Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 28th Ft Tilden/Breezy Point

Leader Dennis Hrehowsik

Report by Bobbi Manian



-----Original Message-----
From: bobbi.manian@alumni.lafayette.edu
To: Peter Dorosh ; Dennis Hrehowsik
Sent: Sat, Feb 28, 2015 1:20 pm
Subject: pics from Dennis's Ft Tilden/Breezy trip today

Hi Peter,

A fun day w/ 13 birders!  Dennis will provide details but here are 3 pics.  Monica found the LBBG for us.  Also of note, Dennis lead a 5-car caravan down Flatbush Ave and kept it intact the entire way.  I've never seen that before ;-)

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sunset Park nabe BBC tour Feb 21

Glaucous Gull immature, photo by Karen O'Hearn

Leader Peter Dorosh

Locations : Greenwood Cemetery, Sunset Park, Bush Terminal Pier Park, Army Terminal Pier park 4, Veterans Pier

During a Brooklyn Bird Club tour I led thru Greenwood Cemetery, Sunset
Park, Bush Terminal Pier Park and Veterans Pier,it was our third stop
that produced well. Bush Terminal continues to solidify its winter
birding reputation in its first ever winter.

After the usual winter birds at Greenwood Cemetery, an uncommon Sharp
shinned Hawk flyover in Sunset Park, we hit some jackpots at Bush
Terminal. First , a WHITE WINGED SCOTER seen at the first cove was
thought our best sighting.Then from a seperate vantage , Dennis
Hrehowsik tweeted me he had the GLAUCOUS GULL immature sitting on the
ice floes by the concrete pier end. We had a good glimpses before it
took off. Right after we spotted COMMON GOLDENEYE hen , and when Dennis
joined us, he found the continuing drake EURASIAN WIGEON gliding out of
the south cove. When we arrived over there, the GLAUCOUS GULL was on
the water very close to our group on the second concrete walkway. An
awesome find and on top of that 13 species ducks and AMERICAN KESTREL
to symbolize the winter atmosphere as snow began falling.

Last spot at Veterans pier saw many Greater Scaup and 4 PURPLE
SANDPIPER along the break wall at the base of the pier.

Peter
BBC                                                        
"owl" photo by Janet Schumacher

Red-throated Loon 
Double-crested Cormorant 
Lesser Scaup Veterans Pier
Bufflehead 
Gadwall 
American Black Duck 
Canada Goose 
Common Goldeneye Bush Terminal Pier Park,hen
American Wigeon 
Long-tailed Duck Bush Terminal Pier Park,drake
Greater Scaup 
Red-breasted Merganser 
White-winged Scoter Bush Terminal Pier Park
Brant 
Eurasian Wigeon Bush Terminal Pier Park
Ruddy Duck 
Mallard 
Red-tailed Hawk GWC
Sharp-shinned Hawk SunsetPark
American Kestrel Bush Terminal Pier Park
Great Black-backed Gull 
Ring-billed Gull 
Glaucous Gull Bush Terminal Pier Park
Herring Gull 
Rock Pigeon 
Mourning Dove 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Blue Jay 
Tufted Titmouse 
Black-capped Chickadee 
Red-breasted Nuthatch GWC
White-breasted Nuthatch GWC
American Robin 
Northern Mockingbird 
European Starling 
White-throated Sparrow 
American Tree Sparrow dozenBush Terminal Pier Park
Northern Cardinal 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fwd: Jones Beach - Jan 10 '15

Leader Steve Nanz

Hi Everyone,

Despite the cold, I had a lot of fun last weekend with all you hard core birders. Thank you all for joining in!

Thank you Monica for sending me the list. I added a few more that I remembered which are asterisked. 41 bird species in all not to mentions the seals. I also added a few photo shots from Point Lookout.

