Sunday, May 6, 2012

Prospect Park & GWC BBC --May 6th, quality birds

Continuing my desire to experience the spring migration in other places, especially "life in the marsh" in Jamaica Bay Refuge ( White-faced Ibis ! my first for east US), Prospect & GWC birders had a field day.

A report from Mike Yuan, birding with Matthew Rymkiewicz, turned up first HOODED WARBLER spotted in the Rose Garden, which overlooks the Vale Cashmere from the east . Afterwards I received a text from Matthew of WORM-EATING WARBLER in the "wildflower garden", unsure this location being the one by Upper Pool or Butterfly Meadow. Both birders tallied 20 species warbler today. The list is below.

The report of Blackpoll Warbler isn't welcomed though; from a Brooklyn birder legend, the appearance of this species especially for female means the migration is half over ( I Hope not, but rather an aberration) . By the way, this has been a freaky spring , with a report a Mourning Warbler reported in Clove Lake Staten island May 5th, typically this species shows up in middle thru late May..

Text messages received while I was coastal ( and ran into Rafael as well) reported YELLOW-THROATED VIREO ( Nanz, Jett), WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW ( Bate), and a high quality bird in BLUE GROSBEAK ( Jett), in the Pools area, Rink construction site, and Ravine west slope respectively.

Meanwhile, with the Brooklyn Bird Club trip on the 2nd day of the weekend, this time at Greenwood Cemetery , led by Janet Schumacher with friends, 3 CAPE MAY WARBLER culminated in their best  species , quite an uncommon bird to find. ORCHARD ORIOLE, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, & YELLOW-THROATED VIREO accentuated the BBC walk's experience.

Rain is coming early this week..But as a long time birding contact told in Prospect: regardless the weather or wind ( as we seen evidently this past week on Thursday &Friday), bird everyday...

ON a last note for flutter watchers, I have noted a very good number of Red Admiral Butterflies in JBWR and now reported  in GWC..Must be a bumper crop this year....maybe I ought to plan more butterfly walks...


From Mike :


20 warbler species today, with Matthew R. 

Worm-eating Warbler 
Northern Waterthrush
Blue-winged Warbler
 Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler 
Common Yellowthroat 
Hooded Warbler 
American Redstart 
Northern Parula 
Magnolia Warbler 
Blackburnian Warbler 
Yellow Warbler 
Chestnut-sided Warbler 
Blackpoll Warbler 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
Black-throated Green Warbler 
Canada Warbler 
Wilson's Warbler


BBC walk Greenwood Cemetery

Leading Janet Schumacher, & friends

Green-Wood Cemetery, Kings, US-NY
May 6, 2012 8:10 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Lots of butterflies--especially Red Admirals.  many, many, many
59 species

Canada Goose  X
Mallard  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Egret  X
Osprey  X
Mourning Dove  X
Monk Parakeet  X
Chimney Swift  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  X
Belted Kingfisher  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  X
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  X
Eastern Wood-Pewee  X     heard only
Great Crested Flycatcher  X
Eastern Kingbird  X
Yellow-throated Vireo  X
Blue-headed Vireo  X
Warbling Vireo  X
Blue Jay  X
Fish Crow  X
Tree Swallow  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  X
House Wren  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Veery  X
Swainson's Thrush  X
Wood Thrush  X
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
Northern Mockingbird  X
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  X

Ovenbird  X
Black-and-white Warbler  X
Nashville Warbler  X
Common Yellowthroat  X
American Redstart  X

Cape May Warbler  X
Northern Parula  X
Chestnut-sided Warbler  X
Black-throated Blue Warbler  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Black-throated Green Warbler  X

Eastern Towhee  X
Chipping Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Scarlet Tanager  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  X
Indigo Bunting  X
Common Grackle  X
Orchard Oriole  X
Baltimore Oriole  X
House Finch  X
House Sparrow  X

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