Thursday, April 17, 2014

Prospect Thursday Walk April 17th

Leader Ed Crowne

WORM-EATING WARBLER still reported today, seen from the Upper Pool area, I presumed the hillside section by the Brooklyn Bird Club trip participants.Trip led by Ed Crowne subbing in for Tom Stephenson

A cool day in the park. Regards, Ed

date = 2014/04/17
site = Prospect Park
observers = BBC Thursday Walk
Great Egret
Snow Goose
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Mute Swan
Mallard
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Downy Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Prairie Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Palm Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

House Sparrow 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Brooklyn Botanic Garden April 12th

Leader : Nancy Tim

Note : 30 plus birders

Photos taken by Janet Schumacher





Monday, April 7, 2014

Flushing Meadows Park April 6th

Leader Peter Dorosh

Notes : BBC first visit in ages. Also visited Kissena Park post lunch


date = April 6th
site = Flushing meadows and Kissena Park
observers = BBC

Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Great Egret
Northern Shoveler
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
American Black Duck
Canada Goose
Red-breasted Merganser
Brant
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Mute Swan
Mallard
Red-tailed Hawk
Osprey
American Kestrel
Ring-necked Pheasant
American Coot
Great Black-backed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
American Crow
Fish Crow
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
White-throated Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow

Other nature note: flying red and black bugs toward the end at Kissena Corridor were likely Boxelder Bugs  (Boisea trivittata): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxelder_bug

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Floyd Bennett Field March 29th

Leader Rob Jett

 Floyd Bennett Field birds today
 From: Rob Jett Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:47:28

 This morning I led a trip for the Brooklyn Bird Club to Floyd Bennett Field and the adjacent Dead Horse Bay. Our start at sunrise allowed us time to find a few good birds before the rain started. The highlight of the morning was a singing Eastern Meadowlark on the grasslands trying to outperform the dozens of Red-winged Blackbirds perched throughout all the fields. Also of note was a big increase in kestrels on the grasslands since last weekend. I counted 9 within two fields and I'm sure there were a few more. Shane mentioned to me that there were 16 on Thursday. Other changes since last weekend were 3 Osprey, a Greater Yellowlegs, a few more oystercatchers and lots of Killdeer.

There were still a couple of Red-necked Grebe spotted on the bay off Archery Road and some of the lingering Horned Grebes are transitioning to breeding plumage. The raft of thousands of overwintering scaup on Dead Horse Bay have been reduced to just several hundred. I think that this will be the first weekend since my sighting on November 27th of last year that Snowy Owl will NOT be on my Brooklyn list. I suppose it was inevitable. :`( Good birding, Rob 

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 Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Locations: Dead Horse Bay, Floyd Bennett Field
Species: 42
Notes: 9 observers; heavy cloud cover with rain eventually starting by 10:30am.

Brant
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal (2, Return a Gift Pond.)
Greater Scaup
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
Ring-necked Pheasant
Common Loon (4.)
Horned Grebe (12.)
Red-necked Grebe (2, bay off Archery Rd.)
Double-crested Cormorant
Osprey (3.)
Red-tailed Hawk (1.)
American Oystercatcher (4.)
Killdeer (11.)
Greater Yellowlegs (1, Raptor Point Pond.)
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel (9.)
Tree Swallow (2 .)
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Meadowlark (1, singing in Field "G".)
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

Other common species seen (or heard):
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, American Black Duck, Mallard, Ring-billed Gull , Herring Gull , Great Black-backed Gull , Rock Pigeon, crow sp., Carolina Wren, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Saturday, March 22nd Brooklyn "Wildcard"

Salt Marsh Marine Park, photo by Chris Laskowski

Leader Keir Randall

We had a great trip yesterday with a group total of around 60 species. Sites and highlights:

Floyd Bennett Field:
Snowy Owl, Red-necked Grebe, FOS Osprey, Field Sparrow


Marine Park:
Redhead, Boat-tailed Grackle, Turkey Vulture, Tree Swalllow


Coney Island Creek/ Drier Offerman:
Red-necked Grebe (very close), Eurasian Wigeon, leucistic Ring-billed Gull


best
Keir

Location
Floyd Bennett Field, Kings County, New York, US Map )
Date and Effort
Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:30 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
12
Duration:
2 hour(s)
Distance:
2.0 mile(s)
Observers:
, Bambi Friedman, Chris Las, Dennis Hrehowsik, Janet Schumacher, Joshua Malbin, Kathleen Toomey, Keir Randall, Monica Berger, Roberta Manian, kristin costello
Species
35 species total
45
Brant (Atlantic)
12
Canada Goose
5
Mute Swan
2
American Wigeon
3
American Black Duck
3
Bufflehead
5
Red-breasted Merganser
1
Ring-necked Pheasant
Heard only, Ecology Village
1
Red-throated Loon
2
Common Loon
2
Horned Grebe
1
Red-necked Grebe
Off of Archery Road, probably two
2
Great Cormorant
1
Osprey
4
Killdeer
X
Ring-billed Gull
X
Herring Gull
3
Great Black-backed Gull
X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
1
Snowy Owl
A darker individual on the fields
3
American Crow
20
Horned Lark
1
Carolina Wren
7
American Robin
1
Northern Mockingbird
X
European Starling
9
American Tree Sparrow
1
Field Sparrow
3
Song Sparrow
2
White-throated Sparrow
1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
1
Northern Cardinal
10
Red-winged Blackbird
2
Brown-headed Cowbird
2
House Sparrow
Additional species seen by Janet Schumacher:
1
Northern Flicker
Additional species seen by Dennis Hrehowsik:
1
Northern Flicker
Additional species seen by Roberta Manian:
1
Northern Flicker
Additional species seen by Kathleen Toomey:
6
Gadwall
1
Peregrine Falcon
Additional species seen by Joshua Malbin:
1
Northern Flicker
1
Dark-eyed Junco
Additional species seen by kristin costello:
1
Northern Flicker
Additional species seen by Chris Las:
1
Northern Flicker
1
Dark-eyed Junco
Additional species seen by Monica Berger:
1
Northern Flicker
1
Dark-eyed Junco
Additional species seen by Bambi Friedman:
1
Northern Flicker

