Monday, March 27, 2017

March 26th, “Prospect Park Spring Awakenings

Leader: Ed Crowne

Greetings, Peter

Beginning at Bartel-Pritchard at 8:30 am with a cohort of twelve and finishing at 1:00 pm at Vanderbilt Playground, we tallied nearly 50 species. Highlights were several Brown Creepers, the Goshawk, Pine Warblers, a Winter Wren and at least one mystery bird (a raptor) hovering high in the overcast sky.

See my eBird list ( and other lists.

Best regards, Ed

also Ryans List

Here's my list, Peter. We saw a few extra birds after we left the group: the second swamp sparrow on the west shore of the lake, and the Kestrel picking off a house sparrow at Park Circle!

51 species...not bad.

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Prospect Park, Kings, New York, US
Mar 26, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     BBC "Spring Awakenings" walk led by Ed Crowne. Cold, cloudy, high 30s. Still a very good day. Started at Bartel-Pritchard, to the Pools, Ravine, Nethermead, Lullwater, Peninsula. Left at noon with the group still to visit Lookout. High number of eastern phoebe and golden-crowned kinglet.
51 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  80
Mute Swan  8
Wood Duck  12     Two pairs in a tree at one point. Chased onto the Upper Pool by a Cooper's hawk.
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  35
Northern Shoveler  28
Ring-necked Duck  1     Drake near Peninsula point.
Bufflehead  2     Drake and hen.
Red-breasted Merganser  1     Drake.
Ruddy Duck  40
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2     One perched on the railing of the Pavilion theatre.
Buteo sp.  1     Flying very high near Bartel-Pritchard entrance. Group leaned toward red-shouldered; it flitted its wings in place often, tail was long, wings seemed pulled forward. But too far to positively ID.
American Coot  12
Ring-billed Gull  70
Herring Gull  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  10
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  4     All on the ballfields with a large flock of robin.
American Kestrel  1     Seen perched on a water tower across from Park Circle as we were leaving the park. Took flight and picked off a house sparrow in midair, and returned to an antenna atop an adjacent apartment building.
Merlin  1     Perched near Tennis House overlooking the ballfields.
Eastern Phoebe  7
Blue Jay  4
Black-capped Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
Brown Creeper  3     A pair together on the Peninsula, and the other on the ballfields perimeter.
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  10
American Robin  35
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  X
Pine Warbler  2     Together outside the first ballfield when entering at Bartel-Pritchard.
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Dark-eyed Junco  3
White-throated Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  14
Swamp Sparrow  2     Peninsula meadow on the lake and west shore of lake.
Northern Cardinal  9
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  2
European Goldfinch  1     Heard at the feeders.
House Sparrow  14

March 18th, Ridgewood Reservoir to Jamaica Bay

Cancelled due to ice conditions and inclement weather

March 11th, “A Woodcock at Greenwood Cemetery?

Leaders Dennis Hrehowsik, Kristin Costello, Bobbi Manian


12 stoic birders met three timberdoodlers at Gwc on a day that was well below freezing.

Highlights were three timberdoodles, the first was up high near Hydrangia path. the second which was spotted by Orin led us to our third well hidden woodcock near the "boocock" mausoleum.

Other highlights were eastern phoebes near Sylvian and dell waterways as well as about ten fox sparrows. one fox was singing at length which gave us a nice opportunity to study its vocalizations. A pair of (mating?) Merlin also put on a nice show near crescent water.

The one bird that was absent was monk parakeet. First time in several years we have been to Gwc and didn't see or hear one.


The Timberdoodlers

> Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, US
> Mar 11, 2017 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> 33species
> Canada Goose  25
> Great Blue Heron  1
> Cooper's Hawk  1
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> American Woodcock  3
> Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull 1
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  10
> Mourning Dove  7
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Northern Flicker  1
> Merlin  2
> Eastern Phoebe  2     One above sylvan water one near dell. Flycatcher, grey, flat head dark bill wagging tail.
> Blue Jay  5
> American Crow  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  2
> Tufted Titmouse  5
> Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
> White-breasted Nuthatch  5
> American Robin  75
> Northern Mockingbird  1
> European Starling  25
> Cedar Waxwing  4
> Fox Sparrow  10
> Dark-eyed Junco  12
> White-throated Sparrow  5
> Song Sparrow  4
> Northern Cardinal  7
> Common Grackle  5
> American Goldfinch  7
> European Goldfinch  1
> House Sparrow  12

March 5th, Jones Beach State Park, Nassau County

Leader  Joe Giunta

List from Ryan Goldberg

Hey Peter,

The weather was brutal, but mainly due to the wind. Just unrelenting and vicious. When we were in wooded areas blocking the wind, it wasn't all that bad. Quite a few people canceled because of it, but we had 11 in all: five from BBC and the rest from Joe's LI crew.

