Friday, April 6, 2012

A "Good Friday" Prospect April 6th

First , Happy Passover and Good Friday to those celebrating the faith and holidays.

A nice day today weather wise but busy for me with Lakeshore Rink plants ( Ball & burlaps)  transporting and placements  &  then services at 3pm. So it wasn't until 5pm I was able to get out to bird Prospect. For two hours birding, a satisfactory birding outing.

The best observation was a stooping BROAD-WINGED HAWK with its diagnostic dark wing borders over the Butterfly Meadow around 6 :10 pm, on a dive down southern slope. A good number of HERMIT THRUSHES on the big hill as well as several PALM WARBLERS which was prominently reported by Rafael as well today. One WINTER WREN along the top path leading to Maryland Monument stairs.

See also Rafael and Kathy's reports on their more extensive outing early in the day. Rafael and Kathy reported Towhee and Rafael had FIELD SPARROW in the Peninsula meadow.Sparrows look good today

One last note in the Herons department. I could count as best as I could 6 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS on Three Sisters Island from my southern lake shore vantage. There was a Great Blue Heron farther inside. But on Duck Island, 2 Great Blues perched on a fallen timber in the water. No mistaking that.



From Rafael

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Apr 6, 2012 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 kilometer(s)
45 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2    one pair, Upper Pool.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  1    Lake, male.
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  3
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  X
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1    Peninsula, male.
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [auratus Group])  3
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  6
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  4    flyovers, lake
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1    flyover, Lake.
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  3
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  10
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  12
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea)  11
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  3
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1    Vale, male.
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  1    Peninsula meadow.
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  11
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  8
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding: Rafa Campos R.
From Kathy :
date = 2012/04/06
site = Prospect Park
observers = Kathy Toomey and Emily Goldstein

Northern Shoveler one, on lake
Canada Goose
Wood Duck     two pairs, upper pool
Ruddy Duck
Mute Swan
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
European Starling
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Swamp Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird     five, males and females
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Peters List

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Apr 6, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:02 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
28 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  X
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  3 lake
Ruddy Duck  23 lake
Great Blue Heron  3--2 Duck Isl, 1 in 3 Sisters
Black-crowned Night-Heron  6 in 3 Sister Islands
Broad-winged Hawk  1 flyover stoop Butterfly Meadow
American Coot  4
Herring Gull  20
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Belted Kingfisher  1 Lullwater south ( early am inside Cofferdams)
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1 south Lake
Blue Jay  1
Tree Swallow  1 Lake
Winter Wren  1 Lookout
Hermit Thrush  9 Lookout
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
Palm Warbler  7 -2 south lake; 5 Lookout
White-throated Sparrow  6 Lookout
Dark-eyed Junco  2 Lookout
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  3
House Sparrow  X

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