Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Waterfowl Counts Jan 14th

Prospect Park led by Steve Nanz

From: Steve Nanz <steve@stevenanz.com>
To: ProsBird <ProsBird@aol.com>
Sent: Sun, Jan 14, 2018 12:44 pm
Subject: PP Waterfowl Count 2018

Hi Peter,

Not a lot to report. One person showed up, Al, a new birder who lives in Williamsburg. Here’s the waterfowl list:

Mute Swan 9
Canada Goose 194
Mallard 119
Black Duck 10
Mallard x Black Duck 3
Northern Shoveler 2 (there were over 50 yesterday)
Ruddy Duck 2
American Coot 27

Got nice views of a perched immature Cooper’s Hawk.

Other birds observed:

Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
American Crow
European Starling
Blue Jay
American Robin
Red-winged Blackbird
Carolina Wren
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Goldfinch
House Finch
House Sparrow

Best Regards,

Steve



Bush Terminal Park/Army Terminal Pier led by Matthew Wills


Bush Terminal Piers Park, Kings, New York, US
Jan 14, 2018 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Counting waterfowl for NYSOA waterfowl survey
9 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant  8
Canada Goose  6
Gadwall  22
American Wigeon  10
Mallard  11
American Black Duck  19
Greater/Lesser Scaup  25
Bufflehead  39
Red-breasted Merganser  8
Double-crested Cormorant 2

Brooklyn
Army Terminal Pier 4, Kings, New York, US
Jan 14, 2018 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Counting waterfowl as part of the NYSOA waterfowl survey
5 species (+1 other taxa)
American Black Duck  2
Greater/Lesser Scaup  20
Bufflehead  6
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Red-throated Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Cheers,
Matthew

Monday, January 15, 2018

Fwd: Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park, Jan 14, 2018

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Dennis Hrehowsik" <deepseagangster@gmail.com>
Date: Jan 14, 2018 9:22 PM
Subject: Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park, Jan 14, 2018
To: "Peter Dorosh" <prosbird@gmail.com>
Cc: "Heydi" <kiskadee20@gmail.com>, "Roberta" <roberta.manian@gmail.com>, "Chris Laskowski" <celaskowski@yahoo.com>

Peter, 

Twelve birders met on a cold and beautiful January day with endless blue skies. Heydi led us around The nature center and environs where she found a pair of American Tree Sparrow, great looks at an over wintering yellow-rumped warbler, half a dozen  red breasted merganser and some yankee widgeon stumbling all over each other as they woke from their slumber on the hill side. A fun day had by all and special thanks to Heydi for inviting us to bird her backyard today! Thanks to Chris Las for keeping today's list.

D





From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
Date: January 14, 2018 at 9:10:59 PM EST
To: deepseagangster@gmail.com
Subject: eBird Report - Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park, Jan 14, 2018

Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park, Kings, New York, US
Jan 14, 2018 8:51 AM - 11:36 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     BBC walk led by Heydi
27 species

Brant  150
Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  2
Northern Shoveler  10
American Wigeon  20
Mallard  60
American Black Duck  7
Bufflehead  15
Red-breasted Merganser  6
Ruddy Duck  2
Ring-billed Gull  200
Herring Gull  10
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
American Tree Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  7
House Sparrow  5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41911667

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

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 1st 2018 New Years Prospect Park

Prospects New Year's boids



Two former Presidents , Peter and Rob on the left and new President Dennis looking for Snow Geese ( behind the Snow fence)

12 brave souls braving the frigid 8 degree weather at the beginning of the walk.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
     And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
     And auld lang syne!
    
     For auld lang syne, my dear,
     For auld lang syne.
     We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
     For auld lang syne.
At 8 degrees and 9 am would intimidated birders to forget about birding outdoors this morning in Prospect Park. Who would want to bear one of the coldest days ,frigid fingers and breathing in Arctic air? Well don't tell that to 12 brave souls who came on the traditional New Year's day walk; after all we have to celebrate the joy of birding and the promises of new year hopes and keep up with new and old acquaintances.

Even with 31 species recorded,several birds were quality species. The group found the four SNOW GEESE along the ballfields northern snow fence ( appropriately); the poor things looked frigid, immovable even as we approached the fence.

A scan of Upper Pool found a large CANADA GOOSE flock,most them heads tucked in,half asleep with wary eyes towards us,trying to forget it's really cold. However the lack there of,a pair of WOOD DUCKS snuggled in the corner,alert when we passed by.

After a quiet Ravine,the northeast corner of the Nethermead came through with hot,well warm action.In the corner the iconic Osage Orange tree stands,BROWN CREEPER,YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER,MERLIN & RED TAILED HAWK were spotted. At Center Drive's hard curve,the large important Sweetgum tree above and ground level attracted MOURNING DOVE,WHITE THROATED SPARROWS,DARK EYED JUNCOS & RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS.

The feeders continued to remain below average observing but it's the new year and there's hope. House Finches remain dominant.

Along the way as the group dissipated,a few more winter hardies. HERMIT THRUSH,SWAMP SPARROW & RED BELLIED WOODPECKER added to our burgeoning new year list.

The first day of the year is not about starting off a big year,or trying to get a head start .It's about appreciating life, reinvigorating old and creating new acquaintances, and being glad we made it to another year. It's important to not get stressed out chasing stuff but rather enjoy the fun part of birding and the discoveries we will make while we experience the joy of birding with friends new and old alike.

Happy New Year to all and the best of 2018 to you.

Thanks Chris Laskowski compiling list

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41532631
Thanks Peter for leading a fun day of birding.  Rob emailed that he had 2 Mockingbirds by LeFrak.






