Saturday, December 13, 2014


NYC Bird Report
"Occupied" osprey nest platform at Bush Terminal Pier by Karen O'Hearn

date = 2014/12/13
site = Prospect Park,Greenwood Cemetery, Bush Terminal Park,Coney Island Creek; 37th jetty,Hendrix Creek, Carnarsie Park, Floyd Bennett Field 8 locations total

Leader Peter Dorosh
observers = BBC 6members
Lunchtime and the gulls want in!

Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Great Cormorant
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Great Blue Heron
Can we take off with the car?

Northern Shoveler
Lesser Scaup

American Black Duck
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Greater Scaup
Red-breasted Merganser
Juvevile Cooper's Hawk at Prospect feeders.
Photo by Ryan Candee

Hooded Merganser
Eurasian Wigeon
Ruddy Duck
Mute Swan
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Harrier
American Kestrel
American Coot
Great Black-backed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
American Crow
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Yellow bellied Sapsucker
Purple Sandpiper
White breasted Nuthatch

52 species, 12 ducks species

Saturday, December 6, 2014

December 6th, Brooklyn Gull Tour

Leader Dennis Hrehowsik

-----Original Message-----
From: deepseagangster@
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Sat, Dec 6, 2014 3:36 pm
Subject: Trip report

Eleven stoic birders met on a day where there was more rain then birds. highlights included a eursian widgeon, surf scoter and snow goose. not many gulls on a wet gull trip. 

here are bird location lists:

bush terminal:

BK Army Terminal:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday, November 22nd, The great marathon birding hike of western Rockaway

Leader Peter Dorosh
Members Chris Laskowski,Marc Brawer,Louis DeMarco, Gordon and Lori Lam

list and photos courtesy of Chris

Total miles 10.15

From: celaskowski@
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 1:26 pm
Subject: Today's Walk

Hey Peter,    Here's my list and a couple pics from today if you want them.  Thanks again, I   had a great time.  It was a good group. I will sleep well tonight!!   

 Carolina Wren  American Robin  American Crow  Downy Woodpecker  Northern Mockingbird  Song Sparrow  Great Black-backed Gull  Herring Gull  Double-crested Cormorant  House Sparrow  European Starling  Rock Dove  Dark-eyed Junco  American Goldfinch  Northern Cardinal  House Finch  Mourning Dove  Red-winged Blackbird  Ring-billed Gull  Northern Flicker  White-throated Sparrow  Ruby-crowned Kinglet  Hermit Thrush  Brant  Swamp Sparrow  Coopers Hawk  Brown Headed Cowbird  Tree Swallow  Sanderling  Northern Gannet  Horned Lark  Black Scoter  Northern Harrier  Snow Bunting  

Side trip to Floyd Bennett  CASSINS KINGBIRD

date = 2014/11/23
site = Breezy Point
observers = BBC
Cassins Kingbird Floyd Bennett
Common Loon 
Northern Gannet 
Double-crested Cormorant 
American Black Duck 
Canada Goose 
Black Scoter two flocks 40 birds
Cooper's Hawk 
Northern Harrier 
Great Black-backed Gull 
Ring-billed Gull 
Herring Gull 
Rock Pigeon 
Mourning Dove 
Downy Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 
American Crow 
Horned Lark 
Tree Swallow 
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Carolina Wren 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 
American Robin 
Eastern Bluebird Floyd bennett
Hermit Thrush 
Northern Mockingbird 
European Starling 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Swamp Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow 
Savannah Sparrow 
Snow Bunting 
Song Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Northern Cardinal 
Red-winged Blackbird 
Common Grackle 
Brown-headed Cowbird 
House Finch 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 

45 species

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 16th Plumb Beach and Floyd Bennett area

Leader Roberta Manian
         All photos taken by Paul Chung
Seaside Sparrow
"where did everybody go???"

Leader Roberta Manian

From: Roberta Manian
Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 9:29 AM
Subject: Plum field trip photos
To: Peter Dorosh

Two other photos of people/scopes by Bobbi - Caption "where did everybody go???"

Bird list  (hilights in blue)

Hi Peter,

16 birders enjoyed a chilly fall day at Plum Beach and Dead Horse/FBF.  Highlights included FOS Long-tailed Duck, American Golden-Plover, Seaside and Nelson's Sparrows, and large flock of cooperative Bluebirds at FBF.  Lists below.

Thanks to all for the good spirits and sharp eyes and ears out there for making my first time leading a field trip so enjoyable!