Common Loon - Coast Guard Station*
Red-throated Loon 
Horned Grebe 
Double-crested Cormorant 
Great Cormorant 
Great Blue Heron - Meadowbrook State Pkwy on the way home seen by Janet S.*
Harlequin Duck
Bufflehead 
American Black Duck  - Several flying over dunes near the Nature Center*
Canada Goose 
Common Eider 
Black Scoter 
Long-tailed Duck 
Red-breasted Merganser 
Brant 
Mallard - Point Lookout*
Red-tailed Hawk - Meadowbrook State Pkwy percher in a tree on the way home*
Northern Harrier
Black-bellied Plover 
Sanderling 
Dunlin 
Ruddy Turnstone 
Black-headed Gull 
Great Black-backed Gull 
Bonaparte's Gull 
Ring-billed Gull 
Herring Gull 
Rock Pigeon 
Mourning Dove 
Northern Flicker 
American Crow 
Horned Lark 
Northern Mockingbird 
European Starling 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Snow Bunting 
Song Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird 
House Finch 
House Sparrow 

Harbor Seals

Best Regards,

Steve Nanz











Saturday, January 17, 2015

Brooklyn Waterfowl Count January 17th ( Cumulative)

At Marine Park,south team. Photo by Sandy Paci

NYC Bird Report

date = 2015/01/17
site = Brooklyn Marine Park,Dead Horse Bay,Fort Tilden sites,Breezy Point
observers = BBC Waterfowl count
Common Loon 
Red-throated Loon 
Pied-billed Grebe 
Horned Grebe 
Northern Gannet 
Double-crested Cormorant 
Great Cormorant 
Northern Shoveler 
Lesser Scaup 
Bufflehead 
Gadwall 
American Black Duck 
Canada Goose 
Common Eider 
Redhead 
Black Scoter 
American Wigeon 
Long-tailed Duck 
Greater Scaup 
Red-breasted Merganser 
Brant 
Canvasback 
Ruddy Duck 
Mute Swan 
Mallard 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 
Killdeer 
Sanderling 
Ruddy Turnstone 
Purple Sandpiper 
Great Black-backed Gull 
Ring-billed Gull 
Herring Gull 
Rock Pigeon 
Snowy Owl 
American Crow 
Black-capped Chickadee 
Northern Mockingbird 
European Starling 
American Pipit 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Swamp Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow 
Snow Bunting 
Song Sparrow 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 



Waterfowl numbers


date = 2015/01/17 

sites = Marine Park,Dead Horse Bay,Fort Tilden,Breezy Point


observers =Peter Dorosh (L),Rob Bate,Sandy Paci,Joshua Malbin,Monica Berger



 Common Loon 18 
Red-throated Loon 4 
Pied-billed Grebe 1
 Horned Grebe 13 
Double-crested Cormorant 1 
Great Cormorant 27
 Northern Shoveler 8 
Lesser Scaup 6 
Bufflehead 75 
Gadwall 6 
American Black Duck 65 
Canada Goose 148 
Common Eider 1 
Redhead 4 
Black Scoter 4 
American Wigeon 11 
Long-tailed Duck 52 
Greater Scaup 3416
Red-breasted Merganser 151 
Brant 694
 Canvasback 1
 Ruddy Duck 6 
Mute Swan 2 
Mallard 66

+++++++++++++++++

North team.(waterfowl in purple tint)

Leader Mike Yuan


Hi Peter-
Pleasant weather but not so birdy today.  Nary a loon or grebe.  Great to have access to two new locations this year - Brooklyn Army Terminal 58th st Pier and the new Bush Terminal Piers Park.  
Birders: Bob Washburn, HJ Kim, Alie Ratay, and Heather Wolf 
Locations:
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bush Terminal Piers Park, various spots around Red Hook, Ikea/Erie Basin, and the Columbia Street Pier.  
Day totals:
Brant 169
Canada Goose 97
Gadwall 51
Eurasian Wigeon 1  Continuing at Bush Terminal Piers Park
American Wigeon 13
American Black Duck 22
Mallard 93
American Black Duck/Mallard 1
Northern Shoveler 1
Greater Scaup 81
Lesser Scaup 44
Bufflehead 115
Red-breasted Merganser 11
Ruddy Duck 34
Double-crested Cormorant 9
Great Cormorant 2 - Bush Terminal, Van Brunt St Pier,
Ring-billed Gull 349
Herring Gull 89
Great Black-backed Gull 11
Rock Pigeon 28
Peregrine Falcon 1  Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 1
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 12
White-throated Sparrow 2
House Sparrow 21
+++++++++++++

Prospect park/Greenwood cemetery

Leader Dennis Hrehowsik

To: prosbird Sent: Sat, Jan 17, 2015 12:30 pm Subject: Re: Waterfowl count

Lots of ice and Canada Geese on a cold bright morning. Five birders 33 species during waterfowl count. Highlight was two peregrines over park circle.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21381070

