Monday, January 2, 2012

Prospect January 2nd

Strong winds and descending chill imposes its winter aura as I took a walk in the late afternoon. ( good to sleep in a little late on a holiday). The best of what I saw was a mixed pair of HOODED MERGANSERS sailing around at the south side of the Terrace Bridge,in proximate view and outstanding looks.With the winds a factor, most passerines hunkered down which I expected.

Raptors of the day are two MERLIN over Quaker Ridge south reported by Matthew Wills. Good winter birds to watch. Maybe with the arctic winds into Tuesday will bring in those arctic species.Bundle up and try to look ...

On another but disappointing note in case anyone wants to tell me,the feeders are wrecked -- THANKS to the brazen squirrels.I have to tear down the old ( Like the new year : out the old, in with the new) set up a new gimmick...Maybe by end of the week as work time allows me free time...for now ,no new seed refills..


Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Jan 2, 2012 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
23 species

Canada Goose 85
Mute Swan X
American Black Duck 4
Mallard X
Hooded Merganser 3
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Double-crested Cormorant 1
American Coot X
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Rock Pigeon X
Mourning Dove X
Downy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-throated Sparrow 15
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 1
House Finch 4
House Sparrow X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird

From Matthew Wills:

Two Merlins flying up a storm on Q-ridge side of Neathermead this afternoon; one perching a long while afterwards.

From Bobbi Manian:

Greenwood Cemetery:

*double crested cormorant
*bufflehead (Sylvan Water -
*monk parakeet (the ones that fly around the entrance)
*dark-eye'd juncos (lots and lots, over by the woodchip pile (north of Crescent Water) and hill overlooking Crescent Water (west side)
Canada Geese
ring gull
mourning dove
red-tail hawk

Prospect Park:

*hairy woodpecker
*hermit thrush
mourning dove
downy w/p
house finch
red-bellied woodpecker
white-breasted nuthatch
red-tail hawk