Brown headed Cowbirds

Location
Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park, Kings County, New York, USMap )
Date and Effort
Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:00 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
12
Duration:
2 hour(s)
Distance:
1.0 mile(s)
Observers:
, Chris Las, Dennis Hrehowsik, Janet Schumacher, Joshua Malbin, Keir Randall, Monica Berger, Roberta Manian, kristin costello
Species
34 species (+1 other taxa) total
40
Brant (Atlantic)
25
Canada Goose
2
Mute Swan
2
American Wigeon
7
American Black Duck
30
Mallard
1
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)
25
Northern Shoveler
2
Green-winged Teal (American)
1
Redhead
Female with Brant on water near golf course. "Scaup like" but no white at bill base, darker on cap and nape with lighter cheeks.
5
Lesser Scaup
9
Bufflehead
1
Red-breasted Merganser
20
Ruddy Duck
1
Ring-necked Pheasant
HO near golf course
1
Common Loon
1
Pied-billed Grebe
1
Horned Grebe
1
Turkey Vulture
5
American Coot
2
American Oystercatcher
1
Killdeer
25
Ring-billed Gull
12
Herring Gull (American)
2
Great Black-backed Gull
X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
1
Peregrine Falcon
1
Fish Crow
2
Tree Swallow
1
Northern Mockingbird
X
European Starling
5
Song Sparrow
1
Northern Cardinal
5
Red-winged Blackbird
2
Boat-tailed Grackle
Additional species seen by Janet Schumacher:
1
Double-crested Cormorant
1
American Goldfinch
Additional species seen by Dennis Hrehowsik:
1
Double-crested Cormorant
1
American Goldfinch
Additional species seen by Roberta Manian:
1
Double-crested Cormorant
1
American Goldfinch
Additional species seen by Joshua Malbin:
1
Double-crested Cormorant
1
Greater Yellowlegs
1
American Goldfinch
Additional species seen by kristin costello:
1
Double-crested Cormorant
Additional species seen by Unknown Observer:
1
Double-crested Cormorant
Additional species seen by Chris Las:
1
Double-crested Cormorant
Additional species seen by Monica Berger:
1
Double-crested Cormorant
1
American Goldfinch


Location
Coney Island Creek, Kings County, New York, US Map )
Date and Effort
Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:21 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
8
Duration:
2 hour(s), 45 minute(s)
Distance:
2.0 mile(s)
Observers:
, Chris Las, Dennis Hrehowsik, Joshua Malbin, Keir Randall, Monica Berger, Roberta Manian, kristin costello
Species
27 species (+2 other taxa) total
300
Brant (Atlantic)
12
Canada Goose
4
Gadwall
3
American Wigeon
1
Eurasian x American Wigeon (hybrid)
Swimming near the piers off the restored habitat on the west side of the inlet (opposite Six Diamonds). Originally identified as Eurasian Wigeon but it has been suggested that the hint of green around eye, the extended pink into the gray in flanks etc. make this better for hybrid. A very distant record shot:
25
American Black Duck
30
Mallard
8
Lesser Scaup
2
Greater/Lesser Scaup
13
Bufflehead
5
Red-breasted Merganser
1
Common Loon
2
Horned Grebe
1
Red-necked Grebe
Continues in the creek between Home Depot and the Cropsey Ave. bridge.
2
American Coot
2
Killdeer
250
Ring-billed Gull
Including one presumed leucistic (or partially so) Ring-billed Gull
20
Herring Gull
2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
1
Mourning Dove
1
Downy Woodpecker
5
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1
Eastern Phoebe
3
American Robin
2
Northern Mockingbird
35
European Starling
1
Field Sparrow
8
Song Sparrow
2
Northern Cardinal
Additional species seen by Dennis Hrehowsik:
1
Eurasian Wigeon
1
Belted Kingfisher
Additional species seen by Roberta Manian:
1
Eurasian Wigeon
Additional species seen by Joshua Malbin:
1
Eurasian Wigeon
5
Great Black-backed Gull
3
American Crow
3
Red-winged Blackbird
Additional species seen by kristin costello:
1
Eurasian Wigeon
Additional species seen by Unknown Observer:
1
Eurasian Wigeon
Additional species seen by Chris Las:
1
Eurasian Wigeon
5
Great Black-backed Gull
3
American Crow
3
Red-winged Blackbird
Additional species seen by Monica Berger:
1
Eurasian Wigeon
5
Great Black-backed Gull
3
American Crow
3
Red-winged Blackbird



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Drier- Offerman /Calvert Vaux Park, photo by Chris Laskowski