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jones Beach January 10th

Leader Steve Nanz

Yes, really good trip. We had 10 people including myself. It was very cold but 
we were all dressed for it. Not much for species numbers or rarities but good 
looks at some quality birds and some very cool habitat

We started at the Coast Guard Station where Kevin and I saw a Black-headed Gull 
mixed in with a flock of Bonaparte’s Gulls which flew by. Unfortunately I 
couldn’t get the rest of the group on it. We saw several large flocks of Snow 
Buntings and Horned Lark up close by the far west end parking lot. At the point 
there was a flock of about 200 Dunlin huddled up against the jetty wall. Lot’s 
of Common Eider and Long-tailed Duck. At the Nature Center, a Harrier came in 
and flushed about 20-30 Black-bellied Plovers and about 100 Snow Buntings from 
the grasses. 

At the frist jetty from the Point Lookout Parking lot we saw a large flock of 
Common Eider with two Harlequin Duck and three Harbor Seals on one side and on 
the other were a large flock of Bonaparte's Gulls and a large flock of 
Long-tailed Duck. All were very close and seen well.

41 species.

Common Loon 
Red-throated Loon 
Horned Grebe 
Double-crested Cormorant 
Great Cormorant 
Great Blue Heron 
Harlequin Duck 
Bufflehead 
American Black Duck 
Canada Goose 
Common Eider 
Black Scoter 
Long-tailed Duck 
Red-breasted Merganser 
Brant 
Mallard 
Red-tailed Hawk 
Northern Harrier
Black-bellied Plover 
Sanderling 
Dunlin 
Ruddy Turnstone 
Black-headed Gull 
Great Black-backed Gull 
Bonaparte's Gull 
Ring-billed Gull 
Herring Gull 
Rock Pigeon 
Mourning Dove 
Northern Flicker 
American Crow 
Horned Lark 
Northern Mockingbird 
European Starling 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Snow Bunting 
Song Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird 
House Finch 
House Sparrow 


Steve

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January 3rd, A Coney Island Winter Trek

Leader Mike Yuan
Lesser Black backed Gull,photo by Bobbi Manian


Subject: Coney Island 1/3


Great company and conversation on Coney Island today!  Highlights for the 12 birders today were finding the continuing Lesser black-backed gull and Red-necked grebes, getting textbook looks at a Long-tailed duck who took a breather on the beach, and of course celebrating it all at Totonno's with classic NYC pizza. 
Lesser Black backed Gull,photo by Dennis Hrehowsik

Checklists

Thanks everyone for a great day. 
-Mike.
Photo by Alie Ratay

Long- tailed Duck on beach at Norton Point,photo by Bobbi Manian

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thursday, January 1st, 2015, A Birdy New Year's Day Celebration in Prospect Park


Leader Peter Dorosh
12 participants


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S21115608

The Prospect Park new year starts out with a bang,likely the best quality walk for the date done by the Brooklyn Bird Club. Though only 37 species tallied,4 were considered rare by Cornell Ebird. A club walk done for a celebratory reasons turns out to be above expectations for the New Years Day tradition.

Getting to the rarities, as the walk started off slowly, here is the roll call: RUSTY BLACKBIRD,RED SHOULDERED HAWK,PURPLE FINCH,COMMON MERGANSER,PINE SISKIN and remnants of the group after the walk ended saw adult BALD EAGLE.A very good walk indeed.

Details on the sightings are as follows:RUSTY BLACKBIRD was spotted at Lily Pool before it flew into the pond from the woods pathway; soaring over the Willink Ridge by Lincoln road park entrance,the RED SHOULDERED HAWK appeared;PURPLE FINCH is a CBC stay over at the feeders; COMMON MERGANSER,a drake swam around the Prospect Lake center before we headed around the southwest corner near West Island; last at the West Island rustic shelter,three sweetgum trees are perfect for attracting finches, and here is where we found 4 PINE SISKINS some holdovers of a larger flock visiting this area the past week.

As the Brooklyn Bird Club ended here at West Island,remnants of the group left going up Lake West drive and spotted the eagle. An adult BALD EAGLE ,making today's walk for a usually quiet Prospect winter day more exciting and delightful.Particularly different members spotted the different rarities made the walk a fun relaxing one.

Happy New Years to all you birders! Let's get some more good ones in 2015.

