Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Prospect Aug 7th, good stuff hitting the early road....CEWA, BWWA ( pic)

Some early quality action this morning in Prospect.

First, about 9 am, a COMMON RAVEN was seen flying over the Ravine , a soaring bird with those long wings and wedge tail. Soon after , Keir Randall responding to my text that took me 5 minutes to relay  being so long with my last cell phone alert ( I forgot how) when I sent a bird text from last spring , reported  BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART & BLACK & WHITE WARBLER  along the southern Midwood bridle path, near the mud hole .

The latter B&W warbler was re -seen again mid morn along the slope Elephant Path, where Bobbi Manian was watching that bird.

However, an unexpected surprise as i was making my work inspection rounds happened at the Payne Hill woods, the crisscrossed trails near the environmental bond sign. A warbler i watched, quite unfamiliar and rare for me at first raised my suspicions that i confirmed with the office field guide 10 minutes later, a first year female CERULEAN WARBLER that hung about at least 5 minutes before I left it.

here's a photo link i found closely resembling the Payne bird


early August to mid august is about the time those early warbler species start moving with fall migration.Hey, nothing like getting a head start....


Addendum:  A check of the bird records revealed only one other August record for Cerulean Warbler, a adult female I saw August 17th, 1997 , a very closely seen bird in an oak branch right over the the Nethermead Bridge railing. That was a memorable one since I was doing a wildflower survey when birding wasn't my primary objective.


From Bobbi Manian:

Hi Peter,

Searched for the cerulean unsuccessfully today, but I found a/the blue-wing on the way out (in the Vale) today about 3:30.  fuzzy pic attached.

Here's my list:

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "do-not-reply@ebird.org" <do-not-reply@ebird.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 8:37 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, Aug 7, 2012

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Aug 7, 2012 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:      <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.4.4
28 species

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  4
Mallard  X
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  2
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  8
Chimney Swift  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  1
Barn Swallow  5
House Wren  4
American Robin  40
Gray Catbird  25
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  X
Northern Waterthrush  1
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
American Redstart  1
Yellow Warbler  3
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  12
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  4
House Sparrow  X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)