Sunday, August 26, 2012

Prospect August 26th Gold birds and Vireo gem;Eve CONH

Bird numbers were much reduced today except with GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS (GWWA) reported again, likely the best week or period I recalled for Prospect of two such birds on the same day. A male GWWA was reported at Ricks Place horse trail puddle (Rafael,Kathy,Emily) ; a female reported on Lookout Hill's west slope ( Keir). This female was spotted again in the Lullwater ( Rafael) , roving around quite abit. The female is very likely the one seen on yesterdays peninsula, the warbler seen flying north from last spot. ( Unless there is a wave of them GWWA :)  ) The male in question is whether this is a third individual after last weekend's male adult sighting, very likely for the time since expired a third individual for today's observance.

A smattering of warblers around, with a female adult BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER seen at the Peninsula point in the pines, this region seeing fewer birds today. BLUE-WINGED also reported by birders.

Of the non warbler class, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO reported by Rafael by the Pools ( Upper and Lower), a rare vireo for fall migration.

Also of note for an early seasonal species, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH..winter far off ?

In the evening, Keir and Rob Bate watched COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, 2 birds patrolling the Nethermead sky

From Rafael

26 August 2012

With some expectations to find a good number of warblers in Prospect Park, I left the house around 8 am.

I started in Grand Army Plaza, towards the Vale but no luck so far.

At Rick's Place I joined forces with Kathy & Emily, and the 3 of us stroke gold with warblers:  First we saw Blue-winged, American Redstart, Magnolia, Black-and-white, and the big surprise, one male Golden-winged.  Great views.

We continued towards the ravine, and saw at least 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch.

At the pools, another surprise, 1 Philadelphia Vireo, seen almost at eye level.  Great views, too.

I continued by myself towards Peninsula, but the area was quite quiet.  Worth mentioning 2 Spotted Sandpipers, 1 Green Heron.

On my way back I continued along the Lullwater, and found another Golden-winged Warbler, this time a female.  Back around Rick's place (±12 md), I saw another male Golden-winged, probably the same one we saw early.

Other species recorded today were: Belted Kingfisher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Canada Warbler, Wood Duck, Barn Swallow, Warbling Vireo, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Brooklyn is great birding: Rafael G. Campos R
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Kings, US-NY
Aug 26, 2012 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 kilometer(s)
Observer (s): Rafael G Campos, Kathy, Emily.
40 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2    Upper Pool
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  2    Lake
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1    Midwood, visiting the flowers of Jewel weed
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [auratus Group])  2
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  2
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus)  2
Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus)  1    1 individual, seen eye level. Crown & mantle darker than Warbling Vireo, and the line across the eye, more prominent than WAVI.
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1    Peninsula
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)  2    Rick's Place & Ravine
Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera)  2    1 male at Rick's Place. 1 female along the Lullwater path.
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  10
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  12
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  4
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  2
Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

Brooklyn is great birding!!!!

From Kathy :

date = 2012/08/26
site = Prospect Park
observers = Kathy Toomey and Emily Goldstein

empidonax sp.
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mute Swan
Spotted Sandpiper
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher     heard
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Great Crested Flycatcher     4, one in the ravine, two in the
lullwater, and one on the peninsula
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo     found by Rafael, back of lower pool
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch     2, one in the ravine, one in the lullwater
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Yellow Warbler
American Redstart
Black-and-white Warbler
Canada Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler     male and female
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler     found by Rafael, male, near Rick's Place puddle
Northern Cardinal
Baltimore Oriole
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


From Keir:

hi Peter
Thanks to your tip, Rob Bate and I were rewarded with 2 Common Nighthawks tonight over the Nethermead. 

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Aug 26, 2012 5:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
20 species

Red-tailed Hawk 2
Common Nighthawk 2 Nethermead, 7.50-7.55 pmChimney Swift 15
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1 Lake
Barn Swallow 12
House Wren 1
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 8
Blue-winged Warbler 3 All bright males together in one flock, Ambergill/ Esdale Bridge
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1 Lookout, west slope woodchip path
American Redstart 2
Northern Cardinal 1
American Goldfinch 10
House Sparrow 2

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Aug 26, 2012 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 8
Mute Swan 4
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 4
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Laughing Gull 4
Rock Pigeon 6
Mourning Dove 10
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Least Flycatcher 1
Empidonax sp. 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 8
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 3
Barn Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 6
European Starling 4
Ovenbird 1
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Golden-winged Warbler 1 Female, Lookout, down slope west of Butterfly Meadow
Black-and-white Warbler 6
Nashville Warbler 2 Together, low, at top of Lookout switchback trail during big wave of activity, 7.45am
Common Yellowthroat 3
American Redstart 12
Magnolia Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 1 Female type, Butterfly Meadow
Yellow Warbler 7
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Canada Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Common Grackle 2
American Goldfinch 12
House Sparrow 6