----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Chris Laskowski <celaskowski@yahoo.com>
To: Chris Laskowski <celaskowski@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, January 1, 2018 1:38 PM
Subject: eBird -- Prospect Park -- Jan 1, 2018

Prospect Park
Jan 1, 2018
9:05 AM
Traveling
2.50 miles
159 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: BBC walk led by Peter Dorosh 
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.2 Build 140

4 Snow Goose
100 Canada Goose
7 Mute Swan
2 Wood Duck -- Upper pool
40 Mallard
1 American Black Duck
3 Ruddy Duck
2 Red-tailed Hawk
15 American Coot
300 Ring-billed Gull
20 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
10 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Merlin
3 Blue Jay
2 Brown Creeper
1 Hermit Thrush
4 American Robin
5 European Starling
3 Fox Sparrow
6 Dark-eyed Junco
10 White-throated Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
6 Northern Cardinal
10 Red-winged Blackbird
10 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch
7 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 31


Sent from my iPhone

Monday, December 18, 2017

Fwd: Preliminary Count Summary KIngs County December 16th


Thanks to master compiler Rick Cech, atttached is the Kings County CBC results.

Peter
BBC trips chair

-----Original Message-----
From: Rick <rcech@nyc.rr.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <ProsBird@aol.com>

Sent: Mon, Dec 18, 2017 1:50 pm
Subject: Preliminary Count Summary

Peter: Here is preliminary count summary for posting. I'll send out the regular, more detailed reports later.
 
Let me know if any questions,
Rick
 
BKXMas 2017
Species
Count
Notes
Snow Goose
624
Brant
22957
Black Brant
cw
Canada Goose
3140
Mute Swan
137
Wood Duck
5
IRR
Northern Shoveler
277
Gadwall
118
Eurasian Wigeon
2
RARE
American Wigeon
88
Mallard
635
American Black Duck
742
Northern Pintail
22
Green-winged Teal
110
Greater Scaup
1560
Lesser Scaup
128
Common Eider
26
IRR
Surf Scoter
4
White-winged Scoter
64
Black Scoter
65
Scoter (sp.)
1507
Long-tailed Duck
156
Bufflehead
794
Common Goldeneye
26
Barrow's Goldeneye
cw
RARE
Hooded Merganser
111
All-time high
Common Merganser
13
IRR
Red-breasted Merganser
336
Ruddy Duck
1192
Ring-necked Pheasant
2
Pied-billed Grebe
10
Horned Grebe
102
Red-necked Grebe
3
IRR
Rock Pigeon
882
Mourning Dove
233
Common Gallinule
1
RARE (1st since 1996)
American Coot
28
10-year low
Black-bellied Plover
25
Killdeer
25
10-year high
Sanderling
300
Dunlin
115
Purple Sandpiper
6
American Woodcock
2
Greater Yellowlegs
8
Bonaparte's Gull
2
Laughing Gull
2
RARE
Ring-billed Gull
9146
Herring Gull
1656
Lesser Black-backed Gull
cw
IRR
Great Black-backed Gull
196
Red-throated Loon
134
Common Loon
160
10-year high
Northern Gannet
4915
Double-crested Cormorant
64
10-year low
Great Cormorant
35
10-year low
American Bittern
1
IRR
Great Blue Heron
19
Turkey Vulture
1
RARE
Bald Eagle
1
RARE
Northern Harrier
24
Sharp-shinned Hawk
7
Cooper's Hawk
9
Red-shouldered Hawk
2
IRR
Red-tailed Hawk
15
Rough-legged Hawk
1
IRR
Barn Owl
1
RARE
Great Horned Owl
1
IRR
Snowy Owl
1
IRR
Belted Kingfisher
2
Red-headed Woodpecker
cw
RARE
Red-bellied Woodpecker
34
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
13
Downy Woodpecker
35
Hairy Woodpecker
2
Northern Flicker
57
American Kestrel
7
Merlin
5
Peregrine Falcon
8
Monk Parakeet
5
10-year low
Blue Jay
163
American Crow
95
Fish Crow
25
IRR
Common Raven
2
IRR
Horned Lark
27
10-year low
Black-capped Chickadee
6
Low
Tufted Titmouse
3
10-year low
Red-breasted Nuthatch
1
10-year low
White-breasted Nuthatch
3
10-year low
Brown Creeper
3
House Wren
2
RARE
Marsh Wren
2
RARE
Carolina Wren
19
Golden-crowned Kinglet
7
IRR
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6
Hermit Thrush
3
10-year low
American Robin
132
Gray Catbird
10
Brown Thrasher
1
IRR
Northern Mockingbird
85
European Starling
2148
Cedar Waxwing
2
10-year low
House Sparrow
729
American Pipit
20
House Finch
190
American Goldfinch
12
All-time low
Snow Bunting
98
Eastern Towhee
3
American Tree Sparrow
24
Chipping Sparrow
2
Field Sparrow
12
Savannah Sparrow
28
Grasshopper Sparrow
1
RARE (1st since 1962)
Fox Sparrow
14
Song Sparrow
259
Swamp Sparrow
25
White-throated Sparrow
331
Dark-eyed Junco
33
All-time low
Eastern Meadowlark
6
Baltimore Oriole
2
RARE
Red-winged Blackbird
30
Brown-headed Cowbird
cw
Common Grackle
153
Orange-crowned Warbler
6
Nashville Warbler
cw
RARE
Palm Warbler
1
Pine Warbler
1
RARE
Yellow-rumped Warbler
363
Northern Cardinal
164
Total
121
Count #
56,887
cw = Count week only