Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May 2nd Prospect: when it rains it pours....

The dreary wet cold rain continues but apparently the weather front did not deter a mass of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS going thru on an early morning flight obviously part of a staging behavior. Staging occurs when a species congregate in a small section ( in this case the Vale of Cashmere , which is the north section of the park, perfect for the takeoff)  before taking off .With the presence of Yellow-rumps we have been seeing the past week or so, it seems like it. Within the wave , a very good diversity of warblers including PRAIRIE, BLACKBURNIAN ,NASHVILLE and AMERICAN REDSTART which is the first I heard of in this weird weather impacted spring. See Mike Yuan's report.

I was lucky to see a few SCARLET TANAGERS in the Vale much later, this bird always a delight and a favorite to see ( and got me started in birding) . Also a RUBY -THROATED HUMMINGBIRD zipped by while i was birding with Nancy Tim.

Also a text message from Rob Jett of Greenwood Cemetery in a wider space a fallout  , my guess as well these Yellow-rumped Warblers and more. I am waiting for Rob's report regarding species seen.

No doubt the rain did some birders a favor, forcing down species not wanting to migrate thru rain..So...they stuck it out...


An eve report from Rafael mentions HOODED WARBLER in the Midwood  seen by another unknown birder. CANADA WARBLER seen by Rafael.

Tomorrow should be a good day.


From Mike :

Pre-work suit-birding with and Bob W and Chris E (the non-suit). In the Rose Garden and Vale a little after dawn, we were treated to and vexed by wave after wave of mostly Yellow-rumped Warblers flying in.  Most kept going over Flatbush Ave but a few stopped briefly.  Conservative estimate of 200+ YRs.  Difficult light and middling skills only allowed us to pick out the brightest non-rumps-- Orioles (in numbers) and Scarlet Tanager. 

Non-warbler highlights-- Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Buntings, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles.

13 warbler species:

Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler


Addendum :  total is 15 species warblers

Note from Chris
Peter, Just to add one more to our warbler list for the day,
 I also had a single Palm Warbler, also near Grand Army Plaza. 
 In addition to the warblers Mike Y already wrote you about, I also had 
a bright male Magnolia Warbler this morning, about 100 feet from the Grand Army 
Plaza on the east/library side of the park. It was my first for this year. Chris


From Rafael:

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
May 2, 2012 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 kilometer(s)
Comments:    Despite the rain, Prospect Park was full of life (e.g. birds), with 3 sps of birds more numerous than any other: Catbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, & White-throated Sparrow.  Reported from Midwood by another birder was 1 Hooded Warbler (no genre).  I tried to relocate it but no luck.  Instead I got 1 male Canada Warbler. Rain became intense around 11 am.
53 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2    males, Upper pool.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1    Lilly Pond, behind Music Pagoda.
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1    Lilly Pond.
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  2
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  2    Lake.
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  3    Vale & Midwood
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  5
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus)  4    Peninsula. Singing & very active.
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  2
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  2
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  3
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1    Vale
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  4
Nashville Warbler (Eastern) (Oreothlypis ruficapilla ruficapilla)  2    Peninsual & Lookout Hill
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  6    All males
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1    male, Vale.
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  2    Peninsula.
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  X
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1    PeninsulaƧ
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  1    Male; Midwood.
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  1    Peninsula meadow
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1    Male, Vale.
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  1    Male.
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  6
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  4
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding (even it is raining!!): Rafa Campos R.


Peter's List

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 2, 2012
Protocol: Incidental
23 species

Canada Goose  7
Mute Swan  6
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  X
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  4
House Wren  1
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
European Starling  X
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Scarlet Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  X
House Sparrow  X

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