Friday, May 4, 2012

May 4th Terrific day: Great Greenwood; Fantastic Prospect

On my second consecutive off day, a change of venue. One cannot spend all their time in Prospect, as other locations offer good things too. Its only fair to check  all these other excellent migration sites even though there may be a rarity in Prospect Park; no regrets, its the beauty of witnessing spring migration that counts...On that subject, it was worth  birding gorgeous and lush Greenwood Cemetery today. Count 15 species warblers among Tanagers, Orioles, Grosbeaks makes it a pretty darn good day for me and Mary Eyster..

Two main areas were focused in Greenwood. The first spot , 1500 feet back of the main cemetery entrance. or just east of the Sylvan Waters, along a rise, two oaks had main offerings: NASHVILLE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN,YELLOW, and the main prize , one of my favorites--BAY-BREASTED WARBLER showed up.This latter species is usually a hit or miss every spring, an uncommon species.

But for me in a rarely seen sighting in our interior parks, a flyover YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON just after we watched the Bay-breasted Warbler. That was a nice surprise.

Later, we went to the Dellwater /CrescentWater locale. Around the mostly dried up water spot, a lone NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH worked the mudflat. But behind this bird, we witnessed a bright male SCARLET TANAGER bathing under the dripping water from a drainage pipe, a really nice observation.

A bit further away, looking down the Dellwater, along Vernal Avenue, more oaks and more nice birds. Tops for birds as Mary heard it and we pursued it,a PRAIRIE WARBLER working fast behind the leaves.Glimpses and quick looks made it count for me, until Mary shouted WILSON'S WARBLER which was accompanying the Prairie. Two birds, one stony stare for us...

So our decision to bird Greenwood enabled me to pick up 5 new warbler species for the year, Mary 4 new ones.The countless flashes of color in SCARLET TANAGERs is always welcome. At one point, while we rested at the apex of the Crescent Water, we watched a number of ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS feed upon elm seeds, while a BROWN THRASHER showboated in front of us; before we left, we observed 5 BALTIMORE ORIOLES together in the distant tree, a delight to watch.

Meanwhile in Prospect, Ed Crowne reported CERULEAN WARBLER at Butterfly Meadow, the second 2012 appearance for this rare species in the park. It capped a fantastic morning according to Rafael for warblers especially in the Vale of cashmere in a line to Nellie's lawn, 13 species warblers .Read Rafael's happy report .

But the best cumulative warbler day belongs to Ed Crowne and Phil Paine. Besides Ed's CERULEAN WARBLER, great reports of HOODED, WORM EATING, TENNESSEE,BLACKBURNIAN and PRAIRIE added up to 22 species for them !

The overall tally for warbler in Prospect and Greenwood totaled 24 species ( Our PD/ME list had Bay -breasted and Wilson's)
Make plans this weekend to bird for warblers and all the good stuff...Spring goes FAST !


Peter's list Greenwood Cemetery

Green-Wood Cemetery, Kings, US-NY
May 4, 2012 9:15 AM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
52 species

Mallard  X
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1     flyover
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  2
Herring Gull  X
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Monk Parakeet  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Blue-headed Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  2
House Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Veery  2
Swainson's Thrush  3
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  X
Ovenbird  3
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  6
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  2
Northern Parula  3
Magnolia Warbler  3
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  4
Black-throated Blue Warbler  X     a number heard
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Prairie Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  6
Wilson's Warbler  1

Eastern Towhee  3
Chipping Sparrow  X
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  X
Scarlet Tanager  9
Northern Cardinal  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  7
Common Grackle  X
Orchard Oriole  1
Baltimore Oriole  12
House Finch  X
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (


From Rafael:

An amazing morning, actually I did stop birding around 1:30 pm.  The best was 1 male Cerulean Warbler, spotted by Ed Crowne at Buttefly Meadow/Lookout Hill.  P. Dorosh spread the news via tex-mess.

Beside this, we tallied a record for warbler species.  In the Vale of Cashmere, in no more than 100 m straight line, from the N end to Nelly's lawn: 13 sps of warblers (see list below): Among them were Worm-eating, Prairie, American Redstart, Black-and-white, Nashville.

Other notables were 4 sps of vireos (Red-eyed, Blue-headed, Warbling, & Yellow-throated), Indigo Buntings, both species of orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Kingbird.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
May 4, 2012 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 kilometer(s)
63 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  1
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  3
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1    Perched, edge of the Nethermead.
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)  1    Nethermead arches
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  3
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1    Vale
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  4    Lake
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  2
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  1
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  8
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  6
Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum)  1    Vale
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  2    Lower pool & Vale
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  5
Nashville Warbler (Eastern) (Oreothlypis ruficapilla ruficapilla)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2    both males
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1    male, Vale
Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)  1    Male, seen by at least by 4 other birders, after a tex-mess from P. Dorosh. Location: A little below the Butterfly meadow, Lookout Hill. Time aprox. of the sighting 11:30 am.
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  3
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  3
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  2    Nethermead arches
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  2
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea)  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  X
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  1    Vale
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  4
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  X
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1    female; Nethermead arches
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  2    males
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  6
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!!


From Ed :

 Hi, Peter. Here's our list for = 2012/05/04

site = Prospect Parkobservers = Phil Pane and Ed Crowne
Prairie Warbler 
Worm-eating Warbler 
Yellow Warbler 
Tennessee Warbler Ravine
American Redstart 
Black-and-white Warbler 
Canada Warbler 
Black-throated Green Warbler 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 
Common Yellowthroat 
Cerulean Warbler Lookout
Palm Warbler 
Chestnut-sided Warbler 
Blue-winged Warbler 
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler 
Nashville Warbler 
Hooded Warbler 
Northern Waterthrush 
Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Blackburnian Warbler