Special thanks to our registrar Dennis for dealing with all the last minute changes and getting people in from the waiting list, we had 0 vacancies!  Also thanks to  Bob, Paul and Alice for driving, Mike for doing lists, and Paul again for the beautiful photos (going to Peter in separate email).

see you all in the field,

Plumb Beach, Kings, US-NY
Nov 16, 2014 7:45 AM - 10:49 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
25 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant (Atlantic)  200
Mute Swan  4
American Black Duck  30
Mallard  5
Long-tailed Duck  2
Bufflehead  25
Red-throated Loon  3
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Northern Harrier  2
American Oystercatcher  4
Black-bellied Plover  3
American Golden-Plover  1    Settled on spit at low tide. Overal slightly darker than BBPL, with goldfish/buffy spots on upper wing. Long wings folded past the tail. Dark cap. Faint white supercilium, not as bold as usual.
Sanderling  1
shorebird sp.  1    Flyover. Dark, small shorebird. Called upwards 'preet'. Call matches PUSA or DUNL.
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  30
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Horned Lark  2    Flyover
European Starling  15
Nelson's Sparrow  2
Seaside Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
American Goldfinch  2

Dead Horse Point, Kings, US-NY
Nov 16, 2014 10:57 AM - 12:57 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
15 species

Brant (Atlantic)  75
Mallard  2
Red-breasted Merganser  3
Common Loon  1
Horned Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  40
Dunlin  1
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  30
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  8
Peregrine Falcon  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
House Sparrow  2

Floyd Bennett Field, Kings, US-NY
Nov 16, 2014 1:00 PM - 3:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
28 species

Canada Goose  1
Mallard  2
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Herring Gull  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  15
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Eastern Bluebird  25    Large flock at South entrance.
American Robin  18
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  406
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  3
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  5
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  1

House Sparrow  3

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Jones Beach SP, New York – Sat Nov 08, 2014 –

Leader Joe Giunta  
Vagrant COMMON GROUND DOVE, photo by R.Bate

14 participant + BBG group

Lists courtesy of Mike Yuan

Joe's report

Saturday at Jones Beach was one of the best birding walks we have ever had. In all we recorded 60 species including many 'lifers' for the group.
I have provided a recent history of our trips to Jones Beach and a listing of the birds seen on Saturday.


From 11/8/2014 to 11/8/2014 ~ All Places ~ 60 seen

Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Black Scoter
Northern Harrier
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Oystercatcher
Marbled Godwit
Purple Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing Gull
Forster's Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove (extralimital)
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Mockingbird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
American Crow
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
-------- STATISTICS --------
Species seen - 60                         
Vagrant COMMON GROUND DOVE & Yellow Rumped Warbler, photo by R.Bate

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fwd: Pictures from Jean Shum Nov 2nd BBC walk

From this most excellent presentation, From the BBC walk on Nov 2nd Greenwood Cemetery ( first collage) and Prospect ( 2nd  collage) Note the Harrier male in the upper left side and 2nd . Red Shouldered Hawk in center

All Photos by Jean Shum and thanks to Jean for this refreshing presentation.

All Photos by Jean Shum

Sent: Mon, Nov 3, 2014 2:04 pm
Subject: Pictures from Jean Shum

Hi Peter,
Here are the pictures from yesterday.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

November 2nd, Greenwood Cemetery hawkwatch, Prospect combine

Blustery BBC GWC & Prospect Park Nov 2, 2014

leading Peter Dorosh
9 participants
This blustery day with gusts exceeding 35 miles presented some real challenges  for the BBC club hawkwatch at Greenwood Cemetery. But without the northwest wind , we could not have seen some quality birds and decent hawk watching that combined with Prospect gave the group 10 species raptors.

Hawkwatching from the Hill of Graves, our hawk count was 19 birds from the time slot 8 am to 10:30 am. Among the usual birds, the best was a juvenile BALD EAGLE heading in the direction of the marathon on 4th Ave. Another spectator ? ( by the way , Rob Jett reported two COMMON RAVENSover 4th Ave and 6th street so yes spectators at the marathon.WE had our own RAVEN spotting along Ocean Ave ridge in the cemetery.). Resident RED-TAILED HAWKs were at one point attacked by aMERLIN, of 3 we saw, along with 1 COOPERS HAWK and 5 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS. As we exited the site , at the humongous statue "Common Virtue", a PEREGRINE FALCON buzzed by us.

With hordes of DARK EYED JUNCOS and WHITE THROATED SPARROWS near the east cemetery entrance, we inadvertently flushed an AMERICAN WOODCOCK  by Jasmine and Border Avenues ( also a note from Janet Schumacher, one Woodcock in the Brooklyn Botanic garden's native Flora section today).

 The rest of the raptor show was fulfilled at Prospect park. There , two very good birds: an adult  gorgeous RED-SHOULDERED HAWK over the ballfields , at field one, heading southeast, and a rarity for the gender I recalled almost never, male NORTHERN HARRIER "gray ghost" over the Nethermead /Lookout Hill line, spotted by Monica Berger after we watched 5 TURKEY VULTURES. AMERICAN KESTREL filled the falcon genera, just prior the Red-shouldered.