Peter
Leading BBC walk

--The KingsBoider

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dec 20th KINGS COUNT Christmas Bird Count region breakdown

Prospect Park Clay colored Sparrow at Maryland Monument , photo by Jennifer Kepler
Brooklyn XMas Count Annual Report: 2014
Bold = All time high / low
Italic = 10-year high/low

IRR-Irregular  less 7 x over last ten years
Low count stats exclude miss years

Species Total:                  123
Count Total #:                  42,247
Species
#
Snow Goose
11
Brant
12252
Canada Goose
1819
Mute Swan
58
10-yr low
Gadwall
93
Eurasian Wigeon
2
IRR
American Wigeon
106
American Black Duck
1006
10-yr hi
Mallard
1011
10-yr hi
Northern Shoveler
458
Northern Pintail
6
Green-winged Teal
82
10-yr low
Greater Scaup
3810
Lesser Scaup
165
Common Eider
12
IRR
Surf Scoter
16
White-winged Scoter
22
Black Scoter
574
Scoter (sp.)
590
Long-tailed Duck
376
Bufflehead
1231
Common Goldeneye
3
All-time low
Hooded Merganser
76
Common Merganser
4
IRR
Red-breasted Merganser
2328
All-time hi
Ruddy Duck
382
Ring-necked Pheasant
1
Red-throated Loon
137
All-time hi
Common Loon
53
Pied-billed Grebe
9
Horned Grebe
182
Red-necked Grebe
7
Northern Gannet
24
Double-crested Cormorant
76
10-yr low
Great Cormorant
106
Great Blue Heron
17
Black-crowned Night-Heron
2
Northern Harrier
15
Sharp-shinned Hawk
9
Cooper's Hawk
16
Red-shouldered Hawk
2
IRR
Red-tailed Hawk
24
Rough-legged Hawk
1
IRR
American Kestrel
7
Merlin
5
Peregrine Falcon
7
Clapper Rail
2
IRR
American Coot
51
Black-bellied Plover
44
Killdeer
22
10-yr hi
Greater Yellowlegs
1
10-yr low
Sanderling
195
Purple Sandpiper
18
Dunlin
66
Wilson's Snipe
1
IRR
American Woodcock
1
Bonaparte's Gull
cw
Ring-billed Gull
5415
Herring Gull
1901
Lesser Black-backed Gull
cw
IRR
Great Black-backed Gull
288
Rock Pigeon
1079
Mourning Dove
341
Monk Parakeet
24
Barn Owl
1
IRR
Great Horned Owl
2
RARE
Snowy Owl
5
IRR
Short-eared Owl
1
IRR
Northern Saw-whet Owl
2
RARE
Belted Kingfisher
2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
33
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
15
Downy Woodpecker
87
10-yr hi
Hairy Woodpecker
12
All-time hi
Northern Flicker
102
10-yr hi
Eastern Phoebe
2
RARE
Cassin's Kingbird
cw
RARE
Blue Jay
199
American Crow
113
Fish Crow
87
IRR
Common Raven
1
RARE
Horned Lark
66
Tree Swallow
6
IRR
Black-capped Chickadee
178
Tufted Titmouse
33
Red-breasted Nuthatch
10
White-breasted Nuthatch
44
Brown Creeper
2
Carolina Wren
31
Winter Wren
4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
8
Hermit Thrush
21
American Robin
172
Gray Catbird
3
10-yr low
Northern Mockingbird
76
European Starling
1380
American Pipit
3
Cedar Waxwing
3
10-yr low
Orange-crowned Warbler
1
IRR
Yellow-rumped Warbler
220
Palm Warbler
1
Common Yellowthroat
1
IRR
Eastern Towhee
4
American Tree Sparrow
128
Chipping Sparrow
8
Clay-colored Sparrow
1
RARE
Field Sparrow
15
10-yr hi
Vesper Sparrow
1
RARE
Savannah Sparrow
34
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
2
RARE
Seaside Sparrow
1
IRR
Fox Sparrow
28
Song Sparrow
416
Swamp Sparrow
51
White-throated Sparrow
603
White-crowned Sparrow
1
IRR
Dark-eyed Junco
203
Northern Cardinal
198
Red-winged Blackbird
67
Eastern Meadowlark
5
Rusty Blackbird
cw
IRR
Common Grackle
cw
Boat-tailed Grackle
4
Brown-headed Cowbird
5
10-yr low
Purple Finch
2
RARE
House Finch
205
Pine Siskin
7
IRR
American Goldfinch
153
House Sparrow
536