/6/11

Number of species: 8

Canada Goose 22

Mute Swan 3

Mallard X

Ruddy Duck 1

Green Heron 1 near West Isl

Peregrine Falcon 1 BBG tower

Herring Gull 1

Tree Swallow 1

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Request from Brooklyn Children's Museum

I received this email inquiry on the Brooklyn Bird Club contact us page:
(pass along the word if you know any nature oriented and potentially interested children)



To Whom it May Concern:

I am a science educator at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. On Thursday, June 16th we are having a Celebrate Urban Birds with Cornell University hosting the event. Do you all list outside events on your calendar? We would love to get bird loving parents and kids to swing by the museum and join us.


Lynn Cartwright-Punnett

Science Educator

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11213

(718) 735-4400

Prospect June 5th Acadian FC; 1st Sunday walk results; GWC

ACADIAN FLYCATCHER low flycatching @Boulder Bridge per Keir


Results of 1st Sunday walk in Prospect ( from Prospect Audubon tr)

report from Eni Falci:

Hi Peter-

We had about 13 people including 2 youths on the walk this morning. The lullwater & center drive had some nice surprises.


Best birds were:

Blackburnian warbler
Great Crested Flycatchers (2) possible nesting pair

Scarlet tanager corner Center Dr. & car road intersection

Also cedar waxwings including nest near tanager sighting

Blue grey knatcatcher nesting

Swans w/5 signets

Green Heron nest rustic cove

Black capped night Heron flyover Pen. Lawn

Numerous robins & young; catbirds;cardinals

heard house wren at Maryland area


Redwinged blackbirds

"Nickita" -female red tailed hawk

Barn Swallows



M. Doves

House Sparrows

Downy Woodpecker 2

Redbellied Woodpecker heard

Baltimore Oriole

From Orrin:

Green-Wood Cemetery this morning. Aside from what one would expect, one redstart on the slope above the Dell Water--I think it was a juvenile; a couple of eastern wood pewees, and a squawking green heron. The list:

Northern mockingbird

European starling

Blue jay

American robin

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-tailed hawk, chased by

American crow (probably)

American redstart

Song sparrow

Mallard duck

House sparrow

Green heron

Downy woodpecker

House wren

Chipping sparrow

Northern cardinal

Baltimore oriole (several, including one juvenile)

Gray catbird

Mourning dove

Black-crowned night heron (2 on Dell Water)

Canada goose

Eastern wood pewee

Barn swallow

Chimney swift

BBC Founding Day; 6/4 Prospect

Today is the Brooklyn Bird Club's 102nd birthday, founded and established June 5th, 1909

From Rafael:

04 June 2011

Expecting a slow day (morning), I went to PP around 8 am but the surprises were around the corner.

Vale, almost deserted. Nice to see 2 RTHAWKs on the nest (Nellie's lawn). Rick's Place & Midwood nothing, except for the singing WOOD THRUSH.

But the "Tyrants" (aka Tyrannidae = flycatchers) started in Midwood, when I heard the first Great Crested Flycatcher. Another one was heard around Quaker Hill. But Lookout Hill was the start of everything when I heard & saw 1 Eastern Wood Pewee (FOY), later I heard another one by the Boulder Bridge. At Terrace Bridge, I heard & saw 1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, another one was heard & seen around the Ravine. At Peninsula, I heard & saw 1 Willow Flycatcher. And the icing of the cake, 1 Eastern Kingbird, Peninsula.

Warblers, except for the quite vocal & visible Yellow Warbler, I heard, only once, perhaps a very late Ovenbird. Another group of birders, saw 1 American Redstart near the Terrace Bridge.

Nothing else, could be call exceptional, excep that PP is still full of surprises, even the so called "Spring migration" is over.

Brooklyn is great birding: Rafael Campos R.

Friday, June 3, 2011

National Trails Day; area reports 6/3

Tomorrow Saturday June 4th is National Trails Day

( hit the trail, explore or maintain...)


