Thursday, May 17, 2012

Prospect May 17th BBC walk,other reports

Thursday's Brooklyn Bird Club walk was popular, 35 birders in the homestretch late spring migration which will tail off soon numbers wise as birds  pretty much are on breeding territories.There is though still a lot  of birding to go, into the last days of May. Today's highlight is the SUMMER TANAGER and boreal resident YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER as posted in Tom's report below.

From Tom Stephenson:

Hi Peter,
Another great group, about 35 people, very good weather and a good number of birds.
Highlights might be Summer Tanager, Least, Traill's sp, and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, 17 sp of warblers including Cape May, Blackburnian, Canada, a flyover Common Loon, and Indigo Bunting.
Here's the list.
Best regards,
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Ruddy Duck
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher (traill's sp)
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Canada Warbler
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow


A Canada Warbler , which eluded me all spring finally became my catch, 2 seen today, one along the Quaker Ridge low slope, a great looking male; and a female in the south Midwood, making this species my 28th warbler species for the year, my only "chase" every year  to get 30 warbler species, regardless where I  get a warbler species ( 6 new ones in Ohio for example)

BUT a most interesting thing with Blue Jay behavior. One Blue Jay harassing the Nellie's Lawn Red tailed Hawk guarding its nest which is typical. But while I was birding along the Lookout mid slope dirt trail, a Blue Jay was acting like a flycatcher !  Coming out of the woods, it was determined to get this I  believe a Red Admiral butterfly all the way down the trail....confused bird...perhaps its genes has some empidonax DNA...


Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 17, 2012 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
38 species

Canada Goose  X
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  X
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  X
Chimney Swift  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2     chasing a red admiral butterfly Lookout Hill
Barn Swallow  X
House Wren  1     building a nest inside Lampfixture with mesh coverRicks pl
Veery  4
Swainson's Thrush  5
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  11     small flock feeding on Cheery fruit Ricks Pl
Ovenbird  2
Northern Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  4
Northern Parula  2
Magnolia Warbler  6
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Canada Warbler  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Sparrow  X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

From Rafael:

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
May 17, 2012 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 kilometer(s)
Comments:    Short walk around the park, from the Vale of Cashmere, Midwood, Central Drive, the Pools, Ravine, and back to the Vale. 9 sps of Warblers.  Missed the Summer Tanager spotted early in the Vale.
31 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  2
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  2
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  8
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  4
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  2
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  4
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!!


From Orrin :

Greenwood Cemetery

Green-Wood Cemetery this morning, roughly 7:50-9:05::

House finch (several)
Red-winged blackbird
Canada goose
Mallard duck
Mourning dove
Solitary sandpiper (flock of 3)
Common grackle
Red-eyed vireo
Northern rough-winged swallow (2)
Warbling vireo
House wren (many)
Swainson's thrush
Grey-cheeked thrush

Chipping sparrow
House sparrow
Monk parakeet
European starling
Red-bellied woodpecker
Blackpoll warbler (everywhere)
Northern mockingbird
Northern cardinal
Grey catbird
Eastern wood pewee
Baltimore oriole (many)
American redstart (several)
Black-throated green warbler
Downy woodpecker.
Northern parula
Cedar waxwing
Black and white warbler (many)
American robin (countless)

Also, one woodchuck