Wednesday, January 11, 2012

It's pouring Ravens ! Prospect January 11th

In the second appearance by a COMMON RAVEN under 4 days, Adam Welz reported one calling, not seen initially but a short time later Adam saw visually was also seen by Rob Jett. Only the 4th "documented" record for this species in Prospect, 2 times this week.

It's looking up for this species here maybe a new place to live ? The neighborhood is highly desirable for one

On another exceptional note , 7 PIED-BILLED GREBE is good news and fantastic to see.It may be a record for a PP winter sighting..( means more checking of the records)

Check out Adam and Rob Jett's reports and note.

From Adam Welz:

Raven!  Cooper's Hawk hanging around birdfeeders! More Pied-billed Grebes than I've ever seen at once here!

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Date: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Jan 11, 2012

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 11, 2012 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     partly cloudy, still, warmish, birded for most of survey period with Rob Jett
34 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X     200+
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  12     approx count
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  2
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  10
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  7     my highest count ever for this locality
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  10     approx count
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  18
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  5
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  7
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1     Seen soaring over central part of Prospect Park, calling. Seen independently a minute later by Rob Jett, who was further north in the Park. Large size, wedge-shaped long tail, and more musical call than American Crow.
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  3
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  1     near Lincoln Road entrance
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

From Rob Jett:

This afternoon at around 1pm I ran into Prospect Park for an hour or so of birding. As I was walking down the stairs from the Litchfield Villa towards the Picnic House I heard what I thought was the croaking call of a raven. I stopped and listened for a second call. When it called again I started to run towards the open sky of the Long Meadow. I tried to convince myself that I was mistaken and that maybe it was someone playing with a dog toy...a stretch, I know, but I didn't want to jump to conclusions. As I was running, a message came into to my phone. Thinking it might be Peter or someone else in the park I stopped to check it. It was Adam Welz with this text:

"Raven soaring high over central part of Prospect Park right now, calling"

Once I was on the middle of the pathway that runs from the Picnic House to the Ravine I called Adam. I couldn't see the raven but could still hear it from somewhere to the north in the vicinity of Nelly's Lawn. Adam was down by the Lullwater and said that the bird was not in view. After a moment it appeared above the trees on Payne Hill, still calling and heading in the direction of the Midwood. It seemed to drop down into the Midwood so I hurried over in that direction hoping to get a photo of the bird. It stopped calling and despite searching the treetops in the Midwood it couldn't relocate the bird.

There was a previous sighting of a raven at Grand Army Plaza at noon this past Sunday, so at least one is in the area. Perhaps a pair will nest on the antenna tower near the botanic garden as they seem to like manmade structures.