Stepping away from raptors, a brief look at ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in a pokeweed stand at Maryland Monument  kept the rarity  momentum going for my group.

From south Lullwater to the lake, a report of 9 species ducks. Birders in two different groups, including mine spotted over 90 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 6 WOOD DUCKS, 7 BUFFLEHEADS ( lake) and a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS ( lake ) along with the RUDDY DUCK population.

Cold blustery forces do yield good birds if one is brave enough to get outside and face those gusty winds.

Prospect List 

---------Green-Wood Cemetery, Kings, US-NY

Nov 2, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:35 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Hawkwatching Hill of Graves
31 species

Canada Goose  12     f/o
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  5     
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  4     3 resident
American Woodcock  1
Herring Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  X
Merlin  3     
Peregrine Falcon  1
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Common Raven  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  X
Hermit Thrush  X
American Robin  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Chipping Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Dark-eyed Junco  200  +   large flock
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
Purple Finch  1
House Sparrow  X

View this checklist online at

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Prospect Park

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
Oct 31, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:41 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:    BCC Halloween walk
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
American Wigeon  1
American Black Duck  X
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  21
Green-winged Teal  1
Hooded Merganser  1
Ruddy Duck  60
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
American Kestrel  2
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  3    Both at same time lookout. . 3rd on ballfields
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  2
Winter Wren  2
wren sp.  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Hermit Thrush  7
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  12
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  78
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  1
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  X

View this checklist online at

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

Friday, October 31, 2014

Floyd Bennett October 25th

Leader Rob Jett
Bald Eagle perched at North 40, photo by Paul Chung

One of the highlights with the whole group was great views of an adult Bald Eagle perched in a tree above the North 40 trail.



Floyd Bennett Field, Kings, US-NY
Oct 25, 2014 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     I led a Brooklyn Bird Club trip.
58 species
Participants: Monica Berger, Paul Chung, Peter Colen, Rusty Harold, Rob Jett, Phil Malek, Stephen Nadler, Sandy Paci, Kevin Rolwing, Kevin Stern, Oona Stern

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
Ring-necked Pheasant  1     Heard calling from area near North 40 at around 7:30am.
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Northern Harrier  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  X
Cooper's Hawk  X
Bald Eagle  1     Adult perched in tree along North 40 trail.
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  X
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  X
American Kestrel  2
Merlin  1
Eastern Phoebe  10
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Tree Swallow  5     Flying over cricket field at around 7:30am.
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  X
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  X
European Starling  X
American Pipit  X
Cedar Waxwing  X
Common Yellowthroat  2
Palm Warbler  6 
Golden Crowned Kinglet , photo by Paul Chng

Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  X
Field Sparrow  1
Vesper Sparrow  4
Savannah Sparrow  X     At least 15-20.
Song Sparrow  X
Lincoln's Sparrow  2     Community Gardens.
Swamp Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
White-crowned Sparrow  10     Only two adults.
Dark-eyed Junco  X     Several hundred between North 40 trail and community gardens.
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Eastern Meadowlark  1     Mugwort patch at back of cricket field at around 7:20am.
Rusty Blackbird  1     Flipping leaves in muddy base of Return-a-Gift Pond.
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
House Finch  X
Purple Finch  5
Pine Siskin  150     Many calling flyovers throughout the morning. One flock of approximately 75-100 individual perched briefly along North 40 trail.
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X

View this checklist online at

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

White-crowned Sparrow , photo by Paul Chung

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fwd: Ridgewood Reservoir walk this morning

To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Sun, Oct 26, 2014 9:52 am
Subject: Ridgewood Reservoir walk this morning

Steve and Heidi led a very successful Ridgewood Walk this morning with 16 people attending, including some new birders.

Steve is multi-tasking below: he was giving a brief history of the site when whoa- an accipitor flew by.  That's a sharpie he shouted and immediately jumped into a demo of the sharpie's diagnostic flight pattern.

The walkways have been redone and are quite nice. 

Highlights of the walk included a small flock of female purple finches and a larger flock of pine siskins.

Phragmites are encroaching on this reservoir pond. Rob says the plan is to remove them.

Ring-necked ducks, Gadwalls, Ruddy ducks, mallards and several pied billed grebes were diving/dabbling in the shallow water.

We had a nice raptor show here: sharp-tailed, Cooper's, Red-shouldered and Red-tail hawks plus a turkey vulture. And a skein of geese.


List courtesy of Heidi Steiner nanz

Ridgewood Reservoir, Queens, US-NY
Oct 26, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3.0 mile(s)
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Mute Swan  8
American Wigeon  1
Mallard (Domestic type)  4
Ring-necked Duck  2
Ruddy Duck  6
Pied-billed Grebe  5
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  4
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Herring Gull  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  6
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6
Hermit Thrush  6
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  X
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  15
White-throated Sparrow  60
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  X
Purple Finch  2
Pine Siskin  25
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X