Monday, May 28, 2012

Prospect May 27th, Prospect good stuff

While hiking on the Mt Tuxedo trail in Harriman State Park, just before my small group spotted a 5 foot sunning Timber Rattlesnake blocking our passage on the trail, a text message from Dennis relaying YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO in the Upper Pool area. Steve N replied after my twitter /group alert and noted to me that this bird actually started from the Tennis House area before heading towards the pools. [by the way on the return hike, we also saw non venomous Black Rat/or Black Racer snake and heard another Timber Rattlesnake, rattling its tail at some "foolish" teenaged hikers who called out to us..No sir! ]

A report from Keir though continued news on the YBCU presence with 2 calling birds at Ricks Place, perhaps the day for this species. But more  fortunate were ACADIAN FLYCATCHER and GRAY -CHEEKED THRUSH in Keir's report. Another empidonax was reported but hard to distinguished unless calling, this being the Traill's complex. ( not a bird for to me to identify by calls). Also nice birds to see were INDIGO BUNTING and late BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. So still some decent birding left in the parks for late migrants.  Check out  for area sightings especially with waterbirds and shorebirds.

By the way, while up in Harriman , at a private campground, Mary and I were fortunate to watch a stand still quite close Pileated Woodpecker right at the top of  the nest snag in someone's campground site, front row seats for these lucky campers watching the bird feed its chick in the hole and popping out its tiny head. One of the campers showed me a pic of the mother feeding a caterpillar to the chick, the prized moment captured on "film".  A great time now to visit Harriman State park ( but watch out for those snakes !)

From Keir:
Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 27, 2012 8:10 AM - 12:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
46 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 7
Mute Swan 5
Mallard 7
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Laughing Gull 1
Rock Pigeon 10
Mourning Dove 8
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 Together, high in canopy, viewed NE from Rick's Place. Calling occasionally.
Chimney Swift 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
Acadian Flycatcher 3 1 calling in Vale. 2 calling and continually interacting (pair?) Rick's Place/Boulder Bridge area @ 8.15am & again 12pm
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's) 1 Peninsula meadow
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 5
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Barn Swallow 8
Carolina Wren 1
House Wren 3
Veery 1 Lookout Hill top meadow, seen well.
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 Path from Esdale Bridge to Payne Hill. Flushed and flew straight back in response to GCTH playback
Swainson's Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 10 including 2 juveniles
Gray Catbird 6
European Starling 4
Cedar Waxwing 15
Common Yellowthroat 1
American Redstart 2
Magnolia Warbler 3
Yellow Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1 Lookout Hill, E. slope
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 3
Indigo Bunting 1 Maryland Monument
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 7
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Baltimore Oriole 4
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 10