We never could find snow bunting and lapland longspur, but at Point Lookout, the second leg of the trip, we saw 250+ Gannet plunge-diving and seven harlequin ducks hugging a jetty (two drake and five hen). The harlequins made it all worth it. The drakes were sunning themselves on the rocks. Also saw five red-throated loon together in the inlet there, as well as three drake long-tailed ducks.

Here's the list. Richard Payne was compiling one as well, but I think I got everything.

Jones Beach SP, Nassau, New York, US
Mar 5, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     BBC walk led by Joe Giunta. Very windy, low 20s, sunny. Coast Guard, West End 1, West End 2, Field 6.
30 species

Brant  X
Canada Goose X
Bufflehead  3
Red-breasted Merganser  5
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  2
Horned Grebe  1
Northern Gannet  2
Northern Harrier  2 
Killdeer  20
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Peregrine Falcon  1
American Crow  8
Horned Lark  1
Tree Swallow  14
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  10
European Starling  75
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  50
Common Grackle  1
House Sparrow  X

Point Lookout, Nassau, New York, US
Mar 5, 2017 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     BBC walk led by Joe Giunta. Very windy, low 20s, sunny.
19 species

Brant  50
Canada Goose  15
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  1
Harlequin Duck  7
Long-tailed Duck  3
Red-throated Loon  8
Common Loon  2
Northern Gannet  250     Massive plunge-diving flock within binocular range of the shore.
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Sanderling  25
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  14
American Kestrel  1
American Crow  2
House Sparrow  X

I hope I covered it all.


Coney Island Pier Seawatch

Leader Peter Dorosh

Comments  HIgh winds, shortened watch.

Hilights : Surf Scoter. EUrasian Wigeon drake ( Coney Island creek)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Brooklyn Wetlands January 28th

Leader Heydi Lopes
list compiled by Dennis Hrehowsik

Number of Checklists: 3
Number of species: 41

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Floyd Bennett Field
Date: Jan 28, 2017, 7:56 AM
(2): Dead Horse Point
Date: Jan 28, 2017, 11:17 AM
(3): Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park
Date: Jan 28, 2017, 12:56 PM

15 Snow Goose
220 Brant
350 Canada Goose
3 Mute Swan
15 American Wigeon
6 American Black Duck
46 Mallard
20 Northern Shoveler
5 Greater Scaup
51 Bufflehead
2 Common Goldeneye
2 Hooded Merganser
13 Red-breasted Merganser
20 Ruddy Duck
7 Red-throated Loon
4 Common Loon
3 Pied-billed Grebe
10 Horned Grebe
1 Northern Gannet
2 Great Cormorant
4 Double-crested
1 Northern Harrier
1 Cooper's Hawk
2 Red-tailed Hawk
5 Dunlin
7 Bonaparte's Gull
48 Ring-billed Gull
30 Herring Gull
6 Great Black-backed Gull
50 Rock Pigeon
5 Mourning Dove
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 American Kestrel
8 American Crow
69 Horned Lark
1 Northern Mockingbird
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Savannah Sparrow
60 House Sparrow

Monday, January 23, 2017

Jan 21 BBC Wild Card Trip

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Subject: BBC Wild Card Trip

Hi Peter,

For the wild card trip, I and seven participants decided to look for the rare waterfowl which have been reported on Long Island. We tallied 49 species of which 16 species were waterfowl. Highlights included Pink-footed Goose at Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Common Merganser, Black-crowned Night-Heron, and Kingfisher at Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon, and a Peregrine Falcon at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale. Thanks to Kathy Toomey for keeping the list.

Pink-footed Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bald Eagles of the Delware River January 15th 2017

Leaders Janet Zinn and Alan Baratz

American Black Duck  60
Mallard  4
Hooded Merganser  1
Bald Eagle  38
Red-tailed Hawk  7
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  10
Belted Kingfisher  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  150
Common Raven  2
Black-capped Chickadee  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  200 (murmuration on the way home)
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  2
blackbird sp.  200 several flocks, probably mostly grackles
American Goldfinch 6
Canada Geese 6

Janet Zinn