Prospect and BBG reports

From Orrin:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden this morning:

Mallard with 7 ducklings

American robin

House sparrow

Blue jay

European starling

Song sparrows with offspring

Northern mockingbird

Gray catbird

Mourning dove

Northern cardinal

House wren (heard)

Baltimore oriole (heard)

Black-capped chickadee

Warbling vireo (heard)

American redstart (heard)

Also, both yesterday and today about 9 A.M. I heard what I thought was an Acadian flycatcher calling repeatedly around an oak tree outside the back (unmarked) entrance to the Native Plant Garden. I could not locate the bird (or the other birds I heard singing from that spot)./


From Larry:

Location: Prospect Park

Observation date: 6/3/11

Number of species: 25

Canada Goose 15

Mute Swan 10 Five cygnets on Lullwater

Mallard 12

Double-crested Cormorant 1 Lullwater

Great Egret 1 Lake

Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Lullwater

Rock Pigeon 13

Mourning Dove 4

Chimney Swift 10

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 1

Eastern Kingbird 1

Blue Jay 1

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1

Tree Swallow 2

Barn Swallow 6

American Robin 60

Gray Catbird 6

European Starling 35

Yellow Warbler 2

Northern Cardinal 6

Red-winged Blackbird 10

Common Grackle 5

House Sparrow 20

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

A NYC success story of Perry; Wacky Nests

Here are some of this season's nesting behavior as I have been informed of.

Peregrine Falcon

Wacky Duck

Red-Tailed Hawk on a Bronx AC unit (outside an apt window); 2 eggs were laid

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Reminder BBC Thursday eve program

In what is sure to be a very delightful evening about odonata , the science of dragonflies and damselflies, Ed Lam will be presenting a program on this entertaining topic. Do come if you can, it is a great field to get hooked into.

The meeting  starts 6:30 PM at the Litchfield Villa (Program will start at 7.)

From the Brooklyn Bird Club website:

Thursday, June 2nd, 6:30 P.M.

Dragonfly Road with Ed Lam

A journey in the making of a dragonfly guide: Author and illustrator Ed Lam chronicles his travels and trials as he works on the upcoming Peterson's Field Guide to Dragonflies. Click here for more information about Ed lam and his travels

The Litchfield Villa is just inside the park at Prospect Park West Ave near 5th Street.

Mourning Warbler reported this morning in Prospect

Ed Crowne scored a hat trick ( a hockey triple goal) this spring with his third MOURNING WARBLER. The MOWA was seen near the South Lookout Hill " switchback trail", on the slope behind the Maryland Monument at 8 am.

date = 2011/06/01

site = Prospect Park

observers = Ed Crowne

Mourning Warbler Lookout 8am (near switchback trail)

From Alex Wilson:

> Location: Prospect Park
> Observation date: 6/1/11
> Number of species: 52
> Mute Swan 10 (5 cygnets, one on back of adult.)
> Mallard 30
> Ruddy Duck 1 (Lingering on Lake.)
> Double-crested Cormorant 3
> Green Heron 2
> Black-crowned Night-Heron 4
> Red-tailed Hawk 3
> Laughing Gull 1
> Ring-billed Gull 1
> Herring Gull (American) 15
> Rock Pigeon 40
> Mourning Dove 15
> Monk Parakeet 1
> Chimney Swift 10
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 6
> Acadian Flycatcher 1 (Heard only on Quaker Ridge from Long > Meadow path by ball field #4; sang several times from well behind > the fence, 6:00 AM.)
> Great Crested Flycatcher 4
> Eastern Kingbird 5
> Warbling Vireo 10
> Red-eyed Vireo 5
> Blue Jay 5
> Fish Crow 2 (Flyover pair, two syllable calls.)
> crow sp. 1
> Tree Swallow 2
> Barn Swallow 10
> Black-capped Chickadee 3
> Carolina Wren 1
> House Wren 6
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 (Probably a nesting bird, > continuing around Maryland Monument lawn area.)
> American Robin 50
> Gray Catbird 15
> European Starling 100
> Cedar Waxwing 15
> Yellow Warbler 5
> Blackpoll Warbler 2
> American Redstart 1
> Mourning Warbler 1 (Ed Crowne & I converged on the bird > around 8:30 AM as it sang on east Lookout slope by switchback > trail. Eventually got a couple of glimpses, but never exposed > itself for a good look, soon stopped singing.)
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Chipping Sparrow 4
> Field Sparrow 1 (Base of Peninsula.)
> Song Sparrow 4
> Northern Cardinal 20
> Red-winged Blackbird 10
> Common Grackle 20
> Brown-headed Cowbird 5
> Orchard Oriole 1 (First year male, Peninsula.)
> Baltimore Oriole 15
> American Goldfinch 10
> House Sparrow 30