Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 23rd Prospect MOURNING WARBLER

As expected around this time of May, a MOURNING WARBLER was reported by Ed Crowne , the rarity spotted in the Peninsula sumac grove early this morning. The Mourning was seen again, by Rafael, near the Terrace Bridge, disappearing into shrubs quickly, what one would expect with this genus, the Oporornis that likes to hide and offer few "long" glimpses to any observer.

This species was among 14 species warbler reported today, giving hope that there is still some good birding to the end of the month.

Other news was a report fro Rob Jett texting me of a good fallout in Greenwood Cemetery

Good luck on the Mourning and here's hoping it sticks around for a few days.


From Rafael:

23 May 2012

Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Observer:  Rafael Campos R.

I started quite late (±10 am), after  a message from Peter Dorosh telling that a Mourning Warbler was seen by Ed Crowne around the Peninsula.

I did the usual route (Vale, Midwood, Lullwater, Peninsula, pools, Rick's Place, and back to the  Vale), with so many surprises.  As a whole, warblers was the group with more sps.

My first warbler, was 1 male Blackburnian, followed by Redstart, and Black-and-white.  At the Vale, Chestnut-sided, Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, & Blackpoll. At the edge of Mary's lawn, I saw 1 male Wilson's and 1 Canada.

But the big surprise was the Mourning Warbler, that I saw before the Terrace Bridge on my way to the peninsula. It was ±11:45 am.  The bird, a male flew across the Lullwater, and disappeared quickly into brushes.

Other sps seen were: Yellow-throated Vireo (Vale), Scarlet Tanager, a male flying across Nelly's lawn, & Swainson's Thrushes.

By 12:30 pm, the rain made impossible to continue birding.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
May 23, 2012 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 kilometer(s)
48 species

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [auratus Group])  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  3
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)  1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  4
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  2
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  X
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  X
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1
Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  4
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  3
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  2
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  4
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  3
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  8
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  1
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  4
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!!