Monday, January 30, 2012

Prospect Jan 29th: West Island's very fine half hour

If you envisioned an imaginary line from the West Island rustic shelter across to the south lake shore at West Island cove, you  would have been glad to see what I saw at 4 pm .

In a matter of minutes, three quality duck species flew in and joined already  present ducks at West Island's general water perimeter. First to fly in was a pair of GADWALL; their arrival was followed very briefly by a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS, the drake with its raised crest. And then right after their arrival, two drake RING-NECKED DUCKs joined an already present hen, which the ariving drakes drew out 6 more drake RNDucks !  The latter were resting along the shore of West Island, which also had several AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS on the water snag, and nearby 13 NORTHERN SHOVELERS feeding upon the water surface. Add in MALLARD and RUDDY, a total of 7 duck species from my shore line sentinel spot at the West island benches. Pretty cool  for a very late day walk in Prospect.

A word from Eni Falci reported BROWN THRASHER still at the same spot as always , a carryover from 2011, like yesterday's Gray Catbird... They don't want to leave Lamppost #249; the picnic table scraps are treasured.

Peter's list

Prospect Park--Prospect Lake, Kings, US-NY
Jan 29, 2012 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
10 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  2 west isl, mixed pair
American Black Duck  5  west isl
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  29 --13 west isl; 16 lake
Ring-necked Duck  9 isl---8 drakes
Hooded Merganser  2 west isl, mixed pair
Ruddy Duck  14
Pied-billed Grebe  1 lake

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Eni's note:

Hi Peter-
Nice day in the park but not many bird sightings. Of note saw the long staying - still here Brown Thrasher near lamppost on Well House Rd. It was near the Magnolia tree in the dense brush and then disappeared into even thicker branches on the ground but it is still in the same general area it has been in since December. Also saw Downys, cardinals, grackles,red winged black birds, house finches, chickadees, nuthatch and titmouse at the feeder area. Yesterday heard carolina wren calling at Binnen Neathermead Bridge.
Eni & Vin