Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Reports rec'd while I was away

Just back last nite after leading the Brooklyn Bird Club 3 day to East End Long Island ( Montauk, Orient Point). List later on the trips blog.  Here are reports received during my Brooklyn absence:

From Matthew Wills:

Hi, Peter, 

Just sent this to ebirds, giving you a head's up on possible BK raven:

This morning at approximately 7:05 I opened the shutters to see the usual commute of Ring-billed gulls and my eyes were pulled to two black birds chasing an even larger one down Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. At first I assumed it would be two crows mobbing a Red-tailed hawk, but the chased bird turned into the slanting rays of the sun and revealed itself to be black. Heard one vocalization as they all three hurried out of sight towards the south: American crow. I did not get a chance to note anything about the larger bird's tail. It could very well have been two Fish crows harrying an American crow, but the size differential was quite notable. The birds were heading in the general direction of Prospect Park.


From Kathy:

date = 2012/02/12
site = Prospect Park
observers = Kathy Toomey and Emily Goldstein

American Black Duck x Mallard hybrid
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern Shoveler
Gadwall   one, on lake
Canada Goose
Ruddy Duck
Mute Swan
Cooper's Hawk   by feeders
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
American Robin
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle    by the rustic shelter, in the lullwater
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Fromm Adam Welz:

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Feb 12, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     cold, slightly windy
36 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X     onc neck-collared bird NA03
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  1     in almost full breeding plumage
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  1
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) (Anas rubripes x platyrhynchos)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  8
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  20     approx count
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  25     approx count
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X     hundreds
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  4
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  7
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  X
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  3
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  2     2 gray-form birds moving together down Lullwater
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X     small flock with White-throated & Fox Sparrow
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  8
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  1
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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

From Gayle Lovell:

A large flock of 140 Common Grackles in her backyard near the park...730 am.

keep your doors closed ?